Spring Snow

Weirdest weather we’ve ever had here in the Alpes.  Most French resorts including Alpe d Huez have seen over a metre of snow in the past week and there is more due next week, but in between the snow the sky is blue and temperatures reached a lovely 18 degrees C today in Bourg d Oisans.

With these outstanding Spring conditions we have opened up the B&B early, along with many of our self catered properties.

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Ben in the snow park on his visit with dad Gerry last week

So why not catch the last of those local winter flights into Grenoble and come and join us in sunny Bourg d Oisans for a ski or a ride or both!

To make it even easier, our friends at bensbus have also put on extra coaches from Grenoble airport to Bourg d Oisans (and on to Alpe d Huez) for as little as 40euros return.

 

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Adventures on a Cycling Tour of Alpe d’Huez, Galibier and Mont Ventoux

At More Than 21 Bends our aim is to provide customers with unforgettable holidays when cycling with us in the majestic French Alps. 

Testament to this we are thrilled to feature for the third time in the latest edition of NZ Road Cyclist magazine.

The article follows the adventures and tour highlights of four “getting on a bit” Kiwi’s on our Alpe d’Huez, Galibier and Mont Ventoux tour. 

See below an extract from the article offering an insight into what to expect from this popular tour. 

MAKING MEMORIES

HOW MANY TIMES IN YOUR LIFE HAS SOMETHING SO OUTRAGEOUS, SO GOB-SMACKINGLY WONDERFUL HAPPENED THAT YOU IMMEDIATELY THOUGHT ‘I’M NEVER GOING TO FORGET THIS’?

Ok, there’s the birth of your kids; I’ll give you that. And if you know what’s good for you, you’d better put your wedding – well, the most recent one anyway – on the list. Believe it or not, in just 10 days recently I had at least three of those never-to-be-forgotten experiences on a cycling trip to the French Alps with a group of cycling mates. We were heading to the village of Bourg d’Oisans, at the foot of the iconic Alpe d’Huez climb, where we were being hosted by Phil and Helen Topp, of More Than 21 Bends – a cycle tour company set up to not only introduce visitors to the famous 21 bends but also to share with them the literally dozens of equally thrilling (but not-so famous) local routes.

I hadn’t been able to share the experience with any of my mates; who (naturally enough) soon got sick of my ‘when I was in France’ stories. Recently however, we all managed to organise our schedules so we could take our Sunday rides – and all the banter that goes with them – to a whole new level. To say we weren’t disappointed is putting it mildly; day after day we shared cycling experiences beyond our wildest dreams. Here’s some of the memories we will be sharing forever:

1. THE ICING ON TOP: The Queen Stage of our trip was to be the 21.5km ascent of Mont Ventoux, the legendary ‘beast of Provence’

2. ENDLESS DESCENDING In the lead-up to a trip to the French Alps, it is only natural that all your attention is focused on those legendary climbs. You train for them – well, as much as you can in the midst of an unusually long, wet NZ winter – and certainly use up a decent chunk of anxiety thinking about what lies ahead. Unless you’re a 55kg mountain goat, that anxiety is well-placed. There is no getting around the fact that a 20km or even a never-ending 30km climb – like Croix de Fer – is going to push the Average Joe Kiwi cyclist to the edge of your ability and then some.

3. THE FRISSON OF THE NEW One of the great thrills of cycling in France is riding – admittedly at a dramatically slower pace – in the tyre tracks of the great cyclists who have gone before. Phil Topp, our tour leader from More Than  21 Bends, says he had ridden past it for years without even knowing it was there. Once ridden though, it’s never forgotten. The constant hairpins take the sting out of the climbing and while you welcome the opportunity to cool off in the village trough at the top, there’s a special thrill from having completed a climb that’s bound to become a ‘mustdo’ challenge for future travelers.

Having now enjoyed two cycling adventures with the team from More Than 21 Bends, I can thoroughly recommend the experience. It’s nowhere near as difficult to organise – or as expensive – as you might think; and I can promise you years of great memories.

Ifc you fancy joining one of our tours and making your own memories, Contact us for more information, or check availability and book online here.

