1975: 48 years ago, Morzine hosted one of the most famous bike races for the first time in its history.
2023: the Tour de France returns to Morzine for the 22nd time, just one year after its last visit!
In 2022 the peloton spent a well-earned rest day in Morzine on the 11th of July, after their finish in Châtel the day before. The 12th saw the riders departing from Morzine for their 10th stage, taking the long route to Megeve.
In 2023, for the 110th Tour de France, Morzine will be hosting a stage finish on the 15th of July after a grueling route from Annemasse, finishing by climbing 2 passes around Morzine: the col de la Ramaz and the famous col de Joux Plane before descending into Morzine and the finish line.
And just 6 days before this, amateur riders will have the chance to ride the exact same stage as the pros in the Etape du Tour event. The Etape du Tour gives amateur riders the opportunity to ride one of the mountain stages of the Tour de France, with the same stage towns, the same roads, the same mythical climbs, and also the same conditions as the Tour. It’s the only cyclosportive where roads are entirely closed to traffic. Morzine last hosted an Etape du Tour in 2016, and is now preparing for 16,000 cyclists to attempt this challenge on the 9th of July 2023.
So, what makes Morzine such a good choice for the organisers of the Tour de France?
Many elements are taken into consideration: the quality of hotels, the ideal altitude of Morzine (1000m), great roads and exciting climbs…. This dynamic is what has enabled our mountain village to not only be awarded the “Terre de Jeux 2024”, but above all to be chosen as a preparation center for cycling for the Olympics in 2024.
Morzine-Avoriaz, THE ideal destination for your cycling holiday!
You dream of riding on the same roads as the Tour de France? At Morzine, you’ll find everything you need for the perfect trip:
– a large variety of quality accommodation, for all budgets, many with specialist services for cyclists
– a large choice of routes to test your legs, and cols you’ll know well from the Tour de France: Avoriaz, Joux Plane, Ramaz, Saxel, Feu … 25 cols at less than 50km from Morzine, we challenge you to climb them all during your stay!
– specialist services: shops, guiding…
– and a wide range of sports events for everyone
Thanks to this wide offer, Morzine-Avoriaz won the « Accueil Vélo » award, that recognizes the quality of what’s on offer for cyclists…