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There are a number of cycling or sporting events based nearby to our accommodation in Bourg D’Oisans.  To see these rides and more and to check dates, go to the Bike-Oisans website:

Alpe D’Huzes - 1st week of June

A yearly Dutch charity event, the aim is to climb Alpe D’Huez six times, either individually or in teams.  The money is raised to support cancer patients and in 2011, more than 20 million euros was collected.  Even if you are not riding the event, it is an experience to witness.  The Dutch have their own special way of making a great party atmosphere on Alpe D’Huez, with dance music and plenty of encouragement from spectators for all the participants.  

La Vaujany - 1st week of July

A similar amount of vertical climbing, but a slightly longer route than the Marco Pantani, the Vaujany starts in Allemont, and heads down towards Grenoble before turning to tackle the Col de La Morte.  Once over this, the route passes through Valbonnais before going over the Col D’Ornon and back towards Allemont.  The courses split here with the short option finishing with an ascent up to Vaujany, while the long course continues up the back route to Alpe D’Huez (via Villard Reculas) and then over the Col de Sarennes. After the section back along the valley to Bourg D’Oisans the final ascent up to Vaujany finishes the race, 173 kilometres and 3900 metres of climbing later!

La Marmotte - 1st or 2nd week of July

One of best known and probably hardest cyclo-sportive in the Alps, La Marmotte starts every year in Bourg D’Oisans.  It takes in the climbs of the Col du Glandon, Col du Telegraphe, and the Col du Galibier, before coming back to Bourg D’Oisans for the final ascent of Alpe D’Huez.

As well as being an ideal base during the race week itself, why not come along a few weeks before to familarise yourself with the climbs and descents, as well as getting in a serious block of training in prior to the event?  

The ride can easily be broken up into two separate days of riding by making use of our drop off service.

With a training week you get to learn the route, understand how to best pace yourself on race day (very important!) and also get the best possible training with time to recover before the big day itself.

Marco Pantani Sportive (now La Gran Fondo Les 2 Alpes) - End of August

Starting just up the road in Le Freney-d’Oisans, this event tackles the Col D’Ornon, Col du Parquetout, Col de La Morte, the first 6 bends of Alpe D’Huez before travering across the valley to the final climb up to Les Deux Alpes.  The total days riding is 155km with nearly 4000 metres of vertical ascent.  Not as hard as the La Marmotte but not too far off!

Alpe D’Huez Triathlon - End July

The Alpe D’Huez Triathlon is run over short and long courses - the short being 1.2/30/7km and the long course being 2.5/115/22km for the swim/bike/run. The long bike course takes in the Col de La Morte, Col D’Ornon and then Alpe D’Huez making it unusually difficult for a triathlon bike course. The short course isn’t easy either being the ascent of Alpe D’Huez!  Both the short and long course races start in the Lac Verney, near Allemont (8km from Bourg D’Oisans, 20km from Alpe D’Huez).

For more info on La Marmotte, Marco Pantani and La Vaujany see the Sports Communication page.  Also, contact us for dates, availability and more info about all the events on this page.

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The Oisans cycling website: routes, events, etc.