Words by Katherine Moore
Announce that you’re off to Morzine and images of snow-laden ski chalets and sparkling white pistes spring to mind, must be a winter break? If you think that snow is the only thing that this charming winter resort has to offer, you’d be very mistaken.
Nestled at the base of the mountain valley, basking in the sunshine through the summer months, Morzine is transformed into a paradise for cyclists of all denominations. Ski lifts double up as uplifts for mountain bikers who seek the incredible downhill and cross country trails that the mountains have to offer, whilst road cyclists search out the toughest cols to climb.
It’s no great surprise that the area is so well frequented by the Tour de France, as well as other races such as the Critérium du Dauphiné. Although typically shorter than the killer climbs further South in the Alps, this area boasts plenty of cols that are just as tough.
Conquering the cols
Here’s a taste of the best climbs from Morzine. You can opt for one or link up several for a day’s ride, depending on how far you’d like to go. Just remember that mountain miles are not like home miles – the terrain can make even a 20-mile spin into a big challenge!