Despite a somewhat bumpy year or so with the whole world coming to a stop due to COVID-19. Life is starting to get back to normal in Morzine, the trails are thawing out and the mountains are once again full with mountain bikers, excited for the lifts to open on June 12th onwards.
Full lift opening dates here.
One thing has been clear over the past year is that a lot of development of new trails and the massive improvements of existing trails, in both Morzine bike park and the rest of the Portes du Soleil area. I think its fair to say we've seen more trail developments this year than the past 5 combined, it's been great to see the increased downtime put to good use.
Check out some of the Morzine trail developments below.
Morzine Bikepark who manage Le Pleney trails in central Morzine, have been busy developing one of the best natural hills in the area with more legitimate trails. The most noticeable improvement is the complete makeover on the red track, adding lots of jumps, berms and flow to the upper section and completely re-routing the lower section to avoid the steep pitch and difficult terrain. The old trail exit is now marked as a black trail.
Last summer also saw a new beginner pumptrack/ skills area at the top of Le Pleney and the lesser-riden blue track saw a lot of improvements making it safer, flowier & more fun for everyone. The famous Pleney mainline got a revamp to see some relatively well known fast, rooty & natural sections added to the official trail, continuing its legacy of one of the most rough, fast paced downhill tracks in the area. There is no wonder the queue for Pleney lift often looks like a Downhill World Cup starting list.
BIKE PARK LES GETS
Les Gets has seen a huge influx of investment over the past few years after securing the World Cup Contract for 2019, 20, 21 and the Les Gets World Cup Finals 2022. Alongside these huge events, they have been investing serious amount in new & existing trails, plus the new Les Gets trail crew seems to be killing it!
Some of the most noteworthy work is the brand new Jump Park line in Les Gets, this trail is a double black graded expert Jump track, boasting over 26 mostly gap jumps and features. All based under the Nauchets lift, check out the official video above..
The Les Gets Chavennes mainline has also seen a serious revamp with new tabletops, berms and features added the whole way down, even the 20 year old classic 4X section at the bottom has had serious changes. Gone are the days of Les Gets being the braking bump capital of the World and we are couldn't be more stoked.
Remember last year when P2V held a secret race and the world's fastest racers turned up? Held in the middle of a pandemic, with no fans, almost no media & completely shrouded in mystery, this race was a little different to say the least. Well, we have good reason to believe that the real motive behind this race was to act as a precursor to the Les Gets World Cup in 2021, to bed in this fresh track and test out any issues (that first jump seems to qualify if the world's fastest are casing it).
Take a run down this fast, loamy & steep downhill track with the legendary Steve Peat and Luca Shaw, this track looks sure to provide some epic racing and cement Les Gets' prestige as a classic World Cup venue. Les Gets World Cup is scheduled for July 2nd - 4th 2021 and is looking highly likely to go ahead. It's unsure what the situation will be with regards riding this trail outside of racing, but only time will tell.
As for Super Morzine trail updates, the Avoriaz MTB crew that run Super Morzine trails have spent most of last summer maintaining the existing awesome tracks and built a new super booster hip at the top of Super Morzine. On the lead up to this summer we've seen a significant amount of work being done at the top of the hill including a new large road gap and some beautiful looking berms. Our guess is that this is a new top section to the Hattock black trail, check out some spy shots below.
NEW PUMP TRACK
A large new asphalt pumptrack development is underway in Saint Jean D'Aulps just 15 minutes drive from Morzine, featuring multiple loops for beginners to advanced riders plus an asphalt bowl in the centre. This is going to provide many a summer nights entertainment for mountain bikers, bmx, scooters & skateboards. As of late May the pumptrack is well underway, the shape complete and the asphalt ready to be put down. It is due to be finished early June, just in time for summer.
