Posts tagged Road Biking
October 4th, 2013 by Sam D in Summer
In early September as summer was drawing to a close and the days were starting to feel cooler I felt it was a good time to stretch my legs on my road bike. I have been cycling roughly once a week during the summer but never covered more than 60km in a day. I thought road cycling in Morzine might be something our guests would like to know more about for next time they come to stay in our luxury chalets and self catered apartments so decided to write a blog post about it.
I got in touch with Mark who runs Velovation in Morzine to see if he had any trips planned that I could latch onto and luckily he was heading down to Yvoire with a group a few days later.
The ride took us from Morzine through La Vernaz and the Vallée Verte stopping for a tasty lunch. Then we headed down to the shores of Lake Geneva at Yvoire. We climbed three cols along the way and covered a total distance of 92km. Below is my Stava recording for the day:
Although we had some questionable weather first thing in the morning it soon brightened up and we got to take in some amazing views along the way. Some of the climbs were pretty tough but the beauty of Velovation’s supported ride service is that there was always a van waiting at the top of the hill with bananas, Snickers and drinks just when you needed them. Also not having to worry about navigating or carrying any of your stuff is brilliant, you feel like a pro, apart from when you are panting riding up 5% gradients!
Over a beer in Yvoire at the end of our ride our whole group agreed that it had been a fantastic day and that Mark’s expertise, encouragement and support had been second to none.
Shortly after our ride I caught up with Mark some to get a better understanding about him and his company.
Sam Doherty (More Mountain Blogger Extraordinaire): What is Velovation and who is involved?
Mark Taylor (Velovation Head Honcho): Velovation is a way of exploring the full potential that road cycling has to offer and a means to share that with as many different people as possible.
SD: What is the back-story of the company, how did it come to be?
MT: The idea for Velovation came from doing similar trips with small groups of friends and locals, the first was a Route des Grandes Alps tour organised by David and Sarah from Rolling Road, I’d never done anything like it before and it blew me away. I loved the experience so much that I needed to find a way to keep doing it. Setting up the company to provide a professional support service allows me to do that and to share the whole experience with a lot of different people.
SD: You provide a range of services and styles of ride, can you tell us more about them?
MT: For people staying in Morzine we offer a day ride service where we take our clients on some of our favourite local routes, hunting down Tour de France climbs but also exploring the little hard to find back roads. We also provide multi-day tours where we get to travel all over the Alps riding to a different town or village every night and seeing everything that these mountains have to offer. A support rider and minibus accompany all our meaning that we have easy access to spares, clothes and refreshments. All our clients have to worry about is getting on their bikes and pedalling.
SD: Which are your favourite climbs in the area surrounding Morzine?
MT: Ha! That’s a tricky one! A little like asking someone to name his or her favourite child! All the climbs have such different characters and quirks, some you enjoy for their toughness some for their scenery or maybe the decent, the length of a climb or even its gradient. I have so many “favourites” for so many different reasons. I have to say though that the Joux Plane is definitely up there with the best of them and it’s right on our door step. It is still regarded as one of the toughest climbs used by the TDF, the views of Mont Blanc from the top are some of the best in the Alps and although the decent down into Morzine is a little narrow it’s a lot of fun so I guess it has a little bit of everything.
SD: How do you see the road cycling scene in Morzine currently, and where do you see if going in the future?
MT: For a long time Morzine has been seen as a mountain bikers’ town but with the massive increase in popularity for road cycling back in the UK we’re seeing more and more roadies in town every year. At the moment road cycling seems to be riding a wave of success and has gone from being something of a minority sport to being very fashionable, I think it’s inevitable that the bubble will burst eventually but it really is an amazing sport and a lot of the people who’ve come to it recently will stay hooked. I believe the sport will continue to go from strength to strength and with Morzine being such an ideal place it can only grow in popularity. Morzine has easy access to not only numerous big Tour de France climbs but also mellower terrain and a vast network of smaller roads linking up stunning scenery, small villages and beautiful towns. I think it’s here to stay.
SD: What does the future hold for Velovation?
MT: Lots of pedalling! For next summer we are looking to extend our repertoire with some new Tours in the Dolomites a trip to Mont Ventoux and the surrounding area and a lot of new rides in our local area around Morzine. There are so many roads and places to explore – the possibilities are endless.
SD: Finally, if people are interested in your services how can they find out more and get in touch?
