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AARON GWIN INTERVIEW

AUG 2012


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The dawn of summer is a great time for starting new hobbies and in this issue we bring you a beginner’s guide to rock climbing as well as a great route for a first-timer’s road ride.

Tracey Hannah..........................................................5

We have also explored an amazing diet that involves eating high fat, high cholesterol food but which leaves you fighting fit, slim and healthy. We couldn’t believe it either. The best thing is that it involves eating plenty of French specialities. Yey!

The Great French Paradox.....................................10

Yodel has combined so from now on it will encompass all three resorts; Morzine, Les Gets and Avoriaz and we can all enjoy the events and information of our next-door neighbours.

Rock Climbing.........................................................18

Yodel catches up with the Australian rider

The Rise of Dubstep.................................................8 How the underground music scene has taken off

How do the French maintain their high fat diet?

Tour de France........................................................12 A quick guide to the summer’s biggest bike race

Resort Events..........................................................14 We’ve also got musical this summer What’s happening in and around our resorts this July by exploring the increasingly popular world of Dubstep and an interview Yodel City Guide.....................................................16 with one of our favourite resort The best of Lyon musicians, Alex Rajkowski. A beginner’s guide to the dizzying hobby

Hit the Road............................................................20 Forever Morzine navigate around a popular local route

We’ll leave you now to enjoy the July Musical Mountains.................................................22 issue of Yodel, which we hope you’ll Yodel chats to local musician Alex Rajkowski be reading, bathed in lots of delicious summer sunshine. Book Review...........................................................24 Enjoy!

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France on Two Wheels

Film Review............................................................25 The Magic of Belle Isle

July Competition.....................................................26 Win rafting for 4 people courtesy of Frog’s Rafting

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AARON

GWIN After a break from riding, there’s a lot of excitement surrounding the return of Tracey Hannah to the world of downhill this year. Since an explosive comeback, winning the Women’s Downhill in Pietermaritzburg, the interest has not waned. Despite a hectic race schedule, Tracey took some time out to chat with Yodel… Hometown, age, sponsors and bike? I live in Wildomar California and I'm 24 years old. I ride for Trek World Racing, Red Bull, GoPro, Bell helmets, Giro Shoes, Smith optics, ODI, HT pedals, Rockwell watches, Mammoth Mountain Bike Park, Honda motorcycles and Team Houseman Racing. How would you describe your feelings about your success this year? I feel blessed for sure. It's cool to see all the years of hard work paying off. It's one of those things I've always wanted but everything has to line up right for it to happen I guess. I'm just enjoying the ride while it lasts.

You rode mountain bikes for a notoriously short time before racing in a Downhill World Cup. How did you excel at the sport so quickly? Well, I started racing BMX bicycles when I was 4. We raced those for a lot of years until I moved onto motocross around the age of 12. I raced those for another 6 years or so at a high level so I guess I'd say that really helped me adapt to downhill pretty quickly.

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AARON GWIN You have won a lot of races, which gave you the greatest feeling? I'd say my second World Cup win in Windham was one of the best. Probably that and my first win in South Africa last year, those are the two that stick out the most in my mind. Is it your aim now to be World Champion? Yeah it would be awesome to be World Champion. My main goal is to win the World Cup overall again but World Champs would be the icing on the cake! What does it feel like to put American downhill racing back on the map? I don’t know really, American racing kind of made me who I am so I'd say that it sort of put me on the map! But if what I've been able to do has helped the sport in any way then I'm really happy about that no matter where it's at. Who do think is the biggest threat to your dominance in racing?

I never really think about my competition to be honest. In this sport we race against a clock so I'd say that's my biggest competition no matter who else is on the track. Who do you ride and train with and how have they influenced your riding? When I'm home I ride and train with my cousin and roommate quite a bit. He's strong in the gym so it helps to push me. On the road my teammates Justin and Neko do a good job at that as well. Do you think that motocross has influenced your style and helped your performance in mountain biking? Yeah I think so for sure. I think the ability to read speed is something that motocross helped me with quite a bit.

You have a laidback attitude to racing saying you enjoy it but it’s a small part of your life. If you weren’t racing what do think you would be doing? Oh man who knows! I like the training part of racing so probably doing something with that to help younger kids. Where are your top three tracks in the world? Hmm…that's a tough one. Probably Mont Sainte Anne, Champery, and the downhill track near my house. You’re not known for your partying on the race circuit, how do you celebrate a big win? Ice Cream! Haha!

Which three people inspire you the most?

Who would you like to thank?

God, my Mom and my Dad.

God, my parents, friends, sponsors, fans and anyone else who's helped me out along the way. And Yodel magazine for this interview!

Who would your dream teammate be? God! Haha.

