The Tour de France rides into Morzine in the French Alps

The 2022 Tour de France route was unveiled in Paris on Thursday morning, with the 109th edition of the Grand Boucle set to include the Alpine resort of Morzine in the Portes du Soleil. After a stage finish in nearby Châtel on Sunday 10 July, competitors, spectators and the media will have the opportunity to enjoy a rest day in Morzine on Monday 11 July. Riders will then set off on a gruelling yet spectacular stage through the mountains on Tuesday 12 July, concluding in the resort of Megève.

2021 Tour de France winner Tadej Pogačar was at the Palais des Congrès in the French capital to see the route revealed alongside new world champion Julian Alaphilippe and 2021 green jersey winner and Brit Mark Cavendish. The 2022 edition will take place 1-24 July, with the Morzine to Megève leg comprising a 148km route that will form the first of three Alpine stages taking place during the second week of the competition. It is six years since the Tour de France last descended on Morzine, and it will be the 21st occasion that it has been staged there since the event was first hosted in the French village in 1975.

During the Tour de France Morzine is expected to be a buzz with excitement, with holidaymakers and members of the public encouraged to soak up the atmosphere alongside the travelling spectators and the participating teams. The resort’s lively bars and restaurants will cater to the crowds, as will the town’s eclectic range of quality hotels and apartments. Given the enthusiasm, race fans and holidaymakers are urged to book their Morzine accommodation and travel early, to avoid disappointment.

Morzine has an international reputation for cycling and has long been a favourite for enthusiasts, with the village making the perfect base for professionals and amateurs alike wanting to discover the entire region. In resort there are several excellent bike shops, hire companies and tour guides that cater to riders of all abilities, making it easy for anyone wanting experience a holiday on two wheels in the mountains. Popular with road cyclists, mountain bikers, and e-bikers, there are around 380km of marked trails in the region with varying degrees of technical skill required, as well as 16 mapped road cycling itineraries to explore.

In addition to the world class cycling, holidaymakers visiting Morzine next summer can choose from a range of climbing, trekking and fishing excursions or an array of more transformative experiences, like horse-back rides in the mountains or taking to the skies over the Alps as a paraglider. Traditional horse-drawn carriage rides through the picturesque town centre, outdoor yoga sessions and gastronomic walking tours are ideal for those wanting to simply relax and unwind, while thrill-seekers can take advantage of the region’s superb canyoning and white-water rafting offering. |

BikePark Wales Unveils Re-opening Plans

BikePark Wales has confirmed it will be re-opening to riders on Monday 26th April.

Located in the heart of Gethin Forest in the foothills of the Brecon Beacons near Merthyr Tydfil, BikePark Wales is the UK’s biggest purpose-built mountain biking resort.

All riders will need to pre-book and daily pedal passes will be limited to control numbers. Strict Covid control measures will also be in operation across the site, including disinfecting all hire equipment after every use, Perspex screens at all payment points, card payments only, one-way systems and hand sanitising stations.

“It has been an incredibly tough winter for everyone, but we have been working tirelessly throughout lockdown to improve the bike park and we are so excited to share what we have done with visitors,” said BikePark Wales’ Martin Astley.

 “The site has been completely transformed and almost every aspect of the operation has been given some love,” he added.

Among the major improvements are four brand new trails, extra parking, faster check-in, a more efficient uplift service and an improved après ride experience.  A stunning new five-kilometre-long beginners’ downhill mountain bike trail will also open on 26th April and will be running hosted ride experiences from May 2021. 

Ideal for competent bike riders looking for a first taste of off-road excitement, BikePark Wales’ green trail ‘Kermit’ delivers all the thrills and fun of downhill mountain biking with bermed corners, rock slabs, roller coaster sections and tree-lined flow sections. With a vehicular uplift service to transport riders to the top of the trails, bike and equipment hire, coaching, guiding and on-site café, BikePark Wales has everything for an incredible day on the mountain – suitable for all levels, from beginners to pro mountain bikers.

Pre-booking for pedal passes, bike hire, beginners’ packages and uplift booking will be open from 9am on Friday, 9th April ahead of the site re-opening on Monday 26th April. 

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Ride & Seek Announces Two Stages of Marco Polo Cycling Expedition

Ride & Seek, an adventure cycling company offering itineraries that follow in the footsteps of historical figures, is thrilled to announce its most ambitious project to date: The Marco Polo Expedition.

The goal of this newly created tour is to cycle from Venice, Italy to Beijing, China in seven distinct stages. The first two stages are scheduled to run in September 17 – October 14, 2020, leading riders 1,900 km from Venice to Athens, Greece over 28 days. Guests will cycle down the coast from Italy through Croatia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Albania and Greece, riding from harbour to harbour.  Accommodation ranges from charming Soviet-style hotels to agriturismos and modern boutique hotels.


“Our Epic Adventures are all created with a sense of discovery at their core, and this tour fulfills that in abundance,” said Ride & Seek Founder Dylan Reynolds. “Marco Polo is one of the great travelers in history and in many ways, he embodies the spirit of the tours we run.”

Polo was a Venetian merchant who journeyed across Asia at the height of the Mongol Empire. He first set out at age 17 with his father and uncle, travelling overland along what later became known as the Silk Road. Upon reaching China, Marco Polo entered the court of powerful Mongol ruler Kublai Khan, who dispatched him on trips to help administer the realm. Marco Polo remained abroad for 24 years.

Silk trading route between China and India

STAGE 1 – Venice to Dubrovnik
Leaving Venice by boat the first stage embraces the essence of island-hopping, which lies at the heart of this tour. We negotiate our way down the stunning Dalmatian coast via Marco Polo’s alleged birthplace of Korcula and take in such jewels as Hvar and Split on our way to the enchanting city of Dubrovnik. 12-days/11-nights, 738 km, September 17-29 2020

STAGE 2 – Dubrovnik to Athens
Leaving Dubrovnik we quickly enter the beguiling country of Montenegro before jumping on to the road-less-travelled through fascinating Albania, a true tour highlight and phenomenal cycling destination. Our final week takes us first to Corfu, before heading inland towards Athens. 16-days/15-nights, 1,050 km, September 29 – October 14, 2020

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