Video: Riding Annecy's Steep & Gnarly Trails

Oct 23, 2018
by Variable Visual  

Rivieride in Annecy: A story by Only What's Necessary

Parmelan mountain Rivieride L -bas annecy trip
Parmelan mountain viewed from a trail made by locals riders

JRNL:004 – Rivieride in Annecy

For our second Là-bas trip we decided to climb a little to Annecy, and check the playground of our friends and locals riders living around the lake, but also meet the guys of Only Whats Necessary in their studio. Some hours of driving from the French Riviera, and here we are, Annecy just appeared, it's now time to learn to ride on roots, steep and slippery trails.

Flowy trail by Born to jump Rivieride L -bas annecy trip
The trail of the Born to jump crew on the east side of the lake is steep and fun!

Flowy trail by Born to jump Rivieride L -bas annecy trip
Flowy trail by Born to jump Rivieride L -bas annecy trip

Flowy trail by Born to jump Rivieride L -bas annecy trip
Congrats to the trail builders, flowy and smooth trail always born from a passionate community.

OWN Studio visit OWN FR 01 shoes Rivieride L -bas annecy trip
After this first taste of Annecy, we took the afternoon to meet with OWN founders and designers at their working studio.

OWN Studio visit OWN FR 01 shoes Rivieride L -bas annecy trip

OWN Studio visit OWN FR 01 shoes Rivieride L -bas annecy trip
OWN Studio visit OWN FR 01 shoes Rivieride L -bas annecy trip

A lot of exchange about the actual product, our experience with it, and the future of the FR01 shoes and more. Thanks Warren and Dan for opening the door to this mysterious place.

Natural enduro trail on mont Veyrier Rivieride L -bas annecy trip
Mont Veyrier, a labyrinth of trails on the east side of the Annecy lake, a must ride!

Rivieride L -bas annecy trip
Rivieride L -bas annecy trip

Glacier des alpes totaste Rivieride L -bas annecy trip
Touristic tour in the old Annecy, 20min in a waiting line to taste the ice cream from "Glacier des Alpes"

Night walk beside the lake Rivieride L -bas annecy trip
Annecy offers a nice promenade around the lake, a lot of artistic works in the street and this bridge looks cooler like this!

Rivieride L -bas annecy trip Rivieride L -bas annecy trip
The trails around Annecy are really different and fun to ride, if you chill not so far, have a stop to enjoy this giant playground around the lake!

Rivieride L -bas annecy trip
Rivieride L -bas annecy trip

Rivieride L -bas annecy trip
Southern east of the lake, Col de la Forclaz offer you an amazing view on the lake and Annecy.

Thanks to our friends around Annecy who helped us to discover the trails, the local riders for their advice and the trails builders for their work!

Rivieride
OnlyWhatsNecessary
Words, photos and video: Rivieride / Variable Visual


16 Comments

  • + 8
 I've been to Annecy a few times - I always make sure to stop there on my way down to Morzine/Les Gets. One of the best mornings of my life was this summer when me and my friend got up at first light and pushed up one of the famous tracks in Annecy. It was a huge push and ride up. When we got to the top, we had a quick sip of water, a high 5 and then put our goggles on and bombed it back down. By 10:30am we were in a Brasserie by the lake drinking coffee and eating fresh made French baked goods. Mint place.
  • + 2
 Sounds incredible man. I’ll throw that one in the bucket
  • + 3
 Annecy is one of the most beautiful places I´ve ever been. I even rode a road bike around the lake (first road bike experience in my life) haha... and it´s the home-town of some big brands like Salomon and Mavic
  • + 1
 Went camping with the family through Annecy this late August. Was ready to do some of those shuttles on a rented bike on Day 2. But Day 1 I broke my hand in the skatepark, skating with my son. Day 2 was a hospital day. Frown
  • + 2
 Nice! Went there on holiday last year and tried to find some local trails but didn't find any Frown
  • + 2
 What is that frame he is riding??
  • + 2
 It’s a Last bike Coal !
Deutsche Qualität!
  • + 2
 Beautiful Town, Beautiful People, and amazing riding. I miss it everyday!
  • + 2
 was anyone else waiting for it to actually be steep?
  • + 7
 Hey @conoat the first trail on the video is pretty steep and slippery actually, the second part is more enduro trail. Pinkbike choose to rename the blog entry, our title was "Chilling in Annecy", had some ride, some fun, some cool time there. Be kind don't blame me for something I didn't decide Wink
  • + 2
 I saw a job in my field pop-up in Annecy the other day, tempting!
  • + 1
 @Valiforniadigga Thanks brother appreciate that!!
  • + 1
 and/or gnarly? lol
  • + 1
 Go have a look at the original title, for that article ;-) , for some obscure reason (buzz and amount of click) PinkBike editors change titles and contents... #notcool

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