MT: If people want to find out more about us they can check out the website at www.velovation.co.uk or send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org We can tailor our rides and tours to suit most peoples requirements and I never get bored of talking about bikes!
July 9th, 2011 by Jon in Latest news
Do you love lycra, chamois cream, shaved legs and cycling up hill?
Well, to help you along your way and guide you on some of the famous climbs seen on the Tour de France, the Morzine-Avoriaz Tourist Office have published this useful little guide for you.
You can pick it up from the Tourist Office or from our chalets and apartments.
However, if you want to put in some research before you arrive, CLICK HERE to view and download the PDF.
April 28th, 2011 by Sam in Mountain biking
We are now thinking about summer as the snow season has ended, the sun is shining and we are getting the bikes out finally!
Les Gets Bike Park Lifts Pre-open on May 28th-29th for a special pre-ride taster for the season followed by June 4th-5th where there will be a full range of Kona bikes and Marzocchi Suspensions to test for a weekend mini bike festival.
Morzine Les Gets Lift Access officially opens from June 10th until September 11th (9am-5.30pm). The Morzine and Les Gets MTB trails belong to the VTT area of Les Portes du Soleil, one of the biggest linked areas in the world with 12 resorts between France and Switzerland and 650 km of trails. For 15 years, the Portes du Soleil have been offering a unique network of 25 lifts open all summer long.
Lift Pass Prices are as follows:
1 day €21,
2 days €34,
3 days €46,
4 days €59,
5 days €71,
6 days €84,
7 days €95,
8 days €104,
9 days €113,
10 days €120,
11 days €126,
12 days €132,
13 days €137,
Season €210 (50% off with valid Winter Season Pass)
This time round Summer in Morzine is even better as the Portes Du Soleil now combine access to a number of Alpine activities through the Multipass for those of you that fancy an alternative to hammering hard core downhill trails each day. More Mountain are an official accommodation provider who have signed up to the scheme. The Multi Pass is available to you all for just €1 Euro per day. All summer long, the Portes du Soleil area offers a host of fun outdoor activities: hiking, swimming in the lakes or pools, visits to cultural sites, tennis, ice rinks… all for just €1 Euro per day.
Portes du Soleil hasn’t forgotten those who live in the region and who would like to enjoy a multitude of activities all summer long thanks to the season pass: 50€
So… its time to get booking to stay this summer at More Mountain this summer…. check out all the fabulous deals we have on offer in our chalets this coming Summer.
October 14th, 2009 by Sam in Tour De France
The 2010 Tour de France route has been unveiled today (Wednesday) at the Palais des Congrès in Paris.
The 97th Tour de France runs from Saturday July 3rd to Sunday July 25th 2010. This year, the Tour de France will cover a total distance of 3,600 kilometres and Morzine Avoriaz will play a big part in the route. History speaks for itself…Morzine Avoriaz and the Tour have enjoyed a solid alliance since 1975 – this will be the Tour’s twenty fourth visit to the resort, and will include a rest day to boot!
Morzine is confirmed as official stopover and rest day on 11th & 12th July 2010.
The route is one of the hilliest in years. Starting in Rotterdam the route takes the riders down through Belgium before crossing back over in to Reims in France and then into Morzine for the first of two stopovers en route to the final destination of Paris Champs-Élysées on Sunday 25th July.
The stages in Morzine Avoriaz will run from the Jura Mountains to the Alps… From Saturday 10th July the pack will encounter some steep challenges and on Sunday 11th it will be the first real contact with high mountain peaks where they will arrive in Morzine Avoriaz. Rarely climbed – twice only – the Ramaz pass sits at an alt. of 1615m, 40km from the high 1800 altitude finish in Avoriaz, which was last visited by the Tour sixteen years ago.
At the end of the 1970s, Avoriaz, the high-altitude ski resort that is part of the town of Morzine, specialised in hosting hill climb time-trials at 1,800 metres altitude. In 1985 Lucho Herrera was the first to reach the “Gateway to the Sun” in a stage similar to the one planned for this year’s riders.
With four climbs on the programme, this will be the major alpine stage, following the first rest day in Morzine village. The stage will start in Haute-Savoie then, after a climb to the Colombière mountain pass, cross the border into Savoie and the Aravis pass, followed by the Saisies pass. The final and most gruelling challenge will be the Madeleine pass that lies thirty kilometres from the finish in Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne.