Mountain Biking - Luchon
Mountain Biking in Luchon
Luchon is a French spa town in the Midi-Pyrénées region of south-western France. Located at the head of two valleys, a stone’s throw from the Spanish border and surrounded by 3000 m mountains, Luchon makes full use of its 1200 m vertical drop and has some fantastic XC and Enduro mountain biking.
Summit 1830 m
Vertical Drop 1240 m
Base 590 m
Cable Cars 1
Chair Lifts 0
XC Excellent, beginner to advanced
Downhill Good, beginner to advanced
Enduro Very Good, beginner to advanced
Total Riding 260 km
Bike Park Yes
Bike Wash Yes (1)
Beginner Trails 2
Intermediate Trails 2
Advanced Trails 10
Expert Trails 3
27 June to 30 August
Day pass: 19.00 €, Half-day pass: 14.00 €
Toulouse (1 hour 37 mins)
Office de Tourisme de Luchon
18 Allée d’Etigny
Phone: +33 (0)5 61 79 21 21
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Luchon offers a whopping 1200 m of vertical drop from Superbagnères (1800m) down to Luchon (600 m). Most of the trails in the Luchon bikepark are accessible from the Superbagnères cablecar.
The trails are long, enduro style and not your typical downhill tracks in that they all have some uphill sections. Typically, 90% of the total distance will be gravity assisted and most of the runs vary between 10 and 20 km in length.
The trails aren’t manicured like some resorts, this is natural terrain and you’ll need a good level of fitness to ride top to bottom without stopping for a rest. Your shoulders and forearms in particular take a hammering soaking up the bumps.
Strike out from Superbagnères and ride the 14 km high mountain Tour du Balcon. The loop drops down from 1800 m to 1400 m and back up Superbagnères. The red La Soulan trail is built for fans of enduro style riding who will love the 9.5 km of swooping natural singletrack through the trees.
Step it up a gear and ride the awesome Kbour black trail with its banked corners and steep, technical singletrack that drops over 1000 m in 7 km. Or, get out and ride with the whole family on the blue La Familiale, an easy 12 km trail over a mixture of singletrack and fire road.
One of the best things about biking in Luchon is that almost every trail ends up in the town, which means you can grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants and cafés, or enjoy a quick beer before jumping back on the lift for another blast.
There’s nothing better after a full day on the bike than a soak in Luchon’s thermal baths. Le Vaporarium on the Cours des Quinconces is a natural hammam with a thermal pool that hovers around 38 and 42°c, perfect for soothing your aching muscles.