Chalet available La Marmotte 2017

Due to a cancelation we now have a two bedroom chalet with hot tub available for the week of La Marmotte.

 

Located in the beautiful village of Venosc, just along the road from Le Bourg d’Oisans and La Marmotte start line, this is a perfect property to base your road cycling trip. Due to a recent cancelation, this property is now available for the week of La Marmotte 2017

1 Double bedroom
1 Triple room
1 Double sofa bed in the living room
Secure bike storage
Hot tub

Contact will.corder@bikelodging.com for more information

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Alpe d’Huez Triathlon

EDF Alpe d’Huez Triathlon 2017

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Former guests meeting up with Chrissie Wellington at the 2008 Alpe d’Huez Triathlon

Get in Shape for the 2017 Alpe d’Huez Triathlon

Spring has definitely sprung. Cyclists and runners are out are all over the Bourg d’Oisans/Allemond valley enjoying the warm sunshine and working on some early season fitness. Its time to look forward to the summer and one of Le Bourg d’Oisans/Alpe d’Huez most popular events, the 12th edition of the EDF Alpe d’Huez Triathlon. This year the event takes place from the 24th – 28th of July and will feature the usual long and short courses, as well as a run and ride Duathon and child events.

The Triathlon Format

The basic format of the adult events are a swim in the beautiful Lac du Verney reservoir above Allemond. Followed by a cycling stage, which ends by climbing the 21 hairpin bends of Alpe d’Huez. Finishing with a run at altitude around the ski field of Alpe d’Huez. It is widely considered one of the toughest Triathlons due to the cycling stage up the Alpe d’Huez and the altitude for the running stage.

For more information on this event and registration go to the Event Website

Chalet Freeride Venosc – Group bookings catered or self-catered accommodation. Still available for dates over the Triathlon weekend. Contact Will at will.corder@bikelodging.com

Ski Clinics – Les Deux Alpes

Rod Frazer - BASS

Long Time Snowboarders Turning to Skiing

At 14 years old, whilst visiting my sister on her working ski season in the late 80’s, I was lucky enough to discover the relatively new sport of snowboarding. Back then a ski holiday was generally reserved for the well off. The mountain gear was skinny and retro and the off-piste was a play ground for the only the best skiers. Skis were long and thin, which made them a challenge to turn on piste and difficulty to use in the fresh off piste powder snow. As a result the holy grail of fresh powder remained untracked for days after a snowfall.

Snowboarding changed all this. Clothing was baggy and leaned more towards a skateboard style. The snowboards larger surface area made riding off piste accessible to almost anyone who could link a turn and their exaggerated side cut helped easily carve tighter turns on piste. Snowboarders were building their own jumps and with their twin tips, were doing tricks never seen by skiers. Terrain parks with purpose built freestyle zones and half-pipes started popping up. Basically snowboarding was cool and all the kids wanted to do it.

However over the past 25 years, the ski industry has reacted and evolved to the sport we see today. These days, even the most basic ski is shorter, wider and has a tighter turning circle or carving angle. Skis turn quicker and easier. Off piste skiing is much more achievable for a half decent skier and the back country requires carrying less equipment than with a bulk snowboard on your back. Terrain parks are no longer the exclusive domains of the adolescent baggy clad snowboarder. Now free style skiers are commonplace in the parks and actually have more variety of tricks due to having two skis.

The long and short of it, is that it is definitely cool to ski again. Actually, if I think about it, it has been cool for a long while now. As a longtime snowboarder, I have been in denial and resisting the urge to give it a go, since I was reluctant to head back to the nursery slope.

However, like so many similarly placed mid 40’s longterm snowboarders I have spoken to recently, the draw of a new challenge has finally convinced me to switch to two planks. Now I’m not totally new to skiing. In fact I first hit the dry ski slopes back in the mid 80’s and have even strapped them on periodically over the years. But I have never got to a confident stage with two independent skis, where I’m not in constant fear of wrapping my knee around my shoulder.

