Events in the Portes du Soleil
Every summer we have seen some huge events taking place over the years. Some events are a one off affair, whilst others continue year after year. Summer 2019 is set to be huge with the UCI World Championships visiting Les Gets for the first time since 2004, the Passportes du Soleil which will now be in its 16th year, the Reebok Spartan Race in Morzine for the 4th year running, the Trail des Hautes Forts trail running event, Morzine Haut Chablais Granfondo road cycling event, Harley Davidson biannual festival and the Chatel Bike Show… just to mention a few! As well as these big events you’ll find a weekly activity programme in each resort offering a huge selection of different events for all the family.
UCI Mountain Bike World Championships and World Cup
Les Gets has once again been selected to host both the UCI World Championships and the World Cup Final. This is massive news for Les Gets who last hosted the event back in 2004. It will be an amazing opportunity to watch the very best riders in the world battling it out to obtain the title of Mountain Bike World Champion. The events will take place over the next four years during the summer months in Les Gets. Find out more
Passportes du Soleil 2019 – Mountain Bike Event
The big event every summer in the Portes du Soleil is the PassPortes du Soleil. An annual event that showcases the fantastic mountain biking on offer in the area as all the resorts (Les Gets, Morzine, Avoriaz, Chatel, Morgins, Le Crosets, Champery and Torgon) open their lifts and the whole area becomes accessible from the end of June to the middle of September. The Passportes route uses 15 of the 24 available lifts and covers 80km through France and Switzerland. The route takes you down 6000m of decent with just 1000m of climbing. Using the chair lifts to take out a lot of the hard work and get you to the top in no time. The Passportes route is set up to showcase the best tracks and views the area has to offer and it is a truly stunning ride. There are eight refreshment stops along the way with drinks (even beer), snacks, meals and entertainment making the whole day not just a great mountain bike ride but a fantastic experience with a great atmosphere. Find out more
Spartan Race sponsored by Reebok – Assault Course
Spartan Race and mountainous terrain go hand-in-hand. Discover what it means to be a Spartan and meet others as you battle toward one common goal: the finish line. A Spartan race is a series of obstacle races of varying distance and difficulty ranging from 3 miles to marathon distances. The series include the Spartan Sprint, the Super Spartan, the Spartan Beast, and the Ultra Beast. As is the case for mountain courses, you’ll be sent up and down a lot. Thankfully there’s the reward of a view from the outstanding heights. Come prepared for the unexpected in the weather department as mountain weather is notoriously unpredictable. Spartans always come prepared but some things are certain: there will be rope climbs, there will be barbed wire, and there will be heavy carries. No one likes 30 burpees and that’s why it’s wise to train hard, train well and be prepared to conquer each and every obstacle. Find out more
Here is a full list of events that might interest our guests during the summer season. To discover more information just click on the ‘Event Name’.
|Fri-Sun||24th – 26th||May-19||Yes||SALOMON GORE-TEX MAXI-RACE||Trail Running 4km to 117km|
|Sunday||19th||May-19||Yes||CycloTour du Leman||Road Bike Sportive 55km – 176 km|
|Sunday||2nd||June||TBC||Time Megeve Mont Blanc||Road Bike Sportive 64km – 142km|
|Sunday||9th||June||TBC||Faucigny-Glieres||Road Bike Sportive 90km – 130km|
|Sunday||9th||June||TBC||Criterium de Dauphine||Road Bike – Watch|
|Fri-Sun||14th – 16th||Jun-19||Yes||Samoens KMV||Trail Running Event 1.98km – 85km|
|Sunday||16th||Jun-19||Yes||Morzine Sportive||Road Bike Sportive 105km – 155km|
|Sat-Sun||22nd – 23rd||Jun-19||Yes||Concours de Debardage||Farming Machinery|
|Fri-Sun||28th – 30th||Jun-19||Yes||Passportes du Soleil||MTB XC/DH Event 85km|
|Friday||28th||Jun-19||Yes||KMV Chamonix||Run 3.8km|
|Sat-Sun||29th – 30th||June||TBC||TRAIL FAVERGES-SEYTHENEX||Trail Running 12km – 50km|
|Sunday||30th||Jun-19||Yes||Mont Blanc Marathon||Run 42km|
|Sat-Sun||6th – 7th||Jul-19||Yes||Spartan Race||Run 6km – 21km|
|Sun||7th||Jul-19||Yes||JPP Cyclo||Road Bike Sportive 55km – 135km|
|Sunday||7th||July||TBC||L’Etape du Tour||Road Bike Sportive 169km|
|Sat-Sun||13th – 14th||Jul-19||Yes||UCI Mountain Bike Downhill||UCI Mountain Bike World Cup DH and XC|
