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

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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

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




Bourg d’Oisans Cycling Training Camps

Cycling training camps hosted in Bourg d’Oisans at the foot of the 21 hairpin bend climb to Alpe d’huez

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Cycling Training Camps – Le Bourg d’Oisans

This summer Bike Lodging is please to announce a number of cycling training camps located in a beautiful chalet close to the popular cycling town of Bourg d’Oisans at the foot of the climb to Alpe d’hues.

The camps will focus on training methods and personal cycling performance, with specific attention to hill climbing and defending. A qualified member of The Association of British Cycling Coaches will offer Individual coaching and daily guided rides.

At the ned of each day, relax and enjoy a post ride recovery smoothy and the facilities of a modern spa chalet.

Cycling Chalet with Hot Tub

Places are still available for the following weeks:
21st – 28th May
11th -18th June
23rd – 30th July
13th -20th August

Price rage from €480 per person bed and breakfast in a triple room to €700 per person in a shared twin/double room with half-board catering.

For more information on this chalet, visit our property page on Cycling Cols, or for information on this camp contact us at

E-Bikes Alpe d’huez and Les Deux Alpes


Electric bikes / E-Bikes / E-Fatbikes Le Bourg d’Oisans, Alpe d’Hues and on snow with at Les Deux Alpes

ebikeFor some years now the electric bike or eBike revolution has been gathering pace and is no longer limited to the elderly or unfit getting around the streets of Amsterdam. Many major bike brands have developed their own versions of E-Bike with some selling for as much as €6000 for what is fast becoming a totally new type of bike experience.

The modern E-bike is not a moped or motorbike since it still requires the rider to push the pedals. The small battery powered motors are simply there to offer a little more forward momentum to each stroke of the peddle. The amount of assistance can be easily regulated on the handle bars to match the riders fitness or different slopes. These days these bikes are significantly lighter and batteries last a good deal longer. This is having the effect of opening up vast areas of riding for those who perhaps don’t quite have 100km or 1500 meters of Alpine climbing in their legs.

Take the famous 21 hairpin bends of Alpe d’Huez. The last time I climbed it, I noticed at least three people using an e-bike. They were far from sitting back and letting the motor do all the work and looked as hot and bothered as the rest of us. These were perhaps not your regular club cyclists who have put in plenty of training, but possibly family members joining their partners for a holiday in the Alps and not wanting to miss out on the chance to take on a Tour de France climb.

v21-logo-oisans-e-bike-service-191x300The Oisans region has embraced this new craze and many local bike shops are now stocking high level E-bikes. In addition, an initiative by Bike Oisans, has encouraged local businesses to provide free park and charge points at various locations around the region. These are of course an incentive for you to visit their restaurant, bar or shop, while the bikes charge up. However who doesn’t want to plan their trip around a leisurely lunch part way through your ride in a beautiful mountain village.

Places to charge your bike for free around the Oisans

The E-Bike phenomenon is no longer limited to the road bikes. Huge advances have been made with mountain bikes, which have resulted in its own E-Bike Series,  linked to major mountain bike events across France, including the famous Megavalanche. These bikes are now ready to take you anywhere a regular enduro mountain bike can reach and still give you fantastic handling on those technical single track turns.

E-Fat Bike on Snow – Les Deux Alpes

Screen Shot 2015-12-02 at 17.32.10The E-bike has also crossed over into another pioneering branch of biking with the emergence of the Electric FatBike. These bikes with huge tires run at very low air pressure, make them great for very muddy conditions, sand or in this case snow. Les Deux Alpes has become one of the first resorts in Europe to offer a magical guided E-FatBike tours on snow around the resort. These are available two times a week, during the day for 3hours on Wednesdays, or in the evening for 2h30 on Tuesdays. The tours which include equipment and MTB guide are just €49 per person. Trips can be booked from Les Deux Alpes Guides Office, or through Sylvain on +33 (0)4 76 11 36 29

Fat bike sur Neige – Les Deux Alpes

 E-bike rental shops

Bleach Xtrem Sports – Le Bourg d’Oisans
Cycle et Sports – Le Bourg d’Oisans
Rocky Sports – Alpe d’hues

Image curtesy of Christoph Buyer

De inschrijving voor het Nederlandse liefdadigheidsevenement Alpe d’Huzes is vandaag geopend!

Inschrijvingen voor de Alpe d’Huzes 2016 zijn vandaag geopend (12-11-2016).

Alpe d’Huzes 2016

De Alpe d’Huzes verwelkomt rond de 5000 fietsers per jaar in Bourg d’Oisans/Alpe d’Huez die een poging doen de 21 haarspeldbochten van de Alpe d’Huez 6 keer te beklimmen. Het is geen wedstrijd maar een sociaal liefdadigheidsevenement wat probeert zo veel mogelijk geld in te zamelen voor onderzoek op het gebied van kanker. De Alpe d’Huzes is heel goed georganiseerd door een grote groep vrijwilligers die zorgen voor eten, medische hulpverlening, vermaak en supporters aan de kant van de weg. Since het begin in 2006 heeft men meer dan  €70 miljoun ingezameld voor het gevecht tegen kanker.

inschrijving voor Alpe d’Huzes

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Guided Mountain Bike Weekend Alpe d’Huez – October

Fantastic weekend Mountain biking with the Highlander Mountain Bike Riders of Hitchin around Alpe d’Huez.