Bike hire is also available at preferential rates with  PROMPT CYCLE CULTURE  when booked with a More Than 21 Bends tour. 

Happy Cycling

Helen, Phil & Gayle

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A little La Marmotte motivation?

Feeling the need for a little motivation for 2017? You’re not the only one, thanks to a lack of Mr Sunshine it’s a classic time of year to feel the motivation blues.

Our simple solution? Commit to something. It doesn’t really matter what, just sign up, give yourself a goal and use that to get yourself peddling.

Our suggestion?  How about joining us for the Marmotte Sportive, 174km with 5000m of climbing not a small challenge, definitely a goal.

We are down to the last place on our week long Marmotte tour, and have four places available in a large shared room for a flexible weekend stay from just £250 per person.

Event entries available with all places. Some event only entries also available, contact us for details.

Once you’re signed up, there will be no stopping you :0)

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Self Catered Accommodation – Easter Holiday in Bourg d’Oisans

Look no further for a great value Easter break!

The month of April is a unique time of year to enjoy a holiday in the Oisans. You can ski, cycle, and hike in the mountains and valleys, usually benefiting from clear skies and sunny spring weather.

Stay self catered at our Charming French Townhouse located in the heart of Bourg d’Oisans, for just £600 per week!

 

More Than 21 Bends Townhouse –  Sleeps 8 – three bedrooms – WIFI,  wood burner stove – secure ski/bike storage – washing machine

Contact us to book this deal, or for more information on winter availability.

W can also arrange your summer bed & breakfast accommodation, self catered accommodation, cycling tours, and bike hire, all from Bourg d’Oisans. Let us know your requirements and leave the rest to us!

Happy cycling & winter fun

Phil, Helen & Gayle 

 

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La Marmotte 2017 Event Entries for the Alps

We have a surplus of 8 entries for La Marmotte 2017 Alps available.

Please book them directly online at the PROMPT CYCLE CULTURE website here

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We also have some weekend space left in our B&B again please use the Contact Us page for more info

 

 

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Self Catered Ski Accommodation in Bourg d’Oisans

Et voilà!! Its been snowing again, making skiing conditions perfect in the nearby resorts of Alpe d’Huez, Les deux Alpe , Oz en Oisans, Vaujany or Villard Reculas.

Stay in Bourg d’Oisans at our lovely self catered chalet, Maison Bord au Rive, and enjoy first class accommodation at a great price. The house is located a short 25 minutes drive from the ski domain of Alpe d’Huez, or a 20 minutes drive along the valley to the Venosc Telecabine and up to Les deux Alpe. 

Maison Bord au Rive – sleeps 10 – 4 bedrooms – 3 bathrooms – wifi – wood burning stove – washing machine.

Price £1400 –  7 nights self catered between February  – April

*** still with availability for February and Easter holidays ***

***Reduced day ski pass available for Alpe d’Huez – please ask for details ***

Don’t miss out! Contact us to make a reservation, or with any questions. 

Happy Cycling & Winter fun

Phil, Helen & Gayle 

 

 

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Alpe d’Huez Gravel Bike Cycling

New places available on our Gravel Bike week    :       

09 September to 16 September 2017

Follow in the tracks of Cyclist and join us in September for 5 days of stunning, supported gravel bike riding.

Last August Cyclist Magazine stayed with us to do a couple of features on Gravel Bike Riding in the Oisans area. We are really pleased to announce that the latest issue of the magazine (June 2016 Issue 48) features an article of our alternative ride up Alpe d’Huez with Peter Stuart and some fantastic photos taken by @truli_photo This ride featured in the article amongst others will be included in our inaugural Gravel Bike week in August 2016. Our week will also include the little known gravel road up the mighty Col du Galibier. For more information on the holiday and to book please visit our Gravel Bike Cycling Holidays page #alpedhuez #gravelbikes #cyclocross #roadslikethese #cyclingholidays #cyclingphotos #rideoisans #gravelbikeholidays

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Ride around the valley gravel roads before taking on the Col de Cloy sitting between Alpe d’Huez and the Col de Sarenne, the old route up to the Col du Galibier first used in the Tour de France in 1911, and many other challenging routes. Each days ride will consist of a mixture of road and gravel riding. Some of the gravel riding is of a technical nature with sharp climbs and steep descents over rough tracks so you will need to have good bike handling skills.

