Sunday June 18th, 2017
The Morzine Haut Chablais is a popular Alpine cyclosportive taking place on Sunday June 18th not far from our base in La Clusaz. It starts and finishes in Morzine, and there are typically about 800 participants. Morzine is a 1hour 20 minute drive from La Clusaz, so we usually drive over on Saturday evening and spend the night in a hotel in Morzine.
We highly recommend this excellent sportive, which takes in some magnificent scenery in the Haut Chablais. It is excellent training for a later event such as the Marmotte, the Etape du Tour or the Haute Route, with the long route in particular presenting a serious challenge.
Morzine Haut Chablais: route and profile
The route has changed from last year, although it still takes a circular path to the north and west of Morzine in the Haut Chablais. The sportive offers two choices for distance:
- Short – 100 km with 2,200 m vertical, passing by St Jean d’Aulps, la Vernaz and the Col de Jambaz, before looping south to come back over the col de Joux Plane.
- Long – 155 km with 3,800 m vertical, passing by the very pretty Col de Joux Verte (the climb to Avoriaz by the back road through Les Lindarets, famous for its goats on the road), the col du Corbier and the col du Grand Taillet before following the same route as the shorter distance, finishing with Joux Plane.
The col de Joux Plane is considered by many to be the hardest climb in the northern Alps.
See the route details here.
Morzine Haut Chablais: programme
08h00 Start: Morzine Place de l’Office du Tourisme
10h00 The exhibitors’ village opens
11h00 First arrivals: Essert Romand
12h00 The restaurant opens for the Pasta Party
Riding the sportive with Alpine Cols
Join our Haute Route training camp 11-18 June and ride the Morzine Haut Chablais sportive with us at the end of the week. During the training camp you will learn the climbing, pacing, descending and nutritional skills essential to do well at an Alpine sportive.
You may also choose to come just for the weekend, in which we recommend arriving on Thursday afternoon and riding two days with us before the sportive on Sunday. Contact us for more details.