Route for the 2015 Tour de France leaked

Unofficial route of the 2015 Tour de France
Unofficial route of the 2015 Tour de France. Official route to be announced late October 2014

So with the date of the official release of the route for the 2015 Tour de France almost apon us more and more rumours and leaked information is coming out. Despite the official route not being announced until later this week, a leaked report has revealed  what is expected to be the official route the Tour will be taking next July.

The grand depart spends three days in the Netherlands with the starts in Utrecht before heading in a anti clockwise direction through Belgium and across the top end of France from east to west ending (Cambrai, Arras, Amiens) and take the road  (Fougeres, Rennes, Vannes …) via Normandy (Le Havre, Livarot) to Brittany.

The Tour then jumps to the south of France for 3 gruelling stages in the Pyrenees. It then heads back north east through the Massif Central before heading for the final week in the Alpes.

Most noticeably the final mountain stage will be from Modane to Alpe d’Huez over the Col du Galibier.

As usual the final stage on July 26th July will take lead into Paris and finish on the Champs-Elysées.

The route with more detail will be officially announced on Wednesday the 22nd October.

Bike Lodging open for business in the French Pyrenees

Col du TourmaletThanks to the success of the popular cycling areas around Alpe d’Huez and Mont Ventoux, Bike Lodging has expanded its service to include a number of fantastic bike friendly properties in the French Pyrenees.

These new properties provide a number of fantastic locations across the region, ideal to explore the fantastic diversity of road cycling and Mountain biking that the Pyrenees offers.

The mountains of the French Pyrenees which span the distance between the Mediterranean in the east and the Bay of Biscay Atlantic in the east, form an impressive natural barrier between the most southern part of the French mainland and the northern Basque region of Spain. The region also completely surrounds the beautiful Principality of Andorra. The mountain range itself is older than the Alpes and is know for beautiful landscapes, littered with huge waterfalls and great vertical cliffs.

With over 50 mountains above 3000meters, the highest of which is Aneto at 3404 meters, the region represents a challenging landscape for all levels of road cyclist or mountain biker.

Many of the towns and villages in the French Pyrénées have been labeled as most beautiful in France thanks to their natural and built heritage and beauty. Specialist and bike friendly vacation accommodation is in abundance, often run by keen cyclists and mountain bikers.

The region also benefits from short transfer times from well serviced airports such as Pau, Tarbes-Lourdes and Perpignan.

The Pyrénées region is know as a heaven for road cyclists and attracts cycling tourists from all over the world. Here the generally quiet roads which sometimes cling precariously to shear cliffs and though tunnels carved from the rock, follow undulating terrain and are both technical and challenging with fast descents.

In July the region almost always features in the 3 week cycling Tour de France, alternating each year with the Alpes for 4 – 5 days just prior to the final stages before heading to Paris, or during the second week prior or heading over to the Alpes.
The equally famous Vuelta España takes place in late August and early September also uses the region, with various stages and time trials to test the riders to their limits prior to the races finale in Madrid.

Cycling in the PyreneesSome of the hundreds of cycling cols or mountain passes found across the region are Col du Tourmalet, Col d’Aspin, Col des Ares, Col de Portillon Superbagneres, Port de Bales, Col de Marie Blanque, Col de Mente, Col de Port, Col d’Aubisque Col de Peyresourde, Portet d’Aspet. Spandalles, Luz Ardiden, Col de Marmare, Hautacam and the Col de Soulor.

Bike Lodging Properties in the Pyrenees

such as Pau, Tarbes-Lourdes and Perpignan.

Under a week until the announcement of the route of the 2015 Tour de France

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Alpe d’Huez

With just under a week to go until the official announcement of the 2015 Tour de France, this is a great time to get your provisional booking in with properties in the Alpe d’Huez region. It is looking almost certain that the tour will come for a stage finish on the 21 bends of the Alpe d’Huez during the third week of the tour.

Bike Lodging Alpe d’Huez

 

Bike Lodging referral from Maarten Alfrink at Auberge La Douce Montagne

ldm-wm02Maarten Alfrink – “Bike Lodging.com is one of the many web portals where hotels and other accommodation providers can feature their businesses. For the hotelier it is often difficult to make a choice whether or not to use such sites. It is essential these days to promote a business with such sites and we have chosen to push ourselves through bikelodging.com because personal contact and service with the owner is excellent. In addition, the site has the choice of registering your property for free and paying a commission percentage for confirmed bookings (no bookings no pay) or take out a subscription (fixed annual fee) where all enquiries come directly to the business. Complete freedom for the hotelier or accommodation provider! We are very satisfied with it.”

 

Maarten Alfrink – “Bike Lodging.com is een van de vele webportals waar hotels en andere accommodatie verschaffers zich voor aan kunnen sluiten. Voor de hotelier is het vaak lastig een keuze te maken om wel of geen gebruik te maken van dergelijke sites. Je bij geen enkele webportal aansluiten lijkt tegenwoordig niet verstandig, evenals je overal aan conformeren. Wij logoladoucemontagnebruinblauw2hebben gekozen om ons te profileren via bikelodging.com omdat persoonlijk contact mogelijk is. Daarnaast is er de keuze tussen het betalen van een commissie percentage (nu cure no pay dus) of het afsluiten van een abonnement. Volledige vrijheid voor de hotellier / accommodatie verschaffer dus. Daar zijn wij zeer tevreden over.