All of these trail developments over the past year, combined with things returning back to normal in Morzine mean this summer is shaping up to be one hell of a summer. Check out the latest Corona Virus developements and how it affects your Morzine holiday here. We are currently offering Corona Virus Risk Free bookings for our Morzine summer holidays, check them out below.
Bike Morzine is beyond stoked to be working with Steel City Media & Santa Cruz Bicycles in bringing together "THE UNION" a new type of program that focuses on bringing together and supporting individual riders, under the ‘UNION’ banner.
OFF TO RACE WE GO
“After spending the last 10x years growing up and filming on the world cup circuit and wider MTB scene, we wanted to try and give back and help support up and coming riders, media squids and more, with everything we’ve learnt along the way so far. Forming the UNION seemed like the best way to put our small but hopefully mighty voice to good use, by hustling on behalf of and promoting a crew of deserving people, with the aim to give them some of the opportunities we’ve been fortunate to have. It’s only just the
beginning and we’re all in for the long run, so watch out for a more diverse setup going forward that reaches outside of the tape and beyond.” - Steel City Media
Even though the focus this year is definitely World Cup DH orientated, this is just the start for the UNION. The long term aim is to support privateers and future talent, whatever their two wheeled discipline may be, because whilst racing is life, riding outside of the tape is pretty sick too.
The following riders will form our first chapter:
Tuhoto Ariki Pene - NZD. Current NZ DH Overall Champion, Val Di Sole 2019 WC Junior
winner, Bronze Medal Junior Worlds 2019 and itching for his first proper season in Elite.
Finn Hawkesbury Browne - NZD. Wakatipu Worlds 2021 winner, 4th NZ DH 2021 series
overall and keen for his first overseas summer and Elite WC season.
Ollie Davis - AUS. Reigning Aus National DH Champ U17, fired up for his first solo trip to
Europe and his first go at the junior WC season. Will he discover Mutzig?
Oliver Zwar (Team manager) - SWE. Aussie expat now living in Sweden, team manager and
currently ranked 41st on the circuit. Full time carer of Benny.
Ben Zwar - SWE. Made the jump to Scandinavia to be closer to racing in 2020 with brotherOli, ranked 42nd on the circuit, dabbles in slopestyle. Can’t speak Swedish. @benzwar
There's strength in numbers. What we liked most about what Steel City are doing is creating a team that puts individuals first. The crew that’s assembled for 2020 are riders we’ve been supporting through our distributors for a few years already, but now they’re unified under one tent but with room to grow. - Seb Kemp / Global Brand Manager, Santa Cruz Bicycles.
For everyone else, if you fancy a chat, a beer, or for the squids, somewhere to stash your gear, our pit is always open and secure thanks to our own viking/mechanic Joakim Sundfeldt who resides in the now infamous Jarvso, Sweden.
In 2021 you can find the team based out of Morzine, before travelling to all of the UCI DH WorldCups, Crankworx, select EWS races and more... In cahoots with Santa Cruz Bicycles and sheltered in some Bike Morzine seasonal accommodation.
SAVE OUR PITS
We’re also backed by these loyal supporters of the cause:
The lifts will be spinning for Summer 2021!
After being closed for the winter season due to the Corona Virus pandemic it is amazing news to receive the full 2021 Morzine Summer opening dates. Combine this with European travel scheduled to open from 17th May and Summer 2021 is shaping up to be another epic one!
Last Summer was a strange one to say the least, whilst a lot of people took to Netflix binges & 1pm beers, some people chose to take advantage of the downtime, such as Romain Paulhan and Le Pleney trail crew, who used the extended off season to rebuild Le Pleney red track. Opening this summer!
MORZINE LE PLENEY
12th/13th June & 11th/12th September
18th June - 5th September
AVORIAZ MTB -SUPER MORZINE
12th/13th June & 19th/20th June
25th June - 29th August
25th June - 29th August
LES GETS BIKE PARK
28th - 30th May, 4th - 6th June & 11th - 13th June
18th June - 5th September
The lifts will be open, the town will be buzzing & the trails are shouting! Summer 2021 are you in?! Book your Morzine Summer Holiday now!