This weekend saw the final hugely successful Bike Lodging tailor made bike holiday of the 2015 summer season. Nine mountain bikers from the Highlander MBR of Hitchin came to take on the famous 21 bends of the Alpe d’Huez and enjoy the miles of world class mountain bike trails that this resort has to offer. Over the two days of riding everyone in the group took on and completed the climb to Alpe d’Huez on their chunky mountain bikes and most completed 110km of riding with over 3000meters of climbing.

The Saturday ride, which set out in bright blue skies, started from the chalet in Venosc and made its way to Le Bourg d’Oisans via the valley trails. From here it was straight into the Alpe d’Huez climb before climbing further up above the resort to the mid station of the DMC gondola. After a well earned rest we took the group through one of the more challenging cross country routes across a plateau with a number of beautiful lakes, before descending back to the valley via Vaujany and Allemond. Thankfully the forecasted storm held off until after we were safely back in the valley. When it hit, was strong enough to leave us all a little cold and in need of a good shower and to make use of the fantastic chalet facilities. Total ride time 7hours with 4 hour of riding, 61km and 2040meters of climbing.

The chalet in Venosc, is one we regularly use, thanks to its position perfect for both road cycling around Alpe d’Huez and mountain biking in Les Deux Alpes. The 14km to the start of the Alpe d’Huez is basically the ideal warm up before taking on the climb. It also sits just a few hundred meters from the Venosc gondola station linking to the MTB and ski resort of Les Deux Alpes. The facilities, service, location and catering are all exceptional and it is extremely good value for money.

After a fantastic evening and great night sleep, the guys were keen for another good, but perhaps slightly less challenging ride. This time the weather started well and remained fantastic all day, which is not uncommon in October. Once again we took the off road trails into Bourg, this time by a different route. Here we cheated and arranged for transportation to bring the guys up to Alpe d’Huez. We still managed the beautiful climb from the resort to Lac Besson, before doubling back down the meadow trails all the way around to Villard Reculas, before hitting the challenging cross country traverse towards Oz. Here we picked up the lower part of the famous Megavalanche course all the way to the valley. Just the 40km of riding and 1000meters of climbing, however with the uplift, we were able to descend over 2400meters.

A special thanks goes to Lee and Kirsten who looked after us at the chalet so well. We look forward to arranging many more tailor made road and mountain bike trip like this for the 2016 season.

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

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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

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Bike Lodging ready to welcome the Highlander Mountain Bike Riders of Hitchin to ride Alpe d’Huez Alpe

Just a few days now before Bike Lodging host a group of mountain bike riders from the company founding member Will Corder’s home town of Hitchin for a big ride weekend on Alpe d’Huez

Bike Lodging are looking forward to welcoming a group of old and new friends to the Oisans region for a mountain bike weekend which sees the group taking on the famous 21 hairpins of Alpe d’Huez, as well as loads of fantastic single track above the resort and into the valley.

We have arranged for the group to be expertly looked after in a beautiful modern chalet in Venosc, complete with modern en-suit bathrooms, hot tub, sauna, games room and a cinema room to watch the world cup rugby. Fingers crossed the beautiful autumn weather holds.

Tunnel du Chambon – Alternative route to open October

Update 25th November 2016 – Temporary road now open – Tunnel du Chambon

It has been a long time coming, but the temporary road to replace the collapsed Tunnel du Chambon is now open. There are various restrictions in place. A new permanent tunnel on the original side of the lake is scheduled to be started spring 2016.!/dl_id/152/titre/route-chambon

The proposed route on the opposite side of the Lac du Chambon looks set to be ready by October

Construction of the new route around  Lac du Chambon

In April 2015 the Tunnel du Chambon linking Grenoble and Le Bourg d’Oisans to La Grave, the Col du Glandon, Briancon and Turin was closed due to the unstable mountain directly above. Since then, this popular cycling and ski tourist  route has been closed to all traffic. This closure resulted in the change of the routes for both the Tour de France and La Marmotte.

In July a temporary new route was agreed upon to be created on the opposite (left hand) side of the lake on an existing walking/mountain bike trail. However work on the new route is slow in places thanks to a large cliff band that sticks out into the lake. 20-30 construction workers are working to create this new road, which will primarily be one way with traffic lights for local traffic. Special measures are being discussed to cater for tourists and cyclists during holiday seasons. Completion of this new road is estimated to be by the end of October 2015.

This however is just a temporary solution and a more permanent route is being discussed.

I chatted with one of our partners today who suggested that the ferry on Lac Chambon is once again in operation and that they are letting cyclists use this service to ride up the Col Du Galibier from Le Bourg d’Oisans.

Information and image thanks to La Marie de Mont de Lans

Image of the temporary road being constructed on the left hand side of the lake