Chalet available La Marmotte 2017

Due to a cancelation we now have a two bedroom chalet with hot tub available for the week of La Marmotte.

 

Located in the beautiful village of Venosc, just along the road from Le Bourg d’Oisans and La Marmotte start line, this is a perfect property to base your road cycling trip. Due to a recent cancelation, this property is now available for the week of La Marmotte 2017

1 Double bedroom
1 Triple room
1 Double sofa bed in the living room
Secure bike storage
Hot tub

Contact will.corder@bikelodging.com for more information

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La Marmotte – Bourg d’Oisons – Alpe d’Huez

This year La Marmotte cycling event from Le Bourg d’Oisans to Alpe d’Huez will revert back to its regular route over the Col du Galibier

gf-marmotte-iconIn 2015 damage to the Tunnel du Chambon meant the closure to the road between Bourg d’Oisans and the Col du Lautaret/Col du Galibier which subsequently forced a revised route of last summer’s La Marmotte event. Since then a temporary road has been constructed which has unofficially reopened access to this valley. This is a small road, suitable only for cars and small trucks, but contrary to local sign posting, is open to the general public. This spring will see construction start of a new tunnel to permanently replace the original Tunnel du Chambon. It is widely rumoured that the temporary road will then become a cycling only route, meaning that cyclists will no longer have to use the many dark and dangerous tunnels on the original road to the Col du Galibier.

So this year’s Marmotte will once again start in Le Bourg d’Oisans and head over the Col du Glandon, along the Maurine Valley, over the Col du Telegraph and the Col du Galibier, before finishing on the 21 hairpin bends of Alpe d’Huez, a total of 174km.

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Living room with free wifi

Due to popular demand, Bike lodging have taken on a large chalet for this long weekend and will be offering a four night catered package. Longer trips are also possible. We will be hosting the chalet and providing half-board catering, as well as a large early breakfast on the day of the race.  We also have a two bedroom chalet with its own private hot tub next door, which may be rented separately, or with the half-board catering package in the larger chalet.

For more details on this chalet or any other available properties in the area do please get in contact enquiries@bikelodging.com.

 

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Bike events 2016 Oisans, Bourg d’Oisans, Alpe d’Huez and Les Deux Alpes

2016 dates and links to road cycling and mountain bike events around the Oisans, Le Bourg d’Oisans, Alpe d’Huez and Les Deux Alpes, including the Megavalanche and La Marmotte

Image from www.bike-oisans.com

2016 Cycling Events

Alpe d’Huzes 2nd June – Bourg d’Oisans – Alpe d’Huez – Dutch charity cycling event
BRO Brevet de Randonneur de l’Oisans 19 June Allemont – La Berarde – Sportive with a choice of 4 courses
La Vaujany 26 June – Verney – Vaujany – Grand Trophee Cycling Event 174km
Prix Des Rousses – 29 June Bourg d’Oisans – Vaujany via Alpe d’Huez Grand Trophee Cycling Event 40km
La Marmotte 2nd July – Le Bourg d’Oisans – Alpe d’Huez – Granfondo Cycling Event 174km
La Grimpee de l’Alpe d’Huez 3rd July – Bourg d’Oisans – Alpe d’Huez 13km Time trial
EDF Alpe d’Huez Triathlons 24th – 29th July – Lac Verney – Alpe d’Huez
L’Alpe d’Auris 6th August – Le Bourg d’Oisans – Alpe d’Huez – Auris en Oisans Cyclosportive 50km
Les 2 Alpes Granfondo – 20th/21st August – 166km

Oisans Col Series July – August – Various local hill climbs reserved for cyclists.
Montee d’Oz – July/August every wednesday – Time trial hill climb Oz Village – Oz Resort
Montee Vers l’Alpe d’Huez – July/August every Thursday – Time trial hill climb Le Bourg d’Oisans – Alpe d’Huez

2016 Mountain Bike Events

Week end Classic’Oz derby et VTT – 2nd/3rd April – Oz en Oisans
Sarenne Snow Bike – 16th April – Alpe d’Huez – Un-timed downhill event on slopes of Alpe d’Huez
Faster than you – 23 April – Les Deux Alpes – Venosc – Downhill event on the Venosc DH track
MTB Opening Party – 17th June – Les Deux Alpes – Free Raid Classic
Mountain of Hell – 1st-3rd July Les Deux Alpes – Downhill mountain bike event
Megavalanche – 4th-10th July – Alpe d’Huez – UCC Downhill mountain bike evert
IXS European Downhill Cup 22nd-24th July – Les Deux Alpes – Crankworx Mountain bike weekend
Coupe de France de VTT – 29th-31st July – Oz en Oisans – Downhill, Cross country & Trail
Auris Bike Contest – 4th August – Auris en Oisans – Timed Downhill MTB event
Tour de Plateaux d’Empais – 21st August – La Grave
Untra Raid de la Meije – 17th/18th September – La Grave- Multi event MTB weekend

Images thanks to www.bike-oisans.com

Information and images thanks to bike-oisans.com

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

Tunnel du Chambon closed. Revised opening dates, ferry and new road

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 metres 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..

