Follow Théo downhill biking on the slopes of Gryon
Downhill biking in the Alpes vaudoises
Adrenaline lovers, prepare to go on a downhill biking adventure accompanied by Théo.
Aged 20 years, Théo is originally from the Lausanne region but spends all his weekends and holidays in Villars. He is currently a student and during the winter, he works as a ski instructor at the Swiss Ski School in Villars. Passionate about the mountains, he goes skiing and biking in his spare time.
WHY CHOOSE DOWNHILL BIKING?
Practising downhill biking enables me to always go beyond my limits. Each time it is a source of adrenaline.
WHY RIDE IN THE ALPES VAUDOISES?
The region is ideal because it has plenty of trails, so that no one trip is the same as another, and besides this, the countryside you pass through is magnificent.
On the slopes with Théo
Théo takes us on the downhill ride from Chaux to Gryon.
From Barboleuse (Gryon), the cable car takes us to the departure point of this downhill slope, which is of moderate difficulty and combines fun and technique. In an area of more than 3.5 km with 550 metres of downhill gradients, the descent unfolds to the rhythm of banked bends and faster stretches.
The plus points of this itinerary:
- Easy access from Gryon thanks to the cable car (ascent included with the Free Access Card and the Magic Pass).
- The option of continuing the descent to Bévieux-Bex through Villars (return by train)
- After some great descents, Théo recommends stopping for a drink at L'Escale at the Place de Barboleuse.
I particularly appreciate the variety of the trails and the panorama!
Some excursion ideas in the region
Admire the view from the summit of Grand Chamossaire
Grand Chamossaire is Théo’s preferred viewing point in the region. It is the highest summit point in Villars, peaking at an altitude of 2,112 metres. The Rhône Valley, Lake Geneva, via Mont Blanc, Dents du Midi and the Bernese Alps ... a 360° panorama.
This summer, you can access this summit easily by using the mountain transport systems. From Villars, you can travel on the rack railway to Bretaye. Then the cable car at Grand Chamossaire takes you to the summit in just a few minutes. You can go back down by bike, on foot, or simply use the cable car then travel by train to Villars.
A GOOD PLAN: the journey costs you nothing with the Free Access Card and the Magic Pass during summer 2020.
Regain your energy at Crumbs in Bretaye
Eat at a friendly and relaxed place at high altitude. Théo recommends the Crumbs Café.
Located not far from Bretaye, in the locality of Les Bouquetins (the train that runs from Villars stops just before it), the Crumbs Café offers both snacks and gourmet food.
Théo’s favourite dish: the Fatty Matty Wrap – a real delicacy.
After a day hurtling down the slopes in the region, Bains de Villars is where you might bump into Théo.
Bathe in warm water at a temperature of 36° C with a view of the Dents du Midi; this is a good way to relax. You can look forward to perfect moments of intense recuperation, a panoramic sauna, a hammam and maybe a few lengths of breaststroke in the brand new 25 metre-pool.