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SUISSE ROLLING

WHAT DOES AN ENDURO WORLD SERIES CONTENDER GET UP TO ON HOLIDAY? HE GOES BIKE RIDING IN THE MOUNTAINS, OF COURSE!

with Jérôme Clementz

Although just three hours from their home, Jérôme Clementz and Pauline Dieffenthaler had only explored the Swiss mountains on skis and in winter. For once, they stepped out of their usual busy summer schedule of racing and riding in far-flung corners of the world, and went to see what biking adventures lay on their doorstep. Pauline takes up the story:

PICTURES BY STEVE JOOSCH & JÉRÉMIE REUILLER

With 62% of Switzerland being covered by the Alps, there’s a lot of mountain to choose from. Which slice would we carve our tyres into? Deciding that the Valais offered the greatest concentration of glaciers and would give us the best backdrops for photographs, we enlisted local guide Martin, from Alpine Trails, to make sure we sampled all the best bits. We aimed to visit three different valleys, to ride the glaciers, and to reach snowy peaks as high as 4,000m or more. To make the most of the scenery and in the hope of the best views, we planned our trip for the end of August, when the weather conditions would be at their best.

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International Adventure: Patagonia – Barney travels to this remote region of Chilé to find some killer singletrack – and a fair bit of dust. We Work Here: Rocky Mountain – We take a trip to the distant (but still very wet) shores of North Vancouver, to see the inner workings of one of Canada’s oldest mountain bike companies. UK Adventure: Dances with Wolves – Andy McCandlish takes a chilly trip down memory lane with Ed Oxley and Andy McKenna. UK Adventure: Riding Through The Seasons – Sanny extols the virtues of riding all year round. Room 101 – Mark is the ultimate arbiter of your submissions to our Room of Shame. Classic Ride: Capel Curig – There’s more to Snowdonia than a few trail centres and a mountain. Grouptest: Wider Wheels – The Grinder team put six sub-£500 wheelsets through the mill. Bike Test: Flat-out Race Bikes – We take a look at three nose-to-the-wheel speed machines. Through the Grinder – A plethora of promising products, assessed by our accomplished assemblage of trusted and true testers. Grinder Bike: Pivot Mach 4 Carbon – Chipps takes a long look at Pivot’s swoopy carbon trail/race monster. 15 Years of Spine Lines – To celebrate our 15th year, some of the best – and the weirdest – of our Spine Lines. International Adventure: Suisse Rolling – Jérôme Clementz takes a busman’s holiday in the Swiss Alps. The Last Word – Antony de Heveningham wonders if we’re actually in the golden age of mountain biking right now.