During the summer months, this region linked by 24 lifts covering 12 mountain villages makes up the largest connected mountain bike area in the world. With over 650km of marked trails, 10 specific downhill track and 4 expertly desi
gned bike parks, there is something to challenge every level of mountain bike rider.The area is most famous for the 80km Enduro mountain bike event called the Passportes du Soleil, which in 2013 saw 6500 competitors take part. The route uses 15 of the 24 lifts, passes through both France and Switzerland, and has 6000 meters of descending and thanks to the use of lifts, just 1000 meters of climbing. It is designed to take riders to all corners of the massive area and showcase the variety of terrain and trails that the area has to offer. Locals line the route and provide support and a number of food stations many of which offering a selection of local produce. The event is open to riders of all different levels with a number of optional sections to make the course more or less challenging.
In 2014 Les Gets will be the host village and the event will take place on the 27,28 and 29th June. Fingers crossed for better weather condition than in 2013.
Registration for the 2014 event is open from Wednesday 12th February from 9am. Further details can be found on www.passportesdusoleil.com.
Thanks to the high numbers of competitors, it is essential to sign up for the event and book you accommodation early. At www.Bikelodging.com we have a number of bike friendly properties available in the ports du Soleil area. Send us an email and we will help find you the perfect MTB holiday accommodation.