|13th-16th||11th – 14th||Jul-19||Yes||Morzine Harley Days||Motorbike Event|
|Mon-Fri||22nd – 26th||July||TBC||4 Elements||Family Fun|
|Sat-Sun||27th – 28th||Jul-19||Yes||Trail du Fiz||Trail Running Event 15km – 61km|
|Sunday||28th||July||TBC||Montée des pavés||Trail Running Event 8km – 12km|
|Wed-Sun||31st – 4th||Jul-Aug||TBC||100 Ciels||Family Fun|
|Saturday||3rd||Aug-19||Yes||Lake Annecy Fireworks||Family Fun|
|Sunday||4th||August||TBC||Avoriaz Grimpee||Road Bike Sportive 14.6km|
|Mon-Sun||5th – 9th||August||TBC||Lounge Music Festival+Concert||Family Fun|
|Saturday||10th – 11th||Aug-19||Yes||Hauts Forts Tail Run||Trail Running Event 23km – 51km|
|Saturday||10th||August||TBC||Nantaux KMV||Run 2.2km|
|Sunday||18th||August||TBC||1 Day 1 Col – Joux Plane||Road Cycling Fun 13km|
|Sunday||25th||August||TBC||1 Day 1 Col Ramaz||Road Cycling Fun 14km|
|Fri-Sun||7th – 8th||September||TBC||Mont Blanc Rally||Rally Car – Watch|
|Sunday||15th||September||TBC||Annecy 10K||Run 10km|
|Saturday||28th||September||TBC||Le Tour du Lac d’Annecy au Clair de Lune||Run 40km|
Mont Blanc Rally
At the beginning of September the mountain roads are shut off and the quiet mountain roads are transformed into a rally track. Over 2 days the rally car drivers will cover over 200kms of roads around this area. Each stage has marked viewing and safe standing areas. It is recommended you arrive early and allow plenty of time to get into position before the stage begins. Once the action starts you are in for a real treat as the cars fly past often getting air.
Trail des Hauts Forts
A trail running mountain race linking Morzine to Avoriaz, the Hauts-Forts trail, you will discover the most beautiful views of the Portes du Soleil, around the summit of Hauts-Forts, the highest point of Chablais and the Portes du Soleil. From Morzine, 3 races are offered. They all end in Avoriaz, 1800 m. altitude. The route allows you to cross several passes and summits by circling the Hauts-Forts, traversing the most beautiful trails of the Portes du Soleil: Pléney peaks, Pointe de Nyon, Vallée de la Manche, Lac des Mines d’Or, Col du Cou and the arrete du Vanet, the Col du Fornet, Morzinette etc..
Harley Davidson Bike Festival
The Morzine Harley Days event takes place in the centre of Morzine with lots of different activity areas including a Custom Bike Show, rides and concerts in the evening. Now a regular biannual event for riders from all over Europe and those who love rock music. Morzine Harley Days will host a fantastic rock concert on the Friday and Saturday nights. This year’s event will be a huge celebration of music, freedom and all things chrome in the perfect setting of Morzine. Four full days dedicated to the Harley-Davidson spirit and legend.
Chatel Mountain Bike Festival
This replaced the Chatel Mountain Style competition which was a massive annual Freeride event featuring some of the best riders and sponsors in the world! The event was held on ‘The Face’ trail. This 300 metre decent is more an area to get down than a track. Riders pick their own line over rocks, roots, northshore and steep ground. Watching the competing guys fly down this track over the obstacles and throwing in a few tricks along the way is just amazing! It’s an easy ride over from our chalet to get to ‘The Face’ so if it’s just spectating you’re after it couldn’t be easier to get to. If you’re keen to take on ‘The Face’ we can definitely get you there and we are more than happy to take photos!
1992: French Nationals, opening run of the national circuit. 1993: French Nationals, opening run of the national circuit.
1994: Final French Championships MTB.
1995: French Cup.
1996: UCI Mountain Bike World Cup.
1997: National Trophy for Young Athletes.
1998: UCI Mountain Bike World Cup.
1999: UCI Mountain Bike World Cup.
2000: UCI Mountain Bike World Cup.
2000: National Trophy of Young Cyclists.
2002: UCI Mountain Bike World Cup.
2004: UCI World Mountain Bike Championships.
2010: French Mountain Biking Youth Trophy.
2011: Enduro Series.
2012: French Mountain Bike Championships.
2016 to 2018: Crankworx World Tour.
Les Gets was back on the Mountain bike high profile events calendar in 2012. After playing host to the 2004 World Mountain bike Championships, then the 2010 French Mountain Biking Youth trophy, Les Gets hosted the 2012 French Mountain Bike Championships. Bringing together the very best French Mountain Bike riders, the competition saw the best of the best compete for the title of French Mountain Bike Champion. The event took place in Les Gets in July 2012.