Alpe d’Huez Triathlon

EDF Alpe d’Huez Triathlon 2017

Alpe d'Huez Triathlon
Former guests meeting up with Chrissie Wellington at the 2008 Alpe d’Huez Triathlon

Get in Shape for the 2017 Alpe d’Huez Triathlon

Spring has definitely sprung. Cyclists and runners are out are all over the Bourg d’Oisans/Allemond valley enjoying the warm sunshine and working on some early season fitness. Its time to look forward to the summer and one of Le Bourg d’Oisans/Alpe d’Huez most popular events, the 12th edition of the EDF Alpe d’Huez Triathlon. This year the event takes place from the 24th – 28th of July and will feature the usual long and short courses, as well as a run and ride Duathon and child events.

The Triathlon Format

The basic format of the adult events are a swim in the beautiful Lac du Verney reservoir above Allemond. Followed by a cycling stage, which ends by climbing the 21 hairpin bends of Alpe d’Huez. Finishing with a run at altitude around the ski field of Alpe d’Huez. It is widely considered one of the toughest Triathlons due to the cycling stage up the Alpe d’Huez and the altitude for the running stage.

For more information on this event and registration go to the Event Website

Chalet Freeride Venosc – Group bookings catered or self-catered accommodation. Still available for dates over the Triathlon weekend. Contact Will at will.corder@bikelodging.com

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

 

Bike Lodging take on their own catered bike & ski hotel/chalet

During 2016, Bike Lodging will be running their own bike and ski hotel/chalet in Venosc, close to Les Deux Alpes, Le Bourg d’Oisans and Alpe d’Huez.

This property which comfortably sleeps group of up to 14 is perfect for road cyclists wishing to explore the roads around Alpe d’Huez, the Col du Glandon and the Col de La Croix du Fer, as well as for mountain bikers riding in the neighbouring mountain resort of Alpe d’Huez.

This former hotel has been converted into a more homely chalet style, with a large communal living room and dinning area. It retains the former bar area, which mikes a nice place to socialise after a tough day on the slopes or bike. The chalet comes with a modern, industrial style kitchen, which can be used by guests when rented self-catered, or looked after by our catering staff and host for catered holidays.

The hotel actually has 14 bedrooms, but is officially limited to just 14 guest thanks to some French red tape. Most of these bedrooms have south facing balconies. This however makes it a great property for groups of friends who might prefer to have their own room. There is also a large secure bike and ski storage rooms.

During the summer meals may be taken on the terrace in front of the building. There is a municipal open air swimming pool  a short walk away (open from mid June till end of August).

Cycling from Venosc – The property is just 14km from Le Bourg d’Oisans and the start of the climb to Alpe d’Huez. Its also a great starting position to ride to Col du Galibier, the Col du Glandon and the Col du Le Croix du Fer. The chalet will also be idea for groups looking to take part in local events such as La Marmotte, Alpe d’Huzes, La Vaujany and the Alpe d’Huez triathlon. Your local chalet host will also provide you with a cycling guide book for the region and be happy to point out some of the lesser known, but beautiful cycling routes in the area.

During late June, July and August, bikes make be taken on the Venosc gondola to Les Dexu Alpes, providing a short cut to the Col du Galibier and the Sarenne Valley.

Road cycling routes in Oisans

The chalet is located right on the popular cycling route to La Berarde. This is a must do ride into the heart of the Ecrins National Park. The ride along a quiet mountain road takes you along the beautiful Veneon river valley and passes a number of beautiful huge waterfalls and picturesque alpine villages.

Le Bourg d’Oisans – La Berarde

Mountain Biking from Venosc – The chalet sits just a couple of hundred meters form the bottom of the Venosc mountain biker downhill track and the gondola link back to Les Deux Alpes. The Les Deux Alpes Bike Park will be open from 18th June until the 27th August 2016. The bike park features 91km of specially designed mountain bike trails located between 3200meters and 720meters. It has 18 separate downhill tracks and 6 specially adapted lifts to carry you bike. The resort is designed with a wide variety of slopes of all levels and features, table top jumps, north short, pump tracks and a slope style area. The Venosc gondola which gives you access to the resort of Les Deux Alpes is open from 8am until 20h.

Les Deux Alpes Bike Park

This chalet will be hosted by Will Corder, who previously ran the successful Ecrins Lodge, just down the road and gained extremely favourable reviews on Tripadvisor for his catering and general personality and professionalism running the chalet.

Will Corder – Ecrins Lodge on Trip Advisor

This property may be rented self-catered, bed and breakfast as well as with half-board catering and a full chalet hosting service.

