With breathtaking landscapes, downhill trails through the undergrowth, single tracks through fields or along the mountainside, MTB in our resorts is a source of excitement and amazement. To give it a go and see if you like it, MTB rides are a great way to explore the mountain paths and trails at your own pace - they require less physical effort if you use an electric MTB, and you can avoid steep uphill sections by using a chair lift. If you’re a diehard MTB fan, there are many different competitions to satisfy your need for adrenaline. Choose your event and get set at the start line of the next MTB race of the summer!
1 - 3 June: Vélо Vеrt Fеstіvаl - Vіllаrd-Dе-Lаns (Isère)
This has become THE MTB event of the year in France and the leading MTB test centre in the world, the Vélo Vert Festival gives you a chance to try out more than 2,000 bikes and cycling accessories provided by the 300 brands in attendance. With a rich and varied sports programme, you can take your pick from around ten different events adapted to suit both competitors, amateurs and families.
15 – 17 June – Alps Bike - La Clusaz (Haute Savoie)
For 2018, the Roc des Alpes has changed its name to ALPS BIKE FESTIVAL. This new event is already set to become a major cycling festival and an unmissable addition to the MTB calendar for 2018.
20 - 24 June: Crankworx – Les Gets (Haute Savoie)
From ninja slopestylers to downhill champions and enduro experts, not forgetting masters of steeze, slalom slayers and pump track pros - they ride faster, climb further, fly higher and give it their all and then some, defying the world and the challenges they face with superhuman power and passion.
22 - 24 June: Outdoor Festival - Les 2 Alpes (Isère)
MTB session and food tasting, downhill Challenge for racers or a ride with friends; the Outdoor Festival has concocted an MTB programme for all types of all-terrain cyclists!
29 June - 1 July Pass’Portes du Soleil MTB – Morzine (Haute Savoie)
The Pass'Portes du Soleil MTB is a mountain MTB event that takes place between altitudes of 1,000m and 2,450 m, in France and Switzerland, to discover the Portes du Soleil’s amazing mountain bike area and stunning landscapes.
29 June - 1 July Mountain of Hell – Les 2 Alpes (Isère)
The idea is simple: set off from 3,200m - your wheels in the snow ... with 4,000m of vertical descent! This downhill enduro freeride race covers 25 km on all types of terrain (single track, rocks and snow), rounded off with a good dose of adrenaline.
2 - 8 July: Аlps Epіc Hаutеs Аlpеs - Superdévoluy (Hautes-Alpes)
Alps Epic is an exceptional experience inspired by the Grande Traversée des Hautes-Alpes MTB event. If you’re a fan of cycling in the mountains, you’re bound to find something to suit you with Alps Epic.
2 July: Mеgаvаlаnchе dе L’Аlpе d’Huеz (Isère)
The Megavalanche de l’Alpe d’Huez is one of the most famous and not-to-be missed downhill races in the world! Its Mass Start on the glacier at an altitude of 3,330 metres and its finish line in Allemont, 2,600 metres lower down make this DH Marathon the longest and craziest race in the world.
7 July: МB Ultrа Sоmfy - Cоmblоux (Haute Savoie)
With events taking place in the Portes du Mont-Blanc area (Combloux, Megève, La Giettaz, Cordon, Sallanches) this MTB race is as demanding as it is breathtaking. It sets itself apart from other MTB races due to the fact that it is the only one to cover such a long distance in just one day: 140 km with 7,000 metres of ascent. More info
7 - 8 July: МTB TеаmUp - Vars (Hautes-Alpes)
The MTB TeamUp combines an All Mountain/enduro event with a downhill race and an Enduro.
7 - 8 July: 3 Vallées Addict Tour – 3 Vallées (Savoie)
Enduro/Free ride on Free Bikes, a long distance circuit with friends on the Rando Tour…. the «3 Vallées Addict Tour» is bound to have something to suit you!
14 - 15 July: the Arcadienne – Les Arcs (Savoie)
Undergrowth, rocky sections and wide open terrain with steep slopes...the Arcadienne has something for everyone, including a good dose of adrenaline and excitement for all MTB fans! As usual, this now famous competition is open to both adults and children (under 13), who get to follow an easier route but one that’s no less fun!
21 - 22 July: Faster Than You – Les Orres (Hautes-Alpes)
Organised by COMMENCAL, this weekend of mountain biking is open to all, including pro-riders Anne Caroline Chausson and Pierre Edouard Ferry
22 - 27 July: Trаnsmаurіеnnе Vаnоіsе - Lаnslеbоurg-Моnt-Cеnіs (Savoie)
The Transmaurienne Vanoise is 6 days of pure MTB at the heart of one of the most beautiful biking areas: Haute Maurienne Vanoise. You’ll also find an exhibitor’s village, a big screen to follow the race and the riders in realtime, BMX and Trial demonstrations and beginner sessions, as well as a climbing wall: plenty to please the crowds, whether you’re an avid sports fan or not!
August 2018: La Rosière Bike Week – La Rosière (Savoie)
This is THE cycling week of the summer! A whole week devoted to all the different cycling disciplines: downhill MTB, electric MTB, Fat Biking and road biking. This is a major cycling celebration that’s not to be missed.
18 - 19 August: Dіаmаnt VTT - Lеs Sаіsіеs (Savoie)
This Rando d'Or French Cycling Federation certified MTB tour comprises routes ranging from 5 to 75 km in a friendly, welcoming atmosphere with local produce and entertainment for everyone.
Cross-country races for adults and children. More info
24 - 26 August: MTB World Cup cross-country and downhill events – La Bresse (Vosges)
La Bresse will be playing host to the final round of the MTB World Cup cross-country and downhill events.
Photos : T.Hytte, P.Royer / La Plagne, R.Morel / Vars