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Morzine 2016: Yeeessssss!

I just a little bit excited! Ok, I’m disgracefully unstoppably explodingly excited to be specific. In fact I’m more excited than “Excited Jack McExcited, winner of this year’s Mr Excited competition” (all due plaudits to Richard Curtis and Ben Elton)

So it’s been a long, long, long tedious wait for today ever since I first thought about the possibility of this year’s trip (as I ran down the Les Gets bikepark trail for the last time).

Since then it’s all come together nicely, so a big thanks to all who have assisted, ventured an opinion, put up with “incessant emails” and generally tolerated my “constant wittering” about it…

I confess I’ve been slowly counting down the days, and not metaphorically speaking, every single flipping day until we’ve reached this most halcyon of days…. departure day!!!!

This evening 15 of us TFITers/MRMTBers/Notable Others will be wending our way to Gatwick, Heathrow and Bristol to board flights to Geneva. We lovingly packed the MVOJ last night and uttered soothing words to our steeds as they were whisked away.

So speaking of the MVOJ, Andy T and Peter H are already “en-France dans le MVOJ” and are hopefully having a good journey. I’ll post some updates here if I get any during the day.

So all I have to do now is count the minutes until 4:00pm. For those of you heading out from Witley later – you need to be at Matt W’s to catch a van at 4:15pm. That’s now Bob, Mark, Matt, Steve, Tim, Malcolm, Leigh, Buz and Tig. Oh, if you’re looking for Mr B and Buz, they’ve been in a pub in Witley since 2:30pm…

Me, Craig D, Andy C and James G are heading to Gatwick straight from work. Andy P will be departing from Bristol later.

The flight out of Gatwick (North Terminal) is EZY8482, departing at 20.15. So, if you are reading this at work, can I just say “Passport? Wallet? Hand luggage?”. And I’ll see most of you in Gatwick later for a pre-flight pint.

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Things to do while waiting to go on an MTB trip

I’m bored. Really bored. Bored of work. Bored of waiting for Thursday. Just totally and utterly bored. I have reached that stage where all I can think about is mountains. And bikes. And bikes in mountains.

So, I’ve tried squeezing MTB words into meetings (referred to myself as a “code Bandit” who “Scout‘s for errors” earlier – quite pleased with that), I’ve tried playing Wiki Races (I’m rubbish) and I’ve been the first to volunteer on the coffee making front. And it’s still not the end of the day.

So, for anyone else who is bored staring at a computer, try the “Surrey Hills MTB Going to Morzine on Thursday Crossword” of joy…

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Across

1. Favourite run?
2. Transporting peanuts
3. Malc’s new bike
5. Mexican outlaw
7. The Andy T and Peter H express
8. Bob’s least favourite game
9. Andy’s BMC
10. —-end

Down

1. Best encased in body armour
4. Last year’s lift call
6. What Malcolm thinks on the first lift
7. Where we’re going

Ok, so that’s another 15 minutes eaten up… Oh God, it’s still only Tuesday…

One teeny tiny week to go

Huzzah. Hurrah. And lots of other words that end in ah.

One week to go, yep just 7 tiny insignificant days to wait until we get some well earned French Alps wheel time in Morzine. That would also be 5 working days, 168 hours, 10,080 minutes or 604,800 seconds – calculators on the internet – gotta love them…

 

Some logistical things:

We are packing the van on Wednesday 6th July at Matt W’s place any time from 5:00pm onward. Turn up when you want, personally I doubt I’ll get there until after 6:15 / 6.30pm, but the van will be ready when you are.

Bring your bike, your ‘hold luggage’ bag and anything else you want to go in the van (and possibly a beer or two?).

In terms of getting the bikes into the MVOJ, I’m expecting that we will have to turn handlebars into your frame and possibly take wheels and pedals off, so come prepared for that. As with all van packing “shenanigans” it will be an evolutionary process.

Also this coming Sunday (3rd July) we will be getting creative with “pallets” at Matt’s place at about 4:00pm ish and are intending to construct some kind of “frame” in the van for putting things onto. Feel free to turn up and offer encouragement, point, laugh or other things if you want to.

Note: Bike padding will not be provided (I’m not your mum) so if you want your pride and joy protected from knocks and bumps and things – bring your own “padding”, “bubble wrap” or the “downy embrace of a mudbunny” yourself.

You also have 7 days or specifically one weekend to get your bike and kit in order, so if you’re missing anything (like I am) all I can say is “what the hell are you reading this for? Crack on.”

