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The classic 21 bends of Alpe d'Huez
Col du Serrene - Alpe d'Huez
Mega Avalanche


Alpe d'Huez - Quite simply one of the biggest names in the world of cycling and the location for the world's longest downhill mountain bike marathon, the Mega Avalanche.  Alpe d’Huez sits at around 1750m and is known as the L'iie au soleil for the impressive amounts of sunshine that it enjoys every year. The resort lift system is open from the end of June until late August. 

The resort has plenty of hotels, chalets and apartments as well as fantastic facilities for all the family. Try out the heated outdoor pool with spectacular views.

The climb from Le Bourg d'Oisans

The climb from Le Bourg d'Oisans

Single Track

Single Track

Lovely mountain restaurants

Lovely mountain restaurants


Alpe d’Huez is most famous for the 21 hairpins on the road leading from Bourg d’Oisans to the resort. However in 2013 the Col de Sarenne will be used for the first time on the Tour de France, a route which climbs further still before descending off the back of the resort in the direction of the Col du Lautaret. Other routes lead up to the picturesque Lac Besson or the balcony roads via Villard Reculas to Huez and from la Garde towards Auris. Famous cycling routes such as the Col du Galibier, the Croix de Fer and the Col du Glandon are all in reach of the resort by bike.

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The Mega Avalanche is the big draw card for the mountain biker.  However those who choose to avoid this week will be rewarded with over 250km of deserted, challenging downhill, heart in the mouth northshore, natural single track and interesting park facilities. The nine lifts give you access to a vast area for all abilities, stretching across Alpe d’Huez, Oz, Vaujany, Allemont and Auris. 

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Mega Avalanche – The Alpe d’Huez edition of the Mega Avalanche tour is the largest and most popular event on the calendar. Open to both professionals and amateurs, the event attracts thousands of riders keen to race against the best in the world. The event takes place over three days, with a day of practice, a day of qualifying and finally the race day. Competitors start at the Pic Blanc at 3300m, beginning the race on the glacier before descending over 30km of grueling trail to Allemont at 720m.

Tour De France 2015 – As arguably one of the most famous cycling climbs in the world, it is no surprise that the resort regularly hosts a stage of the Tour De France. In 2013 in honour of the 100th edition of the Tour, the 21 hairpins will be climbed twice in a day with the stage finally finishing in the resort. Once again in the summer of 2015, the Tour will be coming to Alpe d'Huez. 

La Marmotte - This annual amateur cyclosportive at the beginning of July attracts up to 8,000 competitors. The 175km route starts in Bourg d’Oisans and uses the Col du Glandon, Col du Telegraphe and Col du Galibier, and finishes in Alpe d’Huez. The Marmotte includes over 5,180m of climbing.

La Marmotte 2015 revised route – Due to a forced closure to the tunnel du Chambon, between the Col du Lautatet and Le Bourg d’Oisans, the route for La Marmotte  2015  has been changed. It will still start from Bourg and head over to the Maurienne valley via the Col to Glandon, but will now head up the  Lacets de Montvernier  before returning to the Bourg valley via the Col du Mollard and the Col de La Croix de Fer, before finally climbing the Alpe d’Huez.

Alpe d’Huzes - a fantastic Dutch fundraising event in early June to raise money for the fight against cancer. This event, started by a group of friends a few years ago, has grown rapidly to the point where it now raises millions of Euros and features on Dutch national television. Events last much of the week, with the main day usually on the Thursday, when up to 8,000 individual competitors or teams of four attempt to climb the Alpe d’Huez six times in a day. The entire 21 bend climb is packed with support from families, friends, live bands and event volunteers.

Triathlon - Towards the end of July, Alpe d’Huez hosts a three day triathlon event, using the Lac du Verney for the swimming stage, the classic climb to Alpe d’Huez for part of the cycling route, and the alpine meadows at the top of Alpe d’Huez for the running stage. Spanning three days, the event includes a juniors’ competition, a Long Distance Triathlon (2.2km swim, 115km ride and 22km run) and a Short Distance Triathlon (1.2 km swim, 30km ride and 7km run).

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