2014 French Alps Road Cycling Trip

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  • Premier Icon wallop
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    What’s the reasoning for hiring a bike rather than taking your own?

    For my 50th Birthday I am planning a trip to France to take in some if the iconic climbs in the French Alps. I probably will hire a bike over there and hope to do at least 3 or possibly 4 over a four day period. Should I choose one of the guided tours or just plan my own trip. Any advice and experiences would be much appreciated.

    RickyRah
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    I would take my own. I could think of nothing worse than climbing for 1-2 hours on a bike I wasn’t comfortable on.

    We had a week in the Alps last summer. Cheap flights to Geneva and then got a hire car for the week. I don’t think you need guided tours to ride on the road. Just do a bit of research – it’s the best bit! There are some truly amazing and unusual climbs out there.

    There’s some decent enough hire bikes in Bourg De Osians, which just so happens to be the start of loads of the climbs, Alp D’Huez, Croix de Fer, Croix de Glandon, Alp D’Huez, Col du Galibier, the Marmotte route etc.

    Its very easy just to plan your own routes, its not like MTB’ing where everything’s hidden away, and theres lots of cafes and stuff on the routes.

    I’d take your own bike if you’re riding for 4 days. Hiring seems to make more sense when its not a cycling holiday but you still want to get a ride in one day.

    Just thought it would be easier to hire a bike heard you can get some real quality bikes and can’t be doing with the hassle of get a bike bag/box or packing my own up.

    Edukator
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    Hiring seems an excellent idea given the way airlines treat bikes. Take your own saddle and accurately measure saddle height and distance behind BB then any bike feels ok.

    I’ll add the Isoard and Iseran to the list.

    Premier Icon beej
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    Another couple: Madeleine, Cime de la Bonette.

    recipher
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    Velovation.

    jonk
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    Bourg De Osians is an ace base camp for roadies not that i am one like…..

    Premier Icon Haze
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    Col d’Izoard is beautiful, can be done in a big loop from Briancon down to Guillestre then up and over.

    Stunning riding all over, can’t wait to go back.

    I’d certainly think more about taking your own bike, stick it on the rack and drive down…if there’s someone to share the driving you’re laughing 🙂

    juan
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    Cime de la Bonette.

    From bourg d’Oz, wow good luck with that. Make sure you bring a small rear light though. Road tunnel are deadly.

    Try Velovation, they’re based in Morzine.

    Or Bourg D Oisans is a good base.

    Premier Icon peteimpreza
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    Drive to Le Bourg d’Oisans with your own bike.

    The day you arrive do the Col d’Ornon to get the journey out of your legs.

    Day 1 Alpe d’Huez
    Day 2 La Berade
    Day 3 Cols du Glandon and Crok de Fer
    Day 4 Col du Galibier via the Col du Lauteret

    You won’t need to use your car at all whilst you are there to do these rides.

    Eat well at the Tir Buchon.

    Sip coffee and get free WiFi at the Cafe des Negotiants

    If you want a suggestion for an apartment drop me am email(in profile)

    Premier Icon Haze
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    And of course, Galibier from the Telegraphe side…

    Plenty to go on there perhaps driving over us not a bad idea or even the train hoping to get a few buddies along so will keep all options open.

    Driving for four days is probably not worth it. Flying much easier. Although it depends where your based. I drove from Cumbria to Ventoux this year, that was too far. London to Morzine wouldnt be so bad though.

    Premier Icon beej
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    Cime de la Bonette.
    From bourg d’Oz, wow good luck with that. Make sure you bring a small rear light though. Road tunnel are deadly.

    Not suggesting from Bourg, I did it from Risoul on the way to Auron. It’s a nice climb, mental last km.

    Traveling from North Wales so would be easier to fly prefer the option if hiring bikes, I know a couple who hired great bikes with DI2 in Italy so bound to be similar options in France.

    Premier Icon peteimpreza
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    I will be in Bourg d’Oisans a week tomorrow , I will check out the hire bikes if you want.

    another +1 for velovation. had an excellent 3 days with them in june.

    i reckon road holidays work better with a guide/van – i’d far rather do long climbs with just a couple of bottles, a tube, pump and multitool and going point to point than having to stay in one place (or drive each evening). certainly wouldn’t want to carry my stuff through the day.

    peteimpreza –
    I will be in Bourg d’Oisans a week tomorrow , I will check out the hire bikes if you want.

    Yes please, look forward to hearing about your trip, one thing that’s putting me off is I hear food & drink is expensive especially in mountain regions in France.

    Premier Icon peteimpreza
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    Re the food and drink, that’s not our experience, but we go self catering.

    Restaurant prices are OK, and reasonable choice in the town.

    Oh and drop me an email as a reminder.

    Premier Icon bereavementmonkey
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    The TREK store at the top of alp d’heuz rents bikes out…. Think they even do the super top end ones as well!

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