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​Mountain biking-Haute-Provence

Foothills of Digne and Sisteron, average Durance and Verdon


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The network of trails mountain bike the pre-Alps and the Verdon region represents more than 800 km of signposted generally borrowing portions pedestrian or equestrian routes or cross-country skiing. 49 routes are presented in this guide.
The lower Verdon countries a relief generally conducive to the discovery of the ATV (wide slopes and flat). The region of Saint-André-les-Alpes offer of comparable vertical drop, as well as the region of Val de Rancure. Around Digne, Sisteron and Castellane terrain is most tormented, valleys are often traveled by mule trails pretty narrow, sometimes exposed or air. It is strongly recommended for people prone to Vertigo or little experienced to avoid these routes, because even if the risk is small, a fall in a ravine can quickly prove to be dramatic.
Do not hesitate to come down from mountain biking in difficult passages. Descents must be approached with the utmost caution, knowing that they often borrow walking routes frequented by hikers.
Spring and autumn are favourable seasons for hiking in this area; the summer can be very hot and winter (November to March) the ridges and slopes to the ubac are sometimes snowy and cold.
Avoid preferably hunting periods.
49 walks from 2 to 6 hours with return to the point of departure for all levels, allow to discover sites and the villages of the countries of the Verdon, (the average Durance, the Prealps of Digne and Sisteron. A practical topic introduces the characteristics of each (duration, level, altitude, water point).
The particular difficulties (up and down) are indicated in the text.

Climb

M 1: Dish very rolling, you pedal just a bit.
M 2: Easy climb (average plateau, large gear).
M 3: Climb requiring the dancer position.
M 4: Ascent pushing mountain biking.

Descent

D 1: Rolling without pedaling much downhill.
D 2: Rapid descent.
D 3: Very steep descent where you must slow down.
D 4: Very delicate downhill. Put foot ashore.

IGN maps 1:25 000

3542 West Castellane - 3541 West St André les Alpes
3441 is Barrerne - 3342 Valensole
3341 is Château-Arnoux 3340 is Sisteron
3340 West Ribiers - 3440 West Thoard
3441 West Digne - 3440 is La Javie

IGN maps 1:50 000

3542 Castellane - 3442 Moustiers - 3342 Manosque;
3341 Forcalquier - 3340 Sisteron 3343 taverns.

Mountain biking routes often borrow small hiking routes marked by marks of yellow paint on trees and other media, but also routes of hiking (marked in red and white GR, GR pays in yellow and red), or even equestrian routes marked in orange. However, mountain biking (uniform at the national level)-specific markup is implemented on these routes.
On already marked routes, bike logos have been added to the changes of direction, in order to avoid a surbalisage.
It is recommended to be autonomous, both, food and water for ATV repairs.

Equipment recommended

•    1 bib shorts with chamois leather
•    stiff soled shoes MTB
•    Windbreak for gourds
•    sunglasses
•    Gloves (leather or wool)
•    helmet.
Remember to bring extra clothes.
Have a mountain bike in good condition often determines the success of the hike.
The basic tool (Allen key, patches, air, cable, clamp, pump, drift-string Chamber) and pharmacy summary (tape, adhesive tape, arnica), as well as a halogen lamp complete the features of the hiker rider. An odometer can facilitate the reading of the narrative, but it is not essential.
•    Observe the rules of conduct of the rider hiker enacted by the FFC: respect for private property, signposted routes, environment, herds, discretion, caution and courtesy, etc. The behavior of each will depend on the home which will be offered at all.
•    It is essential to respect the environment, do not throw paper or plastic, bring its waste and remain discreet for the approaching herds or pastoral areas but we must also think about not to cut trails (descent in pins) which promotes the gully.
•    In crosses with other hikers (including riders) think not to frighten the horses, and announce its presence.
•    Access to these trails mountain bike is forbidden to motor vehicles: motorcycles or 4 x 4!
•    A new decree will soon make lighting mandatory ATVs, and for his safety and that of any other rider must comply with the Highway Code.
•    Do not forget nor the equestrian hiker takes precedence on the pedestrian and the rider: therefore you pass all the others.

The countries of the Verdon and ASSE

A flat country, Provence? Yes, if you throw a superficial look at the plateau of Valensole or the Plan of Canjuers. But, here, the uniformity is only illusion due to the too-white light of the summer. Because this country is a geological battleground where criss-cross folds, faults, overthrusts. Not to mention, the waters which refine the book, rolling the pebbles of the Valensole plateau, drawing Asse Valley, digging the canyon of Verdon.
Same set of appearances in relation to the vegetation. Of course, there are aligned Lavender or dense wheats of the Valensole plateau, there are downy oak forest whose undergrowth is age-old.
But it is not to see the marriage of junipers and boxwood on the adrets; the bold, brightened by Alexis, maples and ash on the most; elsewhere, deer and black pines planted by man to control erosion; above Saint André-les-Alpes, the larches of the high mountain, already.
For men, idem: there is the Provencal, Pagnol or Giono. But, in reality, are they so sliced types? Because, since ancient times, Ligurians, Celts, Romans, without forgetting the "barbarians", have succeeded and mingled here. Even though Provence becomes French in 1486, if mi René allows Provençal culture to flourish, the peace not provided: invasions and epidemics upset everything. The 18th century, with agriculture and a handcrafted flourishing, is more serene.
But in the 19th century, the population explosion raises a rural exodus which, reinforced by the conflicts of the 20th century, empty the region of its people.

Small tour in Provence

To the North, formed by three torrents that meet at Barrême, flows the Asse formidable flood; downstream, the river of Estoublon joined after crossing the magnificent gorges of Trévenans. Asse fact hinge between the Valensole plateau and the pre-Alps of Digne; on the ancient paths of men and herds, this country has, today, 'a hundred dead or alive villages dust'. However, he was full of life: the lavender was distilled on the spot; the vine was cultivated because "a man who drinks wine, eat less bread and more forces if it drinks water and until the spread of phylloxera, a ' misfortune: slopes and Plains... ravaged the cursed insect! '; almond covered thousands of hectares; plums and the pistoles were sold in England; Silkworms were covered by the contracts in the spring.
South of the Valensole plateau, the Verdon no end to Polish its canyon due to the action of the karst erosion that has operated a network of faults. Today, the system of dams, Castillon (at Saint André-les-Alpes) up to Gréoux-les-Bains, gives a wise look at this tumultuous river. An air strengthens the atmosphere of cities like Saint André-les-Alpes; surrounded by fertile land, deemed until the 19th century for the quality of its sheets of wool, flax or hemp, Saint-André today sees its closed Mills, its production of lavender abandoned; Tourism has become the most dynamic activity. Same situation in Castellane dominated his Roc, in Moustiers-Sainte-Marie with the chapel Notre-Dame de Beauvoir, the tiles that are aware of the success and the splendid lake of Sainte-Croix, or in Gréoux-les-Bains whose thermal waters attract the salesmen.
But do not rely, countries of the Verdon and the ASSE are elsewhere, too. "Provence is not so good girl that she looks. She's so used to invasions that it pretends to give reason to its invaders. It lends itself, it is rented, it is sold to the last but it does not at first come. So, don't be seduced by the appearance of postcard. Over its paths let you take stark nakedness, its cracks, his injuries and his poverty and his bitter seduction.

Saint-Pancrace - Digne
Digne
Bléone Valley - Digne
Digne
Provence

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