PLENEY CHAINLESS - WHAT A WAY TO KICKSTART THE SEASON
Blazing sun, dusty trails and tight racing. All washed down by an epic BBQ and a LOT of beers! We really cant ask for any more from a day in the Alps!
Full Results and Pictures below
With a stacked field of over nearly 60 riders from First time racers to World Cup Elite it was a hell of a turnout for the first mates race of the Morzine Summer Season.
For those that don't know these mates races are all about having fun on your bike and thats exactly what happened, its awesome to get all of Morzine together - long term locals, seasonairres and holiday makers all in one place riding bikes and having fun together, just epic!
Prize Giving and Apres was held a Hotel Le Cottage at the foot of Le Pleney with epic prizes, cheap beer and a hell of a BBQ. After this the party moved over to Cafe Chaud who hosted an epic after party with DJ's, Free Shots and you guessed it - cheap beer! Wednesday nights are definitely making a name for themselves thanks to these events!
28TH JUNE - BIKE BUY & SELL AT LE COTTAGE
5th JULY - MATTOCK ATTACK
FOR ALLOWING THESE FREE EVENTS TO HAPPEN
FULL PICTURE ALBUM:
This Wednesday (21st June) sees the return of the Bike Morzine Mates Race for 2017! As per usual we are kicking the summer off with a vintage Le Pleney Chainless. An absolute Morzine classic and one of everyones favourite races of the year its hard to beat smashing down Le Pleney mainline with no chain clattering around and that rear suspension working effortlessly with no mech resistance.
Smooth lines and exit speed is the name of the game for those competitive racers looking to become and King and Queen of Le Pleney, however fun is the real winner as you can see from Joel Anderson's acrobatic display last year.
Below Tom Neal comes out of Le Pleney Tunnel and keeps in low amongst the Morzine greenery.
Sign in online before 3PM on Wednesday
Meet at the ***BOTTOM*** of Le Pleney at 4.30PM
With your chain already removed!!!
Head up to top before last lift
Racing starts from 5.30PM
PRIZE GIVING AT LE COTTAGE TERRACE
AFTER PARTY AT CAFE CHAUD FROM 7PM ONWARDS
FREE ENTRY, BON VIBEZ, CHEAP BEER
YOU MUST SIGN ON FOR THE RACE BEFORE 3PM WEDNESDAY.
Photo: Moss Media House
The 2016 BikeMorzines Mates Races were by the biggest, rowdiest and funnest days we've had on the bike, big ups to everyone that came along to race, heckle and party!
For those that haven't been to a BikeMorzine Mates Race before, the races are Free to Enter (thanks to our awesome sponsors), held in and around the Morzine Valley, with non-serious race formats such as Chainless, Whip Off, Dual Slalom etc. The aim of the races is to have fun and race against your mates in a lighthearted environment and create a fun-loving MTB community in Morzine (and make big party).
We encourage riders of all levels to take part, from first timers to world cup racers. Our sponsors provide us with some awesome prizes to hand out and prize giving is always an epic party. So check out the dates below, let us know your thoughts on what race you want to see and we will see you in 2017!
!!!HAVE YOUR SAY!!!
For 2017 we have decided to get rid of the Air DH race and are giving you, the riders the chance to have your say! What Race would you want to see in 2017?
Enduro? Mass Start? Free ride? 16 Inch?
Let us know on our Facebook , Twitter or Instagram Pages
Our 2017 Race Dates:
21st June - Pleney Chainless
5th July - Hattock Attack
19th July - ***Peoples Choice***
2nd August - Rip Off Worlds
16th August - Grass Speedway
***TBA*** - End Of Season Mega Train
See you in 2017!
First up what an absolute banger of a race!! Despite the forecast saying thunderstorms the weather played ball and provided a beautiful summers evening on the SuperMorzine hillside. After a quick sign on for nearly 50 riders it was time to get into racing.
