CYCLING IN SUMMER
By road or trail
Do you want to cycle Alpe d’Huez, le Croix de fer, Glandon, Sarenne or Galibier? You can do them all from Chalet 800 in Oz village.
Besides the well-known mountain passes there are a lot of other beautiful and challenging mountain roads to discover.
Do you like a challenge? Then you are ready for La Marmotte, a famous sportive where you will climb four legendary mountain passes. Keep in mind that the mountain passes are not open all year round because of their altitude and can be closed due to snow cover. The best period to cycle this impressive sportive is from June to mid-October.
At the Chalet we have information on all the mountain passes for you to explore.
The region of the l’Oisans is also very good for people who want to mountain bike or downhill. The region has a lot of very steep cross-country routes and challenging single tracks to descent from. Many mountain bike events also take place in Oz Station.
From the Chalet you can take your MTB on the free bus to Oz Station and from there the gondolas take you to Pic Blanc in Alpe d’Huez. The gondolas are open in July and August.
Look HERE for more information about the opening of the lifts
At the Chalet we have information on several mountain bike routes for you to explore.
CYCLO SPORTIVES AND CYCLING EVENTS
Every year there are many cyclo sportives in the Oisans valley and chalet 800 is an ideal place to stay.
La Marmotte, La Vaujany, Prix des Rousses, Trophée de l’Oisans and Gran Fondo les Deux Alpes. On the website of sportcommunication you can sign up for any of these, but you have to be quick because there are very popular and they fill up before you know it.
The famous Triathlon/Duathlon of Alpe d’Huez takes place in the valley off the l’Oisans as well.
One of the toughest cyclo events is La Marmotte. With a total length of 175 kilometers you climb 4 major cols (Glandon, Télégraphe, Galibier and the Alpe d´ Huez) and you climb 5000m in altitude.
La Vaujany is part of the Trophée de l’Oisans and is traditionally held on the Sunday before La Marmotte. There is the possibility to cycle two distances. The shorter one of 109 kilometers and a climb of 2450m in elevation, is a good preparation for the Marmotte itself. On the longer one you will cycle 173 kilometers and gain 3850
PRIX DES ROUSSES
The Prix des Rousses is also part of the Trophée de l’Oisans and is traditionally held on the Wednesday before La Marmotte. This short distance competition is 40 kilometers long and climbs 1600m.
TROPHÉE DE L´OISANS
The Trophée de l’Oisans is a cyclo competition that lasts for a week. All the competitions mentioned above are included in this competition and it’s finished off with a time trial on the Alpe d´ Huez (Grimpée de l’Alpe).
TRIATHLON ALPE D´HUEZ
In the summer there is also a Triathlon in Alpe d´’Huez. This big international competition has two distances. The longer distance and the short distance. There is also a Duathlon competition, which is perfect preparation for the Triathlon. For more information have a look at have a look at www.alpetriathlon.com