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

 

Tour de France 2016 – Official route

Today in Paris the route for the 2016 Tour de France was officially announced and will once again see a stage finish on Bastille day on the famous Mont Ventoux.

The race which starts in Normandy on the 2nd of July, will also see multiple stages in the shadows on Mont Blanc in the northern French Alps, as well as stages in Andorra, Switzerland and a time trial to the newly opened UNESCO world heritage site of Le Caverne du Pont d’Arc. However, possibly the signature stage once again takes place on the 14th July (Bastille day) from Montpellier and finishes on Mont Ventoux in norther Provence.

The 21 stages

2 July: 1st stage Mont-Saint-Michel – Utah Beach Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, 188 km
3 July: 2nd stage Saint-Lô – Cherbourg-Octeville, 182 km
4 July: 3rd stage Granville – Angers, 222 km
5 July: 4th stage Saumur – Limoges, 232 km
6 juillet: 5th stage Limoges – Le Lioran, 216 km
7 July: 6th stage Arpajon-sur-Cère – Montauban, 187 km
8 July: 7th stage L’Isle-Jourdain – Lac de Payolle, 162 km
9 July: 8th stage Pau – Bagnères-de-Luchon, 183 km
10 July: 9th stage Vielha Val d’Aran (Espagne) – Andorre Arcalis, 184 km
11 July: Rest day Andorre
12 July: 10th stage Escaldes-Engordany (Andorre) – Revel, 198 km
13 July: 11th stage Carcassonne – Montpellier, 164 km
14 July: 12th stage Montpellier – Mont Ventoux, 185 km
15 July: 13th stage Bourg-Saint-Andéol – La Caverne du Pont-d’Arc, 37 km (individual time trial)
16 July: 14th stage Montélimar – Villars-les-Dombes Parc des Oiseaux, 208 km
17 July: 15th stage Bourg-en-Bresse – Culoz, 159 km
18 July: 16th stage Moirans-en-Montagne – Berne (Suisse), 206 km
19 July: Rest day Berne
20 July: 17th stage Berne – Finhaut-Emosson (Suisse), 184 km
21 July: 18th stage Sallanches – Megève, 17 km (Individual time trial)
22 July: 19th stage Albertville – Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc, 146 km
23 July: 20th stage Megève – Morzine, 146 km
24 July: 21st stage Chantilly – Paris Champs-Elysées, 113 km

Today on Instagram, #Chrisfroome has reminded everyone that “I won the stage in yellow in 2013 and 2015 on Bastille Day” and referring to this years Mont Ventoux stage being on the same day, suggested that it is “Good Omen”.

Bus service from Lyon, Grenoble and Bourg d’Oisans to the Alpe d’Huez stage of the Tour de France

Bus service to Alpe d’Huez for Stage 20 of the Tour de France

Here are details of the local bus service to Alpe d’Huez and for the final mountain stage of the 2015 Tour de France, from pick up points in Lyon, Grenoble and Le Bourg d’Oisans. Details

Local bus service to Alpe d'Huez for stage 20 of the Tour de France.
Local bus service to Alpe d’Huez for stage 20 of the Tour de France.

Take the stress out of getting to the Tour de France this Saturday and catch a special local coach up to the action in Alpe d’Huez. The bus picks up from 3 locations in Lyon (8th district town hall) , Grenoble (coach station) and Le Bourg d’Oisans (VFD agency, avenue de la Gare) and drops off in Oz resort. From here its possible to take a breathtaking gondola ride up and over to the heart of the action in Alpe d’Huez.

Bookings must be made in advance, so that they know how many services to arrange. Bookings can be made via the following link. See you on the hill..

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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.

 

Impressive storms hit Alpe d’Huez days before the Tour de France comes to the region.

Just two days before the Tour de France is set to pass through the valley and four days before the final mountain stage on Alpe d’Huez, a huge storm has broken the 6 week long heatwave causing multiple mudslides and closed many roads in the area. Local authorities are already out trying to clear the roads. Its yet to be seen if there has been any serious damage to the Tour de France route.

    Mud slides between Bourg d'Oisans and Venosc close the road in 2 places - Photo by Daan Goos
Mud slides between Bourg d’Oisans and Venosc close the road in 2 places – Photo by Daan Goos

In April, damage to the Tunnel du Chambon and fear of a huge mudslide from the hill side above forced the closure of the tunnel and road between Bourg d’Oisans and the Col du Lautaret/Col du Galibier. The road remains closed today and has resulted in the change of the route for the final mountain stage of the Tour de France which will now pass over the Col de la Croix du Fer, rather than the Col du Galibier on the way to Alpe d’Huez this Saturday. All work on the tunnel has stopped until nature takes control and this part of the mountain finally collapses. Hopefully this storm will trigger the predicted rock slide, so that work on repairing the tunnel and road can start again.

Update – Wednesday 22nd July. The sun is shining again and the clean up is underway for the many landslides in the area. The road to Venosc and La Berarde is open again, but there are set of traffic lights in place as local authorities clear the roads of debris.

Mudslide blocking the road to Venosc and La Gerarde
Road cyclist picks his way around the mudslide on his way to La Berarde

 

 

 

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

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

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 meters 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. Small sections of the mountainside have already started to slip into the reservoir.

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.

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.

Chalet sleeps 5 available for Alpe d’Huez Tour de France week

2 bedroom chalet available for 3rd week of Tour de France
Chalet available 3rd week of Tour de France

Due to another cancellation for €800/wk, we now have available, this beautiful two bedroom chalet in Bourg d’Arud, just along the valley from Le Bourg d’Oisans and the start of the climb to Alpe d’Huez. Totally renovated in 2014, the chalet has a modern kitchen and charming living room, a double and a triple bedroom with one IMG_0885modern bathroom. It also have a large sunny terrace with views over the Ecrins National Park. The chalet is ideal for a small family or a group of friends. It is a short walk from an open air swimming pool, tennis courts, tree top adventure trail, bars and restaurants, small campsite shop with freshly baked bread and the gondola link to the mountain resort of Les Deux Alpes with summer skiing and the vast network of mountain bike trails.

Tour de France 2015
Tour de France 2015

However the position is of particular interest to road cyclists thanks to the proximity to the foot of the Alpe d’Huez and various other famous climbs. The property has just become available again from the 19th – 26th, thanks to a recent cancellation. During this week, it will be possible to ride to three different location to watch the Tour de France on three different stages. In locations such as the Col du Morte, Allemont, the Col du Glandon, the Col de la Croix du Fer and of course the Alpe d’Huez.

The price for these seven nights self-catering would be just €800.

For more information, or to make a booking, contact us on enquiries@bikelodging.com

Tour de France changes to Alpe d’Huez stage 20 – Tunnel du Chambon

As expected, the route for stage 20 of the 2015 Tour de France from Modane to Alpe d’Huez has now officially been changed due to the closure to the Tunnel du Chambon. Rather than passing over the Col du Glandon, it will now climb the Col de la Croix de Fer. Details on the official Tour de France website.

Revised route profile for the Tour de France 2015 Stage 20 from Modane to Alpe d'HUez
Revised route profile for the Tour de France 2015 Stage 20 from Modane to Alpe d’HUez
Tour de France on Alpe d'Huez
Tour de France on Alpe d’Huez

 

 

 

 

 

Bike Lodging still have some accommodation available close to the Alpe d’Huez during this week, such as the Chalet Chardon in Venosc which sleeps 5 people for €800 for a week self-catering. We also have a 3 bedroom apartment in central Bourg d’Oisans for €1100. For details contact enquiries@bikelodging.com.