Ski Clinic – Les Deux Alpes

So after a number of weeks nervously sliding around the mountain and generally loosing more and more confidence, I finally took the plunge and signed up for my first lesson in over 20 years. This was a very small group lesson hosted by Rod Fraser from Bass (British Alpine Ski School) that turned out to be with just three people, plus the instructor. During the first afternoon, the weather limited us to going back to absolute basics on the lower slopes. However after years of bad technique, reverting to total basics was exactly what I needed.

Rod from Scotland, literally started off with the most basic snow plough turn but, with the help of some handy on snow video analysis, we advanced quickly through the various stages of turning all the way up to a simple carve buy the end of the first afternoon. For our second day we had perfect fresh snow conditions and beautiful sunshine. Here Rod was able to take us all over the mountain and helped us put into action all the basics we had learned the first day. This was a truly eureka session for me, as something totally clicked. No more burning thighs, gone was the fear and tension that has plagued my skiing over the years. In short one professionally led intensive ski clinic had done more for me in two afternoons, than years of self-teaching.

So thanks to Rod at Bass – Les Deux Alpes, I now have a totally new focus for my life in the Alps. I suspect I will still drag the snowboard out for those perfect powder days, but thanks to a short amount of professional lessons, I look forward to becoming a much more accomplished skier.

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For anyone interested in joining one of these amazing clinics, Rod has some availability for next week.

Dianne Frazer – “We have one or two spaces left next week on three levels of Clinics – Complete Beginner, ‘almost Beginner’ (i.e. those already booked have done quite a few snowdome sessions, but usually those skiers are a bit taken aback by the open environment, so we will still be starting at very much an introductory level) and Intermediate Clinic (you know we work hard to ensure a good ‘fit’ – those booked on already are shaky rough parallel blue run skiers this time). For a change our Intermediate Clinic is mornings this week – please get in touch if you’d like more details or timings etc on any of the above. Maximum six in these groups.” 

To book another ski clinic with Rod, contact Dianne via the following email.

Rod & Dianne Frazer – British Alpine Ski School

or follow their Facebook page on – BASS FaceBook Page

Bass British Alpine Ski School

Chalet Freeride – Catered and self-catered ski and bike holidays, Les Deux Alpes

 

Bike Lodging Catered chalet – Marmotte Ride June 2016

Bike Lodging Catered and Self-catered chalet Les Deux Alpes/Alpe d’Huez.

Bike Lodging are pleased to announce that they are formally taking over the running of the Chalet Grand Rochail in Bourg d’Arud/Venosc and will be running great value catered and self-catered holidays for road cyclists and mountain bikers.

The chalet can officially take up to 14 people, however with other properties next door, has the potential of even larger groups. In fact the property has 14 bedroom and space for up to 34 people. Catering will be managed by our professional chef, who can offer a taylor made catering experience, including Bed and Breakfast, Half-Board as well as the option for a return from ride refuelling pasta buffet.

The region is particularly popular with road cyclists and the chalet sits in the valley close to the start of the climb to Alpe d’Hues at Bourg d’Oisans. Other popular rides include the Col du Glandon, and the Col du Galibier, with events such as La Marmotte, the Alpe d’HuZes and the Tour de France when it comes to town.

Mountain bikers find themselves just a couple hundred meters from the bottom of the Venosc downhill track and gondola link to Les Deux Alpes, which in the summer remains open until 20h. This lift gives you access to the huge Les Deux Alpes Bike Park and some of the best down hill tracks in the world.

