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

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

Images thanks to www.bike-oisans.com

Information and images thanks to bike-oisans.com

Les Deux Alps Bike Park opening weekend

Les Deux Alpes MTB
Les Deux Alpes MTB

This weekend see the opening of Les Deux Alpes lift system, bike park and summer skiing.

To mark the start of the season, Les Deux Alpes host the La Free Raid Classic Opening Party on 19th 20th 21st June. Formerly called the Free Raid Classic, this event is offering the first 600 riders exclusive use of the lifts system on this Friday the 19th prior to opening to the public on the the Saturday.

This year to go with the usual events and live music put on by the resort, the event coincides with the Summer solstice and Fete de La music. On this night all across France, live music, bands and DJ’s spill out onto the streets for an all night party.

MTB OPENING PARTY – FRIDAY 19th JUNE 2015

With a 1-day MTB pass
+ «MTB OPENING PARTY» race number plate
+ lunch
+ dinner
+ free gift: personalised Les 2 Alpes / Giant pedals
+ concert
Price: 50€ per person

The MOON – SATURDAY 20th JUNE 2015

For an unforgettable experience Les Deux Alpes and the Diable restaurant have teamed up to offer ‘The Moon’ event, where after a fantastic dinner at the restaurant an exclusive group of riders get to desend back to the resort on the diable traxck by moon light.
With an MTB pass for the journey up the mountain in the Diable ski lift
+ dinner
+ supervision provided by qualified instructors who will ensure your safety throughout
To take part in the MOON you must be over the age of 18.
Price: 30€ per person

Price for both the MTB OPENING PARTY – FRIDAY 19th JUNE 2015 and The MOON – SATURDAY 20th JUNE 2015

Price: 80€ per person

Price for all three days days mountain biking with discounts

Price: 82€ per person

Price for all three day of the opening party, including the Moon experience on the Saturday night

Price: 112€ per person

Click here to book your event

Back country mountain bike trails in Les Deux Alpe

ImageLes Deux Alpes is fast emerging as a world class destination for downhill mountain biking. Other resorts such as those in Les Portes duSoleil boast expansive areas covering hundreds of kilometers, but few resorts have quite the length of lung busting bone shaking and calf burning runs that can be found in Les Deux Alpes. None more so that the Mountain of hell trail which is raced in early July in a rodeo style mass start event from the top of the Glacier at around 3300 meters all the way down to Vensoc at 800meters.

However Les Deux Alpes is not just about full-face helmets and body armor. With a little local knowledge there are a number of deserted single track trails which drop off the back of the resort in all directions.

From the top of the Vallée Blanch chairlift, all of the official trails head back towards the resort. However after a 5 minute ride up to the top of the ridge it is possible to drop off the back of the resort with views down towards the Romanch valley and Bourg d’Oisans. The first part of the track is a little technical and steep, but this soon levels off slightly into flowy alpine switchback. This eventually drops onto another hiking trail by a small shelter and water trough. At this point take a right and avoiding any livestock, enjoy fast single track through the pastures towards a small alpine restaurant. From here you can pick up signs which bring you back to the Mont du Lans chairlift (part of the Les Deux Alpes system). Alternatively head onto the village of Ponetail and a lovely forested trail which spits you out on the main road between Le Bourg d’Oisans and Les Deux Alpes. Here it is as short ride on the road down to the turning to Venosc., where you can either take this road all the way back to the Venosc gondola or, after a few kilometers, peel off to the right towards Le Sarrat and pick up the valley trail which leads all the way along the river back to the gondola.

ImageAnother interesting backcountry ride starts from the mid station of the Jiandri Express gondola where you pick up a trail towards La Fee. This was once an official track, but was no longer on the piste map in the 2013 season. However there is still a walking track which leads down to La Fee restaurant. From here it is possible to turn left onto what is the winter ski piste back to Thuit Crêtes chairlift. However if you follow a less trodden switchback around to the right down to a small stone building you will find an often over grown track heading off further down the mountain. Early in this trail you will find quite an exposed section of technical slick rock. Its one of those sections that is quite intimidating, but if sessioned a little can be achieved by good riders. After crossing a small river, the trail climbs a little and then traverses the mountain with some exposed sections on the left. Once through this the trail become particularly fun through high alpine meadows and then down through switchback section in the forest. The trail ends in the hamlet of Cuculet from where it is a relatively easy ride back to the chairlift in Mont de Lans.

ImageFor a more challenging trail it is possible to ride up from the mid station of the Jiandri Express to the top of the Toura chairlift (unfortunately closed in the summer). From the top of the chairlift you climb just a little further to the ridge, from where there is a little know trail which leads down towards St Chistophe and eventually Plan du Lac before taking the road back to the gondola in Vensoc.

As is often the case with this sort of back country trail finding, it is easy to lose your way, so taking a local guide is advisable. Here at Bike Lodgeing, we can help you find a guide as well as suitable accommodation in Les Deux Alpes.