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olympic preview This month London will become the first city to host the modern Olympic Games for a third time. The city has previously held them in 1908 and 1948. The Olympics will be held in a specially built stadium between 27th July and 12th August this year. The official mascots for the Olympics are Wenlock and Mandeville, which resemble alien figures but are actually animations depicting two drops of steel. Wenlock is named after Much Wenlock, a Shropshire town that held a forerunner to the Olympic Games back in 1850. Mandeville is named after The Stoke Mandenville Hospital in Buckinghamshire, which organised the precursor to the Paralympic Games. Following the spectacular opening to the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, London had plenty to live up to in terms of the wow factor. Subsequently, Danny Boyle, director of the award winning Slumdog Millionaire was commissioned to direct the opening ceremony in his unique style. Now onto the important stuff…events!

100m Of all the events, the 100m sprint is probably the most popular and the winner is often described as the fastest man/ woman in the world. This interest has only been accelerated in recent years by the performances of Usain Bolt. His seemingly unstoppable performances have recently been overtaken by teammate Yohan Blake. Bolt still holds the world record for this event though so this year’s race will be one of the most eagerly anticipated in history.

Decathlon/Heptathlon Men compete in the decathlon compromising ten track and field events; 100m, long jump, shot put, high jump, 400m, 110m hurdles, discus throw, pole vault, javelin throw and 1500m over two days! It is an excellent measure of an all round sportsman for their ability to compete in a range of events. Women only complete in a heptathlon at the Olympic Games, omitting the discus throw, pole vault and running the 200m and 800m respectively. Their hurdles are also reduced by ten metres. Until 1980, women only completed a pentathlon and the reason they do not join the men in the decathlon has been a hotly disputed topic for years.

Diving When it first became an Olympic event in 1904 the event was known as ‘fancy diving’ in reference to the acrobatic stunts performed by competitors. The United States always performs in the diving and as a result has the most gold, silver and bronze medals of any country. China was banned from competing in the diving events until 1984, a ban imposed

by the International Swimming Federation in response to the country’s extreme government. Since they have been allowed to compete again, China has won the majority of medals.

Gymnastics The energetic and often daring displays in the gymnastics events make it one of the more popular spectator sports. Men and women compete for team and individual medals in the artistic section. Athletes compete on the rings, vaulting and pommel horse, balance beam and bars to create the most impressive display. The event is a test of balance, grace and skill through a variety of majestic moves.

Swimming Second only to Athletics as the sport with the most events in the Olympics, athletes compete in around 25 different disciplines. Swimming is one of the most developmental sports and times have dropped consistently over the years as a result of advancements in training techniques. Michael Phelps is the name most readily associated with swimming. The American swimming legend won eight gold medals at the 2008 Olympics – the most won by any athlete in a single Games. He also holds the record for the most number of overall gold medals with 14 and is definitely one to watch in the Olympic Games this year. You can catch coverage of the Olympics on France Télévisions, beIN Sport and the BBC.

French lessons - Private, Group and Intensive Courses - Increased variety of courses to suit all budgets - Locals discounts New for Autumn - French conversation classes just €10 per hour If you are a French registered business or are employed on a French contract, then you could be eligible for a training budget to cover the cost of lessons.

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BEGINNER'S

WINE GUIDE If France is fiercely proud of one thing, it has got to be their wine…sorry cheese! If you have ever found yourself lost in an aisle of bottles wondering which one is appropriate to present to friends and end up plumping for something based on price as opposed to quality, yodel is here to save the day. Grades of Wine Vin de France is the lowest grade of wine and officially replaced Vin de Table in 2010. These wines do not require to be labelled according to region or appellation only that they are from France. This causes many of these varieties to be sold under brand names. Vin de Pays or ‘country wine’ is subject to stricter controls than Vin de France on yield and minimum alcohol content and is becoming increasingly popular. Unlike Vin de France the label must state a geographic origin and the wines must be made from certain varieties or blends. At the top of the list are wines referred to as Appellation d’Origine

Controlee (AOC) and must refer to wine from specific areas. There are currently around 300 wines in France that have been awarded the AOC certification. Well-known examples of wine that hold the AOC certificate include Pouilly-Fume, Pouilly-Fume, Sancerre, Corbieres and Vin de Savoie.

Buying Wines Rather than choosing the cheapest bottle of wine in a higher grade, it is often best to choose the most expensive wine in a lower grade. For example, a €10 AOC is not likely to be very good whereas a €10 Vin de Pays will often be the better because it has to justify the higher price. A similar rule may be followed when it comes to buying champagne. If you ignore the kudos of serving actual champagne, there are some amazing AOC sparkling wines to be found. Crémant de Bourgogne, Crémant du Jura and Crémant d’Alsace are all excellent replacements for Champagne. While Blanquette de Limoux was actually the original sparkling wine that champagne producers tried to imitate in the 17th century.

