Welcome to Summer!

So much has happened since our mammoth road biking mission from the very North of Scotland to the very South of England. Probably the most important and satisfying point to note is that we were rewarded in our fundraising efforts as, between the eight riders of the End to End Challenge 2013, we reached our target of £10,000 raised for Cancer Research UK. Once again, thank you to everyone who donated and supported us.

Cool Bus lake Annecy

Summer views on Lake Annecy.

Thankfully, that’s behind us now and so are the injuries, vacant stares and exhaustion that we picked up along the way. We’re back on the mountain bikes although road bikes will definitely continue to feature in our lives, just to a lesser degree! We’ve been uplifting to trails surrounding Cool Bus HQ, cutting away debris that has fallen over the winter months and getting our first taste of the mega, high Alpine rides this part of the world has to offer. Snow is melting fast here in the Savoie. The weather has picked up, the sun is out and it’s a relentless 30+ degrees everyday at the moment. Lifts are not open as yet in Les Arcs although this weekend we will be treated to the opening of the Funiculaire and the Cachettes to warm us up for the full resort opening on 6th July. Looking forward to those dusty trails! Once again this year, it’s worth mentioning that just up the road, the Tignes – Val d’Isere Bike Park with it’s 150km of trails is open free to mountain bikers from 29th June – 1st September.

Mountain bikers

Uplifts have started, even if the snow has been lingering!

Summer transfers are well under way and we’ve already been over to Bourg-d’Oisans numerous times to take avid road bikers too and from one of the European meccas of the sport. Their goals for the week are always the same – climb as many cols as possible in seven days. Yep! Talking of cols, still only the Petit Saint Bernard and the Cormet de Roselend are open in the Tarentaise at time of going to press. The Madeleine and L’Iseran are continually closed to vehicles (although pretty passable by bike) which reflects on what a great snow season we had.

Finally, just in time for the mountain bike season, our Sweet Protection gear has arrived from Norway! Helmets (carbon, of course) and pads were the main port of call to keep us hammering those trails (fingers crossed/touch wood) injury free for the whole of the Summer!

Sweet red tape

Sweet Protection delivery!

Always Use Protection – The Cool Buses are Looking Sweet!

There is some brand new Sweet looking signage to be seen on the Cool Buses around the French Alps at the moment as we have recently struck up a friendship with the cool Norwegian brand Sweet Protection!

Cool Bus Sweet logos

Sweet new logos!

Established as we know them in 2000, Sweet have made a big impact on the action sports industry – notably in the sports of kayaking, skiing, snowboarding and most recently, mountain biking – with their range of top quality helmets, ‘Bearsuit’ pads, protective and technical clothing. Starting all that time ago with a snowboarding helmet that caught the eye of none other than Terje Håkonsen, Sweet now have a massive presence in the industry and an ever-growing team of sponsored athletes. Mountain biking is the newest discipline to be added to the list but it fits in perfectly – never has a full face helmet and body armour been more necessary! The Fixer helmet is pick of the bunch for us! Check out Sweet sponsored rider Makken Haugen wearing it at the Nine Knights contest here.

Cool Bus Sweet logos

New Sweet logos!

Here at Cool Bus we have at some point in our lives, been heavily involved in all of the sports that Sweet represent and certainly on many occasions have appreciated and been thankful for good kit and a hard hat! Bourg-Saint-Maurice and the surrounding areas of the French Alps is a mecca for all of these sports too so who better to represent!

We look forward to being protected!