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.

The closure of the Tunnel du Chambon in April, linking Bourg d’Oisans to the Col du Lautaret and beyond, has sparked widespread discussions amongst the locals and cyclists planning to visit the region, such as when will it reopen, are they building a new road and can cyclists use the ferry to bypass the tunnel?

Tunnel du Chambon
Tunnel du Chambon

On the 10th April the Tunnel du Chambon was deemed to have an extremely high chance of collapsing and was immediately closed, with initial reopening dates suggested for early July. More recent surveys have shown that up to 100 000 m2 or 250’000 tonnes of rock are shifting around 10cm everyday, threatening collapse the entire tunnel. As such the reopening of the tunnel is very much in doubt, but the authorities hope to have a solution in place prior to the opening of the ski season in December.

Chamnon alternative routeOne of the solutions put forward, is to build a reinforced structure within the existing tunnel. However the extent of the problem has forced the local authorities to sign off on a new road on the south side of the lake, which they hope to have built by the winter. Whether they intend to build and maintain two roads up the valley, or to concentrate their efforts on building one reliable route remains to be seen.

Revised route for La Marmotte 2015
Revised route for La Marmotte 2015

The consequences of this for cycling tourism is that the only road leading from Le Bourg d’Oisans towards La Grave, Col du Lautaret, Col du Galibier and Briancon is essentially cut off. This has already lead to the rerouteing of La Marmotte Granfondo and almost certainly the  penultimate stage of the Tour de France from due to race from Modean to Alpe d’Huez over La Galibier on the 25th July. La Marmotte will now return to the Alpe d’Huez valley via the Col du Mollard and the Col de la Croix de Fer. The Tour de France is very likely to follow suit.

Kevin from Cycling Ascents taking the ferry around the Chambon
Kevin from Cycling Ascents taking the ferry around the Chambon

One of the most talked about topics amongst locals and cyclists planning a trip to the region, is the possibility of using a ferry to bypass the tunnel and get to up to the Col du Galibier. The ferry has been provided for locals stranded on the La Grave side of the tunnel to access shops and schools in Bourg d’Oisans and Grenoble. However I recently spoke to Kevin from Cycling Ascents in Bourg who, last week with some of his cycling clients, successfully used the ferry without a problem and achieved one of the most magical climbs of the Col du Galibier, thanks to almost zero traffic. However he went on to add that yesterday (21st June) his guests were turned away and told that “that due to the risk of a rockfall into the reservoir they weren’t taking anyone with bikes – only locals on business.

So officially, for the moment, the ferry is not an option for cyclists. However pressure from business owners in La Grave, at the Col du Lautaret and the Col du Galibier, that are experiencing a catastrophic effect to their trade from the closure, may force some changes here in the future.

With all this in mind, the Oisans region still has more than enough routes to keep every cyclists satisfied. Including amongst many others, routes to the following places. Col du Galibier, Col de la Croix de Fer, Alpe d’Huez and the Sarenne valley, Les Deux Alpes, Col de La Morte, Col d’Ornon and La Berarde.

double size 432x278mm masterBike Lodging is based in Le Bourg d’Oisans and helps cyclists find and book bike friendly accommodation such as that of Cycling Ascents. We still have options for La Marmotte, the final week of the Tour de France and for the Alpe d’Huez Triathlon.

Revised route for La Marmotte 2015 to use Les Lancets de Montvernier

Revised route for La Marmotte 2015
Revised route for La Marmotte 2015

Here is the official revised route map and profile for next months Marmotte cycling event. Following the forced closure to the Tunnel du Chambon for emergency repairs, authorities have had to change the course of the 2015 Marmotte. What is interesting about this years route, is that similar to the 2015 Tour de France and the 2015 Etape du Tour they will now also incorporate the short but impressive set of 18 back to back hairpin bend Lacets de Montvernier(switchbacks) of the Lacets de Montvernier. Les Lancets (French for loop or hairpin), dates back to the 1930’s and is just 4km long, with an averaging gradient of around 8%. The majority of switchbacks are concentrated to within a 2.5km stretch, resulting in a corner every 150m. Although being climbed for both the Tour de France, the Etapt du Tour and now La Marmotte, descending this road quickly is seen as a hugely technical challenge and requires great breaking and cornering skills.

