Good luck to everyone taking part in La Marmotte 2016

Good luck to everyone and especially all our groups dotted around the valley, taking part in La Marmotte today. 

Part of our group staying with us in Venosc at our catered chalet. 

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La Marmotte Granfondo 2016 – Le Bourg d’Oisans – Alpe d’Huez

Registration opened today for the 2016 edition of La Marmotte Granfondo, a 174km cycling event from Le Bourg d’Oisans to Alpe d’Huez.

La Marmotte 2016

La Marmotte 2016

Today, at 12am French local time, registration opened for the gruelling La Marmotte Granfondo and other Grand Trophée events such as the Mont Granfondo Ventoux, Lapebie Pyrenees and the Granfondo Saint-Tropez.

La Marmotte 176km event will take place on the 2nd July 2016 and will include over 5000 meters of climbing, starting in Le Bourg d’Oisans and passing over the Col du Glandon (1918), La Telegraph (1570), Col du Galibier (2642m), Col du Lautaret (2057m) and finishing on the famous 21 bends of Alpe d’Huez (1880m).

The course for the 2015 edition of La Marmotte was changed from its usual route due to the closure to the Tunnel du Chambon between the Col du Lautaret and Le Bourg d’Oisans. This tunnel remains closed, but a temporary alternative route is being constructed and due to open in time for the 2015/2016 winter ski season.

The 2016 route will likely revert back to the original route described above.

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Due to the huge number so of cyclists taking part in this event, hotels and other accommodation are booked up very early.

Bike lodging is based near Le Bourg d’Oisans and know the region and businesses in the area extremely well. We have complied a list of available places and posted a selection of featured accommodations of different size and style below.

Chalet 6Chalet Bourg d’Arud – (sleeps 14) Located in the valley on the popular route from Bourg to La Bérarde, this former hotel has 14 rooms, but only a license to accommodate 14 people. This makes it an ideal for groups of lads (or ladies) who all want their own rooms. The Hotel has been tastefully converted and most rooms have south facing balconies.

2013-08-10 14.16.35Ecrins Self-Catered Chalet – (sleeps 14) A brand new 6 bedroom chalet (2013) built and decorated to a very high standard is located in the picturesque hamlet of La Danchere at the entrance to the Ecrins National Park. New swimming pool and sauna foe summer 2016. €450 per night (plus €140 cleaning fee) or €75 per person per night half-board.

lauvitel-sliderLa Danchere Lodge – (sleeps 28) A great value option in a charming hotel at the entrance to the Ecrins National Park. The hotel is surrounded by beautiful gardens with a public bar, which are one of the nicest places to relax in the area after a big ride.

Their half-board price at this time would be just €65 per person per night.

10606271_10152316725816218_5514018913634195105_nChalet La Chardon – (sleeps 5) Totally renovated inside and out for 2015, this stylish little chalet in Le Bourg d’Arud is perfect for a small group of friends. It sleeps 5 in two bedrooms 1 double bedroom and a triple with a bunk and a single. It has a good size modern kitchen and living/dinning room with wood burning stove. Outside is a small closed off garden and eating area. It sits 300 meters from the gondola link to Les Deux Alpes and close to the local swimming pool, play ground, tennis courts and treetop adventure park. €800 per week

IMG_2535Apartment Les Cristallieres – (sleeps 6/7) 2 bedroom (+ mezzanine) apartment in the centre of the beautiful mediaeval village of Venosc. Bedroom 1 has a double bed and the second has 2 sets of bunks. The mezzanine has a further single bed. It has a very light open plan living room with dinning and kitchen, plus secure storage for bikes and skis. €800 per week


Hotel Cassini –  (sleeps 24) High quality Dutch owned hotel in the heart of cycling and mountain bike country between Alpe d’Huez and Les Deux Alpes. 5night package in standard double en-suite room €520 per person for half-board.

Chalet Maitreya – (sleeps 19) Perfect positioned Chalet for road cycling with famous Cols on the doorstep as well as the lift system for mountain biking. Our hot tub, sauna and great food make it complete. Half-board €71 per person per night. Minimum 5 nights booking.

Chalet Lingayoni – (sleeps 26) Perfect positioned Chalet for road cycling with famous Cols on the doorstep as well as the lift system for mountain biking. Our hot tub, sauna, great food and charming chalet make for an unforgettable holiday. Half-board €71 per person per night. Minimum 5 nights booking.

Le Bourg d’Oisans Studio – (sleeps 2) A beautifully renovated studio with vaulted ceilings on the ground floor of a stone farmhouse. Comfortable double or twin beds. Sofa bed. Modern separate bathroom with extremely good shower. Kitchinette, table and chairs. UK Freeview Television with DVD player. The studio also has access to a secure bike shed and workshop. €500 per week.

Screen Shot 2013-08-05 at 12.34.36Auberge La Douce Montagne – is located in the valley at the start of the climb to the col du Glandon and Croix de Fer and just 10km from the bottom of the climb to Alpe d’Huez. The hotel is full, but they have some chalet and apartments available.

