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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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

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.

Tour de France rooms available due to cancellation

Allemont Hotel
Allemont Hotel

Due to a recent cancellation, two twin or double rooms have become available at

one of our most popular hotels in Allemont. This hotel sits in the perfect position for the final three Alps stages of this summers Tour de France.

Stage 18 on Thursday 23rd July from Gap to Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne 186.5km passes over the Col de La Morte and then through in front of the hotel in Allemont before heading over the Col du Glandon and down into the Maurienne valley.

Stage 19 on Friday 24th July from Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne to La Toussuire 138km passes over the Col de la Croix du Fer a good day ride form the hotel.

Stage 20 on Saturday 25th July starts in Modane and ends up the famous 21 bends of Alpe d’Huez. The start of the Alpe d’Huez climb is just 10km from the Hotel.

The rooms are priced at €70 per person per night, with a minimum of seven night booking. This includes breakfast, afternoon (return from ride) pasta buffet and a three course evening meal.

For details of this hotel or any others in the area, then contact us on enquiries@bikelodging.com

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.

2015 Tour du France coming back to Alpe d’Huez

the famous 21 bends of Alpe d'Huez rumoured to be used as one of the final stages of the 2015 Tour du France
the famous 21 bends of Alpe d’Huez rumoured to be used as one of the final stages of the 2015 Tour du France

The rumours are that the 2015 Tour du France will once again come to Alpe d’Huez, with a stage finish in Alpe d’Huez, possibly followed by a time trial from Le Bourg d’Oisans to Alpe d’Huez, prior to the final stage into Paris. Exciting times for the region and a particularly busy time for accommodation business owners. Here at Bike Lodging we are already seeing enquiries coming in and many of our popular properties already filling up.

Here is a link to some of our most popular bike friendly properties and businesses in the vicinity  of Le Bourg d’Oisans and Alpe d’Huez.