Deep in the Swiss Alps, Morgane Charre transcends time - and the trail - on the Firebird. From her home in France, the newest member of Pivot Factory Racing takes us to a rugged and hidden corner of our mountain biking Universe.
In Southwest Switzerland on the French and Italian border, across the valley from Zermatt lies one of Morgane Charre’s favorite destinations: Valais Canton. There are more than 46 summits over 4,000m height in Valais, including the Matterhorn. It's also home of the longest glacier in Europe: Aletsch (24km long). The climate is dry, making for great riding all year round.
Valais has a strong mountain biking culture. Most inhabitants are outdoorsy people and many of them are mountain biking in the summer and skiing in the winter. Women and men of every age are really into riding, allowing them to explore the majestic mountains around the area.
In 2019, Valais was the host of EWS finals in Zermatt as well as the XC Marathon World Championships. There is a strong racing culture in Switzerland and Swiss Cycling has proposed a first of its kind project to organize all seven 2015 World Championship MTB events in Valais Canton: XC, DH, Enduro, Marathon, Pumptrack, Short Track, and E-bike. Gampel-Jeizinen