Electric bikes have been absolutely booming for the last half of 2020, so much so that there is even a world wide shortage. Whether you love them or hate them E-bikes are here to stay. Electric bikes allow more laps, in less time and have opened up mountain biking for those less able due to old age, injuries or lack of fitness, which we think is great.
There has been a definite rise in the popularity of E-bikes in Morzine. Each year we see more and more electric bikes on the trails, either using pedal power to climb the huge mountains outside of lift opening times or people bringing their one and only mountain bike out to ride the vast network of chairlifts.
However there is one issue that constantly arises. Can you fly with an E-bike Battery?
In short, no you cannot. In general Airlines do not allow batteries over 100Wh on planes in either checked luggage or hand luggage. 100Wh covers all laptops/ general electrics, however most electric mountain bikes batteries are within the 500-600Wh range, meaning you can definitely not fly with them.
However do not worry we have the following solutions for those wanting to ride E-bikes in Morzine.
If you have your own e-bike that you wish to bring out, check out our Morzine Electric Bike Battery Hire. We have a wide range of batteries available to fit most bikes, these batteries can be delivered to your door.
Alternatively, you can rent a 2021 Devinci Electric Mountain Bike Here.
So here's to more happy riders enjoying these amazing mountains!
LES GETS WORLD CUP 2021
After one hell of a downhill MTB World Championship race this weekend in Leogang, we couldn't be more stoked to have the Worlds fastest mountain bikers back between the tape after a brief Corona Virus holiday. But things have got even better!
The UCI has announced its 2021 Downhill mountain bike World cup schedule and Les Gets MTB World Cup is back for 2021! Les Gets will host the 3rd round of the UCI Mountain Bike downhill World Cup on the dates of 3rd - 4th July 2021. We'll see the Worlds best downhill mountain bikers racing down the famous Mt.Chery downhill course finishing in the heart of Les Gets bikepark.
After a disappointing cancellation to Les Gets World Cup in 2020 due to Corona Virus, there was a top secret invite only race held on the newly built trail on Mt. Cherie, Les gets. This race track was fresh, loamy, off camber and boasted some large step downs. There is little doubt that this event served as a pre-cursor to the Les Gets 2021 World Cup and served as a great way to bed in the race track and figure out any teething problems. Hopefully by 2021 the track will once again be lined with screaming downhill fans once again.
Check out the course preview below with the legendary Steve Peat and Luca Shaw of the Santa Cruz Syndicate.
Les Gets World Cup 2021 Accommodation
After a quiet 2020 in Morzine, Summer 2021 is looking to be huge, with bookings already coming in thick and fast. Bike Morzine is offering Free Cancellations, Risk Free Bookings if any Corona Virus restrictions are in place and 15% off Morzine Summer 2021 bookings.
Check out our wide range of Apartments, Hostels & Hotels and book your 2021 Les Gets World Cup accommodation below.
At Bike Morzine, we love the mountains.
Be it mountain biking in the summer months, skiing in the winter and everything in-between. We're guessing if you're reading this, you're probably in love with the mountains as well.
Sadly the way we enjoy the mountains, the associated seasons and activities we love, are massively under threat due to Climate Change. Travel & Tourism is undoubtably one of many contributing factors to this global problem and here at Bike Morzine, we believe its time companies took responsibility and give something back to the mountains that give us so much.
We believe that actions speak louder than words, so check out a few steps we are taking to help reduce the environmental impact of your Morzine MTB holiday.
As of October 1st, every single Morzine Accommodation booking through Bike Morzine will result in a tree being planted, where it is needed the most through our friends at OneTreePlanted.org.
This is a gift to our guests and comes at no extra cost to you.