Revised profile for La Marmotte 2015
Revised profile for La Marmotte 2015

 

 

 

 

 

2015 Marmotte Route confirmed after closure to tunnel du chambon

La Marmotte 2015
La Marmotte 2015

Following the forced closure of the tunnel du Chambon in April on the route between the Col du Lautaret and Le Bourg d’Oisans, organisers of La Marmotte Gran Fondo have been forced to re route the event.

As predicted locally the new route first uses the Col du Glandon and returns via the Col du Croix du Fer. The more detailed route is as follows.

Le Bourg d’Oisans (719m)
Col du Glandon (1924m)
Montvernier Hairpins (777)
Col du Mollard (1630m)
Col de la Croix de Fer (2058m)
Le Bourg d’Oisans (719m)
Alpe d’Huez (1880m)

The revised route will be approximately the same length (170km), with the same amount of vertical climbing (5100m).

Below is an unofficial map of the revised route.

View this route on plotaroute.com

 

Tunnel du Chambon open Sundays to Cyclists!

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Tunnel du Chambon – Cycling

It is being suggested that the Tunnel Du Chambon may be open to cyclists every sunday, during the current closures, so that cycling tourism can get from Le Bourg d’Oisans to La Grave and the Col du Lautaret. However the report suggests that this will only be from 10am until 12pm. I guess this will have to be a fast ride up and back, or perhaps do the Marmotte route in reverse.

If this is the case, it would suggest that it might also be possibly for the tunnel to be opened to cycling traffic for events such as the Marmotte and the Tour de France (should repairs be delayed), although no suggestion has been made.

More information to follow as it come to us.

Road closures between Le Bourg d’Oisans and the Col du Lautaret – Tunnel du Chambon

Tunnel du Chambon
Tunnel du Chambon

A major landslide risk has forced the closure of the tunnel du Chambon on the popular cycling route from Le Bourg d’Oisans to the Col du Lautaret and the Col du Glandon. Experts are expecting a minimum of three weeks closure, while works are underway. Some sources expect these closures to be significantly longer. Obvioulsy there are major concerns for local businesses and cycling tourism in the area, since this is on the route for La Marmotte in early July and the the Tour de France in late July.

Apparently the 750 meter long tunnel which has been in operation since 1935 has developed a crack measuring 60 meters, suggesting a rapid increase in the usual rate of geological movement. Overnight work was due to start on the tunnel, until the discovery of the crack forced the total closure of the road.

The tunnel is on the main route between Grenoble and Briancon and on into Italy. Alternate route to reach Briancon will be either on the south side of the Ecrins National Park, via Gap, or via the Maurienne valley and the tunnel du Frejus.

Experts are due to meet in the coming days to agree a more accurate time of the works and the eventual re opening.

Places still available for the 2015 Marmotte

La Marmotte Granfondo 2015
La Marmotte Granfondo 2015

This summer on the 4th July, the La Marmotte Granfondo Cyclosportive will once again start in the picturesque and popular cycling town of Le Bourg d’Oisan. At between 7 and 8am, over 7000 cyclists will start the race which heads in a clockwise direction over the legendary cols of the Glandon (1918m),the Telegraphe (1570m), le Galibier (2642m), le Lautaret (2057m), and finishing with the famous 21 hairpins of the Alpe d’Huez (1880m) The route is 174km long and has 5000 meters of climbing.

Typically the event sells out for individual competitors within 24 hours of registration opening in November. Some places are still available for those taking part in the Grand Trophee, where you must ride 4 or more of the sister events.

Hotel Cassini
Hotel Cassini

However some bike specialist properties pre book places for their clients and may still have places. One of these is Hotel Cassini in Freney de Oisans, located part way up the climb from Le Bourg d’Oisans in the direction of the Briancon, the Col du Lautaret and the Col du Glandon.

The hotel has 10 lovely en-suite bedrooms and the Dutch owners offer bed and breakfast or half-board catering. Free wifi is available throughout and the beautiful gardens have mountain and river views.

Currently the hotel owners still have a few Marmotte cycling packages left, which include entrance to the event. Places are limited so if you are looking to do this event, but cannot get a start number, then get in contact as soon as possible.

La Marmotte 2015
La Marmotte 2015

For more information about this or any other properties do please get in contact with us on enquiries@bikelodging.com