A home from home for cyclists
Alpe d’Huez is a mecca for cycling and hosts several high profile events – from La Marmotte and the EDF Alpe d’Huez Triathlon to the world-renowned Tour de France.
These events see competitors take on the leg-shredding 21 hairpin bends on two wheels from 1,450m to the resort base at 1,860m – no mean feat!
Cycling enthusiasts have flocked to the destination for years, and SkiBound Holidays welcomes fans to the hotel Vallee Blanche during the summer.
The hotel is a superb base for cycling enthusiasts with:
- route advice
- bike cleaning station
- on-site tools and racks
- locked storage
- training equipment
- local tech shop discounts
- discounted bike lift pass
Whether you’re taking on the hills or just spectating, you’ll enjoy a range of activities.
From the impressive sports complex, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, spa, sauna, mini golf, sports courts, summer luge track and gyms – there’s no end of things to do!
In the heart of the action
The iconic Alpe d’Huez mountain climb tests even the most accomplished riders, and has often shaped the outcome of the Tour de France.
- Each year up to 50,000 cyclists take on the 21-bend climb from Bourg D’Oisans to Alpe d’Huez.
- 300 cyclists per day ascend the mountain in the summer months.
- 6,000 cyclists take on the challenge of the Marmotte every year.
- The record time for completing the climb is 37 mins 35 seconds, set by Marco Pantani in 1997 – an average pace of 23.08km/h!
Summer cycling events
Le Tour de France
The world famous bike race takes place in the first three weeks of July, and sees participants take on terrain of every variety.
The Tour comes to Alpe d’Huez around the middle of July (stage 12) and attracts hundreds of visitors to the town.
La Marmotte is a one-day event in France, utilising some of the climbs used in the Tour de France. The route is 174km (108 miles) long and features more than 5,180 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 up to 8 times!
The event is organised to raise money for the KWF, a Dutch Cancer Society which last year raised 10 millions Euros.
Mountain biking in the Alps is one of the most exhilarating and accessible sports there is.
Hotels in Alpe d’Huez are in prime locations to explore the runs for all levels, and local shops provide all the gear and advice needed for a thrilling day out on the bikes.
Alpe d’Huez – Mega Avalanche
The world’s greatest downhill marathon arrives every year in Alpe d’Huez in July.
The festival includes: 1,400 participants with 20 nations represented, 4 days of training, and a race that incorporates more than 4,000 meters of downhill exhilaration.
Contact our resort team directly for your entrance to the race.
The Mega might not be for everyone, and there are plenty of trails on offer for all levels of rider. You can hire bikes and equipment when you arrive or bring your own, take the lift up, and ride some of the best routes in the world!
There are over 250km of tracks and 36 circuits including:
- 19 (120km) downhill tracks
- 16 (123km) cross-country tracks
- 3 (7km) permanent downhill tracks
Training and competition tracks for downhill riders are located under the first section (beginner) and the second section (moderately difficult) of the Grandes Rousses DMC, beneath the Poutran cable car (expert).
Event calendar 2019
06 June – Huzes https://www.bike-oisans.com/evenement/megavalanche/
01 – 04 July – La Vaujany https://www.bike-oisans.com/evenement/la-vaujany/
01 July – 31 August – Oisans col series https://www.bike-oisans.com/evenement/oisans-col-series/
07 July – Marmotte https://www.bike-oisans.com/evenement/look-marmotte-granfondo-alpes/
08 – 14 July – Mega https://www.bike-oisans.com/evenement/megavalanche/
12 – 14 July – Haute Route https://www.bike-oisans.com/evenement/haute-route-alpe-dhuez/
20 – 21 July – BRA https://www.bike-oisans.com/evenement/brevet-de-randonneur-des-alpes/
22 – 26 July – TIME Triathlon https://www.bike-oisans.com/evenement/time-triathlon-alpe-dhuez/
27 – 28 August – Haute Route https://www.bike-oisans.com/evenement/haute-route-alps-etapes-oisans/