We still have availability for the weekend of La Marmotte 2016

For more information about this chalet, or any other bike friendly properties, don’t hesitate to contact us at enquiries@bikelodging.com

 

La Marmotte – Bourg d’Oisons – Alpe d’Huez

This year La Marmotte cycling event from Le Bourg d’Oisans to Alpe d’Huez will revert back to its regular route over the Col du Galibier

gf-marmotte-iconIn 2015 damage to the Tunnel du Chambon meant the closure to the road between Bourg d’Oisans and the Col du Lautaret/Col du Galibier which subsequently forced a revised route of last summer’s La Marmotte event. Since then a temporary road has been constructed which has unofficially reopened access to this valley. This is a small road, suitable only for cars and small trucks, but contrary to local sign posting, is open to the general public. This spring will see construction start of a new tunnel to permanently replace the original Tunnel du Chambon. It is widely rumoured that the temporary road will then become a cycling only route, meaning that cyclists will no longer have to use the many dark and dangerous tunnels on the original road to the Col du Galibier.

So this year’s Marmotte will once again start in Le Bourg d’Oisans and head over the Col du Glandon, along the Maurine Valley, over the Col du Telegraph and the Col du Galibier, before finishing on the 21 hairpin bends of Alpe d’Huez, a total of 174km.

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Living room with free wifi

Due to popular demand, Bike lodging have taken on a large chalet for this long weekend and will be offering a four night catered package. Longer trips are also possible. We will be hosting the chalet and providing half-board catering, as well as a large early breakfast on the day of the race.  We also have a two bedroom chalet with its own private hot tub next door, which may be rented separately, or with the half-board catering package in the larger chalet.

For more details on this chalet or any other available properties in the area do please get in contact enquiries@bikelodging.com.

 

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Bourg d’Oisans Cycling Training Camps

Cycling training camps hosted in Bourg d’Oisans at the foot of the 21 hairpin bend climb to Alpe d’huez

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Cycling Training Camps – Le Bourg d’Oisans

This summer Bike Lodging is please to announce a number of cycling training camps located in a beautiful chalet close to the popular cycling town of Bourg d’Oisans at the foot of the climb to Alpe d’hues.

The camps will focus on training methods and personal cycling performance, with specific attention to hill climbing and defending. A qualified member of The Association of British Cycling Coaches will offer Individual coaching and daily guided rides.

At the ned of each day, relax and enjoy a post ride recovery smoothy and the facilities of a modern spa chalet.

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Cycling Chalet with Hot Tub

Places are still available for the following weeks:
21st – 28th May
11th -18th June
23rd – 30th July
13th -20th August

Price rage from €480 per person bed and breakfast in a triple room to €700 per person in a shared twin/double room with half-board catering.

For more information on this chalet, visit our property page on Cycling Cols, or for information on this camp contact us at enquiries@bikelodging.com

Ski Chalets and Apartments Les Deux Alpes

Ski Chalets And Apartments Les Deux Alpes

The snow has arrived across the Alps.

So aside from getting you ‘Fatbike’ out, its time to start thinking about a winter ski holiday and what better location than Les Deux Alps. Many of our bike friendly properties double as ski chalet and apartments in the winter. This year Bike Lodging is managing and running a number of properties in and around Vensoc, a beautiful village with a cobbled pedestrianised centre,which is connected to Les Deux Alpes by high speed gondola.

Chalet Grand Rochail – Sleeps up to 14, 400 meters walk from the Venosc gondola. Available catered or self-catered.  Prices from €1500 self-catered in January or €400 with half-board catering per person per week.

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Chalet Les Ecrins – Beautiful new 6 bedroom chalet in La Danchere, with views over Les Deux Alpes. Prices from €1500 in January

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Chalet Chardon – 2 bedroom chalet sleeps 5. Recently renovated to a very high standard, now with wood burning stove. Perfect for a small family or a group of friends.  Weekly rental from €600

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Apartment Les Cristallieres – 2 bedrooms, plus a mezzanine and large balcony with views over the Ecrins National Park. Central Venosc. Sleeps 6 comfortably, but up to 8. Weekly rental from €550

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Studio Bourg/Vensoc – Cosy studio built from a vaulted cave in a beautiful stone building surrounded by pine forest and mountain stream. 5 minutes drive from the Venosc Gondola. Weekly rental from €350

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For information about these or any other properties in the Alps and Pyrenees, then please contact me on enquiries@bikelodging.com

Bike Lodging take on their own catered bike & ski hotel/chalet

During 2016, Bike Lodging will be running their own bike and ski hotel/chalet in Venosc, close to Les Deux Alpes, Le Bourg d’Oisans and Alpe d’Huez.