£349 on a bed and breakfast, shared room basis

Contact us for further details or join the trip

 

 

 

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Alpe d’Huez and Bourg d’Oisans were looking splendid on Sunday

Phil rode Alpe d’Huez for the first time this year and captured this great photo from bend 9 of the bends, Bourg d’Oisans and the mountains in the background.

If you are considering a stay in 2017 please check out some of these links below

Alpe d’Huez cycle Tours

Self catered accommodation Bourg d’Oisans

Bed and breakfast in Bourg d’Oisans

Cycle Hire Bourg d’Oisans

 

 

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Pro Teams and Pathfinders – More Than Cambrils Cyling

 

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Pro Continental Team – Fortuneo – Vital Concept are here in January 2017

With more that 16 pro teams using Cambrils Sports Village with its excellent facilities and accommodation and surrounding quiet mountainous roads More Than Cambrils Cycling really is becoming the winter cycling destination.

A few highlights for this spring include

February – Team Wiggins (sans Wiggo – he’s off doing some silly ski jump competition) will be here

March -5 time Tour de France winner Miguel Indurain will be here riding with a large group

April (Begining) – The Cambrils Sportive – Doing La Marmotte or Etape du Tour. Then this is a great early season tester to see how your training is going.

April (End)- Ride with More Than 21 Bends. Designed for single travelers or small groups – Join More Than 21 Bends for some exquisite riding and great food in the warm spring sunshine. Half price PROMPT Cycle Culture bike hire also available

Become a pathfinder for us and get a reduced price

For 2017 only we are offering a reduced price to some of our previous More Than 21 Bends guest to come out enjoy the Cost Daurada mountain roads and the excellent facilities of the Sports resort. Expect a “special invite” email from us before the end of January. If you don’t receive one but have a  group interested for February March or April and are willing to get some photos of your riding and provide feedback then please get in contact with us through our webpage

 

 

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Self Catered Cyclist Accommodation Bourg d’Oisans – Maison Petite Rive

Dreaming of riding your bike in the sunshine?

Book your self catered summer cycling holiday with More Than 21 Bends, and stay at one of our popular, cyclist specific rental properties in central locations around Bourg d’Oisans. All are located close to the shops, restaurants and bars for the all important post ride refreshments!

Book a stay at Maison Petite Rive –  A lovely spacious house sleeping 8 people. The house is well equipped  for a self catered stay, has 3 bedrooms, 3 shower rooms, WIFI, washing machine, large secure garage for bike storage and furnished terrace with amazing mountain views. Visit Maison Petite Rive  for more information and to book online.

Don’t leave it to long to book this popular house, or any of our other self catered properties  –  summer 2017 is booking up fast!

Contact us now with your holiday requirements, or to make a reservation.

Happy  Cycling

Helen, Phil & Gayle

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Col de Sarenne anyone?

If any of you are planning a ski visit to Alpe d Huez soon you may be a little disappointed, with no snow since one day in November the only snow is cannoned and pisted in white strips across empty fields.

All is not lost though, it means we are still out on our bikes and have lots of lovely hire bikes sat in the Prompt Cycle Culture shop waiting for a run out.

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Cycling Accommodation in Bourg d’Oisans – Apartment Rue Humbert

New Year, New Goals!

Book your cycling break with More Than 21 Bends to tackle the famous Alpe d’Huez and other climbs of the Oisans. Stay at one of our fabulous self catered and cyclist friendly rental properties in Bourg d’Oisans.

Why not book your stay at the lovely Apartment Rue Humbert, perfect for couples or groups/families of 2-5. Situated on a quiet street in Bourg d’Oisans with secure bike storage, WiFi and excellent outdoor space from where to enjoy an aperitif after an epic day of riding.  Price from £600 per week, self catered.

