Verbier – Val de Bagnes – La Tzoumaz is a mountain biking mecca for experts and novices alike, with a dedicated area extending over 833 km, in addition to a full range of sports activities. Each discipline of biking has the benefit of specialist trails with multi-stage ski lifts providing fast, easy access between Le Châble (820m), Verbier (1530m) and Fontanet (2475m). So whether holidaymakers want to try downhill, enduro, cross-country, e-bike or road bike, Verbier is the place to be.
Discerning bikers can begin biking around Verbier as soon as the snow melts and continue to enjoy the resort right into November.
Verbier Bike Park
Built for the adrenalin-inclined, Verbier Bike Park has seven downhill tracks ranging from the fast, fun and flowing blue track to the full speed, wild ride black race track. Thanks to Verbier’s clever track design riders can cross between different tracks at certain points meaning there are far more than just 9 combinations of track to ride. These tracks Verbier Bike Park now offers a total vertical drop of 880m.
All Day Enduro
The valleys of the Val de Bagnes reward those willing to put the effort in, and for those intrepid adventurers Verbier has created 23 enduro itineraries with all levels of mountain biker in mind. Using pedal power and the occasional chairlift mountain bikers can explore mountains, ride into hidden valleys and even go on such long adventures they need to get the train home. The popularity of full days out on the bike is growing year on year and the more adventurous the better. Verbier has the views, the trails and the diversity to keep people coming back summer after summer.
New for this summer: Hexo+ drones
Thanks to an exclusive cooperation agreement with France-based Hexo+, every Friday downhill mountain-bikers will have the chance to film themselves with a drone in the different areas of Verbier. Using smartphone technology, bikers’ videos will be transmitted to them during their descents as the drone follows them using GPS technology. An expert will help bikers with take-off and landing and they will get a video montage of their day by email within 48 hours. Priced from 250CHF/£179 for a half day and 400CHF/£286 for a full day.
Win One of Five Trek Bikes
Guaranteed sky-high treasure hunting fun and the opportunity to find some incredible prizes. Throughout the summer from 3 July, Verbier is going to hide five Trek bikes, one for each discipline that you can enjoy in Verbier: ENDURO, DOWNHILL, CROSS-COUNTRY, ROAD and E-BIKE. Every three weeks, Verbier will be releasing a video clip as the starting gun for each of the five treasure hunts, containing clues to the hiding place. The first person to find the Trek bike can claim their prize. To find out the launch dates for each discipline, visit the website www.verbier.ch or like the Facebook page. Subscribing to the newsletter view the videos 12 hours ahead of everyone else and be automatically entered into a prize draw at the end of the summer, with numerous prizes provided by our sponsors including Bontrager and DaKine to be won.
Cross Country Kings
Over 500km of cross country trails await those looking for distance without too challenging terrain. From the Grand Raid race itinerary which mirrors the famously gruelling 125km cross country race that departs from Verbier and finishes in Grimentz to relaxing double-track loops that can be enjoyed with the whole family, the beauty about the amount of terrain and trails is there is something for everyone.
Verbier, Val de Bagnes and La Tzoumaz is also great for road biking. It’s no great surprise that, after its first visit in 2009, the legendary Tour de France will hold another stage in the region in 2016. Super fit cyclists will follow the tracks of the yellow jersey up around the resorts above Martigny some 1,000m below. The region’s legendary passes, like the Great St. Bernard and the Col de la Forclaz, are their favourite challenges.
Less experienced cyclists, who like to discover new places on two wheels at their own pace, will love the gentle rides through the pretty villages in the area. The event that all bike fans are waiting for is a stage of “La Grande Boucle” taking place on 20 July 2016. Seven years after its first visit to Verbier, the Tour de France is returning to the region with a spectacular stage finish on the Emosson dam.
Trail Verbier St Bernard
From 8-10 July Verbier will host the 7th edition of Trail St Bernard where trail runners from all over Europe will compete in a selection of races in the area surrounding the resort. On the Verbier St Bernard Trail there are four main routes promising something for every level of trail runner. Extreme and fit runners can tackle X-Alpine which stretches 110km with 8400m of positive ascent while those who are new to trail running can aim for the X.Direct – a new 6km race starting in Le Châble, direct to Verbier – which is open to anyone and has no age limit.
Teaser video: http://www.trailvsb.com/index.php?r=site/text&id=300&IDPage=91
In a stunning alpine setting, Verbier will host performances from top classical musicians featuring talented acts such as András Schiff, Charles Dutoit, Yuja Wang and Daniil Trifonov to name but a few. Tickets are still available to book.
The Grand Raid is a race dedicated to mountain biking and offers four different routes with varying challenges for the thrill-seeking competitors. The most daring will tackle the longest of the four routes from Verbier to Grimentz, stretching 125km with a 5025m climb.
Verbier International Horse Show
Some of the greatest riders from Europe will descend on Verbier to take part in this horse jumping show. Visitors to Verbier can watch the professionals in a stunning setting.
Verbier Bike Fest
From 2-4 September, thousands of motorbike enthusiasts will gather in Verbier where they will celebrate their love for all things biking. Guests at the event can expect a sea of Harley Davidsons, live music acts, stunts and Freestyle Motorcross (FMX) demos as well as the US Car Show.
Two-person teams of professional mountain bikers and ambitious amateurs will complete the five-stage race from Zermatt to Verbier via Leukerbad. Surrounded by numerous Alpine giants and imposing glaciers, riders are sure to experience a natural high as they take on the seemingly endless flow trails. The event will take place from 12 – 17 September 2016
Bagnes, Capital of Raclette
What holiday to Verbier would be complete without gorging on the delicious regional food? Well, cheese lovers and foodies will be in their element at this food festival which celebrates the iconic raclette in addition to a whole host of other regional produce. Guests will get to try food and wine produced in the vallée de Bagnes and from Entremont and can enjoy the traditional live music and entertainment.
For further information visit:www.verbier.ch