This property which comfortably sleeps group of up to 14 is perfect for road cyclists wishing to explore the roads around Alpe d’Huez, the Col du Glandon and the Col de La Croix du Fer, as well as for mountain bikers riding in the neighbouring mountain resort of Alpe d’Huez.

This former hotel has been converted into a more homely chalet style, with a large communal living room and dinning area. It retains the former bar area, which mikes a nice place to socialise after a tough day on the slopes or bike. The chalet comes with a modern, industrial style kitchen, which can be used by guests when rented self-catered, or looked after by our catering staff and host for catered holidays.

The hotel actually has 14 bedrooms, but is officially limited to just 14 guest thanks to some French red tape. Most of these bedrooms have south facing balconies. This however makes it a great property for groups of friends who might prefer to have their own room. There is also a large secure bike and ski storage rooms.

During the summer meals may be taken on the terrace in front of the building. There is a municipal open air swimming pool  a short walk away (open from mid June till end of August).

Cycling from Venosc – The property is just 14km from Le Bourg d’Oisans and the start of the climb to Alpe d’Huez. Its also a great starting position to ride to Col du Galibier, the Col du Glandon and the Col du Le Croix du Fer. The chalet will also be idea for groups looking to take part in local events such as La Marmotte, Alpe d’Huzes, La Vaujany and the Alpe d’Huez triathlon. Your local chalet host will also provide you with a cycling guide book for the region and be happy to point out some of the lesser known, but beautiful cycling routes in the area.

During late June, July and August, bikes make be taken on the Venosc gondola to Les Dexu Alpes, providing a short cut to the Col du Galibier and the Sarenne Valley.

Road cycling routes in Oisans

The chalet is located right on the popular cycling route to La Berarde. This is a must do ride into the heart of the Ecrins National Park. The ride along a quiet mountain road takes you along the beautiful Veneon river valley and passes a number of beautiful huge waterfalls and picturesque alpine villages.

Le Bourg d’Oisans – La Berarde

Mountain Biking from Venosc – The chalet sits just a couple of hundred meters form the bottom of the Venosc mountain biker downhill track and the gondola link back to Les Deux Alpes. The Les Deux Alpes Bike Park will be open from 18th June until the 27th August 2016. The bike park features 91km of specially designed mountain bike trails located between 3200meters and 720meters. It has 18 separate downhill tracks and 6 specially adapted lifts to carry you bike. The resort is designed with a wide variety of slopes of all levels and features, table top jumps, north short, pump tracks and a slope style area. The Venosc gondola which gives you access to the resort of Les Deux Alpes is open from 8am until 20h.

Les Deux Alpes Bike Park

This chalet will be hosted by Will Corder, who previously ran the successful Ecrins Lodge, just down the road and gained extremely favourable reviews on Tripadvisor for his catering and general personality and professionalism running the chalet.

Will Corder – Ecrins Lodge on Trip Advisor

This property may be rented self-catered, bed and breakfast as well as with half-board catering and a full chalet hosting service.

La Marmotte

Next summer over the weekend of La Marmotte, Bike Lodging will be running a long weekend catered holiday package for  guests who can only make it out to the region for a few days. Most hotels in the region ask for a minimum of seven nights stays for these peak weeks. However we appreciate that many of those taking part in La Marmotte, prefer not to spend days cycling in the region prior to the even, when they should be resting. Many prefer to fly in at there last minute with fresh legs for the race and then leave soon after. So we will be running a catered chalet service, with an early breakfast the morning of the event as well as helping with logistics of getting back from the even at the end of the day. Please enquire for details.