For help with these or any other properties in the area, do please get in contact with us on




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Tunnel du Chambon

Tunnel du Chambon – Alternative route linking Bourg d’Oisans and the Col du Galibier almost finished

The temporary route being built to replace the closed Tunnel du Chambon is near completion and should be ready in time for the 2015/2016 winter season. Since April 2015, the Tunnel du Chambon has been out of action, closing the road between Grenoble and Le Bourg d’Oisans from La Grave, Col du Lautaret, Col du Galibier and Briancon. The temporary alternative route is being built on the other side of the lake and will feature a 400 meter stretch of single carriageway with traffic lights. It is expected that the road will suffer from closures during the winter due to a high risk of avalanches. A more permanent tunnel has been proposed on the original side of the lake, cut deeper into the mountain. 

Tunnel du Chambon

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Mont Ventoux to feature in 2016 Tour de France

Velonews.comperitor Tour de France on Mont Ventoux

Velonews.comperitor Tour de France on Mont Ventoux

Rumours such as those published in Velonews.competitor have suggested that the Mont Ventoux will once again feature in the 2016 Tour de France. The race will start on the 2nd of July and very likely follow an anti-clockwise direction meaning that this stage will probably feature in the second week, with the Pyrenees and possibly Andorra completing the final mountain stages in week three.

The last time the Mont Ventoux was used in the Tour de France, Chris Frome this years Tour winner took charge of the 2013 tour by winning on the “Giant of the Provence” and going on to win his first Tour.

Hotel Malaucene

Hotel Malaucene

Competition for accommodation in the area will be fierce for this week, so make sure you get in contact as soon as possible.

Here at Bike Lodging we can highly recommend a number of bike friendly places which feature on our Mont Ventoux Accommodation page, such as one of our favourite Hotels in Malaucene at the foot of the Mont Ventoux.

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Studio available – La Marmotte – Les Bourg d’Oisans


Studio close to Bourg d’Oisans available for La Marmotte

Due to a last minute cancellation, our own studio attached to our beautiful stone home close to Bourg d’Oisnas, has just become available from tomorrow (Sunday 27th July until 5th July) the week of La Marmotte. We have cut the price to just €400 for the week, or €65 per night with  minimum of 3 nights reservation. The studio is just along the valley (9km) from the start line of La Marmotte in our pretty hamlet called Les Gauchoirs, which is a commune of Le Bourg d’Oisans.

Studio bedroom
Double or twin beds

The studio has a double or twin beds, TV, with freeview English language television, wireless internet, a kitchenette, separate shower room, table chairs, sofa, outside furniture, BBQ and access to our secure bike shed and workshop.

If anyone were interested in a last minute entry to La Marmotte, we may also be able to help here.

Self-contained studio on ground floor of our family house.

If you’re interested in booking this studio, or have any questions, please get in touch on

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Tunnel du Chambon closed. Revised opening dates, ferry and new road

The closure of the Tunnel du Chambon in April, linking Bourg d’Oisans to the Col du Lautaret and beyond, has sparked widespread discussions amongst the locals and cyclists planning to visit the region, such as when will it reopen, are they building a new road and can cyclists use the ferry to bypass the tunnel?

Tunnel du Chambon

Tunnel du Chambon

On the 10th April the Tunnel du Chambon was deemed to have an extremely high chance of collapsing and was immediately closed, with initial reopening dates suggested for early July. More recent surveys have shown that up to 100 000 m2 or 250’000 tonnes of rock are shifting around 10cm everyday, threatening collapse the entire tunnel. As such the reopening of the tunnel is very much in doubt, but the authorities hope to have a solution in place prior to the opening of the ski season in December.

Chamnon alternative routeOne of the solutions put forward, is to build a reinforced structure within the existing tunnel. However the extent of the problem has forced the local authorities to sign off on a new road on the south side of the lake, which they hope to have built by the winter. Whether they intend to build and maintain two roads up the valley, or to concentrate their efforts on building one reliable route remains to be seen.

Revised route for La Marmotte 2015

Revised route for La Marmotte 2015

The consequences of this for cycling tourism is that the only road leading from Le Bourg d’Oisans towards La Grave, Col du Lautaret, Col du Galibier and Briancon is essentially cut off. This has already lead to the rerouteing of La Marmotte Granfondo and almost certainly the  penultimate stage of the Tour de France from due to race from Modean to Alpe d’Huez over La Galibier on the 25th July. La Marmotte will now return to the Alpe d’Huez valley via the Col du Mollard and the Col de la Croix de Fer. The Tour de France is very likely to follow suit.

Kevin from Cycling Ascents taking the ferry around the Chambon

Kevin from Cycling Ascents taking the ferry around the Chambon

One of the most talked about topics amongst locals and cyclists planning a trip to the region, is the possibility of using a ferry to bypass the tunnel and get to up to the Col du Galibier. The ferry has been provided for locals stranded on the La Grave side of the tunnel to access shops and schools in Bourg d’Oisans and Grenoble. However I recently spoke to Kevin from Cycling Ascents in Bourg who, last week with some of his cycling clients, successfully used the ferry without a problem and achieved one of the most magical climbs of the Col du Galibier, thanks to almost zero traffic. However he went on to add that yesterday (21st June) his guests were turned away and told that “that due to the risk of a rockfall into the reservoir they weren’t taking anyone with bikes – only locals on business.

