Cycling the French Alps from Morzine

Base yourself at a lodge in Morzine for a weekend of world-class cycling. 1 ½ days off work.

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Cycling the French Alps from Morzine

Base yourself at a lodge in Morzine for a weekend of world-class cycling. 1 ½ days off work.

Morzine is a cycling Mecca known for classic Tour de France stages and incredible scenery. Pit yourself against the pros with a weekend of greuling climbs, hairpin turns and exhilarating descents. After a long day in the saddle, cruise back to your lodge in Morzine. The lodge is devoted to cyclists, so forget the dress code and enjoy a cold beer in the sun while swapping stories with other cyclists. Your hassle-free adventure includes:

  • 3 nights of accommodation at a bike-friendly lodge in Morzine
  • Return transfers from Geneva Airport
  • Filling, delicious breakfasts and hearty dinners
  • Route map

Perfect for:
Intermediate and advanced road cyclists who want a full-on weekend exploring some of the best bike routes in the French Alps.

One of the ‘10 Best New Cycling Holidays in Europe in 2017’ according to The Guardian.

What to Expect

Thursday: Arrival

Pack your bike and catch a flight to Geneva. Your host is waiting at the airport to whisk you off Morzine (1 ½ hours).

Check into your bike-friendly lodge and settle in.

Spend the evening rebuilding your bike while enjoying a cold beer, then review the map and get amped for tomorrow.

Friday: Acclimation ride

Eat breakfast at the lodge’s excellent restaurant, then start your ride right from your doorstep.

Tackle one of the shorter rides in the area, like Ride the Col de Joux Vert, to get accustomed to the altitude.

Climb out of town on tight switchbacks, ascending steadily through forests to alpine meadows filled with grazing cows and the ringing of bells.

Traverse rugged cliffs high above the valley bottom, then top out with incredible views in every direction.

Rest your tired legs (and lungs!) at a restaurant with a view, then complete the loop with a fun, fast descent into Morzine.

Shower off in the comfort of your lodge, then gather in the evening sun for well-deserved sundowners.

Saturday: Explore further afield

Enjoy breakfast at the lodge, then plan out a longer day of riding.

You can link a couple of famous cols, or challenge yourself with a long endurance ride like Col de la Colombiere. Either way, you’re guaranteed spectacular alpine riding conditions in one of the most scenic cycling destinations in the world.

Break as often as you like at the many roadside restaurants where you can kick back and enjoy the mountain views.

No matter where you go, your reward is an exhilarating final descent into Morzine.

With another long day of riding behind you it’s time to celebrate with drinks and dinner in the hotel before heading into town.

Sunday: Final ride and departure

Breakfast at the chalet, then head out to tackle a classic Tour de France climb like Col de Joux Plane.

The Col is one of the most challenging short rides in the area, and the perfect ending to an excellent weekend of riding.

Relentlessly ascend switchbacks through a landscape of picturesque chalets, green meadows and snow-covered peaks.

Peer over the edge for a vertigo-inducing view of how far you’ve climbed, and keep an eye out for glimpses of Mont Blanc.

The gradient eases to pass through a spectacular bowl ringed by high peaks. One final push and you’re at the summit, ready for the long, fast descent back into Morzine.

Return to the lodge to dismantle your bike, grab a quick shower, and catch the transfer to Geneva.

Tired muscles, awesome photos, and a real sense of accomplishment will accompany you home. Cheers to an epic weekend.

Note: The itinerary presented here is just a suggestion. You have complete freedom to ride when and where you please, barring weather conditions, trail conditions, special events, etc.

Accommodation

You’ll be staying at the Ridewell Montana Lodge, a friendly, bike-centric lodge in the hamlet of Montriond on the edge of Morzine. The hotel has comfortable rooms with shared bathrooms (1 bathroom per 2 or 3 rooms). Onsite facilities include a fantastic restaurant serving British and local cuisine, a cosy bar, free wifi, a garden, bike storage, and even a bike wash.

If ensuite rooms are more your style, you can upgrade to Hotel Le Cottage or L’Aubergade. Both hotels are traditional alpine chalets in the heart of Morzine. Hotel Le Cottage is equipped with bike storage and a bike wash, while L’Aubergade is a slightly more upscale accommodation.

Dates & Prices

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

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Prices include

  • Accommodation
  • Airport Transfers
  • Meals As Described
  • Routes & Maps

Optional Extras

Make your life easy. Once you have reserved your space, your host can help you arrange the extras you’ll need. Here are some guide prices which can be confirmed with you during booking.

