36 years ago, an important page in the history of Mountain Biking was written at Villard de Lans. The village earned its reputation as the “Mecca” of Mountain Biking in France, following the success of the 1st Mountain Bike World Championships in 1987. For the 1st time, top-ranking American and European competitors gathered at the same starting line to vie for the title. 400 pioneers came head to head for two days and three different challenges, the first a downhill race from the summit of the gondola lift Cote 2000, a promotional race and a top challenge for world champions. The event contributed to the popularity of Mountain Biking and the Vercors region, which is perfectly adapted to this new discipline and draws the attention of cycling fans who wanted something off the beaten tarmac.
36 years later, the magic lives on. The spotlight was once again on the legendary trails of the Mountain Bike World Championships where mountain sports enthusiasts can follow in the footsteps of these pioneers and be champions for a day. The Descente and Enduro Bike Parks appear in the list of top ten French resorts and provide a global offering adapted to all levels of practice, nine itineraries with permanent downhill runs, four Enduro itineraries, onepump track and one Trial zone.