The track ran from the top of Super Morzine, down fast flowing berms of the Red trail, over the road gap before plummeting into Hattock at mach 10. Hattock is Super Morzine's hardest trail, littered with roots, road gaps and doubles it isnt for the faint hearted, to be in with a chance of winning you needed to confident hitting off camber roots, compressions and big senders! With the recent nice weather we've been having Super Morzine was running an absolute dream, with roosty dusty corners, more grip on the roots than we've ever seen and the track lined with rowdy spectators, no wonder everyone was absolutely peaking off the track.
Above: How to do it - Loic Detaill - 3rd Place Men
Below: How not to do it - Felix Montangue
Below: Just a small turnout for the girls but all of them were killing it, with Nina Merzcuajensen (definitely spelt wrong) taking out the win by over 20 seconds, despite completing a bush dive during her run!
Ben Worrall taking the win in the Mens category by over 5 seconds. "Its the hardest Ive ever tried in any race and by far the most fun".
Also Shout out to Sam (13) and Tom (9) Westgate for getting down Super Morzines hardest track and hitting most of the big jumps, these cheeky buggers are going far.
Thanks again to everyone that has come up and raced, helped with timing, cheered the racers along or shared a beer with us. You guys are what make these races what they are!
And of course big thanks to our sponsors for letting these mates races go ahead.
The Woods Morzine
SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!
This Wednesday saw BikeMorzine's mates race hit the slopes of SuperMorzine onto some of the world famous Avoriaz MTB jump trails. After a week of 25+ degrees weather the course was hardpacked and dusty, a whole different ball game compared to last weeks Le Pleney Chainless.
The race course ran down the SuperMorzine Jump track "Cap Carneval" a fast paced trail littered with Jumps and Berms all leading into the iconic Super Morzine table. Despite the awesome conditions and fast rolling track, there would still be a lot of pedalling if you wanted to come out on top.
Below: Georgie Richardson clocking up some AirMiles.
Above: Best Trick Winner Joel Anderson
Below: Mens Winner Rupert "El Chapo" Chapman
FULL IMAGE GALLERY HERE:
NEXT EVENT: BIKEMORZINE RIP OFF WORLDS ON 13th JULY SUPER MORZINE TABLE!
Big thanks to our sponsors for allowing these free events to happen:
This Wednesday (29/06) BikeMorzine holds our Annual Air Downhill race on the SuperMorzine's "Cap Canaveral" (Jump Track on SuperMorzine with the big table). Our races are free and for all levels of rider, but please only ride/race tracks that you are comfortable with as BikeMorzine ltd. will not be held responsible for any injuries/damages.
The course will be full of BikePark style Jumps and Berms of different sizes.
Meet at the Top of the Zore Lift at 4.45 (Last Lift) any later and you will miss the lift! From here we will hold sign on and run through a race/course brief.
After racing we will head down to Rogers Bar for Cheap Beer and Free Pizza (courtesy of Mammas Morzine) as well as some awesome prizes from our sponsors below:
See you up there sports fans.
The Sun came out this Wednesday for BikeMorzines first mates race of the season, with a good turn out of 40 riders of all different ages, sexes and from all over the world. The track was a timeless classic, Le Pleney Mainline (black) but with the twist of No-Chain being allowed on your bike, this meant the aim of the game was exit speed and putting bike handling skills well above fitness.
Above: The sun was well and truly out for this weeks race and things were drying up nicely.
Below: It was awesome to see young Pinner Jackson Goldstone smash the Youth Category.
Le Pleney mainline has seen better days with the "less than tropical" start to the season, leaving enough holes to shake your hands clean off the bars (See: Will Leverton and Tom Dixon). This combined with the slightly moisture on the ground meant the course was running significantly slower than last year, but that didn't stop Morzines finest guys and girls from pinning their way down the 4 - 6 minute course at full race pace.
(Above) Last Years Pleney Queen Rose Brombles scooting into 3rd Place with a 05:42, Amanda Vaughan snook into 2nd place with a 05:33. Italian Stallion Redz Betz 22 turned up this year and smoked the female field with a 05:24 (Below).