 

The Chamonix Bike Book

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The Chamonix Bike Book is the only book that shows bikers the best places to ride their bike on this side of the Mont Blanc Massif today.

There are mellow cruises and savage climbs, high-octane singletrack and punishing downhills. There’s flowy, techy, exhausting, panoramic, windy, foresty, gentle and there’s muddy – actually, the only thing these rides have in common is that they are all wonderful.

Look out for 7 road rides & 34 mountain bike rides, including a summary of the Tour du Mont Blanc. The full colour book has a bling waterproof cover and is printed on mountain-friendly recycled paper with eco-ink. It’s written in English.

The Chamonix Bike Book. Mountain and road bike routes around the Chamonix valley.

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Bus timetables.

Train Information for use with bikes.

July and August trail restrictions explained.

Chamonix lift passes explained.

 

 

Mountain Bike – Auris en Oisans/ Alpe d’Huez

Auris-en-Oisans MTB trail mapNestled in a sunny position at altitude, the tiny mountain resort of Auris en Oisans is a hidden mountain bike gem, located between the relative giants of Les Deux Alpes and Alpe d’Huez. Technically part of the Alpe d’Huez ski lift system this small area sits alone during the summer months, but is easily linkable by bike with some thought and good navigational skills.

Technically the resort is regarded as a beginner or family mountain bike resort, with cheap lift tickets, around €10 for the day, with just one chairlift and only four mountain bike trails. However these trails don’t see anywhere near the traffic as the neighbouring resorts of Alpe d’Huez and Les Deux Alpes, so remain in great condition even towards the end of the season in late August.

What the chairlift does provide is access to a vast back country of deserted hidden trails to explore. Linking toAlpe d’Huez can be achieved by hitting one of the regions greatest little secret trails, via the Sarenne valley leading to the gondola in Huez village. Auris can be reached in the other direction via the Col de Cluy, either via a favorite cross country trail passing by the Alpe d’Huez Altiport, or even from the start of the Mega Avalanche at the Pic Blanc.

MTB AurisWhile riding with Alex Bickers, a UK mountain bike guide and owner of a local bike chalet, he was keen to spoil me with all sorts of deserted hidden trails, including one he refers to as the 21 bends of Auris, referring to the world famous 21 bends road cycling route to Alpe d’Huez . With a history of riding in Porte du Soleil and Chamonix back ground he was clearly delighted to now be living and working in an area where he pretty much has the mountain for himself and for his guests. With great knowledge of the area he is able to point, or guide you in the right direction to get the best from the region.

With a 9 seat minibus planned for the start of the 2015 season, he will also be able to offer uplifts to get to or be picked up from some of those more remote locations, as well as transfers over to neighboring resorts. Best of all, a hot tub is due to be installed for the beginning of the 2014/15 winter season.

MTB Alpe d’Huez and Sarenne Valley

 

2015 Tour du France coming back to Alpe d’Huez

the famous 21 bends of Alpe d'Huez rumoured to be used as one of the final stages of the 2015 Tour du France
the famous 21 bends of Alpe d’Huez rumoured to be used as one of the final stages of the 2015 Tour du France

The rumours are that the 2015 Tour du France will once again come to Alpe d’Huez, with a stage finish in Alpe d’Huez, possibly followed by a time trial from Le Bourg d’Oisans to Alpe d’Huez, prior to the final stage into Paris. Exciting times for the region and a particularly busy time for accommodation business owners. Here at Bike Lodging we are already seeing enquiries coming in and many of our popular properties already filling up.

Here is a link to some of our most popular bike friendly properties and businesses in the vicinity  of Le Bourg d’Oisans and Alpe d’Huez.

Availability for La Marmotte

Availability for La Marmotte

Thanks to a few cancelations, we still have a number of options for the week of La Marmotte as well as all over dates over the summer.

Beautiful new chalet in Oz-en-Oisans

Beautiful new chalet in Oz-en-Oisans

Introducing our newest property to feature on the Bike Lodging website. This stunning modern chalet sits in the perfect location for your mountain bike holiday. Oz-En-Oisans has 2 gondola which link to the heart of the Alpe d’Huez lifts system and the Mega Avalanche.

In the monthly magazine Mountain Biking UK, Oz en Oisans was named – ‘One of the most fun, yet advanced downhill trails on the planet.’ What more could you ask for right on your chalet doorstep!

Bike Lodging – Specialists in Bike Holidays France

DC Custom Velos

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DC Custom Velos

Introducing our new favourite bike design company. DC custom design has been created by Daniel Cox, who after years of tweaking, mending, designing, buying and selling bikes has finally decided to take the plunge and open his talents up the commercial world. 

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