“Nuts about the The Bush since the year 2000”

Drinking Wine The majority of people don’t have the funds to be consistently serving up the top class of wine but there are no excuses not to follow the rules surrounding how it should be served. Most people will know that red wine should be served at room temperature or around 18° but a common misconception is that white wine should be served cold. In fact, it should simply be served at a cool temperature of 11-13°. Resist the temptation at the end of a long day to fill your glass up to the rim. Wine is best enjoyed when your wine glass is approximately a third full and there is plenty of room for swirling, sniffing and acting like a wine buff. If you should have any wine leftover from your bottle, you need to store it correctly. Once wine is exposed to oxygen it can change rapidly. To preserve it for around 24 hours after opening, decant into a small container and recap it. Now who fancies a (third full) glass of wine…

Good Wines & Great Beer Quiz Night Thursday 9pm Cindy and Matt welcome you to the best small bar in Les Gets if not the Alps....

Find us in the old village next to the ice rink Follow us on facebook and twitter @barbushlesgets


BALCONY

GARDENING

Abundant gardens are often in short supply around ski resorts and many people have to rely on just a balcony to exercise their green fingers. Not every plant lends itself to being grown in a limited space but there are a number that work beautifully on the balcony.

Peas and beans work well on a balcony because they are climbers and can yield lots of vegetables without taking up a large ground area. All you need is a soil bag and a trellis/growing pole. Tomatoes are a popular choice for home growing because they bear huge crops for a long growing season. It is also very easy to tell when the tomatoes are ready to be picked (when they’re red!) so they don’t continue to take up space needlessly as they are harvested promptly. Radishes are also simple to grow on a balcony as they only require a soil depth of about 15cm. They are easy to grow among taller plants and won’t struggle if squeezed into a smaller growing area than usual. Owing to their beautiful leaves, beetroot can brighten up any balcony while also providing the satisfaction of growing your own food. The leaves are edible and when picked from fresh can provide an aesthetic and tasty addition to your salads.

Space Saving Growers

A shoe organiser may not instantly lend itself to the world of gardening but it is actually an excellent way to save space. Simply by filling each shoe space with some potting soil and planting your favourite herb, it is easy to create a useful and varied herb garden. By hanging from a rail or hook in the wall, the herbs don’t need to take up any precious floor space at all. Old, wooden wine boxes are great for grow boxes on the balcony because their regimented shape allows them to slot together easily. They have a rustic energy that goes hand in hand with gardening and owe themselves naturally to growing your own lettuces. An old pallet that can usually be picked up for free makes a fabulous vertical growing space against the wall of a balcony. Firstly, line the back with landscape fabric to protect the wall it will lean against. Then pack soil tightly into the pallet while it is lying flat on the floor and place the plants. There should be no space showing between the packed soil and the plants so that it is steady when upright. Herbs will thrive in this environment or if you are looking to plant flowers, choose cascading plants like nasturtiums for a stunning effect. Send pictures of your balcony gardening to: info@yodelmagazine. com.

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MOUNTAIN PHOTOGRAPHY Living in the mountains we are constantly presented with stunning views and amazing action, but how can you capture these images and what techniques can you use to make your images really stand out? Mountain Event Photography (MEP) have a team of professional photographers some of whom have provided photos and tips to help you improve your photography. “In order to make jumps look bigger I use a wide-angle lens. This gives the impression that people are travelling further as the distortion created by the lens creates the illusion of perspective. I have further emphasised this by knitting together several shots of the same snowboarder. To do this I set my camera up on a tripod, although anything steady would work. I set the camera to take multiple shots and as the snowboarder hit the jump I held down the shutter and took 6 shots in quick succession. To knit the shots together I used Adobe Photoshop, it’s a simple process but that’s another topic.” James Geen www.hauteproductions.co.uk

“Let time be your friend - in the mountains, the scenery, like the weather, can change dramatically on an hourly basis, so don't be afraid to shoot from the same location time after time. The results can be dramatically different depending upon the time of day, the current weather and the season before you even start to experiment with the camera setup - exposure time, aperture setting, choice of lens etc. There are so many variables here that you could shoot from the same spot every hour of the year and never get the same result.” Dave Pentin www.artchalet.co.uk “To get a shot like this one from the Passportes du Soleil mountain bike event, I used a panning technique. The basic idea behind panning is to track the subject with your camera as they move. This gives a great feeling of motion, but with a fairly sharp subject. The trick is to press the shutter button halfway through the pan, not at the beginning and not at the end. This ensures a smoother pan. I use remote flashes a fair bit when it comes to action sport photography. Flashes have a way of picking the subject out of the background and making them stand out.  I used two remote flashes in this shot: One set at 1/4 power directly in front/slightly to the right of the rider and another set at 1/8 power nearer to the rider and to his left. It all sounds fairly technical, but once I had the exposure set right, all I had to do was sit there in my shelter, drink the coffee from my flask and shoot the riders as they went past me. The flashes not only helped to freeze the rider more than a basic panning technique would have, but also lit the rider up a bit in the rainy conditions.” www.damianmcarthur.com MEP are planning on running photography workshops. If you would be interested in learning more about photographing the mountains and some of the amazing things that happen in them please contact mountaineventphoto@gmail.com