Above: Joel Anderson may have not won the race (4th Place) but he did win our hearts with this steezy No-Legger.
Last years 2nd place and Morzine's Semi-Local-Kiwi-GC Hayden Lockhart took the overall win with a 04:09, closely followed by Keegan Wright (04:13) and Guy Gibbs (04:15).
Big Shout Out to our awesome sponsors for allowing these free races to happen, as well as some awesome prizes, cheap beer and free pizza! Without them it wouldn't be possible:
See you this Wednesday at the Top of Super Morzine for the Air Downhill!
FULL CONFIRMED TIMES BELOW:
(Please note: These are the confirmed times, all times shown at the race/rogers are preliminary and subject to change once double checked. We have ran the numbers several times and the times below are correct)
Kick the season off with a bang! Get involved in a classic chainless Pleney race this Wednesday!
Meet at the top of Le PLeney at 5pm. THE LAST LIFT IS AT 5PM so make sure you are on there before, also please arrive with your CHAIN ALREADY REMOVED. We will sign on/set up until roughly 5.30 and then begin. The race is FREE to enter and just for fun, #GoodVibesOnly.
After racing we will be heading down to Rogers Bar for Prize giving, Beer Drinking and unprecedented amounts of Ambience.
See you there, bring yo mates.
Big Ups to our awesome sponsors for allowing these races to happen:
The Woods Morzine
Loose Riders Morzine
BikeMorzine's super almost semi-legendary mates races are back! Bringing you the magic combo of Bikes, Beers & Mates - do we really need to say much more?
2015 was such a blast we decided to stick with a similar format and races - with the new edition of the "Super Downhill" all will be explained nearer the time. For the meantime - get your diary scribble out your dentist appointments and trombone lessons and get these dates put in!
14th June - Le Pleney Chinless - TUESDAY DUE TO CRANKWORX
29th June - Air Downhill
13th July - Rip Off Worlds
3rd August - Grass Speedway Champs
17th August - Super Downhill
All Riders, Bikes & Wheelsizes welcome along as you enjoy fun and beer (lemonade for the under 18's). So come along for some light hearted fun racing with your friends on some of the best tracks Morzine has to offer, following on from this will be prize giving and after party in the pub (venue TBA).
Big Shoutout to our awesome sponsors for the support that allows these free races to happen!
Commencal Bikes, Muc Off, Burgtec, Loose Riders Morzine, Counterfeit Clothing & The Woods Morzine.
For updates and more info - check out our Facebook page.
With the Morzine summer season coming to an end the last BikeMorzine mates race turned the grassy ski slopes of Le Pleney into the drifty-est dual slalom course the world has ever seen! High Speed greasy off camber corners made it look more speedway than MTB.
A solid crew of seasonairres and locals turned up to churn some Le Pleney grass, as well as some World Cup boys that couldn't hack the pace and were knocked out in the first round. *Cough* Phil Atwill *Cough*
The course was made up of 2 lanes with 5 corners in each, all of varying speed/tightness. Names were picked at random to race each other in a knockout format and to keep things fair both riders raced each lane and the BikeMorzine timers worked out the time difference.
The short tight course made for some great racing with Georgie Richardson taking the win in women, closely followed by Rhona Stewart then Amie Marsh.
In the tightly contested mens race series winner Tom Cartigny took the top step despite a huge OTB on the finish line in a super close battle with 2nd place Will Leverton, closely followed by BikeMorzines Russ Paver.
BikeMorzine would like to thank all the local legends and holiday makers for making these races what they are, its always such a good light hearted atmosphere at the races and its a pleasure sending it with you all at Rogers Bar afterwards! Heres to next years races!
We would also like to thank all of our sponsors for allowing these races to run for free - Commencal, Muc Off, Burgtec, The Woods Morzine, Counterfeit Clothing, Urge, Rogers Bar and Bingley Textiles.
Keep your eyes peeled for next years events!
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