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TAKE A BREAK AT TSALAN The Cyclone route is natural and most of the trail has been hand-made, without the help of machines. That’s a feat in itself ! In the early stages it runs through pastureland and riders can really make the most of the lie of the land. A few wooden passageways have been created to help get over obstacles. It’s worth noting that all wooden sections have been given a non-slip coating, which is rarely the case in other resorts. Half way along the track you come to a long section along a ridge, which will take you on an exhilarating high-speed ride towards an impressive chalet: Tsalan gite. This is an ideal spot for trying out some local specialities. They also have dormitories where you can spend the night. The huge terrace seems to have been specially designed for riders to sit back and take in the sunset while talking about their most memorable rides. The next section of the route enters the forest and makes the most of a small valley surrounded by century-old pine trees. The track ends with a scree section where machines have been used to carve the bends into the mountainside. A high-speed downhill road takes you back to the cable car, crossing rivers which are perfect for jumps. Anzère has more than permanent tracks to offer. For those who like endurance biking there are several routes that go to Sion, at the bottom of the valley. The route going through Arbois and the Sionne valley is without doubt the most appropriate. If you’re still looking for more after everything we’ve just described, for an extra 5 franc fee you can go to the nearby Crans Montana Bike Park. Anzère might not yet be recognised as an absolute must-do for mountain bikers, but it’s got all it takes to give the most demanding riders an excellent and exciting time…

BIKE PARK: http://www.anzere.ch/fr/activites/ete/velo-vtt/ http://www.kryptonitehill.com PRICE Day pass (rider + mountain bike): CHF 25, CHF 30 with access to Crans Montana. For children (age 6 to 15): 11 francs. PLACES TO GO: Dahu Bar, 027/398.26.95 SLEEPING OUT: If you are looking for peace and quiet you can sleep along the routes, and enjoy the awe-inspiring views at the same time! Tsalan Gite: CHF 30 per night in a dormitory (take your sleeping bag), or CHF 55 half-board. Call 079/270.76.24 for information and bookings. SPECIAL OFFERS: 3-day Bike Park pass and 3 nights at a hotel, half-board, for CHF 299.

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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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