When booking your Morzine summer accommodation with Bike Morzine, you will be encouraged to make a Carbon Offset donation during checkout of whatever you deem suitable. Bike Morzine will match every single donation. This donation goes towards World Land Trust, who offset carbon emissions by protecting threatened habitats that would otherwise have been lost.
Our Morzine mtb bike washes are proud to use only 100% biodegradable bike wash & degreaser thanks to our friends at Muc Off.
All of our Morzine MTB Accommodation also use environmentally friendly cleaning products and consumables where possible.
We encourage all of our Morzine summer guests to reduce all power/water wastage, reduce & recycle wherever possible.
BIKE MORZINE MERCHANDISE
Bike Morzine guests love to grab some Bike Morzine MTB merchandise as a souvenir of their Morzine MTB holiday, however we are well aware that clothing manufacturing, fast fashion & packaging have a huge impact on the environment. We are taking responsibility and making an effort to reduce the environmental impact of our Morzine mountain biking merchandise through the following steps.
All orders are posted using 100% recycled & biodegradable materials.
Bike Morzine MTB merchandise is printed on organic materials and uses eco-friendly printing where possible.
We have significantly upped the quality of our biking T-shirts materials and print. This comes at a price but is well worth it as the t-shirt should last for 5+ years.
Check out the Bike Morzine Store here.
We realise these are only small steps but believe they are in the right direction.
Next time you are buying anything, remember that money talks and support a business that supports the environment rather than drains it.
Bike Morzine Team
This weekend was supposed to see the Worlds fastest downhill racers take to our local mountains for the Les Gets 2020 World Cup Finals. Unfortunately the Covid-19 pandemic put a complete stop to the 2020 World Cup season, however it couldn't stop a team of Les Gets local rippers (P2V) from putting together a top secret, super exclusive event. With a stacked Elite field, a World class track but zero crowd, is this the future of DH racing?
The P2V invitational invited less than 50 of the Worlds fastest downhill racers to Les Gets. Due to Corona Virus restrictions, this exclusive event was strictly invite only and on a need-to-know basis, there were no crowds, barely any media and not even a visible finish line. All teams were required to keep this information quiet until the weekend was over.
The track was on Mt.Chery mountain in Les gets, the same mountain which has previously hosted classic World Cup and Crankworx DH events, but on a completely new line & mostly brand new trail. The racetrack was fresh, loamy, off camber and boasted some large step downs. There is little doubt that this event served as a pre-cursor to the Les Gets 2021 World Cup Finals and great way to bed in the race track and figure out any teething problems. Hopefully by 2021 the track will once again be lined with slightly intoxicated, probably sunburnt, screaming downhill fans.
Check out the course preview below with the legendary Steve Peat and Luca Shaw.
Judging from the live feed & information from riders at the event, everything went smoothly. Racers were absolutely loving cutting as many laps of the course as their arms could handle. Despite the best of 2-runs format being noticeably different to the usual World cup set-up, many participants welcomed the change and a couple of runs to get back up to race pace after a long off season. As we are starting to become accustom to, the field was completely dominated by French riders with Santa Cruz Sydicate rider Loris Vergier taking out the win, closely followed by Benoit Coulanges then Loic Bruni. It's worth noting, a lot of teams/races choose to sit this race out, due to quarantines/travel restrictions & the EWS in Italy. With the UCI MTB World champs happening in Leogang from 5th - 11th October, it'll be interesting to see how these results stack up.
Check out the full results here.
Re-watch the live stream here.
Top photo Keno Derleyn
Below photos Nathan Hughes
SUMMER 2021 FLIGHT DEALS
Now could be there perfect time to book your Morzine MTB Holiday for Summer 2021. Not only are we running our early bird offer -
Save 15%, Free Cancellations & Risk Free Bookings.
There are also some crazy cheap flights from various UK Airports to Geneva, with prices starting from under £25 each way. Just a quick search found the below Easyjet flights from Manchester & London Luton for between £24 - £28 one way. Head onto the Easyjet Website, enter your own details, find some cheap flights and get that holiday booked in!
