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Text°°° ALBAN AUBERT Photos°°° PATRICE SCHREYER At a height of 1500 metres above sea level, Anzère is known to be a perfect spot for families. The village is now also an attractive area for mountain biking, with trails for experienced to beginner riders. The Krypto track (an easy red grade) is just right for people wanting to try out downhill biking for the first time, without coming across steep slopes or vertical rocks. It’s fairly wide, not too steep, and even has a few jumps to offer, for people who have done this sort of thing before. Starting out at the first stop of the cable car, the ride takes you through pastureland and then into the forest. It’s a fun route with beautiful views, and even experienced mountain bikers will enjoy the ride. This variety of opportunities is not new to Anzère. The village offers peace and quiet alongside many attractions and activities (swimming pool, paragliding, astronomy…). Not forgetting the panoramic view from the top of the cable car – absolutely stunning! On one side you have a magnificent view over the Rhone valley, and on the other you can see the rugged cliffs stretching out over the whole resort, including the infamous Sex Rouge (oh yes, you’d better believe it!). This is also the starting point for downhill competition riding, with the Cyclone route. This exhilarating trail is for experienced riders and takes you to the place where the downhill race officially begins. The trail is graded black (difficult) and there’s no doubt about it. It was created five years ago by two mountain biking fanatics who carved it out of the mountain

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with a pair of pick axes. The two bike-lovers now work for the tourist information office where they strive to promote this sport that is relatively new to the Alpine resorts. The two fans are also members of the Kryptonitehill Association, which organises several mountain biking events in the village. The top event of the year is certainly the Krypto Downhill Cup, which takes place towards the end of the season (25 and 26 September this year).

p Hannes Klausner at top speed on the Cyclone route f Alban Aubert in hot pursuit of Cédric Jost s Cédric, rider and trail creator, at the entrance to the canyon

N° 32 – Autumn 2010  

30 ° degrees, the Swiss magazine of sports and recreation, 10 years of reporting, news, interviews, in 3 languages ​​F / D / E, also avaliab...

N° 32 – Autumn 2010  

30 ° degrees, the Swiss magazine of sports and recreation, 10 years of reporting, news, interviews, in 3 languages ​​F / D / E, also avaliab...

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