A Swiss Mountain Bike Adventure - Liz Peacock

July 24, 2018

I have been home for a week now – and have had plenty time to reflect on a fantastic 2 weeks spent at Bike Verbier in the Valais region of Switzerland. I seemed to spend most of the 2 weeks buzzing about riding my bike – whereas on previous trips I have enjoyed myself, but have found the riding much more of a challenge… and may have had the odd meltdown moment!

 

 

We rode a great selection of trails – there was very little use of the actual bike park terrain, apart from some acclimatisation at the start of the week, and to link natural terrain together.  The riding is so varied – rocky tech, loose steeps, rooty terrain, traverses through beautiful high alpine meadows. 

 

 

Rides often started up high in the mountains dropping down through the day into more wooded sections.  Some lift access and/or van uplift tended to be followed by 1-2 hours of climbing to gain a bit more altitude, maybe also some hike a bike – then picking up gorgeous ribbons of sweet alpine single-track to descend back to the valley. 

 

 

 

Picking a favourite ride doesn’t seem possible – the beautiful backdrop and tech fest of descending from Emosson dam is up there, a new ride starting close to Crans Montana and ending at a lovely cooling lake was awesome, the 126 swiss corners of Vertigo had me buzzing like a crazed bee…but there were so many more…..

 

 

So why was this year special?  I think I am fitter and stronger - thanks to all the big rides I have been doing back home. I resumed meditation practice to ensure a calm and focussed mind – starting the day meditating in the garden became an enjoyable part of my routine (I am carrying that on now we are home)… I have spent a lot more time on my bike in the last few months and that seems to be reflected in improved levels of skill and confidence – to the point where my favourite rides were the steep and techie ones. I also wasn’t so concerned about exactly what was coming – I knew that I would be able to cope.

 

 

The fortnight was not without incident – I was able to practice my first aid on a few occasions. The most notable was when one of the group suffered a dislocated shoulder and broken arm- the ambulance crew decided that the air ambulance was required. What an experience that was – one of the winch crew arrived with a chainsaw to remove a tree that was potentially in the way for winching the casualty out.  The process must have taken about 2.5hours but was amazing to see.

 

 

I have to thank Bike Verbier for another amazing 2 weeks – the chalet is lovely, the food is amazing, the guides are wonderful – all we needed to do was get up, eat breakfast, pick up our packed lunch, ride bikes, eat cake, get cleaned up, eat dinner, sleep and repeat… 

 

 

Liz Peacock



Size Guide

Women's Tops

UK USA World Bust Hip Length (front)
8 4 X-Small 87-90cm 96-99cm 53cm
10 6 Small 91-94cm 100-103cm 54.5cm
12 8 Medium 95-98cm 104-107cm 56cm
14 10 Large 99-102cm 108-111cm 57.5cm
16 12 X-Large 103-106cm 112-115cm 59cm
18 14 XX-Large 107-112cm 116-121cm 61.5cm
20 16 XXX-Large 113-119cm 122-128cm 65cm
 

Women's Shorts

UK USA Waist Hip Length (inside)
6 2 70-73cm 84-88cm 34cm
8 4 74-77cm 89-93cm 35cm
10 6 78-81cm 94-98cm 36cm
12 8 82-85cm 99-103cm 37cm
14 10 86-89cm 104-108cm 38cm
16 12 90-93cm 109-115cm 39cm
18 14 94-97cm 116-122cm 40cm
20 16 98-101cm 123-129cm 41cm
 

Men's Tops

Size Chest Length (front)
X-Small 87-91cm 55cm
Small 92-95cm 56.5cm
Medium 96-99cm 58cm
Large 100-109cm 59.5cm
X-Large 110-119cm 61cm
XX-Large 120-127cm 64.5cm
XXX-Large 128-135cm 66cm


Men's Shorts

Size Size  Waist Hip Length (outside)
28" X-Small 69-73cm 84-88cm 60.5cm
30" Small 74-78cm 89-93cm 61.5cm
32" Medium 79-83cm 94-98cm 63.5cm
34" Large 84-88cm 99-103cm 64.5cm
36" X-Large 89-93cm 104-108cm 65.5cm
38" XX-Large 94-98cm 109-113cm 66.5cm
40" XXX-Large 99-103cm 114-118cm 67.5cm