We decided to go and explore some new trail and Steve chose a random one from a forum for mountain biking around Grenoble that a lot of people seemed to have talked about riding. I don’t have any pictures of it in the post but it was a circuit around the mountain called Le Neron, which for me looks like a dinosaurs back when you look at it from the city.
We made our way up the windy road from Grenoble without stopping, immersed in conversation making us forget that we had not stopped, then up onto the fire road climb knowing that the descent was not until we were right the way around the other side of the hill, pretty easy and steady going. Thinking this is why so many people do it, its so close to the city and the climb is really nice and gradual…
When we got to the top where we thought the descent might begin we were struggling to find where the track went, there was no track down where the map said there would be and the only track down we could find was a little further around the hill which seemed very unused and within the first 20m we could see had about 5 fallen trees on it.
We searched every little track that looked like it might lead to something however nothing seemed particularly obvious and in the end we decided to take the one with the fallen trees, as even though it was not rideable it was the most obvious. This was clearly not the route that so many people had talked about.
We descended half the height we had climbed on the track that had trees across it almost every ten metres, safe to say we were not best pleased, with the longest distance being ridden about 40m.
After the assault course of trees we came to an open 4×4 track which would take us away to the bottom of the hill, it was looking like this was to be a less successful exploration ride. Thankfully the track gradually narrowed and became a lot more interesting, with quite an exposed drop away down to our ride, some singletrack and some technical rocky sections it made for a much more interesting second half to the descent.
Smiles all round again, but where was the first half of the descent? To be found next time I guess…