For 2021 the World Cup will return to Les Gets after taking a forced hiatus in 2020. The event will be held on the weekend of July 3rd & 4th, with the World Cup circus rolling into town for setup from Monday 28th June. With things finally starting to look brighter for 2021, we are stoked to get stoked for a season of riding bikes and watching pro level racing again!
In 2019, the crowds in attendance were in excess of 50,000 over the course of the weekend and the downhill event on the Sunday was the main draw. The track used a twist on the famous World Cup and World Championships tracks of years gone by, the same used for Crankworx when Les Gets hosted the festival 2016 - 2018. It's a rider favourite with old school flat out top and bottom sections, while the middle forest is steep, technical and full of features.
The XC races were also well attended and we'll be seeing a return of the XCO & XCC events. As the last races before the Tokyo Olympics, it'll be a great marker of who is ready to take the gold medal.
The 2021 Les Gets World Cup will have a an extra element to a normal World Cup. The venue will also host the World Championships in 2022. The French love a World Champs and this will be the event of the year hands down. The last time they were held in Les Gets 2004, the infamous Steve Peat crash was a shocking end to an incredible event. From personal experience we can say the week was incredible, a carnival atmosphere from start to finish, cramming Les Gets every street, bar, restaurant and shop with events and personalities.
Who will be the tips for the top step next year? Amaury Pierron will be back but after his huge injury does he have what it takes to come back and compete with Loic Bruni and Loris Vergier? With a big team move on the books for Loris, he'll be coming out swinging and he was the man in form during 2020. Laurie Greenland has been quietly putting the hours in, this guy could be the sneaky pick for those Fantasy Teams next year, of course you can never count out Greg, along with Aaron Gwin who seemed to find some pace at the last round in Lousa. Of course the womens is all to play for with Tahnee back from injury and Marine Caribou keen to hold on to her hard won title from the Brit and the lightning quick Myriam Nicole.
Despite several attempts and date moves to make the 2020 World Cup in Les Gets go ahead, there was just not a viable way to hold the event within Government safety guidelines. The motivation was absolutely there from the Les Gets organisers to make something happen, which is plain to see when permission was granted to P2V, a local group of young French downhillers and skiers that got themselves moving and made the P2V Invitational, hosting some of the worlds best on a new track, created in just 3 weeks, down Mont Chery.
P2V Invitational Track Check
Will the P2V Invitational be the track for the World Cup in 2021 and World Championships in 2022? Mont Chery is perfect for downhill racing, it's likely there will be elements of the old race track and this new P2V creation, taped wide and left wild just as the French, and the majority of riders, like it.
If you want to book accommodation to the World Cup in Les Gets for 2021 we have you covered. With options ranging from hotels in the centre of Les Gets, in amongst all the action, to fully catered and self catered options in Morzine.
We will also be offering custom World Cup Long Weekend Deals, aswell as offering the ability to stay on longer after a weeks riding in Morzine, so you miss none of the action but still get a full weeks riding, aswell as an option to arrive afew days earlier so you can get stoked on the World Cup, then stay on and shred!
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