So officially, for the moment, the ferry is not an option for cyclists. However pressure from business owners in La Grave, at the Col du Lautaret and the Col du Galibier, that are experiencing a catastrophic effect to their trade from the closure, may force some changes here in the future.

With all this in mind, the Oisans region still has more than enough routes to keep every cyclists satisfied. Including amongst many others, routes to the following places. Col du Galibier, Col de la Croix de Fer, Alpe d’Huez and the Sarenne valley, Les Deux Alpes, Col de La Morte, Col d’Ornon and La Berarde.

double size 432x278mm masterBike Lodging is based in Le Bourg d’Oisans and helps cyclists find and book bike friendly accommodation such as that of Cycling Ascents. We still have options for La Marmotte, the final week of the Tour de France and for the Alpe d’Huez Triathlon.

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2 bedroom chalet available for Alpe d’Huez Tour de France week


2 bedroom chalet available for 3rd week of Tour de France
Chalet available 3rd week of Tour de France

Due to another cancellation for €800/wk, we now have available, this beautiful two bedroom chalet in Bourg d’Arud, just along the valley from Le Bourg d’Oisans and the start of the climb to Alpe d’Huez. Totally renovated in 2014, the chalet has a modern kitchen and charming living room, a double and a triple bedroom with one IMG_0885modern bathroom. It also have a large sunny terrace with views over the Ecrins National Park. The chalet is ideal for a small family or a group of friends. It is a short walk from an open air swimming pool, tennis courts, tree top adventure trail, bars and restaurants, small campsite shop with freshly baked bread and the gondola link to the mountain resort of Les Deux Alpes with summer skiing and the vast network of mountain bike trails.

Tour de France 2015
Tour de France 2015

However the position is of particular interest to road cyclists thanks to the proximity to the foot of the Alpe d’Huez and various other famous climbs. The property has just become available again from the 19th – 26th, thanks to a recent cancellation. During this week, it will be possible to ride to three different location to watch the Tour de France on three different stages. In locations such as the Col du Morte, Allemont, the Col du Glandon, the Col de la Croix du Fer and of course the Alpe d’Huez.

The price for these seven nights self-catering would be just €800.

For more information, or to make a booking, contact us on

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Good Luck (success) to everyone taking part in the Alpe d’Huzes tomorrow

Alpe d'Huzes 2015

Alpe d’Huzes 2015

A huge good luck (success) to all those taking part in the Alpe d’HuZes tomorrow. Hope it not too hot and the afternoon storms hold off.

The Alpe d’Huzes started around a similar time that we moved to the Bourg d’Oisans Alpe d’Huez region in 2007 and we have seen it grow from a group of friends attempting to climb the 21 bends of Alpe d’Huez 6 times in a day, to its peak of over 8000 people taking part and raising millions of Euro for there cancer based charity. Now slimmed down to a manageable 5000 the region welcomes thousands more with an army of volunteers of marshals, caterers, medical staff, support/safety motorbike riders and of course family and friends.

Good luck for tomorrow.

Will Corder – Bike Lodging

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Tour de France 2015 Modane – Alpe d’Huez. Closures to the Tunnel du Chambon

Possible alternative route for the penultimate stage of the 2015 Tour de France

Possible alternative route for the penultimate stage of the 2015 Tour de France

With the reopening date for the Tunnel du Chambon tentatively set for the 10th of July, organisers of the Tour du France will have to have an alternative route in the back of their minds.

After the closure of the Tunnel du Chambon in April for technical reasons, the route connecting the Col du Galibier with Bourg d’Oisans and Alpe d’Huez has been total cut off. With the penultimate stage of the 2015 Tour du France from Modane to Alpe d’Huez set for the 25th July, it wouldn’t take a huge delay for the tunnel repairs to effect this stage. For this reason event organisers must have a plan B in place should this route still be closed.

This is not something that organisers are not used to, since snowfall at altitude has been known to change stage routes at the last minute in the past.

The most likely alternative route would see riders heading back down the Maurienne Valley and back over the Col de La Croix de Fer, before passing through Allemont and on to Bourg d’Oisans and up the Alpe d’Huez.

Which ever route is taken, the atmosphere on there Alpe d’Huez promises to be electric, with thousand of cycling fans lining this famous 21 bends.

For available accommodation close to this stage, contact the team at Bike Lodging.

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Wegafsluitingen Le Bourg d’Oisans – Lautaret en de impact op La Marmotte

Latest news about the tunnel du Chambon road closures in Dutch.

Laatste nieuws over de tunnel du Chambon wegafsluitingen in het Nederlands.

Tunnel du Chambon wegafsluitingen

Tunnel du Chambon wegafsluitingen

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