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"Soft pedal" in the Albanais

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The electric mountain bike (EMB) is the two-wheeler for the ones who thought that the mountain bike was not for them. You have to test it with the MCF (French Cycle Instructor) instructors from the Bike Center at Rumilly. All the routes of the Albanais are now accessible for everyone!,

The mountain bike is booming in the Pays de Savoie. This all-terrain two-wheeler allows the biker to go freely through the mountain and reach exceptional view points. However even with the machines from the last generation, the physical exercise is still challenging. "This season, we completed our park of standard mountain bikes with eight electrically assisted mountain bikes", says Francis Dufour, instructor MCF from the Bike Center at Rumily. "We wish to democratize the practice of the mountain bike, judged too physical. Widen our targets, in particular with the seniors and female public".

Thanks to the electric motorization, those who are not really train for it can go on the most varied mountain bike paths of the Albanais without the pedaling effort ! "Being on the saddle of an electric mountain bike doesn't mean to not pedal at all, otherwise it's a scooter!", jokes the monitor. The electric assistance erases the "deterrent part of the effort" to only keep the pleasure of cycling and enjoying the scenery.

 

Boosted bike and pilot !

VTT électrique Albanais en pays de Savoie Rumilly Annecy

With this type of machine the capacities of the bike and its pilot are multiplied. "The EMB allows to do more distance, to drive along longer and to accomodate the climbs" continues Francis Dufour, specifying that this new bike have an autonomy of 50 to 80 km according to the difference of height. "It reconciles the general public with the classic bike mountain. It's also a link between the various users because we can form groups of mountain bikers with very heterogeneous levels: those who looking for the physical performance will be using standard mountain bike, the less sporty one will opt for electric mountain bike, and at list everyone can pedal together on the beautiful roads of our territory", says the instructor MCF.

 

The climbs of the Albanais, a formality !

Among the main mountain bike strolls of the Albanais which François Dufour and his colleague Christophe Leray recommend and supervise: the Chambotte belvedere, where we have one of the most beautiful views on the Bourget Lake, the Alps and the Jura. A 2h30 to 3h return trip with picnic break at the summit or a great meal at the restaurant. An easy route with the electric mountain bike despite some small steep climbs !

VTT Albanais Haute-Savoie Rumilly Annecy Aix-les-Bains

Another route for which the EMB is particularly suitable is the ponds of Crosagny and the poplar plantation in Albens. Thanks to the electric assistance, the biker stay focus on its bucolic discovery: the biodiversity fauna and flora of this wetland classified Zone Natura 2000 and the quality of its built heritage (the XVIIthC's mill, the wash house and the farm).

Bonus: the comments of the monitor-guide, real expert of the history of the area.

Between Savoie and Haute-Savoie, the Albanais is a gateway to the Regional Natural Park of the Bauges. MCF instructors of the Bike House organize itinerant EMB excursions from Rumilly. "We offer a short itinerant route with two iconic peaks to climbing, the Semnoz and the Revard. Some arduous ascents with classic mountain bike become very accessible with an electric assistance," says Francis Dufour, who prepare stays on demand to discover "without effort" the Albanais with its great places for green tourism.

Practical: accompanied route by an electric mountain bike, from 60€ on a basis of four persons. Given the weight of the EMB (21 kg), the activity is not accessible for children (1m50 minimum).

Texte : Actumontagne pour l'OT de l'Albanais
Photos : © MCF / © Gilles Lansard

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