The popular Dutch Charity event of the Alpe d’Huzes takes place every year during the first week in June. It is takes place on the 21 hairpin bends between Le Bourg d’Oisans and the mountain resort of Alpe d’Huez. During the two day even, up to 5000 cyclists attempt to climb the Alpe d’Huez six times in a day. Recently, walkers and hikers also take part. The event started in 2006, when six friends attempted to climb the Alpe d’Huez six times on the sixth day of the sixth month. The Alpe d’Huzes event name has been created using the word zes, meaning six in Dutch.
Over the years the event has grown from the original six member to over 5000 competitors, with thousands of family, supporters and volunteers arriving every year, to help rase millions of Euro for cancer charities.
ALPE D’HUZES Le Bourg d’Oisans – Alpe d’Huez – Distance 14km, 736m – 1850m, 1114m of height gain, average gradient 7.9%
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Other Local Events – Alpe d’Huez Region
Mega Avalanche – The Alpe d’Huez edition of the Mega Avalanche tour is the largest and most popular mountain bike event on the calendar. It is open to both professionals and amateurs, the event attracts 1000’s of mountain bike riders keen to race against the best in the world. This event takes place over three days, with a day of practice, a day of qualifying and finally the race day. Competitors start at 3300m at the Pic Blanc, beginning the race on the glacier before descending over 30km of grueling trail to the end in Allemont at 720m.
Triathlon – In late July, Alpe d’Huez hosts a three day triathlon event. It uses the Lac du Verney for the swimming stage, the classic 21 hairpin 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).
La Vaujany – This road cycling event takes place on a weekend towards the end of June, just prior to La Marmotte. It is much quieter and seen as a great warm up for the busier Marmotte the following weekend. The main event is 173km, with 4500 meters of climbing.
Alpe d’Huez Local Airports:
Lyon 154km, Geneva 205km, Grenoble 105km
Lyon 2h, Geneva 2h45, Grenoble 1h35
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WEATHER FOR THE ALPE D’HUZES:
Early June – A wonderful warm month to stay in Alpe d’Huez/Bourg d’Oisans. The cycling season is well underway and the high mountain passes are being cleared of snow. Those who fancy a training climb to surrounding iconic climbs such as the Col du Glandon or the Col du Galibier will be rewarded with high banks of snow lining the sides of the roads towards the top of the climbs.
However early June can still be changeable stormy, with even the chance of snow at higher altitudes. Much of the mountain resort of Alpe d’Huez now opens its doors early for the event, which provided plenty of much needed accommodation and facilities. However many people still chose to stay in and around Bourg d’Oisans for the best chance of warmer evenings.
Over the number of years this event has been running, there have been many beautiful hot days, that have ended in a late afternoon storm, so be prepared for all weather conditions.
June in Le Bourg d’Oisans – Average rain 84mm temp. 16C 60.8 F