We are sad to see the Chatel pool being demolished. However, this is making way for a brand new aquatic due to open in summer 2014. And if this video is anything to go by, it should be very impressive!
I’ve just got back from the 2011 MTB World Championship Downhill race in Champery, where Danny Hart rode a legendary race to become the 2011 champion.
The conditions today were difficult to say the least. The rain has been constant all day, varying between heavy & torrential. The Champery downhill course is testing at the best of times. Add in heavy mud, small rivers pouring down the course and low visibility, and most riders were fighting just to stay on their bikes.
The fastest times were set by the riders mid way through the race, and as the rain got harder, and visibility got worse, it looked like all the following riders would fall by the wayside.
Then Danny Hart took to the gate. He nailed the route from the outset, taking new lines and carrying speed through even the hardest & steepest sections. As he came into the final section he even managed to through in a couple of whips so big he was almost horizontal. Then he crossed the line over 11 seconds faster than the previous leader.
The Champery course made a legend of Sam Hill after his amazing run in 2009. In 2011, Danny Hart ecplised that and proved he is truly king of the mountain.
Following Danny, Gee Atherton crashed a couple of times coming in covered in mud. Even Arron Gwin who looked very dangerous at the start managed to crash and came in twelfth.
All of which meant that the 19 year old from Redcar was crowned 2011 World Champion. Good work Danny.
The Passportes du Soleil is happening again from the 24th – 26th June 2011. This event is now so popular that the have added an extra day of racing on the Friday.
There are still some places available but they are going fast so don’t wait too long. You can register online on the Passportes du Soleil website.
For those who don’t know, the Passportes is a fantastic mountain bike trek taking in the whole of the Portes du Soleil. The route ranges from 1000 to 2250m in altitude, and covers terrain in both France & Switzerland.
The 80 km circuit use 14 lifts. There are also optional climbs for those (crazy) riders wishing to cycle up hill.
There is always a real festival feel to the event, with music and bike shows in many of the resorts. There are also lots of refreshment stops along the way where you can feel up on energy drinks and snacks, or if you prefer, sausage cheese and wine (not recommended for too early in the day).
All in all, the Passportes is a great day out and as someone who has done it 5 or 6 times, I thoroughly recommend it.
The is also the usual Pass’Portes Mountain bike Show which in 2011 will be held in les Gets.
As usual accommodation in Chatel for this weekend is booking up quickly so contact us soon if you need somewhere to stay. We should be able to find you some self catered or hotel accommodation.
Come and pit yourself against Europe’s best bike playground!
It must be happening. Chatel must be hitting the big time. How do we know? Simple, MGM, the Alpine construction giants, will be building a massive development of apartments close to the centre of Chatel. Construction will start in May 2011, and completion of the first wave will be Christmas 2012.
We feel privileged because Alpine-Property Chatel has been granted a rare opportunity to sell these apartments. MGM doesn’t often work with estate agencies, and we are the only agency in Chatel allowed to sell these beautiful properties.
Since their release in early January, the apartments have been selling extremely fast. If you want to buy a luxury apartment in the alps, don’t think about it for too long!
The “Tour de Romandie”, which will be held April 27 to May 2 2010 will end a stage Chatel.
After starting in Porrentruy (Jura), the race will pass by by Freiburg, Moudon, Chatel (France), ending with a big mountain stage and starting and finishing in Sion.
Arriving in Chatel, Saturday 1 May, this will be an event as this is the first time the Tour end a stage on foreign soil.
Good news for everyone planning to holiday in Chatel and the Portes du Soleil. Snowjet have just launched winter flights to Sion airport, which is only 45 minutes away from Chatel.
This will cut down on transfer times significantly.
All flights are from Stanstead Airport and at the moment seem to be in the region of £100 per person each way for the Christmas/New Year weekend.
Visit the Snowjet website for more information.
The Fete du St Laurant was a great success, despite the heavens opening midway through the afternoon. The British expats entered a fantastic float. It was such a hit with the locals that it was invited down to the La Chapelle and the Abondance fetes on subsequent weekends!