Hotel Upgrade Payable Before Departure
Upgrade to Hotel Le Cottage (per night) £15.00
Upgrade to Hotel L’Aubergade (per night) £40.00
Additional Night Accommodation Payable Before Departure
Additional Night Accommodation £45.00
Single Occupancy (per night) Payable Before Departure
Single Occupancy (per night) £30.00

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Location

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Morzine is synonymous with cycling. The Tour de France passes through here most years, and you can ride the same stages as the pros. The hill climbs can be grueling, but the incredible alpine setting will take your mind off the pain. There’s always something to catch your eye, whether it’s charming chalets, fields of cows with gently ringing bells, or sweeping vistas of the French Alps.

In the centre of all this awesomeness lies the small town of Morzine. Though known as a ski town, Morzine is a premier adventure base year round. With bike shops, restaurants and bars on every corner, you’re sure to find everything you need. More importantly, it’s a beautiful destination. Located at 1000m elevation, Morzine boasts panoramic views in every direction. You’ll find it difficult to leave at the end of your stay.

Start point?
You’ll be met at the Geneva airport at any time on Thursday. If you still like to have dinner at your hotel, we suggest scheduling your flight to arrive no later than 19:30 as the kitchen closes around 21:30. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
Your trip will end at the Geneva airport on Sunday. You’re free to schedule any flight you like, but evening flights allow you to enjoy a final day of mountain biking. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
Geneva Airport (GVA) is served by frequent, inexpensive flights, including direct flights from London on easyJet, British Airways and Swiss International Air Lines. You can get any flights that suit you, but make sure they fit the times above so you don’t miss the included transfers.

We will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances such as erupting Icelandic volcanoes, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Flights to/from Geneva
  • Bike and biking gear
  • Lunches
  • Travel insurance
  • Drinks and personal expenses

This trip will run with a minimum of 1 person and a maximum of 20.

Yes, for sure! If you like to book on your own there will only be a supplement charge of £30 per night.

Self-guided trips are perfect for couples and groups who want the rewards of an independent adventure without the hassle of planning it all. Everything is organized for you, but you still have the flexibility to make it your weekend. Challenge yourself or take it easy—it’s up to you.

The cycling in Morzine is world class. The Tour de France has come through here more than 20 times since 1975, and other famous bike events occur here regularly. You’re sure to find a challenge in the steep hill climbs surrounding the town, even if you’re riding at a slow pace.

The road conditions are generally excellent, though sometimes there are buckles and bumps in the road from freeze-thaw action through the winter, so take it easy on those descents. One thing is for sure, though: you’ll love the setting. It doesn’t get much more scenic than the French Alps.

Beginner cyclists can head down valley for easier rides, while intermediate and advanced cyclists are sure to find suitable rides in the mountains. A reasonable level of fitness is recommended to enjoy three back-to-back days of riding.

Breakfast at the lodge is included. A typical breakfast includes cereal, bread, croissants, fruit, yogurt, juice, poached eggs and bacon.

For dinner the lodge restaurant serves delicious British classics as well as local cuisine and tasty vegetarian options. You can also venture into town to try one of the many high-quality restaurants Morzine is known for.

Absolutely, just make a request when booking.

Summer in Morzine is ideal for cycling. Temperatures range from 20 – 22 °C during the day and cool off to 12 – 16 °C at night. It’s bright and sunny more than half the days each month, and if it does rain you’re never far from a restaurant or lodge.

No equipment is included, but bike rentals are available in town if you don’t want to bring your own. Your local host knows the best places in town and he’s happy to assist you getting set in advanced.

In addition to your road bike, your host recommends you pack the following:

  • Helmet
  • Cycling jacket (waterproof is a good idea)
  • Cycling jerseys, shorts, shoes, etc.
  • Bike lock
  • Water bottles
  • Repair kit and spare tubes
  • Non-performance clothes for hanging out in Morzine

Start point?
You’ll be met at the Geneva airport at any time on Thursday. If you still like to have dinner at your hotel, we suggest scheduling your flight to arrive no later than 19:30 as the kitchen closes around 21:30. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
Your trip will end at the Geneva airport on Sunday. You’re free to schedule any flight you like, but evening flights allow you to enjoy a final day of mountain biking. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
Geneva Airport (GVA) is served by frequent, inexpensive flights, including direct flights from London on easyJet, British Airways and Swiss International Air Lines. You can get any flights that suit you, but make sure they fit the times above so you don’t miss the included transfers.

We will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances such as erupting Icelandic volcanoes, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

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