Video: Shredding Tight & Twisty Alpine Trails in France

Jan 20, 2022 at 2:34
by Peythieu maxime  

Maxime Peythieu, a mountain bike rider from the French Alps, and brand ambassador for Santa Cruz Bicycles, is an all-bike player. He decides to show us all he does on a bike, from dirt jump to freeride, in a few video edits throughout the year. Here is the third opus of "Skillz" series.

Look at the first, and second episode of "Skillz".

For the third episode, he decides to go higher, through the mountain between La Grave and Serre Chevalier at the Ecrins's gates, riding his Santa Cruz Hightower.

Which place is better than La Grave to ride a mountain bike? We cannot compare this spot to another one, La Grave is such a unique experience on a mountain bike.
Moreover at this period of the year, when all the larch are turning into a red color.

"After a few rides in La Grave the past summer, I really wanted to go back there shooting some pictures at this incredible place, both by the landscape you can enjoy from the top of the lift at 3200m high, with the glacier of la Meije, than by the tracks built by the AVAG association. Especially the Kingstone road, which starts from 3200m and down to the village at 1500 meter high."

AVAG association, who create tracks over La Grave for a long time, got the support of PayDirt by Santa Cruz Bicycles in 2021 to help grow by the creation of new tracks, all by hands of course! Maxime had the chance to ride the fresh new section on the lower part.

Maxime also wanted to ride this ridge close to the Galibier for a long time. He can't find a better background than the Ecrins right there.

Neka the border Collie, got the same colors as trees at this period

2 days before the snow came, pretty lucky.

The Hightower in its natural environment

Photos & video made by Willy Camus

Max Peythieu's Instagram


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 Living for years on the Pyrénées' side, I sometimes miss the Alps. Leaving without mountains is impossible for me, even without riding. It's so beautiful, powerful, mystical...anyway! very beautiful pictures and vidéo. Merci l'ami Wink
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 I heard La Grave has awesome skiing but I had no idea there was MTB there as well. I was in La Grave a few years ago and walked past the little school where about two dozen kids were riding their tricycles around the playground, most sporting reflective wrap-around sunglasses. I gave a quick greeting in my terrible French and they immediately recognised I spoke English and proceeded to mock me by making up English-sounding words - big round vowel sounds with hard consonants. They came up to the fence and all started to talk to me and amongst themselves in this crazy mock-English - absolutely taking the piss out of me. It was hilarious. I'm sure every one of them will be shredders on skis and bikes one day. Maybe already. I miss France nearly every day.
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 Was there last summer. If you plan to visit the area, I can highly recommend a stay with
Kindest people and they know the area of Les Deux Alpes, Alpe d'Huez, La Grave, ... inside out.
All sorts of trail/enduro/gravity riding possible.

Did the "3x3000m" trip - best time on a MTB so far...!
  • 1 0
 Great video! Is the new track ready now? When we went in early July It wasn’t ready yet and King Stone Road was closed so definitely have to come back. The most beautiful place I’ve ridden so far.
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 Kingstone road (from the top) open around mid august every year, cause it's still full of snow on the upper part before, and it can be very dangerous to slide down to the big rocks... But this year they openned a new section from 2400 to join the last part of Kingstone, and an other track on the lower section. Next summer, they intend to open a new track directly from the top, but on the left side of the cabine !
To ride the upper part, the best time is the end of august and even in september, they're still open the 3 last days of the week I guess, until the end of september !
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 @maximepeythieu: Oh thats a good tip I'll surely book that in. Such a wicked place to ride. Seen the new track from the gondola and been chatting to one of the builders on the gondola and in the local shop - such a nice bunch!
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 I've ridden there once. Not super difficult but boy is it a long way back down from the top. Ride it on a HT and it's punishment Smile I'll be back, on a HT !
  • 1 0
 stunning location ,awesome skills from rider and the videographer ! Fuck is it july yet ! 2 weeks in french alps planned
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 Nice video le Will!!!
  • 1 0
 La Grave is awesome! Sick place to ride!
  • 1 0
 Excellent work fella’s!
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 Hyper la classe !!!

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