Road Biking in the French Alps
Alpine Cycling is at its best in Morzine, Avoriaz. Cyclists love the French Alps for road biking, mainly due to the dramatic scenery and challenging climbs. The months of July and August signify the peak season for biking and is generally when Morzine town will be at its busiest so the atmosphere is great fun for all you Velo enthusiasts! That being said, don’t discount June and September, which offers some great cycling as it tends to be a little cooler and the roads are generally quieter. The only downside to this time of year is that Morzine itself will also be quieter and has a reduced number of restaurants and bars to frequent. However, this not a problem if you go down the self catering route.
Famous Local Climbs
The Col du Joux Plane was made famous by the exploits of the Tour de France riders which is literally on the door step and rises up within minutes of leaving the centre of town. There are many other famous climbs in the area; Col de la Ramaz, Col de la Joux Verte and the Col de la Colombiere, as well as many less well known but equally demanding ascents.
Road Bike Hire
There are many bike hire shops in Morzine town where you can hire a wide range of bikes from downhill rigs to carbon frame road bikes. Our staff will be able to advise you which hire shops are best to visit depending on your needs.
For guests looking to hire a top specification and well maintained road bike we recommend Torico Performance Bike Shop. Their hire service is very popular so it’s worth booking ahead through their website. We also recommend Bike Hire at Intersport Morzine as they have a good range for the whole family.
Need a Guide?
Check out this Road Biking Guide to Morzine (pdf file) published by the Morzine Tourist Office. It offers a selection of well trodden routes and shows you where to go, what altitude you will climb to and roughly how long it will take. Feel free to print it off. We also have a number of copies in our apartments and chalets.
We recommend our friends at Velovation who can provide bespoke assisted day and weekend tours. Fantastic routes are provided with a support vehicle and rider assistance to help you go further, higher and faster. With comprehensive local knowledge they can design the perfect road biking route or tour for you.
The Tour de France in Morzine
You can often expect to see the Tour De France in Morzine in July. It tends to run through Morzine every 3 to 4 years and usually provides an overnight rest stop. The finishing straight is right through the centre of Morzine, and passes The Ark, Chez Noah and The Crow’s Nest.
Staying With Us for a Road Biking Holiday
More Mountain offer road biking holidays from both our catered chalets and self catered apartments. We work closely with Velovation so we can help you organise your ideal cycling holiday in the Alps. We will help you to accomplish some of the best climbs the French Alps have to offer. Climbing cols, circumnavigating beautiful lakes and exploring some of the most stunning scenery available are just bonuses to the sense of achievement you will feel after a road cycling tour of the Alps. We have some great self catered properties that are ideal for cyclists too.
Please contact us with any questions or enquiries.