Tues 10th Jul 10am . . . . . . . . . . . Monumental Art Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Morzine Centre 5.30pm . . . . . . . . . . La Crise pop/rock Concert . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Les Gets Centre

Weds 11th Jul 10am . . . . . . . . . . . Monumental Art Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Morzine Centre

Thurs 12th Jul 10am . . . . . . . . . . . Monumental Art Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Morzine Centre 10am . . . . . . . . . . . Shepherd’s Theme Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Seraussaix Farm Fri 13th Jul 9am . . . . . . . . . . . . French MTB Championship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Les Gets 10am . . . . . . . . . . . Monumental Art Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Morzine Centre Sat 14th Jul 8am . . . . . . . . . . . . Fête Nationale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . All Resorts 9am . . . . . . . . . . . . French MTB Championship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Les Gets 9am . . . . . . . . . . . . Grimpee Cycle Race . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Morzine 10am . . . . . . . . . . . Monumental Art Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Morzine Centre 8.30pm . . . . . . . . . . La Spam Concert . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Les Gets Sun 15th Jul 8am . . . . . . . . . . . . Arthritis Golf Tournament . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Les Gets Golf Club 9am . . . . . . . . . . . . French MTB Championship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Les Gets 10am . . . . . . . . . . . Monumental Art Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Morzine Centre 8.30pm . . . . . . . . . . Teenager’s Party . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Opera Discotheque, Morzine Weds 18th Jul 10am . . . . . . . . . . . Lind’Art Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Morzine/Montriond

Thurs 19th Jul 10am . . . . . . . . . . . Lind’Art Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Morzine/Montriond 10am . . . . . . . . . . . Cheese Tour and Tasting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Seraussaix Farm Fri 20th Jul 9am . . . . . . . . . . . . 15th Mechanical Music Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Les Gets 10am . . . . . . . . . . . Lind’Art Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Morzine/Montriond Sat 21st Jul 9am . . . . . . . . . . . . 15th Mechanical Music Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Les Gets 10am . . . . . . . . . . . 4x4 Trials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Prodains 10am . . . . . . . . . . . Zebra 3/Igloo Masters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Les Gets 10am . . . . . . . . . . . Lind’Art Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Morzine/Montriond Sun 22nd Jul 9am . . . . . . . . . . . . 15th Mechanical Music Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Les Gets 10am . . . . . . . . . . . 4x4 Trials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Prodains Mon 23rd Jul 4pm . . . . . . . . . . . . Music from 3 Aliens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Morzine Office de Tourisme 4.30pm . . . . . . . . . . Red Pepper Sauce Jazz Band . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Les Gets Centre 6pm . . . . . . . . . . . . Cirque Zavatta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nyon Cable Car Tues 24th Jul 5pm . . . . . . . . . . . . Brazilian Street Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Morzine Town Centre 6pm . . . . . . . . . . . . Cirque Zavatta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nyon Cable Car Wed 25th Jul 10am . . . . . . . . . . . World of Morzna . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Morzine Office de Tourisme 9pm . . . . . . . . . . . . Subsonic Rock Band . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Les Gets Centre Thurs 26th Jul 10am . . . . . . . . . . . World of Morzna . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Morzine Office de Tourisme 10am . . . . . . . . . . . Pasture’s Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Seraussaix Farm Fri 27th Jul 9am . . . . . . . . . . . . Family Olympic Games . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Les Gets 10am . . . . . . . . . . . World of Morzna . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Morzine Office de Tourisme 5.30pm . . . . . . . . . . 3 Aliens Pop/Rock Concert . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Les Gets Centre 6pm . . . . . . . . . . . . Pitch and Plouf . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Les Gets Lac Sat 28th Jul 8am . . . . . . . . . . . . Big Mountain Battle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Les Gets 9am . . . . . . . . . . . . Family Olympic Games . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Les Gets Sun 29th Jul 8am . . . . . . . . . . . . Joux Plane closed for riders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Les Gets 9am . . . . . . . . . . . . Family Olympic Games . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Les Gets

Mon 30th Jul 9am . . . . . . . . . . . . Family Olympic Games . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Les Gets

Tues 31st Jul 9am . . . . . . . . . . . . Family Olympic Games . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Les Gets 4.30pm . . . . . . . . . . Borsalino Live Band . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Les Gets Centre

//Weekly//events

Monday 4pm . . . . . . . . . . Welcome Drinks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Morzine Office de Tourisme

5pm . . . . . . . . . . Open Mic Night . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rhodos Bar, Morzine 6pm . . . . . . . . . . Welcome Drinks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Les Gets Office de Tourisme

Tuesday 10.30am . . . . . . . Visit Slate Workshop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ardoisières, Prodains

2pm . . . . . . . . . . Tennis Tournament . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Les Gets Tennis Court 3.30pm . . . . . . . Snack Time at the Farm! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Seraussaix Farm 5.30pm . . . . . . . Savoyarde Cheese Tasting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Les Gets Centre 6pm . . . . . . . . . . Caroline’s Farm Tour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Les Gets

Wednesday 8am . . . . . . . . . . Town Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Morzine

9am . . . . . . . . . . Cheese Dairy Tour . . . . . . . . . . . . Fruitiere des Perrieres, Les Gets 10am . . . . . . . . . Monumental Art Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Morzine Centre 10am . . . . . . . . . Kid’s Face Painting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Les Gets Office de Tourisme 5.30pm . . . . . . . Pottery Workshop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . La Sarre Farm, Les Gets 6.30pm . . . . . . . Petanque . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Les Gets Centre We want to get as many people in our lovely town involved in yodel magazine as possible! If you have events you would like to be added to this page, please contact us at rowena@yodelmagazine.com. We regularly add new events and information to the yodel magazine website events listings, be sure you check it out!

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Sun 1st Jul 8.00am . . . . . . . . . . Pass’Portes du Soleil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Morzine 10.00am . . . . . . . . . Bike Polo French Championship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Avoriaz Sun 8th Jul 6pm . . . . . . . . . . . . Cirque Zavatta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nyon Cable Car Mon 9th Jul 4pm . . . . . . . . . . . . La Crise in Concert . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Morzine Office de Tourisme 4.30pm . . . . . . . . . . Red Pepper Sauce Jazz Band . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Les Gets Centre 6pm . . . . . . . . . . . . Cirque Zavatta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nyon Cable Car

7pm . . . . . . . . . . BBQ –Just Bring Meat! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sherpa Bar, Morzine 8.45pm . . . . . . . Ice Hockey Match . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Palais du Sport, Morzine

10.30pm (tbc) . . Live Music with Alex R . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tibetan Café, Morzine

Thursday 8am . . . . . . . . . . Village Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Les Gets

10am . . . . . . . . . Local Heritage Tour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Church Hall, Morzine 2pm . . . . . . . . . . Chocolate Workshop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chalet du Chocolat, Les Gets 2pm . . . . . . . . . . Football Tournament . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Les Gets Football Pitch 6pm . . . . . . . . . . Tour of the Goat Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Les Gets 6pm . . . . . . . . . . Yahn and Sandrine’s Theme Night . . . . . Les Mines D’Or, Morzine 7pm . . . . . . . . . . BBQ and Live Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bar Barque, Montriond 7.30pm . . . . . . . Quiz Night . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bar National, St Jean D’Aulps 9pm . . . . . . . . . . Quiz Night . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bar Bush, Les Gets

Friday 4pm . . . . . . . . . . Live DJ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tremplin, Morzine

6pm . . . . . . . . . . Live Music with Alex R . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chez Roger, Morzine

Saturday 12pm . . . . . . . . . Live Sport . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tavaillon, Avoriaz

12pm . . . . . . . . . Live Sport . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dixie Bar, Morzine

Sunday 11am . . . . . . . . . Live Sport . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dixie Bar, Morzine

12pm . . . . . . . . . Sunday Roast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rhodos Bar, Morzine 12pm . . . . . . . . . Live Sport . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tavaillon, Avoriaz 12pm . . . . . . . . . Live Sport . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . JC’s Sport’s Bar, Les Gets 9pm . . . . . . . . . . Quiz Night . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sherpa Bar, Morzine 17


TRAIL

ETIQUETTE A GUIDE TO STAYING SAFE ON TH MOUNTAIN

Trail etiquette may be common sense to some, but not to others. It is beneficial to everyone to abide by certain “rules of the road”. For beginners the experience that they have on their first few rides can dictate the rest of their biking life. For the sport to grow and get more popular, experienced mountain bikers should be helping and encouraging beginners to show them how much fun this sport can be, and how there is more of a community spirit than in other, mainstream sports. It is also beneficial to the resorts, because a friendly reputation will mean that more holidaymakers come year on year.

GENERAL RULES: Ride responsibly – first time down a trail, take it easy and get to know the route. If you go all out, you’ll likely end up with an injury. Pay attention – there are lots of useful signs on the trails, some crucial to staying safe. Look out for slow (Ralentir) signs, they are there for a reason. You are probably about to cross another track or are coming to a lift station. Pay attention also to the trail conditions as they can change dramatically day to day, or even run to run. Give way - to the person in front of you. They can’t see or maybe even hear you (they might be listening to music). It’s no good shouting your head off at them; you’ll only put them off or make them crash. If there is a safe place to over take, do so. But give a warning and make sure you give them plenty of room.

