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Cycling Holidays Le Bourg d'Oisans

France


Bourg MTB trails and road climb to Alpe d'Huez

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Nearest Airport:

Grenoble 70km, Lyon 110km, Geneva, 150km


Airport Transfer:

Grenoble 1h05, Lyon 1h35, Geneva 2h20


Nearest Train:

Grenoble


Train Transfer:

1h


Bourg d'Oisans
Popular meeting point for cyclists
Bourg d'Oisans

Town:

This sleepy valley town comes alive for six months of the year when it hosts thousands of keen cyclists. The pedestrian cobbled centre boasts a number of cycling shops with plenty of bikes for rent. Bars and restaurants are well used to the industry and most offer cyclist friendly menus with plenty of pasta and rice specials. Shops sell all types of cycling clothing and souvenirs. Busy bars spill out onto the streets with an army of Lycra clad happy cyclists sharing stories after a long day in the mountains. During the high season, the town lays on live music and events most evenings.

Alpe d'Huzes

Alpe d'Huzes


Balcony road with views over Le Bourg d'Oisans

Balcony road with views over Le Bourg d'Oisans


Alpe d'Huzes Dutch charity event

Alpe d'Huzes Dutch charity event


Biking:

Le Bourg d'Oisans is arguably the most popular centre for road cycling in the French Alps. Thanks to its location at the foot of the world famous 21 hairpin climb to Alpe d'Huez, the town attracts thousands of keen cyclists from all over the world. The 14km climb itself is neither the hardest nor longest in the world, which makes it achievable to almost everyone, but it is possibly the biggest name in the world of cycling. The climb regularly features in the Tour de France and this year (2013) will be climbed twice on the same day.

However what makes the town so special are the number of other world class cycling routes available within cycling distance, most notably the Col du Galibier 48km (via Col du Lautaret) and the Col de la Croix de Fer 39km. However these are just the tip of the iceberg and cyclists can enjoy a warren of tiny deserted roads winding through spectacular scenery and picturesque mountain villages.

Download the free Oisans Road Cycling Guide Book

Mountain biking is also popular in Bourg d'Oisans, with access to miles of valley trails stretching from Allement to Venosc as well as easy access to lift assisted trails in Alpe d’Huez and Les Deux Alpes.

Download the free Oisans Mountain Bike Guide Book

Events:

Tour De France – The Tour de France almost always comes to within close distance of the town, if not to use the Alpe d’Huez, then one of the other mountain passes easily reached by car or bike.

Alpe d’Huzes – This Dutch charity cycling event in early June, where teams of competitors aim to climb the Alpe d’Huez six times in a day, has been growing year on year since 2006 and now attracts thousands of people to the town. The event now raises close to 30 million Euros for cancer research. For the actual day of the event, the road is unofficially closed to non-event affiliated cars.

Marmotte – The Marmotte is the signature annual cycling event of the summer, welcoming 8,000 amateur cyclists to compete in this gruelling cyclosportive. The race, which starts in Bourg d'Oisans, passes over the Col du Glandon, Col du Telegraphe, Col du Galibier, before finishin in Alpe d’Huez, a total of 174km and 5180m of climbing.

Weather and Climate Le Bourg d'Oisans:

Col du Galibier in MayApril - April is a real transition month for Le Bourg d’Oisans. Alpe d'Huez is still open for skiing until the middle of the month, but the hours of sunshine are increasing rapidly in the valley. Mornings are chilly and it is possible to get snow even in the valley, so bring full winter kit. However if you get lucky with the weather, the days can be glorious. Mountain passes such as the Col du Glandon, La Croix du Fer and the Galibier will remain closed due to danger of snow and avalanche, but the Alp d’Huez, Col du Lautaret and the Col d’Ornon will generally be open, unless there is snowfall. Average rain 70mm Temp. 8.9C 48F

May - Quite an unpredictable month where you can be lucky and experience the best of spring conditions and colour, with long hot days, wild flowers exploding through the alpine meadows, or be hit by a series of spring storms. The high passes of the Col du Glandon, La Croix du Fer and the Galibier generally remain closed until late May.  Average rain 83mm temp. 12.7C 54.9C

June – A wonderful month to stay in Bourg. The town really starts to open its doors and bars are busy with happy cyclists. The days are at their longest and the weather can seriously start to warm up. The highest mountain passes should have already opened, or may be starting to be cleared. It’s a wonderful time to ride these mountain passes which sometimes have 2 or 3 meters high walls of snow lining the higher altitude routes.  Watch out for afternoon and evening storms. Average rain 84mm temp. 16C 60.8 F

July – Typically the hottest, driest and most popular month of the year, when you should be enjoying long hot days and evenings with just the lightest of cycling clothing. However don’t be complacent, especially if your venturing out on an all day trip to one of the higher mountain passes. The altitude, exposure and rapidly changing conditions in the Alps can seriously catch you out. In 1996, the Tour de France stage had to be dramatically shortened due to snow and ice on the Col du Galibier and was almost cancelled again in 2011. Average rain 57mm temp. 18.3C 64.9F

August – Quickly moves past the hottest part of the years, which is more noticeable in Bourg in the valley, particularly if you’re staying on the northern side of the valley where the sunshine hours will be already waning. The evenings will start to feel chilly. Average 75mm rain 17.8C 64F

September - During September the summer storms have generally finishes and Bourg often enters into a pattern with 2 or 3 weeks of high pressure warm sunny weather, followed buy 4 or 5 days of really rotten cold (sometimes snowy) weather. There is no way to plan for this, just hope you hit the lovely weather. If you do, you will get to experience the Alps at its absolute best. Quiet roads, the start of the spectacular Autumn colors. Average rain 82mm temp 14.9C 58.8C    

Winter MTB Ride Le Bourg d'OisansOctober – Almost all the bike tourism has stopped and the hotels are closing down, but the days remain generally dry with crisp cold morning. Watch out for ice on shady corners and wrap up warm to enjoy the amazing autumn colors. Average rain 86mm temp. 10C 50F

Winter - Few people plan a cycling trip to the region during the winter, but thanks to the Alpe d’Huez being relatively low in altitude and very south facing, it is possible to take on the 21 bends pretty much all year around so long as the most recent snowfall has melted and you have some serious winter gear. Next time you plan you ski trip to the region, why not think about a popping the road bike in the car, just incase you’re tempted by a lovely sunny day.

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