HOW TO FIND CHEAP FLIGHTS?
Airlines have taken a serious hit throughout the Corona Virus pandemic and are desperate to get some money coming in once again, giving you the opportunity to score some seriously cheap flights.
Check out a our hot tips on how to find cheap flights below:
SAVE 15% OFF YOUR 2021 HOLIDAY.
2020 has been a tough year for the tourism industry as a whole and with the uncertainty surrounding the Winter Season, there will undoubtably be a knock on effect into 2021. Prices for Summer 2021 are set to rise 15%+ across the board.
We are giving our customers the opportunity to book an Early Bird Holiday for 2021 at this years prices.
Not only will you saving roughly 15%+, you also receive Free Cancellations if Covid-19 stops your 2021 holiday.
Despite a somewhat bumpy start to Summer 2020, with the whole world coming to a stop due to COVID-19. Life is starting to get back to normal in Morzine, the lifts are spinning and the mountains are once again full with mountain bikers, excitement and the smell of knee pads.
One thing has been clear this summer is the huge push for development of new trails and the massive improvements of existing trails, in both Morzine bike park and the rest of the Portes du Soleil area. I think its fair to say we've seen more trail developments this year than the past 5 combined. Check out some of the developments below.
BIKE PARK LES GETS
Les Gets has seen a huge influx of investment over the past few years after securing the World Cup Contract for 19, 20 and the Les Gets World Cup Finals 2021 & 2022. Alongside these huge events, they have been investing serious amount in new & existing trails, plus the new Les Gets trail crew seems to be killing it!
Some of the most noteworthy work is the brand new Jump Park line in Les Gets, this trail is a double black graded expert Jump track, boasting over 26 mostly gap jumps and features. All based under the Nauchets lift, check out the official video below.
The Les Gets Chavennes mainline has also seen a serious revamp with new tabletops, berms and features added the whole way down. Gone are the days of Les Gets being the braking bump capital of the World and we are couldn't be more stoked.
As for Morzine trail updates, the Avoriaz MTB crew that run Super Morzine trails have spent most of the summer maintaining the existing awesome tracks and built a new super booster hip at the top of Super Morzine.
Morzine Bikepark / Ski pass Morzine who manage Le Pleney trails in central Morzine, have been busy also, building a new pumptrack/ skills area at the top of Le Pleney. Plus, a new bottom half to the existing red trail on Le Pleney, this new trail is less steep and technical than the original bottom half, meaning the old trail exit is now classed as a black trail.
This has allowed for Pleney Black /mainline to see some fast, rooty & natural new sections added to the official trail, continuing its legacy of one of the most rough, fast paced downhill tracks in the area. There is no wonder the queue for Pleney lift has looked like a Downhill World Cup starting list all summer, it makes for the perfect World Cup training ground.
BIKEPARK CHAMPERY MORGINS & BIKEPARK CHATEL
Pl If you want to rip your tyres off your rims or your arms from your shoulders then look no further than the vertical berms of Morgins Bike Park. Morgins has been renowned for some of the best berms in the world for sometime now, but after this years developments on all 4 trails in Morgins, there really is no doubt that is not the berms limiting your speed, only your ability to withstand G-force.
The Champery Downhill track remains famous from Danny Harts World 2011 champs run, but after seeing significant improvements over the past few years it has become more and more accessible to riders without "balls as big" as Danny's, whilst still keeping its challenging technical features. Not an easy trail to work with, so bravo to the trail builders.
Bikepark Chalet is rapidly becoming the free-ride hotspot of the whole Portes du Soleil and this years trail developments were no different. Nico Vink's Vink line, saw a huge amount of maintenance and improvements, making the large jumps, drops & tables flow effortlessly with perfectly sculpted berms linked between. Plus the reworking and adding some jumps to the existing Chanada trails, makes for some epic riding.
