The Les Gets Downhill World Cup is returning in 2023. A classic of downhill mountain biking, Les Gets packs the action, the track is a huge hit with the riders, steep, fast gnarly and raw. The crowds are wild, huge and borderline insane in their love for the spectacle. A downhill race in the Portes du Soleil always delivers and you will not want to miss this one. From the 7th to 17th September, it's on.
With the takeover of the Mountain Bike World Cup coverage by Discovery / ESO the calendar is seeing a shake-up and we will all be the ones to benefit. Once the dust settles over any new rules, fees and coverage, what will remain is racing which represents the pinnacle of our sport. Downhill is the F1 of mountain biking and the buzz around a race is a unique joy every mountain biker should experience.
The French were simply to fast in 2022
In 2022 three Frenchman, Loic Bruni, Amaury Pierron and Loris Vergier stood on the Les Gets World Champs podium in front of a crowd more likely to be seen at a Champions League final than a bike race. The scenes were insane as the Gendarmes escorted, paraded and eventually even joined in with the celebrations of these 3 homegrown athletes doing it for France.
Will we see a repeat of that in Les Gets in 2023? Or will one of the riders that didn't quite execute step up and spoil the party. Laurie Greenland, Troy Brosnan and Greg Minnaar all looked great on track, or will we see the ascendancy of Bernard Kerr or Jackson Goldstone steal the limelight?
Never count Greg out
The Mountain Bike lifts will open in September
Regardless of the race, the beneficiaries of all this great news are the everyday mountain bikers in resort. This means the mountain bike season is going to extend into the first 3 weeks of September at least. It means we get another shot at full time riding in early Autumn after our party was cut short by covid in 2020. Remember the Les Gets World Cup that was cancelled? That was our jump start to an extended summer season with all lifts in Les Gets and Morzine set to open. In 2023 we will get another crack of the whip to make our dreams of a longer summer season come true.
If the riders don't come the lift companies will change their minds
We need you however. You have a key role to play in making this work. The World Cup needs fans and the resorts need riders. We need to show the people that decide whether or not to open the lifts later in the season that this is a good idea. We need to show the bars, cafes, restaurants and bike shops that staying open is viable.
We are going to be open, of course. We'll be there ready to deliver amazing holidays and to make your experience unforgettable, the World Cup will be an event not to miss, it never is.
5 Reasons you need to make a holiday to Les Gets and Morzine happen in September
- The World Cup. Yes we've covered that but it's going to go off!
- Great weather. Historically Morzine and Les Gets in September is perfect bike season, nice temperatures but plenty of sun.
- No Queues. The lift queues in 2022 were insane, yet as soon as August finished, while the lifts in Morzine and Les Gets remained open, there was never a queue to get on.
- Tracks Condition. Yep, this is when trail builders start to get excited and prep for the following season, they'll be excited to get something ready for the World Cup as well, no doubt!
- Quiet Trails. Of course, we hope it's going to be busy, but it's not going to be as crazy as the school holidays, you're going to see a chilled version of Morzine, maybe not so chilled Les Gets!
There's one more reason.
We are offering a 100% refund policy on any holiday booked that starts in September, should the World Cup in Les Gets not go ahead. There's no reason not to dial in and make this September one for the history books!