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

 

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.

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 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.

2015 UCI MTB World Cub Round 1 – Lourdes Pyrenees April 2015

UCI MTB World Cup Lourdes
UCI MTB World Cup Lourdes

For the weekend of 10th to 12th April Lourdes will be the first location in the Pyrenees to host what will be round one of the 2015 UCI MTB World Cup series. In 2013 the hills above Lourdes accessed by the Pic du Jer funicular hosted the French national downhill series le Coupe de France.

Spectators who line the course will get to watch the best in the world take on the mountain in male female and junior events. Access to the course is free, but spectators will have to walk up, since the funicular will be reserved for riders and officials. The Team Pits areas are a fantastic place to meet and get autographs from some of your favorite riders. Concerts and shows will be held day and night close to the pits at the bottom of the run.

The track starts at an altitude of 900meters at the top of the Pic du Jer Fanicular. It will be 2km long with an altitude drop of 477 meters. Training will be held on the Friday the 10th April with qualifying on the Saturday, before the finals on the Sunday.

Sam Hill, winner at the Meribel MTB World Cup 2014
Sam Hill, winner at the Meribel MTB World Cup 2014

Thanks to the popularity of Lourdes as a tourist destination, there are a number of options to get to the event. Tarbes/Lourdes Airport is just 15 minutes away and has flights from Stansted and Milan twice a week (Ryanair), Madrid (Iberia), Bruxelles (Jetairfly and Brussels Airlines) and Paris (various airlines).

Pau Pyrenees airport is just 50 minutes away, with flights from London city (City Jet), Paris and Lyon (AirFrance) and Marseille (Twinjet).

The train station of Lourdes is located in the city center, 4km from the World Cup site.

Lourdes is located 180km from Toulouse via A64 motorway/autoroute. Take exit n°12 to Tarbes-Ouest. Then the national route 21 brings you all the way to Lourdes.

Bike friendly accommodation in and around Lourdes:

Hotel Lourdes – Beautiful bike friendly hotel in central Lourdes with secure bike storage room. 5 minutes by car or 10 minutes by bike.

Chez Passet – Popular bike specialist Accommodation on the outskirts on Lourdes with beautiful rooms, fully equipped bike storage and workshop and a swimming pool in the uci-mountain-bike-world-cup-2014garden.

Advice to a customer about mountain biking in Les Deux Alpes and Alpe d’Huez

Mountain bike Alpe d'Huez
Riding our favourite back county above Vaujany on the Alpe d’Huez mountain bike trails.

I just wrote this email to a client looking for accommodation in either Alpe d’Huez or Les Deux Alpes and the advice seem relevant enough to post.

Hi (client), if I can offer some local knowledge. Les Deux Alpes is mostly about the downhill. Pads, full face helmets, doing laps of super fast DH tracks with berms, jumps and plenty of north shore. I’m a keen mountain biker and now in my early 40’s tend to go for the minimal protection, lift assisted (during the season), natural flowy or technical single track, back country and all mountain riding. Despite living closer to Les Deux Alpes, I spend the majority of my time over in Alpe d’Huez. Plus if you want to do some crazy downhill, you can always take on the Mega Avalanche course.

Les Deux Alpes has a much livelier night scene than Alpe d’Huez. There’s more roadies over in Alpe d’Huez preferring to polish their bikes, then head out for a beer. That said, with the Tour de France coming through that week there will be plenty going on.
If I could pick up a chalet and put it anywhere, it would be in Vaujany, which is linked to the Alpe d’Huez mountain bike lift system. Aside from the fantastic skiing in the winter and very sunny location, this little town has a hand full of bars, enough to enjoy a post ride beer and is at the end of a couple of my favourite MTB trails.
I have heard back from the owner at the Vaujany catered chalet there and he can offer you 7 nights for €540 or the 8 for €620 per person.  18th – 26th July 2015
Please let me know if you have any questions, or need any advice.

Charity Mountain Bike Ride – Alpe d’Huez September 2015

Alpe d'HuezBikelodging and Will Corder are in the early stages organising a small charity bike event in early September 2015. Plans are to design a route which not only uses the famous 21 hairpin bends of Alpe d’Huez (set to be used once again in this years Tour de France) but to return to the valley by one of Alpe d’Huez’s many marked mountain bike trails, possibly the lower sections of the the Mega Avalanche.

21 years ago my father Colin Corder died suddenly from a heart related incident. To mark this sad milestone it seems appropriate to raise money for the British heart foundation by combining the road climb up the 21 hairpins of Alpe d’Huez with a challenging decent to the valley.

The climb from Alpe d'Huez
The climb from Alpe d’Huez

Currently the event is open to friends and clients of Will Corder and Bike Lodging. But if the idea goes viral, we might open it up to the general public.

A suggested route starts in Venosc near Les Deux Alpes and takes the valley trails to Le Bourg d’Oisans, where we take the road up the 21 hairpins of Alpe d’Huez. From here we climb further on the access roads to the mid station of the DMC gondola. At this point we will decide whether to descend to Allemont via

Cross country trails around Lac Besson
Cross country trails around Lac Besson

either the cross country trail pass Lac Besson, and down to Vaujany, or double back and take the lower section of the Mega Avalanche course. Once back in the valley at Allemont it will be a long slog back up the valley to Venosc with a possible round trip of 75km.

View this route on plotaroute.com

Best wishes, Will