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

Les Deux Alpes – European Resort of the Year

In November 2015, Les Deux Alpes in France was voted European Resort of the Year, at the World Snow Awards ceremony

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By Will Corder in Les Deux Alpes

Well, after a slow start across the Alps, the snow has arrived here in Les Deux Alpes we are now enjoying beautiful blue skies with perfect skiing conditions. So while you are searching for your winter ski holiday, it is worth remembering that in November 2015, Les Deux Alpes was voted European resort of the year at the World Snow Awards at the London Ski and Snowboard awards.

This award is a recognition of the fantastic variety and scale of skiing available in the resort. Although not as large as some of the interconnected resorts available across the Alps, the 220km of marked piste is more than enough for most holiday makers. If this is not enough, then included on your 6 day ski pass are 2 free days skiing in neighbouring resort Alpe d’huez, which can be reached either by a shuttle bus, or if you fancy doing it in style, but helicopter transfer.

One of the significant benefits of Les Deux alpes is the amount of easy skiing above 3000 meters, a domain that is usually reserved for the best skiers. Here even the newest of skiers get to experience that top of the world feeling and the best of the snow conditions. In the summer this area doubles as Europe’s largest skiable glacier and a world centre for freestyle skiing and snowboarding. During the winter the  Freestyle and terrain parks (slide zones) move down to more sheltered positions, dotted all over the resort and offer perfectly maintained kickers, rails, pipes, cross tracks and even an airbag to safely practice your jumps.

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For the more adventurous, Les Deux Alpe backs onto La Grave, one of the last true ski wildernesses of the Alps, which offers north face skiing from 3600 meters on terrain which is left entirely for off piste and backcountry skiing and snowboarding. This area is only for expert skiers and snowboarders and it is advised that you only venture there with a guide and full avalanche kit such as transceivers, shovels and probes. For top quality ski guiding and free ride courses take a look at the British Alpine Ski School.

Since being taken over by the Compagnie des Alpes a few years ago, much has been spent on the resort infrastructure. Most noticeably are the vast amount of snow making facilities present to keep the resort running even on the leanest of snow years. During the early weeks of both the 2014/15 and this season, when snow was sparse through out the Alps, coach loads of tourists were being shipped in to Les Deux Alps, when other resorts had to remain closed.

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The Polar Bear – Les Deux Alpes

Once your ski day is over, the party starts, first with the daily après ski piste party at the Pano Bar at 2600m, with live DJ sets from 15h – 17h. Then its down for more live music at one of the many popular bars in the resort such as the Polar Bear, or Smokie Joes who have live acres ski music and serve their own locally brewed beers. During the later evening Smithies Tavern is highly recommended before dancing into the small ours in L’Avalanche Club.

Not resting on the accolades bestowed in 2015, this year Les Deux Alpes has addressed it’s only former negative issue by building the Jandri 1 blue run, creating a much needed easy return to resort piste option. In addition in the coming years it has been decided that Les Dexu Alpes and Alpe d’hues will build a huge gondola system which will link the two resorts, resulting on one of the largest linked ski resorts in the world.

But for now, if you were keen to discover this world class resort and were looking accommodation option in the area here are a selection of options for you.

Catered of Self-catered chalet sleeps 14+
2 Bedroom (+ mezzanine) sleeps 7
2 Bedroom Chalet sleeps 5
Studio sleeps 2

Alternatively send us an enquiry to enquiries@bikelodging.com

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”.

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

Oisans Col Series

Oisans Col Series - Bike Oisans
Oisans Col Series – Bike Oisans

During July and August, every Tuesday morning is dedicated to the Oisans Col Series, were a different local climb is closed to motorised vehicles and reserved for cyclists.

The climbs are purely recreational, untimed and require no registration. Refreshments are provided by Oisans Tourisme & Oisans tourist offices, at the top of each climb. Riders should obey all traffic laws and ride safely.

Col d'Ornon 1360m
Col d’Ornon 1360m

COL D’ORNON– 7th of July 2015. The road is closed to all traffic from 9 to 11 AM between La Paute (2 km before Bourg d’Oisans) and the Col d’Ornon. This first edition of Oisans col series takes you up to the Col d’Ornon, the gateway to the Matheysin plateau (via La Morte or Laffrey).

Col Du Sarenne 1999m
Col Du Sarenne 1999m

COL DE SARENNE – 14th of July and 18th of August 2015. The road is closed to traffic from 9 to 12 AM between Le Perron (3.8 km after Clavans le Bas), the Col de Sarenne and the Alpe d’Huez altiport. Included in the 2013 Tour de France, the Col de Sarenne is an alternative route up to Alpe d’Huez … locally, it’s known as the “savage”! The views from the top over La Meije are spectacular.

Col du Sabot
Col du Sabot 2100m

COL DU SABOT – 21st of July and 25th of August 2015. The road is closed to all traffic from 9 to 12 AM between Le Collet (2 km after Vaujany) and the Col du Sabot (end of the road). The “little, isolated pass” ideal for exploring during the week of the Tour de France. A fabulous view awaits you at the top of the narrow road leading up to the Col du Sabot, overlooking the Lac de Grand Maison, the Eau d’Olle Valley and towards the Col du Glandon.

Auris en Oisans 1600m
Auris en Oisans 1600m

AURIS EN OISANS – 28th of July 2015. The road up to Auris en Oisans is closed from 9 to 11am. Brand new for 2015 between the bridge at Freney d’Oisans (on the route between Bourg d’Oisans and the Col du Lautaret) and the ski resort village at Auris en Oisans. The climb is mostly south facing with stunning views over the glaciers of La Meje.

 

Alpe d'Huez 1860m
Alpe d’Huez 1860m

ALPE D’HUEZ 21 BENDS – 4th of August 2015. The road up to Alpe d’Huez is closed for use by cyclists between 9 and 11 AM. Make the iconic climb up the 21 switchbacks that feature in the legendary Tour de France stage.From the beginning of the road climbing up to Alpe d’Huez (at the Timtoo Timing electronic terminal) up to Place Paganon / in front of Alpe d’Huez tourist office.

La Croix de Fer 2067m
La Croix de Fer 2067m

COLS GLANDON ET CROIX DE FER – Tuesday the 11th of August 2015. The road is closed to all traffic 9 to 12 AM between Rivier d’Allemont (10 km after Allemont) and the Col de la Croix de Fer. Included in both the Tour de France and La Marmotte, the Col du Glandon and the Col de la Croix de Fer are unmissable experiences in the life of a cyclist. From the top, you will be rewarded with a magnificent view.

 

Thanks to information and images from Oisans Col Series and Bike Oisans.

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