Pit Stop: Morzine


Road cyclists may be in the minority in Morzine, but there are certainly no shortage of cols (and coffee spots) to conquer, as Katherine Moore discovers…

Get your fix...
152 Rue Du Bourg, Morzine  

If speciality coffee is your thing, you have to head to Satellite. Part edgy coffee shop, part chalet cool, there’s a huge selection of coffees on offer from Paul and his brilliant team, with the 'cortado' providing a potent mid-ride boost to propel you up those mountains. If you’re a little hot under the (jersey) collar, never fear: their milkshakes and smoothies are a great way to cool down.

220 Route de la Combe à Zore, Morzine

After starting his brewing career in London, Chrigl moved out to Morzine to share his expertise for producing quality beers with the good patrons of the Alps. A popular retreat for cyclists and locals alike, Bec Jaune is a quirky bar and microbrewery that's just a stone’s throw from the central square.

If beer isn’t your thing, their cocktail menu will definitely appeal, with the ‘Bec Pec’ (ginger beer, cider and lime juice) a super-refreshing way to celebrate hard day’s ride.

116 Rue Du Bourg, Morzine  

Just a few doors down from Satellite, the popular Beanies coffee and ski shop boasts a bustling terrace, plus a selection of delicious paninis, burgers and sharers to choose from at lunch and dinner. Perfect for refuelling after tackling the Col de Joux Plane - arguably one of the hardest climbs in the Alps.

Different Gear…
611 Rue de la Menaz, Morzine

If a little relaxation and post-ride recovery is what you’re after, speak to Amy at Lifecycol. As well as being a personal trainer, Amy is a qualified yoga instructor, and her sun deck – with sensational views down the valley and town – is the perfect spot for a post-ride stretch.

Along with her partner, Ian, they  guide day rides from Morzine, so check them out if you’re looking for local knowledge, a ride leader, vehicle support or a good old stretch.

Get it fixed…
162 Rue du Bourg, Morzine

There’s an abundance of cycling shops in town, but Torico is the only road-cycling-specific outfit (plus they're a super friendly bunch, too). If you don't want to bring your own bike out with you, you can hire a road bike from their fleet. And if you fancy a day of hardcore downhill MTB, they cater for that too... if you’re brave enough!

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