With the 2020 winding to a close and all of these Morzine trail developments + more ready and waiting for next season, now could be the perfect time to book your Morzine 2021 MTB Holiday. Due to the impacts of Corona Virus and an uncertain Winter season, prices are set to rise up to 15% across the resort.
We are offering our loyal customers the chance to book your 2021 Holiday at 2020 prices, saving over 15%, plus we are offering risk free bookings/free cancellations to all our early bird customers.
Offer ends 1st January, so get in touch today.
The Corona Virus pandemic has affected the way we all live, socialise and work. And although the virus is on the decline in a lot of European countries and many businesses are back open (including our Morzine Mountain Bike Holidays). A lot of the population is still feeling the uncertainty about their future job security, none more so than professional mountain bikers.
The effects of Covid - 19 saw over half of the UCI Downhill Mountain Bike World Cup season cancelled or postponed, including our home race of Les Gets World Cup Finals which were due to take place on the 18th - 20th September. The Enduro World Series also saw a significant number of race cancellations/postponements, with hope of a second half of the season.
We were beyond gutted to see the Les Gets Mountain Bike World Cup Finals cancelled. In 2019 the Les Gets Downhill MTB Race was quickly becoming iconic and hosting some of the largest crowds in mountain bike history (see above).
However all is not lost as we are still, scheduled to host the Les Gets World Cup Finals 2021, plus the Les Gets World Championships 2022. After such a shitshow of a year, it is bound to be an incredible couple of races.
A long winter of training, followed by Corona Virus cancelling races, a lot of pro mountain bikers are all dressed up and with nowhere to go, until the MTB World Cup's start up once again. Morzine bike park tentatively opened at the end of June, primarily to the French market, but with increasingly open borders, professional mountain bikers from all over the World have been flocking to Bike Morzine to ride, train and keep themselves sharp for the remainder of the season.
(Check out Loris Vergier and the Santa Cruz Syndicate on Morzine's famous Le Pleney above and Danny Hart in Morzine below)
Loris Vergier, Steve Peat, Greg Minaar, Danny Hart, Amaury Perrion, Laurie Greenland, Tahnee Seagrave, Millie Johnset... the list could go on. Right now the queue for Super Morzine looks more like a results sheet from the last World cup.
So why have the Worlds best chosen to come to ride Morzine Bike Park?
LIFTS - Morzine & the Portes du Soleil offer the largest MTB lift network in the World, with nearly 30 connected Gondolas & Chairlifts running roughly 8 hours a day. The amount of downhill mountain biking you can do as a result of this is insane! We've seen riders clock over 125km+ of downhill in just one day! A week of riding in Morzine often equates to 6-12 months of riding back home.
TRAILS - Due to its vast lift network Morzine offers access to a huge amount of varying terrain. Each lift provides access to a totally unique trail network below, varying from flowing green single track to World Cup level downhill courses. Even in Morzine itself, you have the steep, gnarly & rooted trails of Le Pleney on one side of the valley and the groomed, smooth berms and jumps of Super Morzine bike park on the next. This provides the perfect training ground to hone in your skills and work on your weaknesses.
TRAVEL - Despite feeling like a far away town that sits behind pearly white gates, up in the fluffy white clouds, Morzine is actually very easy to access. Geneva Airport is just 1.5 hours from Morzine and receives flights from most major international airports. Morzine is also just 8 hours drive from France's main port with the UK, Calais.
SAFETY - Despite the whole World seemingly turning to shit. Morzine has come out relatively safe and unscathed. So far there have been zero confirmed cases of Corona Virus in the Morzine area. Face masks are still mandatory and social distancing encouraged, but life feels very much back to normal in our little slice of heaven.
If its good enough for them, its good enough for you!
With just 4 weeks left of the main Morzine summer season, now is time to book that Holiday, check out our wide range of Morzine MTB Holidays:
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