Best down country mountain bikes reviewed and rated by experts

Fast, efficient and responsive, the new Scott Spark RC is an outstanding XC race bike. With 120mm of travel, it has the suspension to tackle the toughest courses, but reserves a sharpness to its pedaling response that won’t leave you languishing in the finish-line sprint. It’s stiff too, so if you’re not under 65kg dripping wet, you’ll still have the confidence to charge hard. Scott has missed a trick with it’s TwinLoc remote though, as we think the Spark RC would be even faster if the suspension was a touch more active in the 120mm Descend mode. Even so, this is a scorchingly fast XC bike with a helluva pedigree that can still hold its own in the right hands against most modern trail bikes on gnarlier terrain.

Like many, Ouirgane’s fortunes are dictated by annual crop yields and a smattering of tourism. Appearance in the following lists is not a guarantee that we cover travel within your desired country. We will not cover you for travel in areas that the Foreign & Commonwealth Office advise against. We recommend youvisit the FCDO site for the latest travel advice. The staff were great and all worked hard to ensure the customers had a great time.

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There’s a longstanding surfing scene along Morocco’s sandy, wave-ridden Atlantic seaboard. Especially convenient is Paradis Plage, a large eco-lodge 20 miles north of Agadir. Devoted to sustainability, including reducing energy and water consumption, it offers a five-lesson package to beginners, and another that combines surfing with daily yoga classes. Spa treatments are available, and most of the chic, airy suites face the pool or ocean. Fresh from an exhibition in Casablanca, Joud has been pegged as an artist to watch but he has returned home to set up Taman’art Space. His hope is to stem the flow of migration out of the region by providing lodging and studio space for photographers, painters, animators and musicians from southeast Morocco.

  • We had a great week, superbly organised by Mick, Helen, Millie and Gustavo at the hotel.
  • We will definitely be in touch again regarding future trips.
  • At bedtime, I was lulled to sleep by the scent of wood-smoke and orange blossom, and a soothing crackle and pop from the glowing hearth.
  • What makes the best down-country bikes more suitable for modern day use than one of the best cross-country XC mountain bikes?

For this, you can purchase our bundled home and bike insurance, or we offer a no strings attached rolling monthly cycle insurance. We cover all forms of mountain biking as standard including downhill and enduro, and essential mountain biking cover such as mountain rescue if you are severely injured on a trail. There are considerable high risks with mountain biking including collisions, crashes and accidents.

Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Parent travelling together with their child or children. I’m doing my sport within the UK and need injury and liability insurance. A week with Collett’s in the Dolomites staying at Haus Valentin. 3rd time with Collett’s and absolutely no reason we won’t use them again.

At Albertville join the N90 to Moutiers then the D902 to Bourg St Maurice. At Bourg you will find signs to Val d’Isere, which is about 40 minutes up the mountain from Bourg. The address for your GPS to get to Val d’Isere is postcode and our office is on Route de Coin. GPS and road finder routes often give this as an option. Please note that cars hired with a Swiss registration cannot be taken into France by an EU National. Therefore it is important that when booking a hire car from the Swiss side, any EU Nationalsshould notify the rental firm that you will be driving in France and are therefore supplied with a French registered car.

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Suitable for all camera owners, the trip roams from multicoloured spice stalls in Marrakesh’s dense medina to the sun-baked kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou and the fortified fishing port of Essaouira. But for me the stars of the show were always the people. As tourism returns, a more sustainable, empowering path feels possible for communities in Morocco. That night we stayed on the edge of the Ouarzazate desert in a luxury Arabian Nights-style riad, built in the style of a ksar and grafted onto an ancient turreted ruin. We spent an afternoon at a delightful rural cooking school that’s training girls from the surrounding villages to teach, grow vegetables, and make cheese and bread. And in the belly of Marrakesh’s medina we met local artisans who are breathing new life into traditional crafts such as embroidery, to help broker incomes for disadvantaged communities.

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Shipton liked as any other to reach the top of a mountain but even more the poetry of mountain landscape and of untrodden country. At altitude the air pressure is lower and this means there is less oxygen available to your body when you breath. The process of your body adapting to the lower oxygen levels is called acclimatisation and it takes about 3 to 5 days. If your body does not get enough time to acclimatise to being at high altitude, you can develop altitude sickness . Altitude sickness usually happens at levels above 2,500m.