Cycling holidays in the Alps
Whether you're a seasoned cyclist training for a tough event in the mountains, or a complete novice simply wanting to experience the thrill and challenge of a cycling holiday in the French Alps, then we have the perfect accommodation for you. Stay in one of our beautiful chalets with catering organised to suit your group and budget. We guarantee whichever chalet you choose will be the perfect place to relax after a day in the saddle.
Mountain biking in the Alps
The Portes du Soleil is the spiritual home of European mountain biking and world famous for cross-country, freeride and downhill. It's interlinked lift system allows mountain bikers to cover an unimaginable variety of trails across all levels of riding, from steep and technical World-Cup level downhills to more gentle cross-country journeys. Overall, there are approximately 380 km of VTT sign posted paths, 24 lifts and 10 downhill tracks.
In Morzine it is also possible to hire a guide who will even take you out overnight to stay in a mountain refuge. Night biking is also available which includes a meal out in a mountain restaurant and then biking back with head torches.
Alpe d'Huez offers a network of 9 ski lifts serving 140 miles of mountain bike trails. The lifts are open from early July to the end of August giving access to the 36 sign-posted routes. The mountains, rocks, high mountain pasture and forest provide routes for everybody from beginners to experts.
Road cycling in the Alps
The road biking in the French Alps will undoubtedly give you a holiday to remember and lungs and thighs of the highest order. Whether you're a recreational cyclist looking for some breath-taking scenery like Lake Geneva and Lake Montriond or a racer looking to test your performance envelope at altitude, there are loads of fabulous routes to choose from. The locals are passionate about their road cycling and Morzine is ‘base camp’ for some remarkable climbing in the local area. Of course, Alpe d’Huez is home to the famous and challenging 21 bends… for those crazy enough to attempt it.
Events in Morzine 2019
Here’s a run down of what to look forward to in Morzine this summer:
- 16 June: Morzine Haut Chablais race
- 28 - 30 Jun: Pass Portes du Soleil MTB
- 5 - 7 Jul: Spartan Race
- 11 - 14 Jul: Harley Days festival
- 13 Jul: UCI Mountain Bike World Cup
- 4 Aug: Grimpée Cycliste race
Events in Alpe d'Huez 2019
Here's what you can look forward to in Alpe d'Huez in 2019...
- 6 Jun: Bourg d’Oisans > Alpe D’Huez cycle race
- 21 - 23 Jun: Les Deux Alpes Outdoor Festival
- 1 - 4 Jul: Oisans Trophy
- 7 Jul: La Marmotte Granfondo
- 12 - 14 Jul: Haute Route Alpe D’Huez
- 8 - 14 Jul: Megavalanche
- 21 Jul: L’Etape de Tour
- 23 - 26 Jul: Triathalon Alpe D’Huez
- 18 Aug: Tour de Plateau d’Emparis MTB race
- 27 - 28 Aug: Haute Route Alps
Cycling events in the Alps
There are many cycling events and tours during the summer months in both Morzine and Alpe d’Huez. Some you can take part in; some it's best to spectate and observe how the pro’s do it!
How about the Morzine Sportive event in June? This event attracts a top field with many mountain specialists racing it out at the front for podium honours over 160km. Alternatively you can opt for the 103km route which has total climbing of 2,520m and includes stunning cols and gorges. After both races, everybody gets together for the traditional pasta party and prize presentation, to round off the day with a celebration.
The Pass'Portes du Soleil Mountain Biking Event is a weekend in June. This mountain biking weekend sees cyclists of all abilities tackling the VTT routes of the Portes du Soleil. There are 3 designated categories to enter: 80km, 50km and 30km as well as a special 'Rando Kids' track.
If leathers, fumes and interesting facial hair are your thing then you’ll be in your element in July as the biannual (odd years) Harley-Davidson Festival descends in Morzine. Don't miss the opportunity to drool over these beautiful machines as approximately 3000 bikes arrive for the weekend.
Alpe D'Huez events
Alpe d'Huez played host to the 12th Stage of the Tour de France on 19 July 2018. Although it won't be passing through this year there are plenty of other cycling events to keep you entertained and/or exhausted. The challenge of the 21 bends is harnessed in the La Marmotte race, the Trophy Oisans and the annual triathalon. You can also give it a go at your own pace on any given day in the summer.