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

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

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Image curtesy of Christoph Buyer www.ebike-mtb.com

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.

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

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

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.

New Mountain bike track in Les Deux Alpes

Finally one of my favorite Mountain Bike trails (Sapins) in Les Deux Alpes has been rebuilt. Destroyed by the building of a new ski piste link back to the resort, Les Duex Alpes was without this fantastic trail through the pine forest all of last summer. This video shows some the work completed to redevelop the track and some sneak previews of on board footage to get you in the mood.
Les Deux Alpes bike park opens this weekend.

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

2015 UCI MTB World Cub Round 1 – Lourdes Pyrenees April 2015

UCI MTB World Cup Lourdes
UCI MTB World Cup Lourdes

For the weekend of 10th to 12th April Lourdes will be the first location in the Pyrenees to host what will be round one of the 2015 UCI MTB World Cup series. In 2013 the hills above Lourdes accessed by the Pic du Jer funicular hosted the French national downhill series le Coupe de France.

Spectators who line the course will get to watch the best in the world take on the mountain in male female and junior events. Access to the course is free, but spectators will have to walk up, since the funicular will be reserved for riders and officials. The Team Pits areas are a fantastic place to meet and get autographs from some of your favorite riders. Concerts and shows will be held day and night close to the pits at the bottom of the run.

The track starts at an altitude of 900meters at the top of the Pic du Jer Fanicular. It will be 2km long with an altitude drop of 477 meters. Training will be held on the Friday the 10th April with qualifying on the Saturday, before the finals on the Sunday.

Sam Hill, winner at the Meribel MTB World Cup 2014
Sam Hill, winner at the Meribel MTB World Cup 2014

Thanks to the popularity of Lourdes as a tourist destination, there are a number of options to get to the event. Tarbes/Lourdes Airport is just 15 minutes away and has flights from Stansted and Milan twice a week (Ryanair), Madrid (Iberia), Bruxelles (Jetairfly and Brussels Airlines) and Paris (various airlines).

Pau Pyrenees airport is just 50 minutes away, with flights from London city (City Jet), Paris and Lyon (AirFrance) and Marseille (Twinjet).

The train station of Lourdes is located in the city center, 4km from the World Cup site.

Lourdes is located 180km from Toulouse via A64 motorway/autoroute. Take exit n°12 to Tarbes-Ouest. Then the national route 21 brings you all the way to Lourdes.

Bike friendly accommodation in and around Lourdes:

Hotel Lourdes – Beautiful bike friendly hotel in central Lourdes with secure bike storage room. 5 minutes by car or 10 minutes by bike.

Chez Passet – Popular bike specialist Accommodation on the outskirts on Lourdes with beautiful rooms, fully equipped bike storage and workshop and a swimming pool in the uci-mountain-bike-world-cup-2014garden.

La Tarentaise – Road Biking and Mountain biking

Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise-mapLa Tarentaise region of the French Alpes offers an extraordinary location for both Mountain biking and Road cycling. Access by plane from Lyon or Geneva and by train and motorway right to the heart of the valley make this an extremely simple area to get to with your bikes. The region runs along the Isere river valley and comprises of a number of huge mountain resorts made famous for skiing in the winter and a couple of large valley towns.

Road Cycling – The region is also a popular for road cyclists, with classic routes such as the Col de l’Iseran (2764m), the highest paved road in the Alps, Col du Petit Saint Bernard (2188) and the Cormet de Roseland (1968m). In addition, spread along the valley are a number of well maintained resort access climbs to explore. The valley floor and balcony roads provide the perfect recovery day rides, to explore a number of beautiful villages and hamlets throughout the area.

6056620769_0c6bc4b7bd_oIdeal for families wanting to get their first taste of cycling in the Alps, located on the 12km stretch between Bourg St. Maurice and Aime is a flat paved piece of road dedicated to cyclists, rollerblades and pushchairs.

As well as bike related sports, the region offers hundreds of other activities to keep families, children happy for the duration of your holiday. Open air swimming pools, rafting, paragliding, summer luge, summer skiing (Tignes), hiking, swimming lakes and of course skiing throughout the winter.

999583_10151644169277911_919742052_nMountain Bike – With a large concentration of high altitude resorts, with modern lift systems most are embracing the explosion in popularity of all forms of mountain biking. Many resorts have now adapted their lift system to encourage mountain bikers with bike parks and mountain bike only trails crisscross the region.

Vast networks of interlinking resorts such as the Trois Vallee and the Paradiski offer massive amounts of varied terrain and trails to explore. Links from the valley such as the Arc en Ciel from Bourg Saint Maurice and the Moutier Meribel gondola extend the riding possibilities below the skiable level through the single track forests on the lowers slops leading to the valley.

Tignes/Val d’Isere located at the end of there valley has focused much of its attention on developing a huge selection of manmade downhill tracks with loads of interesting, jumps north shore and huge berm sections. As with most places in the Alpes single track is everywhere, but often shared with walkers, so attention must be taken during busy periods. The area is service by 5 chairlift and gondola as well as uplift services from satellite villages, all of which are FREE during the summer.

Saint Foy Tarentaise is for those who love natural, flowy, breaks off single track. Similar to the winter, this resort, with just a handful of chairlifts is ideal for those who love to head back country with a full backpack and a map.

Screen Shot 2014-03-19 at 16.24.33Les Arcs is home to some of the best cross country, single track and downhill trails in France. With an altitude drop of over 2000 meters and trails all the way into Bourg St. Maurice, the area promises trails for all level and style of rider.

La Plagne – The altitude range is from 2739m down to 690m. Recent development have seen huge advances for mountain biking in the highest parts of the domain, through the village sites, right down into the valley and along the banks of the Isère river. The area and altitude range accessible from both the summer lift system as well as free busses provides a vast area for mountain bikers to explore.

Other popular resorts in the region include Courchavel, Meribel and Val Thorens (Les Trois Vallee) and La Rosier

Guide to road cycling in the Tarentaise – Thanks to www.Saintefoy-Tarentains.com

Download Tignes/Val d’Isere MTB trail map – Thanks to http://public.tignes.net

Download Saint-Foy-Tarentaise MTB trail map – Thanks to www.saintefoy-tarentaise.com

Download Les Arcs Mountain Bike Trail map – Thanks to www.lesarc.com

Download La Plagne Mountain Bike Trail map – Thanks to www.la-plagne.com

Download Meribel/Les 3 Vallees Mountain Bike Trail map – Thanks to www.mountain-summer.meribel.net