Cycling holidays in Morzine, France
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L'Alpe d'huez - Alpine cycling

Bike Hire in Morzine

We recommend you bring your own bike to the Alps, you will be spending long hours in the saddle and it is essential you are comfortable.

For alpine riding you will need a compact (or even a triple)  chainset, get your bike as light as possible as every gram you can shed really counts on those long climbs. The roads we prefer to use are the quiet backroads but these can throw up the occasional pot hole so make sure you are running good quality rubber. We would suggest go for a slightly wider 25mm durable and reinforced tyre. You may also want to consider using gel tape or doubling up on your bar tape to get a bit more vibration dampening. It is well worthwhile fitting the second drinks cage, you will need to keep well hydrated.

An Alpine summer is variable to say the least, with temperatures averaging in the mid 20’s , long sunny days provide near perfect conditions, however it can get into the 30’s in July and August and heavy thunderstorms are not uncommon in the late afternoon. We will provide a light summer riding jersey with a full zip, but you will need a good quality pair of bib shorts, invest in some lightweight merino socks. Pack a lightweight waterproof  jacket and for the cool mornings and long descents arm warmers and a gilet are essential.

If you do not want to bring your own bike because you are travelling light, your time is limited or you think it is unsuitable then don’t worry we can help organise the perfect bike for you. We can recommend a number of shops here in Morzine and the surrounding towns that will hire good quality road bikes that are ready for alpine riding.

For comfortable Alpine cycling a proper bike fit is essential. Please contact us so we know exactly how you like your bike setting up.  We will need to know the following information.

  • Your current frame size
  • The distance from the top of your seat height to the centre of your bottom bracket
  • Your preferred reach (distance from the front of your seat to the centre line of the handlebar measured at the stem.

Once you have arrived in Morzine, we can aid bike fitting and help you tweak the setup of your ride in our very own workshop – so you get your bike exactly how you want.

You should definitely bring your own cycling shoes and it is prudent to pack your own pedals as well.