The 2019 bike season in Europe is set to be an amazing year for riding, spectating and for us at MTB Beds. With The Aosta Valley up and running, The UCI World Cup returning to Les Gets and our second catered property in Morzine, Chalet Ice, it's time to get pumped for another season on the trails!
Not only do we have the opening dates for Morzine and the rest of Portes du Soleil, we've added in the dates for our favourite day trip destinations such as Samoëns, Pila and Verbier!
We've been busy asking the questions where they need to be asked to get the lift opening times for your favourite summer bike resorts. The dates below are the latest information we have, but are not confirmed. When we have the dates confirmed by the relevant resort we'll update the page. So stick this in your bookmarks and keep checking in for the latest news so you don't miss out on the best deals for a summer mountain bike holiday.
***Provisional Dates unless confirmed***
|Full Portes du Soleil||29th June||2nd September||Confirmed|
|Morzine - Pleney||15th June||8th September||Confirmed|
|Morzine - Super Morzine||21st June||1st September||Confirmed|
|Les Gets - Chavannes - Weekends||30th May||16th June||Confirmed|
|Les Gets - Full Opening||22nd June||8th September||Confirmed|
|Chatel||29th June||1st September||Confirmed|
|Morgins||15th June||1st September||Confirmed|
|Champery||17th June||16th September||Confirmed|
|Les Crosets||28th June||1st September||Confirmed|
|Grand Massif - Samoens||15th June||30th August||Confirmed|
|Grand Massif - Les Carroz||29th June||1st September||Confirmed|
|Aosta Valley - La Thuile||29th June||1st September||Confirmed|
|Aosta Valley - Pila||22nd June||8th September||Confirmed|
|Aosta Valley - Pila - Couis 1 Chairlift||27th July||18th August||Confirmed|
|Verbier||6th June||26th October||Confirmed|
The biggest news to hit the Portes du Soleil this year is the return of the UCI World Cup to Les Gets. For 2019 and beyond the resort will be hosting both XCO and downhill rounds. For all the sprogs reading this, Les Gets has a long history of hosting the worlds best, with World Cups in 96, 98, 99, 00, 02 and the World Championships in 2004.
The track is pegged to be the same or similar to that of the last 3 years at Crankworx. A rider favourite, the trail heads straight down the Mont Chery side of the resort. Wide taping, flat open turns and raw woodland sections make the trail fast, fun and challenging. Racing will be tight on a track as fast as this with full commitment needed to get a result.
2018 Crankworx Results
- Baptiste Pierron 2:34.34 1. Jill Kintner 2:54.95
- Sam Blenkinsop 2:34.58 2. Marine Caribou 2:56.83
- Kirk Mcdowall 2:35.44 3. Casey Brown 2:57.58
2004 World Championship Results
- Fabien Barel 2:40.78 1. Vanessa Quin
- Greg Minnaar 2:41.36 2. Mio Suemasa
- Sam Hill 2:42.20 3. Celine Gros
Fox Head Athlete Finn Iles charging on Mont Chery - Crankworx 2018
Mont Chery has been the spot for some of the most memorable races in downhill mountain biking history. Anyone involved in the sport in 2004 will have the memory of Steve Peat's infamous slide out and crash only seconds from the line, costing him the World Championship that year.
With the track pencilled to be very similar to years gone by, including the last 3 years at Crankworx, it's sure to be a memorable week!
Les Gets UCI Mountain Bike World Championships 2004 - Earthed 2
To make sure you get your spot to ride the best trails and see all the action click on the accommodation links below!