Video: Champéry Bike Park opens on May 14th – more accessible and more flowy. Yum.

Two new videos from ShapeRideShoot highlight the changes and course upgrades.

Enduro Video
Launching off a hip at Champéry Bike Park. (photo courtesy of François Marclay)

Launching off a hip at Champéry Bike Park. (photo courtesy of François Marclay)

This just in from the ShapeRideShoot gang, Champéry-les-Crosets Bike Park in Switzerland is opening on May 14th and its famous World Cup track had a huge facelift to make it more accessible and more flowy.

Here is a pre-opening video edited with some vintage ShapeRideShoot footage from Champéry featuring Julien Fournier, Vincent Tupin, Benjamin Rouiller and Nico Vink. Press play and rock out.

ShapeRideShoot main man, Gaëtan Rey says, “This is the course preview edit we shot last Sunday to show people the actual conditions. It features Vincent Tupin, Lee Huskinson, Ben Walker and myself.” Press play and wonder why it’s been so long that you’ve listened to some Judas Priest.

“We’re excited to get started and get out on the trails. We had so much positive feedback over Christmas, when we opened the tram for bikes due to a lack of snow, that we thought we need to re-open as soon as possible.”

“There’s a bunch of cool trail riding in the area but we are mainly known for steep and tech DH trails. The all-mountain potential is huge and all it takes is a little traverse from the top of the tram in either direction to access some world class singletrack. It’s all over the place but you gotta go find it. Furthermore, the bike park trails are still fun on an Enduro bike but with a little less speed and you might have to take some different lines than you would on a DH bike.”

Shaping a berm during recent upgrades for the 2016 season at Champéry Bike Park.

Shaping a berm during recent upgrades for the 2016 season at Champéry Bike Park.

“For this season you can expect loads of new berms and reworked sections making awkward stuff awesome. The mission in the off-season was more about fine-tuning the flow rather than adding new trails. The WC DH track got a makeover and almost all of the trails got a refresh and everyone is super excited to check them out.”

Action photos courtesy of François Marclay (http://francoismarclay.squarespace.com).

For the latest updates and info about the Champéry Bike Park trail building and conditions, check out the Champéry Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/bikepark.champery.morgins/

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About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.


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