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. We are stoked to get stoked for a season of riding bikes and watching pro level racing again and with a BRAND NEW TRACK under construction the hype train gets even wilder! Read on the find out more....
UPDATE - 23rd June 2021
Up to 5,000 spectators will officially be allowed to attend and watch the Les Gets World Cup on July 3rd & 4th for the second round on the 2021 competition. See more detail HERE or the mainpoints below.
- Negative PCR test of less than 48 hours mandatory for all organizers, volunteers, members of cycling teams, accredited media, staff of national federations and UCI teams and service providers.
- The public must not present a negative PCR test or health pass to enter the site . However, we rely on visitors to behave responsibly and to comply with the sanitary measures described below.
- Wearing a mask compulsory (from 11 years old) at any time on the World Cup site (village, slopes, car parks, etc.) for the duration of the event.
- No contact possible with the riders and members of the bike teams : no autographs or selfies, ban on entering the teams areas. We ask you to scrupulously respect these measures.
- Provision of hydro-alcoholic gel at several strategic locations on the site.
- Respect for barrier gestures and social distancing.
- Reinforcement of cleaning protocols for the equipment provided (shuttles, toilets, bikewash, etc.)
- Installation of signage to respect social distancing at the entrance and exit of the site and at strategic locations.
- Installation of information panels / reminder of hygiene rules at the entrance to each site.
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.
This will be the template for a BRAND NEW World Cup track, utilising the very top and very bottom of the original, with most of the course changing, say course designers Leandre Alegri and Ben Tex;
“We're going to bodybuilder the P2V Invitational track, which is a good base, and offer a more open, more technical and faster track with a very spectacular finish! The bottom of the track will be completely transformed but we won't tell you more for the moment…”
P2V Invitational Track Check
What do they have planned for the open field section at the bottom?
Taped wide and left wild just as the French, and the majority of riders, like it or new jumps in a bike park style? Or maybe they'll be going off piste, lets wait and see when construction begins soon!
Read the full press release here.
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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