Passportes du Soleil 2020 Morzine Mountain Bike Festival
This year (2020) sees the 17th edition of the Passportes du Soleil take place in the glorious mountains that surround Morzine. Although a few of the main lifts open early, the event is the official opening of the entire mountain bike area. It takes place over three days and involves a scenic yet adrenaline filled 80km circuit of the Portes du Soleil.
Between the 26th and 28th June 2020 the Passportes du Soleil Mountain Bike Festival descends upon the trails of Morzine. The classic 80km route utilises 15 bike friendly ski lifts providing easy access to over 6500m of two wheeled descent. The route spans trails across both France and Switzerland and takes riders to all corners of the Portes du Soleil. Although the lifts do a lot of the ascending for you, the route does require a fair amount of pedal power too. Riders will need to grind out around 1000 vertical metres of climbing throughout the day.
Riders can choose to start the route on the Friday, Saturday or Sunday and from a number of different start points in all the major resorts within the Portes du Soleil. Riders receive a number board and goodie bag upon registering for the event and the route is well sign posted. There are also marshals to help on the trails and well deserved refreshment points dotted along the route.
Passportes du Soleil 2020 Bike Show
A big attraction of the event is the Bike Show which is a huge mountain bike exhibition. Around 70 of the biggest brands in mountain biking come together to showcase their latest kit. The location of the show changes yearly as each resort on the main Passportes circuit takes a turn to host it, although there are also entertainments and activities available in each participating resort. This year the main show takes place in Les Gets. At the event, you can check out the very latest in bike technology with free bike tests and demonstrations. You can also check out the skills of the pro riders in various competitions and demos, such as Dirt Jumping and Trials. Film screenings, music concerts and parties also take place in the evening ensuring that when you do finally go to bed, you’ll definitely be dreaming of bikes!
The Passportes du Soleil is the perfect event for getting out into the world’s biggest bike park and riding some epic trails. Whether you’re new to the sport or a seasoned veteran, the Passportes provides an unforgettable experience for all.
Naturally safety equipment such as helmets and gloves are compulsory, as is pre registration. Morzine and Les Gets are the most popular starting locations so early registration is advised.
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