the dan milner photography blog: tales of an adventuring photo chimp

August 9, 2010

Not a dry eye in the house: the Chamonix Bike Fest 2010

Filed under: bike — Tags: , — danmilner @ 12:54 pm

In the capable hands of two of the worlds best compares, the now annual Chamonix Bike Fest reared its perky head once more this last weekend to the agog astonishment of a passing public captivated by two-wheeled goings on in the streets and mountains of my adopted home valley, Chamonix.

The DH track at Flegere gets a damn good seeing to by a bunch of riders who can't be bothered to stop to look at some of the World's finest scenery around them. Kids today eh! Leica M8/Voigtlander 12/5.6

Underpinning the whole event was another charity raffle organised in favour of the worthy Wheels 4 Life charity that provides bicycle transport to villages in need in the developing world. It’s putting doctors and teachers on bikes so that they can get to where it matters, and get there in time. Contributions from the 500 public onlookers seeking a sniff at one of the 21 prizes honourably donated by local shops in Chamonix raised a total of 450 Euros for W4L, enough to provide an additional 4 bikes to people who can put them to good use.

Meanwhile the Fest provided the game excuse for Chamonix’ first DH race at the newly inaugurated DH track at La Flegere, and a whole evening of entertainment seized the centre of Chamonix, tied together seamlessly by live music, a mix session from DJ Blo and a mind blowing MTB and BMX street jump demo that saw a dozen huge backflips and more than one 1080 tailwhip. Oh and the tireless work of the POC organisers and two very, very good compares. So big thanks to all who made this possible. One day every town will have a Bike Fest. Every bit helps.

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