If you can’t get past them, STOP. Pull over and give them some time/space.

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rather than tabletops, and they will be big. These trails are for advanced riders.

Helping others – if you are riding along a trail and you see a group or individual on the side. Think about stopping and helping. They may be injured or need assistance. That could be you that needs a pump or allen key.

Expect to find different levels of riders on each track. To progress your riding, you have to ride a track that is slightly above your ability level. If you are doing this, be aware that quicker riders could be coming up behind you.

Stopping on trail – If you need to, stop in a sensible place, not on obstacles or round blind corners. Be sure to get you and your bike off the track and out of others’ way.

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In trouble – If you have an accident on the trail and need medical assistance, either send a group member to the nearest lift station, or call the emergency number – 112 in France, 144 in Switzerland. Pick up a free trail map from a lift office; it has lots of useful information.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT ON THE TRAIL? Most trails in the Portes du Soleil are graded like ski runs – Green, Blue, Red and Black. These signs are really useful as they give you an idea of what to expect. A green trail will usually be quite flowy with very few technical sections. The jumps, if there are any, will most likely be table tops so that you can learn and progress in a safe way. At the other end of the scale you have black runs. This means that they may be exposed, very technical or even just really fast. The jumps will likely be gaps

No one person owns the trails, they are for everyone to use. We’re not all here to race down in as fast a time as possible (that’s what races are for). Seasonaires – you live here and have plenty of time to enjoy the trails, so just take it easy and think of others. Remember, we’re all here to enjoy the mountains; seasonaires and holidaymakers alike. So lets get out there and have some fun! These are only guidelines and not strict rules, but if we are all reading from the same page, then the trails will be a friendlier place for all. If you think we have missed anything crucial, please feel free to let us know! Thanks Morzine Mountainbike Mechanics!


ANNECY/CITYGUIDE The city of Annecy truly depicts classic French Alpine beauty. The city oozes charm with bistro café’s lining the canal and blooming bridges of lively flowers. There is enough to see without a cultural overload and the 1 hour 20 minute journey is certainly worth it.

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as furniture and sculptures can be found, as well as the smaller and daintier vintage pieces like books and jewellery. If you fancy a touch more culture, head down to Vicenza Quay for the Art Market, where both run from 8am-5pm.

The Musée-Chateau d'Annecy is based in a restored castle with medieval architecture and touches of Renaissance style. It was once the residence of the Counts of Geneva, but was abandoned in the 18th century to later be bought by Annecy in 1953. The museum and its beautiful grounds are a mustsee, with Alpine furniture, geology, oil paintings, religious art and regional artefacts on show. Just a short walk from the old city, you will get to discover yet more views as well as history. Château de Montrottier has a small museum showing antiques, African and Asian costumes, armour and pottery, situated in a building built between the 13th and 15th centuries. The most beautiful part of the museum though is its surroundings. If you want some scenic shots of Alpine beauty, especially Mont Blanc, as well as panoramic views of the city, then this is the place to be. www.chateaudemontrottier.com

On the last Saturday of each month, the old city of Annecy’s bridges, streets and alongside the main canal, blossom with individual and unique stalls for the monthly Antique’s Market. Chunky items such

En.lac-annecy.com/markets-70.htm Take a trip with the Lake Annecy Cruising Company where you can opt for the omnibus, allowing you to visit little villages that pepper Annecy’s surroundings. Discover further the hidden, natural beauty of the cities surroundings and look at the landscapes hidden between the lake and mountains. There is even the opportunity to have lunch on board, or opt for a Parisienne style dinner dance as you sail the calm waters. www.annecy-croisieres.com For those of you that love the outdoors, a visit to the Gorges Du Fier should definitely be on the cards. Considered to be one of the natural wonders of the Alps, the river gorge can be reached by train or bus from the centre of Annecy. The beautiful and breath taking shapes and colours that nature has created are nothing less than fascinating. If you’re one for hiking, it should take less than an hour. www.gorgesdufier.com

Restaurants Situated in the Cour du Pré Carré, La Ciboulette serves delicious and stylish French cuisine. Its ancient surroundings help to create a friendly, cosy atmosphere that emphasises the experience. During weekdays you can grab yourself a three course meal for just €35, but the full menu is slightly more expensive, with main meals just off the €40 mark. Awarded with a Michelin star, the reasons become obvious from the moment you walk in the door. www.laciboulette-annecy.com