La Marmotte

Next summer over the weekend of La Marmotte, Bike Lodging will be running a long weekend catered holiday package for  guests who can only make it out to the region for a few days. Most hotels in the region ask for a minimum of seven nights stays for these peak weeks. However we appreciate that many of those taking part in La Marmotte, prefer not to spend days cycling in the region prior to the even, when they should be resting. Many prefer to fly in at there last minute with fresh legs for the race and then leave soon after. So we will be running a catered chalet service, with an early breakfast the morning of the event as well as helping with logistics of getting back from the even at the end of the day. Please enquire for details.

Winter skiing in Les Deux Alpes

This winter we will also be taking bookings for self-catered and catered ski holidays for skiing trips to Les Deux Alpes. Located just a couple of hundred meters form the Venosc gondola linked to the ski resort of Les Deux Alpes, this is a great location for a budget ski trip to the Alpes.

10% off ski rental in Les Deux Alpes

The property has just four comunal bath/shower rooms, and no en-suite bedrooms.

New Bike Lodging Orange 5 Mountain Bike – Velocitybike store and DC Cuctom Velos

Brand new custom designed and built Orange 5 just received from Velocity Bike Store and DC Custom Velos complete with Bike Lodging branding.

Orange5Orange5.BikelodgingBike Lodging are excited to receive ownership of a custom branded Orange 5 27.5″ mountain bike from our friends at Velocity Bike Store and DC Custom Velo’s. Of course this is for advertising  purposes only and will only be used for marketing campaigns and never for fun, by me on our 250km of marked single track in our local resort of Alpe d’Huez. Almost never.. Occasionally. OK I’m off for a ride right now.

VelocitybikestoreVELOCITY BIKE STORE is one of Galway’s fastest growing bike shops and prides itself on it’s ability to provide what can only be described as world class customer care.

VELOCITY BIKE STORE in Galway have created something very unique and customer based. The shop serves it’s purpose as a retail outlet but more importantly it is a social hub where cyclists and bike lovers not only from Galway but across Ireland, can come together, chat, browse, socialise, learn and make new friends.

Dan DC customVELOCITY introduced DC CUSTOM VELOS as it’s in-house customiser back in August 2014. DC was originally an online bike shop based in France setting a completely new standard on how online bike shops should operate as far as customer care, attention to detail and one off custom bicycle builds go.

Due to DC’s  success and reputation VELOCITY BIKE STORE in Co. Galway asked them to be their in house customising team to offer their services to the clients of the shop and other riders across Ireland.

They now specialise in custom bicycle builds, bike customisation, group sets, parts, wheel sets, in house wheel builds and bike accessories, bringing a breath of fresh air to old school way of running a bike shop! They are one of the only independent bike shops in Ireland that operate with this level of specialised care and attention to detail.

DC customFor those wanting something a little bit special, they have a Custom Clients Lounge above the shop in a calm, relaxing and inspirational environment away from the hustle and bustle of the shop floor. There Mark and Dan can take the time to sit down with you and go over your specialist build and come up with a bike that not only rides great but looks great too… we all want a bike that turns heads and gets people talking!

Tring Velo Club – Bedoin Mont Ventoux – Cycling Trip

Tring Velo Club visit Bedoin for their annual cycling trip to take on the Mont Ventoux

We are just back from a successful tailor made cycling trip hosted by Bike Lodging for the Tring Velo Club at the beautiful Domaine de Pins between Crillon Le Brave and Bedoin in the shadow of the Mont Ventoux.

At the Summit of Mont Ventoux 1912m from Bedoin 1617 m elevation gain over 21,8 km

Bike Lodging recently had the pleasure of hosting a group of 28 cyclists close to Mont Ventoux this weekend, some of whom became members of the Club des Cingles, by climbing the Mont Ventoux three times in a day. The Domaine, dominated by the impressive peak of Mont Ventoux, surrounded by spectacular grounds, is a perfect location for groups of up to 30 people. It can be rented self-catered, or as in this case, Bike Lodging can arrange catering and hosting services, to take care of you during your trip. In addition the price for a group like this is considerably less that those found when using one of the local hotels.

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.

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

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.

Studio available La Marmotte – Bourg d’Oisans

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Studio close to Bourg d’Oisans available for La Marmotte

Due to a last minute cancellation, our own studio attached to our beautiful stone home close to Bourg d’Oisnas, has just become available from tomorrow (Sunday 27th July until 5th July) the week of La Marmotte. We have cut the price to just €400 for the week, or €65 per night with  minimum of 3 nights reservation. The studio is just along the valley (9km) from the start line of La Marmotte in our pretty hamlet called Les Gauchoirs, which is a commune of Le Bourg d’Oisans.

Studio bedroom
Double or twin beds

The studio has a double or twin beds, TV, with freeview English language television, wireless internet, a kitchenette, separate shower room, table chairs, sofa, outside furniture, BBQ and access to our secure bike shed and workshop.

If anyone were interested in a last minute entry to La Marmotte, we may also be able to help here.

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Self-contained studio on ground floor of our family house.

If you’re interested in booking this studio, or have any questions, please get in touch on enquiries@bikelodging.com