Events in the Portes du Soleil

Every summer the local towns and villages host some big events.  Some events are a one-off affair, whilst others continue year after year.  Summer 2020 is set to be massive, with the UCI MTB World Championships returning to Les Gets, the Passportes du Soleil MTB event will be celebrating its 17th year, the Spartan Race in Morzine back for the 5th year running, the Trail des Hauts Forts trail running event, the Morzine Haut Chablais Granfondo road cycling event, the Annecy Maxi Race trail run, the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc and the Chatel MTB 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 activities for all outdoor enthusiasts.

UCI Mountain Bike World Championships and World Cup

Les Gets will once against be a big part of the UCI Mountain Biking World Cup, this time as the host of the World Cup Final.  It will be an amazing opportunity to watch the very best riders in the world battling it out.  The event will take place in Les Gets from 19th to 20th September 2020.  Find out more

Passportes du Soleil

Passportes du Soleil 2020 – 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 Morzine

Spartan Race – 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 varying in 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.  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 mud! 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

Spartan Race Morzine

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..

Here is a full list of events taking place during the summer 2020 season.  To discover more information just click on the ‘Event Name’.

SUMMER 2020
Day Date Month Year Event Category
Fri-Sun 29-31 May 2020 Maxi-Race Trail Running
Sunday 31 May 2020 CycloTour du Leman Road Bike Sportive
Sunday 9 June 2019 Time Megeve Mont Blanc Road Bike Sportive
Sunday 18 May 2019 Annecy Marathon Running Night Marathon
Sunday 31 May 2020 Faucigny-Glieres Road Bike Sportive
Sunday 9-16 June 2019 Criterium de Dauphine Road Bike – Watch
Fri-Sun 19-21 June 2020 Samoens KMV Trail Running
Sunday 16 June 2019 Morzine Sportive Road Bike Sportive
Sat-Sun 22-23 June 2019 Concours de Debardage Farming Machinery – Watch
Fri-Sun 26-28 June 2020 Passportes du Soleil MTB XC/DH Event
Friday 25-28 June 2020 KMV Chamonix Trail Running
Sat-Sun 22 June 2019 Trail Faverges-Seythenex Trail Running
Sunday 25-28 June 2020 Mont Blanc Marathon Trail Running
Fri-Sun 3-5 July 2020 Spartan Race Trail Running
Sun 7 July 2019 JPP Cyclo Road Bike Sportive
Sunday 8 July 2019 L’Etape du Tour Road Bike Sportive
Fri-Sun 11-14 July 2019 Morzine Harley Days Motorbike – Watch
Mon-Fri 22-26 July 2019 4 Elements Family Fun
Sat-Sun 25-26 July 2020 Trail du Fiz Trail Running
Sunday 28 July 2019 Montée des pavés Trail Running
Sunday 28 July 2019 1 Day 1 Col Joux Plane Road Cycling Fun
Saturday 1 August 2020 Lake Annecy Fireworks Family Fun
Sunday 4 August 2019 Avoriaz Grimpee Road Bike Sportive
Sunday 11 August 2019 Trail des Hauts Forts Trail Running
Friday 9 August 2019 Nantaux KMV Trail Running
Sunday 18 August 2019 1 Day 1 Col Ramaz Road Cycling Fun
Sunday 23 August 2020 Trail des Gets Trail Running
Sunday 15 September 2019 Annecy Half Marathon Running Half Marathon
Sat-Sun 19-20 September 2020 MTB World Cup Finals MTB – Watch
Spartan Race Morzine

Samoens Trail Tour

Kicking off the summer trail running season, the Samoens trail tour takes you into the stunning Giffre valley.  Offering a variety of courses from 9km with 400 metres of climbing, to a massive 127kms with 9150 metres of climbing!  You will reach the highest peaks around the valley offering amazing views of lakes, mountains and alpine flora and fauna.

Spartan Race Morzine

The Morzine Haut Chablais Granfondo & Mediofondo

Located at the bottom of the Joux Plane and Joux-Verte mountain passes, Morzine is surrounded by famous Tour de France climbs that all offer their own challenges and experiences.  It is in this exceptional environment that the Morzine Haut Chablais Granfondo and Mediofondo have been designed to offer you a real challenge and test of your ability.  The Granfondo is 152kms climbing over 3800 metres.  The Mediofondo is 102km climbing over 2370 metres.

Past Events:

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
2019: UCI Mountain Bike World Cup

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.