La Maison is a restaurant slightly cheaper, but nevertheless still superb in quality and excellence. Located in the old city, its unique decoration and warm and friendly ambiance show that the customer is their number one priority. You can take your pick too; if you’re after something a little bit different, La Maison is not just a restaurant. One side holds delicious food ranging from stone grill, home made fries, burgers and sea food, and the other a wine bar, with over 160 bottles to choose from. Prices start at around €10. www.lamaisonannecy.com

Where to Stay Luxury – L’Imperial Palace boasts 4 star beauty, situated directly on the lake, it’s not short of breathtaking views. Dating from 1913, the hotel is located in the heart of Annecy’s beauty, surrounded by elegance of natural water and stunning mountains. With a boutique, spa and beauty centre, a free gym and casino, the price does not come as a surprise. For a park view, rooms come in at just €310, but for a lake view or suite, you will be set back between €390 and €975 a night. www.hotel-imperial-palace.com Budget – Rated number one on Trip Advisor for hotels in Annecy, The Alexandra Hotel is modern, fresh and in the heart of the city. Just 200m from the lake and a comfortable distance from all of Annecy’s elegant charm, the hotel is perfect for a budget stay. Rooms start at just €52 a night. www.hotelannecy-alexandra.fr


WHITE WATER

RAFTING My biggest fear of white water rafting has always been smacking into a massive rock. So imagine my surprise after a day on the Dranse that this almost became my very goal…almost. There are two different options offered by Frog’s Rafting for the Dranse: the classic and the pro. Owing to my apparent fear of rocks and lack of previous experience, we chose the classic. White water rafting is graded between level 1 and 6. The Dranse is rated at a 3 which means it has ‘white water, small waves, maybe a small drop, but no considerable danger. May require significant manoeuvring (skill level: experienced paddling skills).’ Our guide Jeremy broke the ice (or at least the water) straight away by encouraging us to jump into the chilly river. There couldn’t have been a better way to conquer everyone’s fear of falling in and to realise how protective the wetsuits were to the water, which was around 10 degrees when we went in.

Clockwise paddle makes you go forward, anti-clockwise puts you in reverse…it all sounds so simple but it’s surprising how easy it is to get confused…or that could have just been me! There’s plenty of time to get your bearings though so don’t worry if, like me, you struggle with coordination. The route we took is the perfect mixture of rough and smooth, allowing enough time to recover from the trickier rock sections for a first timer. The calmer parts of the river not only allow time for a little recuperation but were also filled with interesting geographical and wildlife facts by our guide. During these sections it is also possible to notch up some adrenaline points by completing jumps from various points along the riverbed. The buzz of diving into the crystal cold and fresh water is so refreshing and gets you ready for each new section of rapids. There was even opportunities on the smoother sections for us to take it in turns trying our hand at steering the boat. It really is surprisingly hard work and I think everyone was quick

to realise this when we ended up on top of a pile of rocks in the middle of the river…stuck fast. Luckily it was all in the fun of the day and after much easing and teasing, we left the rocks and were free to float down to our end destination. It was a truly exhilarating and stimulating day that everyone was sad to see end but keen to do again. One of the best elements of white water rafting has to be its versatility as a holiday activity. Unlike the majority of activities, the weather doesn’t create any constraints. On a sunny day, the river sparkles crystal blue and jumping into the icy waters can be a refreshing relief. Alternately, rainy days cause the river to rise making the whole experience swifter and more exciting. Who cares that it’s raining when you’re already soaking wet? The cost of rafting is also relatively inexpensive for an activity that suits pretty much everyone. With Frogs Rafting, the classic trip is just €38 and the pro trip is €47, for more information see their website: www.frogsrafting. com.

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Every year once The Tour du France has finished winding its way through the villages, cities and mountains of France, we are reminded how lucky we are to be on the doorstep of some of the great climbs and descents of the world’s greatest cycling race. The infamous climbs, such as the Col du Joux-Plane, have been the breaking point for many a tour legend. It is however only one of the famous peaks within a day’s ride of Morzine, so I recently tagged along on an assisted tour to Chamonix to see what these great Cols really have in store for the everyday rider. The selected itinerary for the day was a testing 120km, beginning in Morzine and finishing in Chamonix, but not before passing through Abondance and Monthey via the Col du Corbier and the Pas du Morgin respectively. The route finishes with two climbs which will test any level of rider, the infamous Col de la Forclaz and Col du Montet. You begin the first ascent of the day shortly after departing Morzine. The Col du Corbier begins just outside of St Jean D'Aulps, a 6km climb with an average gradient of 8.6% which make it a short steep climb that will get the leg muscles warmed up. Followed by a fast descent towards Belleveaux,

