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

Alpe d'Huez Triathlon
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

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

Apartments available Mont Ventoux Tour de France

We have two apartments still available for the third week in July, when the Tour de France visits Bedoin and the Mont Ventoux region

Froom.Mont.Ventoux.jpgNext summer the Tour de France will once again climb the infamous Mont Ventoux in the northern Provence. Chris Froome, who won this stage the last time they climbed it in 2013, will also be looking to defend his Tour de France overall winner from 2015.

The Mont Ventoux is one of the most popular cycling spectator locations for the Tour de France and the region will expect hundreds of thousands of visitors next July.

Thanks to the beauty and climate of the area, this is a popular holiday region, with hundreds of accommodation options. However when the Tour de France comes to town, beds can sometimes be hard to find.

Here at Bike Lodging, we have just received word of a couple of bike friendly apartments close to Bedoin that are  still available.

The Chapel apartment is €900 for the week and has one double and one twin bedroom, one shower WC, one bath WC.  Large living/kitchen plus terrace and views.
The Courtyard  apartment is €600 for the week and has two double bedrooms. One shower /WC.  Large living/kitchen and outside courtyard.

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Both have wifi and satellite TV.  Plus use of a large shared pool. Both apartments are located on a working vineyard making award wining wines.
For more information on The Courtyard House contact us on enquiries@bikelodging.com or call us on +33624123849

 

E-Bikes Alpe d’huez and Les Deux Alpes

 

Electric bikes / E-Bikes / E-Fatbikes Le Bourg d’Oisans, Alpe d’Hues and on snow with at Les Deux Alpes

ebikeFor some years now the electric bike or eBike revolution has been gathering pace and is no longer limited to the elderly or unfit getting around the streets of Amsterdam. Many major bike brands have developed their own versions of E-Bike with some selling for as much as €6000 for what is fast becoming a totally new type of bike experience.

The modern E-bike is not a moped or motorbike since it still requires the rider to push the pedals. The small battery powered motors are simply there to offer a little more forward momentum to each stroke of the peddle. The amount of assistance can be easily regulated on the handle bars to match the riders fitness or different slopes. These days these bikes are significantly lighter and batteries last a good deal longer. This is having the effect of opening up vast areas of riding for those who perhaps don’t quite have 100km or 1500 meters of Alpine climbing in their legs.

Take the famous 21 hairpin bends of Alpe d’Huez. The last time I climbed it, I noticed at least three people using an e-bike. They were far from sitting back and letting the motor do all the work and looked as hot and bothered as the rest of us. These were perhaps not your regular club cyclists who have put in plenty of training, but possibly family members joining their partners for a holiday in the Alps and not wanting to miss out on the chance to take on a Tour de France climb.

v21-logo-oisans-e-bike-service-191x300The Oisans region has embraced this new craze and many local bike shops are now stocking high level E-bikes. In addition, an initiative by Bike Oisans, has encouraged local businesses to provide free park and charge points at various locations around the region. These are of course an incentive for you to visit their restaurant, bar or shop, while the bikes charge up. However who doesn’t want to plan their trip around a leisurely lunch part way through your ride in a beautiful mountain village.

Places to charge your bike for free around the Oisans

The E-Bike phenomenon is no longer limited to the road bikes. Huge advances have been made with mountain bikes, which have resulted in its own E-Bike Series,  linked to major mountain bike events across France, including the famous Megavalanche. These bikes are now ready to take you anywhere a regular enduro mountain bike can reach and still give you fantastic handling on those technical single track turns.

E-Fat Bike on Snow – Les Deux Alpes

Screen Shot 2015-12-02 at 17.32.10The E-bike has also crossed over into another pioneering branch of biking with the emergence of the Electric FatBike. These bikes with huge tires run at very low air pressure, make them great for very muddy conditions, sand or in this case snow. Les Deux Alpes has become one of the first resorts in Europe to offer a magical guided E-FatBike tours on snow around the resort. These are available two times a week, during the day for 3hours on Wednesdays, or in the evening for 2h30 on Tuesdays. The tours which include equipment and MTB guide are just €49 per person. Trips can be booked from Les Deux Alpes Guides Office, or through Sylvain on +33 (0)4 76 11 36 29

Fat bike sur Neige – Les Deux Alpes

 E-bike rental shops

Bleach Xtrem Sports – Le Bourg d’Oisans
Cycle et Sports – Le Bourg d’Oisans
Rocky Sports – Alpe d’hues

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Image curtesy of Christoph Buyer www.ebike-mtb.com

Alpe d’Huez on road bike with BBC 5 Live

Alpe d'HuezClimbing Alpe d’Huez by road bike on BBC 5 Live – in Short

Nice to see local Phil from More than 21 bends featuring in this clip.

 

Tour de France – Alpe d’Huez available hotels and accommodation

Bike Hotels Tour de France – Stage 20 Alpe d’Huez

Tour de France on Alpe d'Huez
Tour de France on Alpe d’Huez

So the Tour is well under way and making its way south. Next week sees some spectacular stages in the Pyrenees, before heading to the Alps for the third week culminating in the final mountain stage finish up the twenty one hairpin bends of Alpe d’Huez. Such is the popularity of this stage, that spectators keen to reserve the best places on the famous climb have already claimed their place on the hill with the intent to stay there until the stage on the 25th July. By this time the numbers of cycling fans lining the route is the topic of much speculation, but some estimates are for up to 1 million, but more realistic figures are for around 400’000 people.

Those lucky enough to be following the Tour with camper vans can benefit from the relaxed rules about camping on the side of the road. However those looking for last minutes beds in the region will struggle at this late stage.

Thanks fully Bike Lodging still have a couple of interesting available options within a short ride of the Alpe d’Huez climb as well as a couple of other stages earlier in the week.

