Here are a few bits of advice for any beginner mountain bikers heading to Morzine this summer.
Mountain biking is physically demanding, particularly over the course of an entire week. Therefore it pays to ensure your fitness levels are as good as they can be before heading out. Activities such as cycling, running and swimming will all help improve your overall fitness, but there are plenty of cycling-specific exercises you can do at home to prepare your body for the challenges ahead, see here.
Hiring a bike vs BYO
There are arguments for and against both of these options, but unless you have a good amount of technical bike knowledge and are confident your bike is up to the task, then it’s almost always better to hire a bike when you're out here, rather than bring your own.
Reason being, hire bikes are fit for purpose, serviced regularly, and if something breaks, the hire company will usually fix it for you. Above all though, the experts in the hire shops will be able to recommend a bike that is best suited to you and your specific needs.
Our friends over at Alpine Sports will be happy to help you with your rental needs.
Hone your skills
Learning or developing the necessary bike handling skills in a safe environment will significantly speed up your progression, giving you the confidence to enjoy your holiday to the full.
The worst thing you can do as a beginner is turn up and throw yourself down a mountain. This will inevitably lead to injury, and likely put you off the sport forever.
For more information on skills training, check out our bike handling courses page.
Book a guided tour
Undoubtedly the best way to experience Morzine and the wider Portes Du Soleil region by bike is by taking part in a guided tour.
For beginner tours, look no further than RideAbility’s First Timer Ride. These popular rides allow you to experience mountain biking safely and at your own pace, with a fully qualified instructor to guide you along the way. The tours can be tailored to suit your specific needs, so have a think about what you want to accomplish during your ride before booking.
First Timer Rides cost around 55€ per person per half day, and this includes a lift pass, bike hire, and all necessary safety gear.
Take it easyEven in the most controlled of environments, accidents can happen, and therefore it pays to take it easy from the outset.
It can be tempting to run before you can walk, so to speak, but by focusing on getting the basics right first, and by appointing the help of an experienced professional, you’ll get so much more out of your holiday.
If you have any questions about mountain biking in Morzine, please get in touch.