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Diois & Barcelonnette

Family trip to the flow zones of France


Die, pronounced Dee, home to a delicious sweet smooth sparkling alcoholic drink called Clairette, is also home to some of the sweetest smoothest trails around.

A few years ago some mates did a race organised by the Bivouac Enduro team and came back raving about it.  More so the pairs racing format, but they said that the trails were great fun to ride with the company of a mate.

Back in spring before my summer guiding season kicked off I met my parents there for our annual holiday together.  The day I met my Dad he was turning a couple of years into his 60's.  All winter he had told me stories that him and his 'crew' had got into out riding there bikes in the Shire's, Boarders and Mid Wales area's. With this preparation in mind I knew he'd love the potential that lay ahead of us:





After a few days in the Diois we moved onto Barcelonnette in the Ubaye region of the southern French Alps.  Luckily Ash from Transprovence had given me a tip off about some super flowy Dad friendly trails.  With that information, I dragged him up 1000 metres whilst my Mum went off to play tennis with the local pro & the ladies team.  It's big round there, the trails are mega fun too and Barcelonette is a lovely little town with a strange link to Mexico.  I'll be back for fajita's and beer sometime soon I hope.



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