it has been known for tour riders to hit speeds of up to 120kmh on big mountain descents but for us mere mortals much lesser speeds are quite breath taking and keep you firmly on the edge of your saddle. Enjoying a coffee with your first views of the Swiss mountains is your reward for gaining the short but steep Pas du Morgin which begins to climb at an increasing gradient at the exit of Chatel. After a chance to rest your legs, another exhilarating trip down the mountain awaits as you leave Morgin and head towards Martigny for lunch. With spectacular views of the Dents du Midi as you drop down into the Valais, this long sustained descent makes the 1000 meters you've climbed already today seem a world away. It is followed by a fast, flat section of road as you pass through Monthey that runs parallel with the famous and beautiful Rhone River. Departing from Martigny, the final two climbs of the day will test the mettle of any cycling enthusiast. The Forclaz is a sustained 13km climb, gaining just a whisker over 1000 meters of vertical. It offers an excellent opportunity to enjoy an 8.2% climb at a steady pace, with sensational views stretching all the way to Verbier. It

is suited to riders of all abilities; a chance for the less experienced rider to boost their stamina and the more experienced rider to see how much of it they have.

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DUCTTAPE Cheap and cheerful is the name of the game when it comes to making your own duct tape wallet. This will cost you next to nothing, take about half an hour and will leave you with a sturdy, functioning, water-resistant wallet to take out with you in the temperamental mountain weather. Step 1. Cut out eight strips of duct tape, approximately 8 inches long. Place the first strip, sticky side up on a flat surface and then place a second strip, sticky side down on top of it. The sticky side of the second strip will now be stuck down to the surface Step 2. Fold down the sticky half of the first strip, flip the two strips over and add another strip to the open sticky half. Continue with the other strips and fold the last remaining sticky part strip down. Step 3. Trim down the rough edges until you have a smooth-edged rectangle. Fold the rectangle in half lengthways and tape the two shorter ends closed. This will be the note part of your wallet.

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left hand side of your wallet. Repeat this two more times to create card pockets – each slightly lower than the previous to allow the cards to poke out. Step 5. On the right hand side of the wallet cut a rectangular piece of clear plastic to size and secure down with masking tape to create a section for photos. Step 6. Decorate. Cover your brand new wallet with stickers and decoration to personalise. Voila!

We have used plain black duct tape for our design but it is also a great idea to mix up different colours and patterns of duct tape for an interesting design. In our opinion, it will always look best when finished with a yodel sticker though! Send pictures of your home-made efforts to info@yodelmagazine.com.

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A ceremony reflec!ng who you are and what you really want. It’s up to you!

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inches long. Trim to size and stick the side and bottom edges into the

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Road to Valor

Gadget Review Ok, so €150 may be more than you would usually look to spend on some in-ear headphones but these are pretty special. They are the brainchild of Lance Armstrong’s Livestrong foundation and as such, by buying them you will also be helping to support the Livestrong cancer charity. The headphones are specially designed for exercise and feature an in-ear anchor clip system, which grip the buds to the inner ear avoiding fall-outs.  Any keen runner can testify just how annoying it can be to reposition your headphones every ten strides. The Monsters also feature a specially designed flat cord to avoid tangles and a microphone integrated within the set to enable phone calls. The audio of these headphones is clear and strong…exactly what you might expect for the money. Despite the expense, this is a great bit of kit to head out with. Earphones available from: www.darty.com

Road to Valor is the amazing true story of Tour de France legend Gino Bartali. The Italian was the most renowned cyclist in his country before the Second World War and won the race in 1938. He then went on to win the post-war race in 1948 giving him the largest gap between two victories in the race’s history. Road to Valor documents Bartali’s life, in specific the years between his two Tour victories and during the war. The cycling star used the money and recognition he gained as a sportsman to shelter Jews and smuggle counterfeit documents past the Nazis. The book is an in-depth and passionate account of one of the most colourful athletes of the 20th century. Road to Valor includes interviews with Bartali’s family, former teammates and a Holocaust survivor the cyclist saved. The book is the perfect recognition of the poignant and uplifting journey of a brilliant man.

The bourne legacy

Bourne has to be one of the most successful movie trilogies of all time, losing no integrity with each film. Rather than one film being labelled a dud, the best Bourne film has always been firmly a matter of personal opinion rather than a virtual fact. Bearing that in mind, you can imagine just how much expectation is riding on the shoulders of the latest Bourne film, The Bourne Legacy. The film has a new main character in the shape of Jeremy Renner, who’s been left with big shoes to fill after Matt Damon’s Bourne was so well liked. Renner plays a high-level government employee who decides to make it on his own after realising the government does not have his best interests at heart. Written and directed by Tony Gilroy, screen writer of the first three films, The Bourne Legacy does not stray too far from their winning formula and is certainly worth a look.


Tryfide riders shop

COMPETITION This months prizes have been kindly donated by Tryfide riders shop in Les Gets. We have womans prizes from Wemoto, mens prizes from Maloja and goggles from smith optics.Head over to Tryfide and say hello to Pascal and check out the rest of the ranges for Maloja and Wemoto.

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