Winter skiing in Les Deux Alpes

This winter we will also be taking bookings for self-catered and catered ski holidays for skiing trips to Les Deux Alpes. Located just a couple of hundred meters form the Venosc gondola linked to the ski resort of Les Deux Alpes, this is a great location for a budget ski trip to the Alpes.

10% off ski rental in Les Deux Alpes

The property has just four comunal bath/shower rooms, and no en-suite bedrooms.

Guided Mountain Bike Weekend Alpe d’Huez – October

Fantastic weekend Mountain biking with the Highlander Mountain Bike Riders of Hitchin around Alpe d’Huez.

This weekend saw the final hugely successful Bike Lodging tailor made bike holiday of the 2015 summer season. Nine mountain bikers from the Highlander MBR of Hitchin came to take on the famous 21 bends of the Alpe d’Huez and enjoy the miles of world class mountain bike trails that this resort has to offer. Over the two days of riding everyone in the group took on and completed the climb to Alpe d’Huez on their chunky mountain bikes and most completed 110km of riding with over 3000meters of climbing.

The Saturday ride, which set out in bright blue skies, started from the chalet in Venosc and made its way to Le Bourg d’Oisans via the valley trails. From here it was straight into the Alpe d’Huez climb before climbing further up above the resort to the mid station of the DMC gondola. After a well earned rest we took the group through one of the more challenging cross country routes across a plateau with a number of beautiful lakes, before descending back to the valley via Vaujany and Allemond. Thankfully the forecasted storm held off until after we were safely back in the valley. When it hit, was strong enough to leave us all a little cold and in need of a good shower and to make use of the fantastic chalet facilities. Total ride time 7hours with 4 hour of riding, 61km and 2040meters of climbing.

The chalet in Venosc, is one we regularly use, thanks to its position perfect for both road cycling around Alpe d’Huez and mountain biking in Les Deux Alpes. The 14km to the start of the Alpe d’Huez is basically the ideal warm up before taking on the climb. It also sits just a few hundred meters from the Venosc gondola station linking to the MTB and ski resort of Les Deux Alpes. The facilities, service, location and catering are all exceptional and it is extremely good value for money.

After a fantastic evening and great night sleep, the guys were keen for another good, but perhaps slightly less challenging ride. This time the weather started well and remained fantastic all day, which is not uncommon in October. Once again we took the off road trails into Bourg, this time by a different route. Here we cheated and arranged for transportation to bring the guys up to Alpe d’Huez. We still managed the beautiful climb from the resort to Lac Besson, before doubling back down the meadow trails all the way around to Villard Reculas, before hitting the challenging cross country traverse towards Oz. Here we picked up the lower part of the famous Megavalanche course all the way to the valley. Just the 40km of riding and 1000meters of climbing, however with the uplift, we were able to descend over 2400meters.

A special thanks goes to Lee and Kirsten who looked after us at the chalet so well. We look forward to arranging many more tailor made road and mountain bike trip like this for the 2016 season.

Studio available La Marmotte – Bourg d’Oisans

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Studio close to Bourg d’Oisans available for La Marmotte

Due to a last minute cancellation, our own studio attached to our beautiful stone home close to Bourg d’Oisnas, has just become available from tomorrow (Sunday 27th July until 5th July) the week of La Marmotte. We have cut the price to just €400 for the week, or €65 per night with  minimum of 3 nights reservation. The studio is just along the valley (9km) from the start line of La Marmotte in our pretty hamlet called Les Gauchoirs, which is a commune of Le Bourg d’Oisans.

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Double or twin beds

The studio has a double or twin beds, TV, with freeview English language television, wireless internet, a kitchenette, separate shower room, table chairs, sofa, outside furniture, BBQ and access to our secure bike shed and workshop.

If anyone were interested in a last minute entry to La Marmotte, we may also be able to help here.

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Self-contained studio on ground floor of our family house.

If you’re interested in booking this studio, or have any questions, please get in touch on enquiries@bikelodging.com