Personally I am spending Saturday doing last money transfers, fitting new tyres and bedding in a couple of sets of pads to take with me and packing my bag. I’ll also be sorting out my extra insurance through snowcard.co.uk in case that is something you have not thought about yet.

The Accuweather forecast for Morzine is looking encouraging (20 degrees + and “mostly dry”) but apparently at the higher altitudes there is an outside chance of some persistent snow lying around so adjust your kit accordingly.

Any questions – feel free to drop me a line and watch out for the last Official Morzine 2016 email coming soon.

Oh yeah – last pre-Morzine TFIT tonight. Anyone up for a gentle “no-injuries permitted” ride?

Now there’s an idea

So, am doing lengthy database stuff today. The databases are large. Very large. Moving, cleaning or even just thinking about them takes forever. It’s boring. Very boring.

And then I remembered the interweb and all my problems are solved! I had a quick browse of WP Reader and came across this fantastic post on Legget Immoblier Morzine & Les Gets for a 3* Hotel for sale in Morzine.

It houses up to 69 guests, has 25 bedrooms, a pool (!), a restaurant and all of those “hotel-esque” type things. Its just beautiful and I have to be honest, I’d quite fancy staying there.

And all for only €3,600,000 (…fumbles through wallet.. *sigh*… closes wallet)

However, if you’re in the market for some super sexy Mozine / Les Gets property, I recommend you visit Legget Immoblier, if only to drool (like I just have). I may even go take a look at it when we get to Morzine in 44 days time.

But imagine… free riding every summer… free skiiing every winter…

Do I hear “crowd funding” anyone?

Flip-chip Tallboy

Santa Cruz just launched the revised Tallboy. ‘The new Tallboy is sharper, but slacker, shorter but longer, steeper but lower, racier but trail-ready. And it’ll take 27.5+ wheels as well as 29in wheels. It’ll take a 120mm fork up front, to it’s 110mm rear, but if you’re running 27.5+ wheels, you can run a 130mm fork and keep the geometry the same by using the flip-chip on the rear shock mount.’

The Flip-Chip allows the shock position change to accommodate the 27.5 or 29er wheelset. Interesting idea:

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In 29er mode
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and 27.5

I noted with interest how the predominate MTB marketing in South Africa was aimed at carbon hardtail race lycra brigade, so I had a chuckle at the spoof Cape Epic promotional video by none other than Greg Minnaar. Worth watching until the end, that’s a trick I want to try in Morzine. Enjoy:

Oh, and finally, I got my first puncture this weekend. Stans was not up to the job. Fear I may need a new tire if I plan to take out the tube again. Drinking tube included for Steve’s benefit.

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Morzine, Brexit – actual Politics!

Think I might regret writing this blog – but anyhoo, here goes.

Just read a couple of interesting blogs from Morzine Source Magazine about the potential impact of a “Brexit” on Morzine and the Portes du Soleil area generally. Obviously Morzine is very UK friendly as a place, not least from the quantity of UK peeps who live, work and have fun there year round, be it board, ski or bike related.

Now far be it for me to make any kind of political statement, I mean everyone is entitled to their own opinion and all that jazz, but the f*ckwits politicians who are calling for the UK to leave are having a fundamentally negative effect on the pound. Last year when we went, things were very healthy at a GBP to Euro rate of 1.44. I’ve just checked the currency rate on xe.com and it’s languishing at 1.27. I remember skiing with Dave D, Leigh B and Buz a few years ago and the rate was basically 1.00:1.00. Buying a chocolate chaud on that trip made me sob like a child.

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The referendum date is set for 26th June, just before we head to Morzine so we will either be welcomed or burnt at the border – either of those things is possible…

Anyway, I have therefore concluded that Boris Johnson is a gimp without a backbone, IDS is simply positioning himself for the aftermath of the Conservative civil war for a better cabinet job and all those other politcos who are arguing for the UK to leave:

  1. Hate MTBers
  2. Are power hungry dicks who are more interested in securing more political power than they are in the social well-being of the UK populous
  3. Are trying to ruin my spiritual relationship with the French Alps
  4. Are so self-important they want to waste UK taxpayer money on a stupid bloody referendum instead of spending it on better things (like trail centers…)
  5. Are just fuckwits annoying people

I know the EU is flawed (I should do, I worked within it for a while). I know it could be better. I know French Politicans are annoying (they just are). But I’m sorry, I wish the “Leave” crowd would all just take a running jump off Big Ben.

A pox on them all… Here endeth the rant.

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