La Danchere Lodge – A great value option in a charming hotel at the entrance to the Ecrins National Park. The hotel is surrounded by beautiful gardens with a public bar, which are one of the nicest places to relax even during the busiest weeks in the region. Half-board prices are from €75 per night with a minimum stay of 4 nights.

La Danchere Lodge
La Danchere Lodge

We have a selection of other places available in the Bourg d’Oisans/Alpe d’Huez region, so do please get in contact for other options.

Bike Lodgingenquiries@bikelodging.com

Tunnel du Chambon closed. Revised opening dates, ferry and new road

8 July 2015 update to the Tunnel du Chambon and the impact on the Tour de France.

The latest on the Tunnel du Chambon is that work on the tunnel has totally stopped, since they expect the side of the mountain above to fall at any moment. Small sections of rock have already fallen and some people are camped up high on the far side of the reservoir hoping to witness the collapse of the mountain. Access to the path on the far side is strictly closed and the ferry service has been stopped due to the fear of waves that would be caused by the rockfall. Local residence below the dam have been warned to keep doors and windows closed in the event of warning sirens, in the unlikely event that a wave could flow over the dam and flood villages downstream. A helicopter service has been put in place available to locals trapped on the far side in the case of emergencies.

The area of unstable rock is about25 – 30 metres deep and 600k to 1 million cubic metres. Since April it had been moving between 5 to 10 cm per day. More recently it been moving at 12 cm to 15 cm per day.  Since 2nd July a  section of 100k cubic tonnes has been moving at 25 cm per day which is looking like the first area to slide..

As an impact of this road closure Stage 20 of the Tour de France on the 25th July between Modane and Alpe d’Huez no longer passes over the Col du Galibier, but via the Col de la Croix du Fer.

Tour du Plateau d'Emparis - Bike Oisans
Tour du Plateau d’Emparis – Bike Oisans

Many people booked into accommodation in La Grave or Briancon hoping to see the Tour de France on Alpe d’Huez, have been asking about the possibility to bypass the tunnel my mountain path or track. As mentioned before, then path along the other side of the reservoir is closed and this is being strictly enforced by local police. The quickest road route is via the Col du Galibier and the Col de la Croix du Fer. However there is a very long, but beautiful option above the tunnel via the Plateau de Emparis. This track is unpaved, generally used by walkers and mountain bikers and will take a long time, but is spectacular. Details of this route can be found via the following link under Tour du Plateau d’Emparis – itineraire 4.

The closure of the Tunnel du Chambon in April, linking Bourg d’Oisans to the Col du Lautaret and beyond, has sparked widespread discussions amongst the locals and cyclists planning to visit the region, such as when will it reopen, are they building a new road and can cyclists use the ferry to bypass the tunnel?

Tunnel du Chambon
Tunnel du Chambon

On the 10th April the Tunnel du Chambon was deemed to have an extremely high chance of collapsing and was immediately closed, with initial reopening dates suggested for early July. More recent surveys have shown that up to 100 000 m2 or 250’000 tonnes of rock are shifting around 10cm everyday, threatening collapse the entire tunnel. As such the reopening of the tunnel is very much in doubt, but the authorities hope to have a solution in place prior to the opening of the ski season in December.

Chamnon alternative routeOne of the solutions put forward, is to build a reinforced structure within the existing tunnel. However the extent of the problem has forced the local authorities to sign off on a new road on the south side of the lake, which they hope to have built by the winter. Whether they intend to build and maintain two roads up the valley, or to concentrate their efforts on building one reliable route remains to be seen.

Revised route for La Marmotte 2015
Revised route for La Marmotte 2015

The consequences of this for cycling tourism is that the only road leading from Le Bourg d’Oisans towards La Grave, Col du Lautaret, Col du Galibier and Briancon is essentially cut off. This has already lead to the rerouteing of La Marmotte Granfondo and almost certainly the  penultimate stage of the Tour de France from due to race from Modean to Alpe d’Huez over La Galibier on the 25th July. La Marmotte will now return to the Alpe d’Huez valley via the Col du Mollard and the Col de la Croix de Fer. The Tour de France is very likely to follow suit.

Kevin from Cycling Ascents taking the ferry around the Chambon
Kevin from Cycling Ascents taking the ferry around the Chambon

One of the most talked about topics amongst locals and cyclists planning a trip to the region, is the possibility of using a ferry to bypass the tunnel and get to up to the Col du Galibier. The ferry has been provided for locals stranded on the La Grave side of the tunnel to access shops and schools in Bourg d’Oisans and Grenoble. However I recently spoke to Kevin from Cycling Ascents in Bourg who, last week with some of his cycling clients, successfully used the ferry without a problem and achieved one of the most magical climbs of the Col du Galibier, thanks to almost zero traffic. However he went on to add that yesterday (21st June) his guests were turned away and told that “that due to the risk of a rockfall into the reservoir they weren’t taking anyone with bikes – only locals on business.

So officially, for the moment, the ferry is not an option for cyclists. However pressure from business owners in La Grave, at the Col du Lautaret and the Col du Galibier, that are experiencing a catastrophic effect to their trade from the closure, may force some changes here in the future.

With all this in mind, the Oisans region still has more than enough routes to keep every cyclists satisfied. Including amongst many others, routes to the following places. Col du Galibier, Col de la Croix de Fer, Alpe d’Huez and the Sarenne valley, Les Deux Alpes, Col de La Morte, Col d’Ornon and La Berarde.

double size 432x278mm masterBike Lodging is based in Le Bourg d’Oisans and helps cyclists find and book bike friendly accommodation such as that of Cycling Ascents. We still have options for La Marmotte, the final week of the Tour de France and for the Alpe d’Huez Triathlon.