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

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