Mont Ventoux – Tailor made cycling trip organised by Bike Lodging

This week Bike Lodging will host a group of 27 cyclists for a four day trip to Bedoin, Mont Ventoux.

This Thursday Bike Lodging will be hosting a large group of cyclists in a beautiful property in the shadows of Mont Ventoux, between Bedoin and Crillon le Brave. This trip is part of the expanded services offer by Bike Lodging into tailor made cycling holidays. Struggling to find a competitively priced catered property close to Mont Ventoux, this British cycling club turned to us for assistance in creating their perfect trip. Thanks to our vast network of contacts in the area, we were able to secure an ideal property close to Bedoin for their group size and budget and provide a catering services to come to look after the group for the duration of the stay. The group organiser has been in close contact with us and we have been able to offer advise about travel and bike rental. Bike Lodging will also provide two staff to stay with them at the property and ensure the smooth running of the trip.

15 bedroom Domaine close to Bedoin

Thanks to the Tour de France, Mont Ventoux is has become one of the most popular and well know cycling regions of France. Dominated by the impressive peak of Mont Ventoux, the region in norther Provence is perfectly suited for all levels of cyclist and mountain biker, with spectacular circular routes taking you through landscapes of lavender, sunflowers, vineyards, beautiful villages and historic towns. The last Tour de France stage finish here was in 2013 and was won by eventual tour winner Chris Froome. It is widely speculated that the Mont Ventoux will once again feature in the Tour de France in 2016.

Bedoin at the foot of the Mont Ventoux

Bike Lodging are a small company based in Le Bourg d’Oisans, close to Alpe d’Huez who help cyclists and mountain bikers find bike friendly accommodation, bike rental, guides or help arrange entire tailor made bike holidays/vacations.

Bike Lodging trip to Bedoin Mont Ventoux

Domaine des Pins17/03/2015 – Enjoying an over night trip down to visit a number of properties and businesses in the Mont Ventoux region. I set of yesterday from the Alps in warm spring sunshine. The weather remained beautiful all the way on the 3 hour trip up until about 10km from Bedoin, when a bit of rain came in. I parked up at my first property just outside Crillion le Brave, a beautiful medieval village clustered together on the a hill top overlooking the Mont Ventoux. The property that I have come to visit and spend the night in is owned by an interesting and charming Hungarian/German couple who moved to France over 50 years ago.  They brought the property 25 years ago and since then it has been used to offer under privileged children and summer holiday house and more recently a romantic location for weddings. Their plans are now to offer the house for groups of cyclist. Despite the inclement weather, the

View of Mont Ventoux from the property
View of Mont Ventoux from the property

property is stunning and set in huge grounds with a swimming pool fed from an old Roman well filled from waters sourced direct from the Mont Ventoux. The 15 guest bedrooms which sleep up to 30 are basic but with good beds. Meals taken under in a canopy of trees in a beautiful court yard and on chilly nights in a beautifully converted barn. This property will generally be rented on a self-catered basis, but there is a catering service in the local village who are able to come in and provide meals for large groups.

This September, Bike Lodging, who also offer an outside catering service, will be hosting a group of 24 cyclists at this property.

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.

Mountain Bike – Auris en Oisans/ Alpe d’Huez

Auris-en-Oisans MTB trail mapNestled in a sunny position at altitude, the tiny mountain resort of Auris en Oisans is a hidden mountain bike gem, located between the relative giants of Les Deux Alpes and Alpe d’Huez. Technically part of the Alpe d’Huez ski lift system this small area sits alone during the summer months, but is easily linkable by bike with some thought and good navigational skills.

Technically the resort is regarded as a beginner or family mountain bike resort, with cheap lift tickets, around €10 for the day, with just one chairlift and only four mountain bike trails. However these trails don’t see anywhere near the traffic as the neighbouring resorts of Alpe d’Huez and Les Deux Alpes, so remain in great condition even towards the end of the season in late August.

What the chairlift does provide is access to a vast back country of deserted hidden trails to explore. Linking toAlpe d’Huez can be achieved by hitting one of the regions greatest little secret trails, via the Sarenne valley leading to the gondola in Huez village. Auris can be reached in the other direction via the Col de Cluy, either via a favorite cross country trail passing by the Alpe d’Huez Altiport, or even from the start of the Mega Avalanche at the Pic Blanc.

MTB AurisWhile riding with Alex Bickers, a UK mountain bike guide and owner of a local bike chalet, he was keen to spoil me with all sorts of deserted hidden trails, including one he refers to as the 21 bends of Auris, referring to the world famous 21 bends road cycling route to Alpe d’Huez . With a history of riding in Porte du Soleil and Chamonix back ground he was clearly delighted to now be living and working in an area where he pretty much has the mountain for himself and for his guests. With great knowledge of the area he is able to point, or guide you in the right direction to get the best from the region.

With a 9 seat minibus planned for the start of the 2015 season, he will also be able to offer uplifts to get to or be picked up from some of those more remote locations, as well as transfers over to neighboring resorts. Best of all, a hot tub is due to be installed for the beginning of the 2014/15 winter season.

MTB Alpe d’Huez and Sarenne Valley

 

Beautiful new chalet in Oz-en-Oisans

Beautiful new chalet in Oz-en-Oisans

Introducing our newest property to feature on the Bike Lodging website. This stunning modern chalet sits in the perfect location for your mountain bike holiday. Oz-En-Oisans has 2 gondola which link to the heart of the Alpe d’Huez lifts system and the Mega Avalanche.

In the monthly magazine Mountain Biking UK, Oz en Oisans was named – ‘One of the most fun, yet advanced downhill trails on the planet.’ What more could you ask for right on your chalet doorstep!

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