Update - Les Gets 2023 Downhill World Cup
Was that the best Les Gets Downhill race we have ever seen? The track, is steep, technical, dusty and absolutely wild. The fans.... Does anyone do it as well as the French? The party like there is no tomorrow and they seem to have very little regard for the rules most would abide by at a World Cup race or any sports event. The track invasion as the end can only be likened to a football pitch invasion! it was incredible.
Let's not forget the weekend as a whole, it felt like a festival, the whole village was pumping to the sound of music, the team pits were spread out through the village and made for an awesome walk with a beer in hand to see your favourite riders. The Bellevue Apres bike bar and its blazing hot terrace was the sport for the cool kids and VIPs alike! With Warner Brothers Discovery in attendance, this event felt like a melting pot of riders, racers, fans and corporate string pullers. But it worked, it was great to see MTB hitting what felt like the big time!
The fans made this Wolrd Cup something we will never forget
Marine Cabirou & Benoit Coulanges take the win
The Frenchies were superb and the crowd got exactly what they wanted. the perfect recipe for a huge party! Benoit Coulanges won in front of his home crowd, living just a few miles away down the valley this was a popular result. As if that was not enough, Loris Vergier took third place in the men's final.
Marine Cabirou took her first win since 2020 as Vali Holl crashed in the top turns. Les Gets in back and it is back for good! With the likes of the World Cup, riders like the P2V crew and awesome trail work all here this place is a great MTB holiday destination. See more on Les Gets HERE.
UPDATE - We have the new Les Gets 2023 World Cup track preview for you
Les Gets hosts the UCI Mountain Bike World Series Festival and of course the traditional downhill on Mont Chéry. The best riders on the planet will compete on a slightly modified track, and discover the 2023 version of the DH track. We can not wait for this incredible event after the past few years and the success of the World Championships this week-long UCI World Cup event is going to be special.
Les Gets World Cup Downhill Track Preview 2023
See what Warner Bros. Discovery said in their announcement
The Dates of this epic event are the 6th - 17th of September 2023
The revised 2023 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Calendar has been announced, including a historic 10 day festival in Les Portes du Soleil (Les Gets, Morzine & Chatel), the Haute-Savoie region and four new UCI World Cup cross-country marathon venues. UCI President David Lappartient said they are looking forward "to returning to Haute-Savoie next year for the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup."
So what do you need to do now... Well, book that Morzine MTB accommodation before it sells out. Luckily for you, we already have our September dates online and they are ready to book live!
What events will be on at the 2023 uci mountain bike world cup in Les Portes du Soleil
We believe the Downhill in Les Gets will be on the weekend of the 8-10th September.
The 2023 World Cup programme
In Les Gets from 6 to 10 September :
- Olympic cross-country (XCO)
- Downhill (DHI)
- Cross-country short track (XCC)
Morzine 15 September:
- Cross-country marathon (XCM)
Châtel 16 to 17 September:
- Enduro (EDR)
- E-enduro (EDR-E)
Les Gets and the Ports du Soleil region has already hosted six rounds of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in the past and we are so excited to see it return after the wild scenes from 2022. There is a huge history for the World Cup Downhill in Les Gets and August 2022 will forever be remembered but it now looks like 2023 could well top it.
UCI 2023 MOUNTAIN BIKE WORLD CUP CALENDAR
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!
If you have any questions about Mountain bike holiday in Morzine, Les Gets or the wider Portes du Soleil region please get in touch via the contact form below and we will get back to you asap.