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There are dozens of major biking events in the Alps this summer. One of the first is the Roc des Alpes that takes place this weekend in La Clussaz. Mountain biking is big business for ski resorts.

The clever resorts started building trails and holding events many years ago and now others are following suit.

La Clussaz in France was one of the first and this weekend sees. 4,000 mountains bikes in the resort for the event that has something for everyone; top levels racing, gentle courses for the less -experienced and tests centres.

It is spread over 3 days.

PlanetSKI visited the area last summer to see what was on offer.

We also reported from the French Alps on the business impact of mountain biking for ski resorts and how it is boosting their year-round appeal.

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So, what happens at Roc des Alpes?

There are 17 events on the programe from the Kid Roc which is open to children from 7 years of age, through to an 80km cross-country races, Roc Marathon.

There is also the Roc des Alpes race on Sunday at 51kms long.

For those that just want to ride there are many routes of between 10km and 46km on offer.

Extreme riders can test their skills on the spectacular Roc Ruelles in the centre of the village of La Clusaz or on the EnduRoc where they will have the chance to ride alongside great names of Enduro such as Rémy Absalon, Cécile and Cédric Ravanel or Tracy Moseley.

Taking part in the events will also be a couple of famous skiers; Edgar Grospiron, Olympic mogul skiing champion in 1992 and the freestyle skier, Sebastien Michaud.

Along with the test centres to try out the latest equipment there are several free activities too.

The high point will be the evening of Saturday 14th with a grand aperitif, a motocross display and music into the early hours.

Summer in the Alps is getting underway.

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And the video below gives an idea of what it's all about.

For the spirit of the mountains

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