Alpe d’Huez is a mecca for Cycling and hosts several high profile events from La Marmotte, Tour de France and gaining in popularity the EDF Alpe d’Huez Triathlon.
In addition to the fantastic cycling, you can enjoy recovery sessions in the impressive sports complex, with swimming pools, spa, and gym for conditioning and strengthening.
La Marmotte is a one-day cyclosportive event in France, utilising some of the climbs used in the Tour de France.
The route is 174 km (108 mi) long and features more than 5180 metres of climbing. The event goes over the Col du Glandon, Col du Telegraphe, Col du Galibier and finishes at the top of one the most famous Tour de France climbs, Alpe d’Huez.
During the month of June, approximately 3,000 Dutch cyclists climb the famous road between Bourg d’Oisans and Alpe d’Huez as many time as they can in one day. Sometimes reaching 7 or 8 times in a day.
The event is organized to raise money for the KWF, a Dutch Cancer Society and this year raised 10 millions Euros.
Mountain biking in the Alps is officially one of the most exhilarating and accessible sports that you will find. Our hotels in Alpe d’Huez are in prime locations to explore the runs for all levels.
Alpe d’Huez – Mega Avalanche
The world’s greatest downhill marathon arrives every year in Alpe d’Huez in July. The festival includes: 1400 participants, 20 nations represented, 4 days training and a race that incorporates more than 4000 meters of downhill exhilaration.
Contact our resort team directly for your entrance to the race.
The Mega might not be everybody’s cup of tea and there are plenty of trails that are on offer for all levels of rider from June to August. Either hire bikes and equipment when you arrive or bring your own equipment, take the lift up and ride some of the best routes in the world, let alone the Alps
Mountain bike facts
More than 250km of tracks and 36 circuits!
Downhill tracks: 19 (120km)
Cross-country tracks: 16 123 km
Permanent downhill tracks: 3 (7 km)
Training and competition tracks for experienced downhill riders (who have a suitable bike and must wear a helmet) are located under the first section (beginners) and the second section (moderately difficult) of the Grandes Rousses DMC, beneath the Poutran cable car (experts).