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.
A seven-night stay, at the four-star Hotel Champs Fleuris in the centre of Morzine, on a half board basis, arriving 9 July 2022, is priced from £959 pp based on two sharing a double or twin room. Includes return flights from London Gatwick to Geneva and transfers.
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For more about Morzine’s cycling offering please visit https://cycling.morzine-avoriaz.com