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A few days before the PassPortes du Soleil event and suddenly Morzine is buzzing and full of bikers!  The PassPortes du Soleil (26-27th June) is an event which grew out of the old free raid mountain bike event. Going from strength to strength each year, there were 4500 participants this year. The event costs €40 to enter and for that you get your lift pass, a pass to use another day, plus access to all the refreshment stands around the route – lots of local food, as well as fruit, drinks and cake. This year participants also got a few other goodies too, including a rucksack!


Passport du Soleil



Each year the event is hosted by one of the 8 villages comprising the Portes du Soleil, this year it was Chatel’s turn, although the event village was actually in the little hamlet of Villapeyron, at the bottom of the Linga Secteur, where there was the usual abundance of stalls from many of the major MTB manufacturers.  The route is 75 km long, taking in the 8 resorts that make up the Portes du Soleil. Most of the flowmtb guests were registered to do it, and most of the team headed out too on the Sunday. It’s a great fun event, well worth doing.


As well as the flowmtb chalets being full, everyone at Torico was kept busy with people coming in for lots of repairs, and others stocking up on brake pads, tyres and the odd t-shirt or pair of shorts. The riding out here is tough on your bike and wears everything down quicker than normal. And generally has the same effect on you too!


The weather stayed perfect for the weekend and throughout the following week; bright blue skies, scorching sun, and amazing trails to ride.  Fionn Griffiths pulled up to the flowmtb chalet a few days before Pass’Portes in the Norco World Cup team van, along with Emmeline Ragot and Fionn’s mechanic Dougie.  They’re with us in Morzine (apart from a quick trip to Alpe d’Huez for the Megavalanche) through to the Champery World Cup in mid July. They’re always lots of fun to have around and this weeks guests have kept themselves busy chasing them round the mountain!


A few of us made it out for a big ride on Wednesday down to Monthey and back. After heading out of the Super Chatel bubble-lift, the ride starts with climbing up to the col, before a long descent down to Monthey at just 405m of altitude. The descent is little ridden and offers some amazing technical trails, before coming out in the town of Monthey. While waiting for the train up to Champery, we munched on a few sandwiches. There was no question of how to make it back to Morzine. The GR5 around Lac Vert, then the lift up to Avoriaz before heading down ‘gravalanche’ and the sneaky descent through the woods. We were back in time for a few beers at Bar Robinsons. A perfect day!


If you fancy joining us for the dirtgirls riding week with Sara in Morzine there are only a couple of places available now, book soon! For more details about the 2010 dirtgirls check out our article


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