Market Town of Bourg d'Oisans sits at the bottom of Alpe d'Huez
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Frequently Asked Questions

How long will it take me to ride up Alpe d'Huez ?

This is probably the question that we get asked the most. Its impossible to answer because it really depends on your fitness. The fastest guest we have had has completed it in 48 minutes. The slowest nearly 3 hours. Anything under one hour is considered good. The average time for our guests tends to be 75 minutes and the time to beat is that of the singer Sheryl Crow who competed it in 90 minutes.

How fit do I need to be ?

Please visit our individual tours or day rides for more information

Non Riders

During the summer months there is plenty to do in the area. Non riders are welcome to join the tours for the same price as the riders. Where possible we will accommodate them in the day to day running of the tours. However our priority is towards the cycling group.


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How do we get to Bourg d'Oisans

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What do we get for Breakfast in Bourg d'Oisans ?

If you are staying on a bed and breakfast or cycling holiday in Bourg d'Oisans we will make sure you have plenty to eat in the morning.

What type of bike do I need ?

The mountains here are long and steep and they are pretty difficult to avoid. We would suggest a good quality road bike with either a triple or double compact chainset. We have had people with standard chain rings but unless you are a very strong rider we would not recommand this.

I don't like flying are there alternatives ways to get to you?

You can catch a train and we can pick you up from Grenoble Train Station. If you are coming from the UK you can use the Bike Express coach service and again we can pick you up in Grenoble. You can of course also drive your car or van as there is ample parking near our house.

What is the best Airport to fly to for Bourg d'Oisans ?

We recommend flying to Lyon or Geneva airport for more information click here. From here there are bus and train services to Grenoble Station where we can pick you up for an additional fee. If you prefer you can also catch the local bus service from Grenoble station to Bourg d'Oisans station

What spares do I need to bring ?

Our garage and PROMPT.CC shop in Bourg d'Oisans is pretty well equipped with tools that you will need but you should bring the basic supply of inner tubes, patches, a pump, and a multi-tool. You should also bring spares and tools specific to your bike such as a rear mech hanger.

What else do I need to bring to ride?

We would suggesting having insurance both for your bike and yourself. We would also recommend a road helmet , gloves and glasses. Sun cream is also a good idea as the summer days are long and hot and you will be in exposed areas with little shelter for long periods of time

What is the weather going to be like ?

This part of the Alps can get very hot in the summer but the weather at the top of the mountain is changeable. It can be hot in the valley and wet at the summit. We recommend you bring a waterproof coat and more than one change of kit. Plus arm and leg warmers. Bourg d'Oisans has a laundrette.

What is the French for fettle ?

Bidouiller. Apparently!

Do you cater for Triathletes ?

Yes we do - and we have a specific week for the Alpe d'Huez Triathlon.

Do we cater for special diets / vegetarians ?

Yes, we do but you need to let us know when booking. This also applies if you have any allergies.

Women riders ?

Yes, of course. Please note that accommodation is based on shared rooms and where possible we sleep guests of the same sex together, but we cannot guarantee a women or men only room.

I am on holiday in Bourg d'Oisans can I come out for the day ?

Yes - in fact if you are just passing through and want a couple of nights staying and riding then contact us and we will see what we can do. In addition we also offer supported day rides

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