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Adventure riding in Les Arcs, France

Have you ever thought about packing up your bike and heading deep into the European Alps on the mountain bike adventure of your life? Well, these two guys, Rui Sousa and Paulo Batista, did just that. And along the way they produced a beautiful video of the experience. Here’s the backstory in their words:

There’s something special about the Alps…

Everyone is always searching for the next adventure, so do we. Since we have summer all year long in Madeira Island, Portugal, when August arrives it’s time to pack the bags, load the bikes in the plane and just go, usually with a european destination in mind. It’s the perfect way to forget about our college studies and focus in something that keeps you alive.

We didn’t want to ride our downhill bike this summer. We started planning our summer in February, searching for a unique experience. That’s when we found Trail Addiction, based in Les Arcs, France.

They seemed to have it all: the enormous single tracks, the massive uphill’s and adventure. When you combine all of these aspects of riding you really can’t ask much more.

If you want to live and experience the ultimate enduro riding, we recommend Trail Addiction crew. Really unique moments, great trails, great accommodation, food and friendly people. Make sure you visit for more information about the riding in Les Arcs.

Directed by Antonio Abreu
Produced by Antonio Abreu, Rui Sousa and Paulo Batista
Riders: Rui Sousa and Paulo Batista
Location: Les Arcs, France
Music: Dan Croll – From Nowhere
Thanks to Alistair Jamieson, Serena Hobson, Tim Jones, Andy Lill, Will Farnsworth, Sally Ann Bramley, Amanda Vaughan, Mooray Gooddelow, Joe Buck, Tom Dixon, Vitor Sá, Duarte Nóbrega and Alexandre Rebelo.