La Thuile isn’t a place that’s on most people’s radars. It certainly wasn’t on mine for quite some time. I knew it was there, between the Mont Blanc Tunnel and Pila, but having paid to go through the tunnel I could never quite bring myself not to just go to Pila instead.
However, eventually I plucked up the courage and I was amazed by this little discovered gem. The Aosta Valley is starting to become my favourite spot in the World. Well maintained rideable tracks, nice people, good ice cream and great coffee.
Anomalously for lift accessed trails in The Alps the tracks here aren’t quite of the full on downhill variety. Racer heads may find them a little straightforward and they could quite easily be tackled on a 6 inch bike.
However, for anyone that ‘just enjoys riding bikes’ you’ll find them more than enough. There’s an amalgamation of fresh tracks, rocks, roots and breathtaking views with corners that flow from one to the next.
The town at the foot of the mountain is one of the nicest I’ve visited. Very much an Italien village with one small shop, but also the best ice cream I’ve ever had and a nice pizza and beer for dinner.
Lift pass: €17 a day or you can get combo deals to include the rest of the Aosta Valley (La Thuile, Pila, Cervinia and Monterosa)
Written by Paul Thomas @ www.riders-retreat.co.uk