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

 

Mountain of Hell Les Deux Alpes 2016

Registration opens today for the 2016 Mountain of Hell Mountain Bike in Les Deux Alpes

Mountain of Hell 2016

Registration for the 2016 Mountain of Hell enduro mountain bike event in Les Deux Alpes opened today. The event which sees amateurs racing side by side with professional riders, takes place over the first three days of July with the aim to qualifying for the main race on the Sunday. This starts at 3500m on the Glacier on the upper slopes of Les Deux Alpes, before racing for 25km with 2500metres of defending and finishes in the village of Venosc, below the main resort.

Find accommodation in Les Deux Alpes for this event via the following website

Bike Lodging – Les Deux Alpes

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

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.

Mega21 Alpe d’Huez MTB



Bike Lodging ready to welcome the Highlander Mountain Bike Riders of Hitchin to ride Alpe d’Huez Alpe

Just a few days now before Bike Lodging host a group of mountain bike riders from the company founding member Will Corder’s home town of Hitchin for a big ride weekend on Alpe d’Huez

Bike Lodging are looking forward to welcoming a group of old and new friends to the Oisans region for a mountain bike weekend which sees the group taking on the famous 21 hairpins of Alpe d’Huez, as well as loads of fantastic single track above the resort and into the valley.

We have arranged for the group to be expertly looked after in a beautiful modern chalet in Venosc, complete with modern en-suit bathrooms, hot tub, sauna, games room and a cinema room to watch the world cup rugby. Fingers crossed the beautiful autumn weather holds.

New Bike Lodging Orange 5 Mountain Bike – Velocitybike store and DC Cuctom Velos

Brand new custom designed and built Orange 5 just received from Velocity Bike Store and DC Custom Velos complete with Bike Lodging branding.

Orange5Orange5.BikelodgingBike Lodging are excited to receive ownership of a custom branded Orange 5 27.5″ mountain bike from our friends at Velocity Bike Store and DC Custom Velo’s. Of course this is for advertising  purposes only and will only be used for marketing campaigns and never for fun, by me on our 250km of marked single track in our local resort of Alpe d’Huez. Almost never.. Occasionally. OK I’m off for a ride right now.

VelocitybikestoreVELOCITY BIKE STORE is one of Galway’s fastest growing bike shops and prides itself on it’s ability to provide what can only be described as world class customer care.

VELOCITY BIKE STORE in Galway have created something very unique and customer based. The shop serves it’s purpose as a retail outlet but more importantly it is a social hub where cyclists and bike lovers not only from Galway but across Ireland, can come together, chat, browse, socialise, learn and make new friends.

Dan DC customVELOCITY introduced DC CUSTOM VELOS as it’s in-house customiser back in August 2014. DC was originally an online bike shop based in France setting a completely new standard on how online bike shops should operate as far as customer care, attention to detail and one off custom bicycle builds go.

Due to DC’s  success and reputation VELOCITY BIKE STORE in Co. Galway asked them to be their in house customising team to offer their services to the clients of the shop and other riders across Ireland.

They now specialise in custom bicycle builds, bike customisation, group sets, parts, wheel sets, in house wheel builds and bike accessories, bringing a breath of fresh air to old school way of running a bike shop! They are one of the only independent bike shops in Ireland that operate with this level of specialised care and attention to detail.

DC customFor those wanting something a little bit special, they have a Custom Clients Lounge above the shop in a calm, relaxing and inspirational environment away from the hustle and bustle of the shop floor. There Mark and Dan can take the time to sit down with you and go over your specialist build and come up with a bike that not only rides great but looks great too… we all want a bike that turns heads and gets people talking!

Mega 21 Mountain bike ride Alpe d’Huez October 2015

This October Bike Lodging is running a mountain bike weekend  taking on the famous 21 bends of Alpe d’Huez and parts of the Mega Avalanche Mountain bike track.

Mountain Biking Alpe d’Huez

The Saturday guided ride starts with the valley trail from the village of Venosc, where we have based the group, all the way to Le Bourg d’Oisans. From here we take on the famous 21 hairpin bends to Alpe d’Huez, before climbing further above the resort to Lac Besson. Here our support staff, complete with photographer for the day, will provide the guys with lunch to fuel they need for the rest of the ride. After lunch its straight back into mountain bike mode and time to hit the spectacular cross country trail around the lakes on this high altitude plateau, before doubling back and returning to the valley via the lower sections of the Mega Avalanche trail. From the end of the trail in Allemont, drinks will be offered in a local bar, before taking the valley trails back to the chalet. Once again our support vehicle will be on hand, this time to pick up any riders who don’t fancy the 20km ride back to the base. Total ride distance 70km

The evening entertainment has been kindly provided by the Rugby world cup in the shape of the England v Australia game.

After being expertly looked after in the beautiful chalet, the next day will start with a short shuttle to the village of Huez, located below Alpe d’Huez. Here our group will be guided up the Sarenne river valley all the way up the Col (mountain pass), used in the 2013 Tour De France. Here they will take the single track that runs parallel to the road all the way through the valley, before climbing again to the ski resort of Auris en Oisans. Then there is another short climb through the pastures, with great views over Alpe d’Huez, before tackling possibly our favourite bit of single track in the lower Sarenne valley. Total ride distance 35km

Catered Chalet Venosc

For this weekend, we have chosen to base the group in a beautiful catered chalet in Venosc. The chalet which sleeps up to 12 people in 5 en-suite bedrooms, has all modern facilities such as a professional chef and chalet host, hot tub, sauna, games room, cinema, UK Sky television and an open fireplace.

For more information about this tour, the chalet, or with us organising your own tailor made road cycling and mountain bike holidays, do please contact our team at info@bikelodging.com

New Mountain bike track in Les Deux Alpes

Finally one of my favorite Mountain Bike trails (Sapins) in Les Deux Alpes has been rebuilt. Destroyed by the building of a new ski piste link back to the resort, Les Duex Alpes was without this fantastic trail through the pine forest all of last summer. This video shows some the work completed to redevelop the track and some sneak previews of on board footage to get you in the mood.
Les Deux Alpes bike park opens this weekend.