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!
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