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Attending first ever World Cup/Champs - Les Gets - what to expect

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7/27/2022 7:51 AM

Hi guys,

I am finally planning to travel and see the world cup racing live. It's going to be Les Gets so World Champs which actually should make it better? Other option for me is a week later Val Di Sol.
1) What's better to see live - World Champs or grande finale on one of the most exciting tracks
2) Any tips/tricks to get the best experience out of it? Where are the best parties that spectators can mix in wink
3) I am also planning to do a week of riding in Portes du Soleil after the World Champs, do you think it might be overcrowded due to the WC or it's so big that it won't make a difference?
4) any cool camping spots around Les Gets out of the way where I could stay with my van?

Thanks!

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7/27/2022 9:10 AM

There is a WC race week after in Val Di Sole so probably not crowded by extra UCI riders. However I think it will be overall pretty crowded by normal riders as everyone will want to see Champs + its end of the park season.

Best camping was always on parking in Chatel wink I think anything close to Les Gets will be super crowded / not allowed.

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7/27/2022 8:14 PM
Edited Date/Time: 7/27/2022 8:15 PM

Get a full weekend pass, saves money and it's also less of a hassle. I would advise to watch World Champs even if it's a bit more crowded. IMHO, the bigger the crowd, the better the atmosphere! wink

I also think you should go to Les Gets just because I don't think anyone will be able to challenge Amaury or Camille for the overall this year by the time VdS comes, so I think riders will likely go balls out at Les Gets compared to Val di Sole. And it is World Champs after all, riders do crazy things just to get the rainbow stripes!

A few other things:

1) Walk the pits, get to see the bikes and riders up close (if you hear any rumors, talk about it here whistling ).
2) Don't drink too much, it's your first World Cup/Championship, so try to keep (a little) sober and soak in the experience. If you want to get sloshed, do it at the Men Elite final or after the race.
3) During Qualis/Practice, I would suggest going to the gnarlier parts of the track, just to see how these guys ride, and then move near the finish line during the Final. You will want to be at the finish bowl if it's a close race (which I think it will be in Les Gets).
4) Have spare cash ready at kiosks for food/drinks. The card terminals can sometimes be unreliable in the mountains.
5) Have earplugs ready in case the chainsaw dudes park themselves right next to you (bring one especially if you have kids with you). It can get really loud!
6) After the race, walk around and see if you can get to talk to the riders. Don't be shy, they're nice people and most of them appreciate talking to fans.
7) Have fun and enjoy! cool

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7/28/2022 12:14 AM
Edited Date/Time: 7/28/2022 12:16 AM

Verbl Kint wrote:

Get a full weekend pass, saves money and it's also less of a hassle. I would advise to watch World Champs even if it's a bit ...more

That's such a solid advice mate, thanks a lot!
Some really good tips, will definitely keep them in mind wink

Two quick questions:
1) Verbl Kint - "Get a full weekend pass" - you mean the uplift not to walk along the track?
2) Kusa - Parking in Chatel - that's at the bottom of the lift, right? (3800-3804, Rte de Pré la Joux, 74390 Châtel, France)?

Thanks again

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7/28/2022 11:13 AM

definitely les gets, french crowds are crazy

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7/28/2022 11:45 AM
Edited Date/Time: 7/28/2022 11:46 AM

The course in Val di Sole is very much worth seeing in person, more so than the Les Gets track. I would also venture to say the crowds will be smaller which is a bonus in my eyes but your views might differ.

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7/28/2022 1:18 PM

Verbl Kint wrote:

Get a full weekend pass, saves money and it's also less of a hassle. I would advise to watch World Champs even if it's a bit ...more

ciechan wrote:

That's such a solid advice mate, thanks a lot!
Some really good tips, will definitely keep them in mind wink

Two quick questions: ...more

The camping in Chatel is awesome, but it's two valleys away from Les Gets. about 1.5 hours by lift and bike. or 1 hour by car. anything in Morzine or Les Gets will be hard to find though.

World Champs is going to be way better than VDS I think.

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7/29/2022 12:23 AM

ciechan wrote:

That's such a solid advice mate, thanks a lot!
Some really good tips, will definitely keep them in mind wink

Two quick questions: ...more

https://www.lesgets2022.com/en/home/

I just checked and it seems the event is FREE to enter and watch so disregard my advice. smile

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7/29/2022 2:13 AM

At Les Gets WC 2019 you just needed a standard PDS lift pass to take the gondola up to the mid station too.

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