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Sunny terrace with mountain views at Apartment Rue Humbert

You can book your self catered accommodation online at More Than 21 Bends, or contact us with your holiday requirements and for more information on all of our rental properties.

Happy Cycling

Helen, Phil & Gayle

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May 2017 Tour of the Oisans and in to Italy – Cycle Tour

Come and join us for our Oisans season opener at the special price of just 299GBP per person for a weeks worth of supported riding on a Bed and Breakfast basis in Bourg d’Oisans. The highlights of our trip will obviously be the climb of Alpe d’Huez but also the equally fabulous Lacet de Montvernier and our cycle trip into Italy via the Col de Montgenevre and the Colle di Sestriere

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Mark on the Lacets de Montvernier May 2015

Check out the full itinerary here

 

  • Saturday  – Arrive in Bourg d’Oisans after 4PM
  • Sunday – La Berarde – Our introduction to the Alpes – 70KM
  • Monday  – Ride Alpe d’Huez in the morning and then Phil favourite climb up to Oulles in the afternoon  (70KM). Free wine and nibbles at the PROMPT.CC shop between 6-7pm
  • Tuesday  – Ride the hidden roads as featured in Cyclist Magazine Sept 2012 and Strava Blog (80KM)
  • Wednesday – Free day / Day off
  • Thursday -Descend the Col du Glandon Climb the Lacets de Montvernier and Croix de Fer 90KM loop. Transfer by minibus to the top of the Glandon
  • Friday – Transfer to Briançon by minibus to ride the Col de Montgenevre into Italy and then the Colle di Sestriere and back. Lunch in Italy. (80km).
  • Saturday – Depart Bourg d’Oisans by 10 AM

Still not convinced ?

Check out the photos from last years Tour of the Oisans Plus

Convinced ?

Book online here >>

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Cyclist Self Catered Accommodation in Bourg d’Oisans – Apartment La Petite Charm

Book this gem of a 1 bed apartment, La Petite Charm, enjoying a central location in Bourg d’Oisans, May – September 2017, for as little as £425 per week, self-catered.

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View of Alpe d’Huez from the terrace of Apartment La Petite Charm

It’s not just us who love this charming apartment. Check out what previous guests thought of their stay at La Petite

“We had a really nice time in Le Petite Charme and in Le Bourg d’Oisans. The flat was very clean and had all the facilities necessary for 2 people. We had also a garage to store our bikes. It was lovely to see Alpe d’Huez through the windows every morning. I would like to thank Nicole and Michel for their kindness, we were pleased to meet them. The flat is near all the shops and the laundry in the village. I absolutely recommend it!” Laura

To book online, or for more information on this apartment or other self catered properties click here, or contact us with your holiday requirements.

Happy Cycling

Helen, Phil & Gayle

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New Zealand Road Cyclist does Alpe d’Huez to Mont Ventoux

Late last August 2016 we were pleased to see the return of 60’s music loving Chris from New Zealand Road Cyclist Magazine back in our region to enjoy the mountains with a few of his friends on our  Alpe d’Huez and Mont Ventoux Tour.

While the music conversation always seemed to steer towards the 1960’s despite the best efforts of the rest of the group, a good time was had by all as we tackled Alpe d’Huez, Ventoux, Croix de Fer, Lacets de Montvernier and the Galibier.

We are not going to go into any more detail here  you will have to read the full story  in the November / December 2016 issue of the magazine.

If you are not in New Zealand then you can download it via Zinio or something similar.

Our 2017 Tours are now available to book online

10th-17th June 2017 Alpe d’Huez and Mont Ventoux

26th August – 2nd September 2017 Alpe d’Huez to Mont Ventoux

 

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Cold outside?

Baby it’s cold outside…but here in Cambrils the sun is shining, and it’s the perfect time to knock off those Christmas dinner kgs or get in some warm weather Marmotte and Etape training :0)

Choose your own self guided trip using our comprehensive GPX files and route notes from just £225 or join us on one of guided stays from £299 both include accommodation on a full board basis and a whole lot of other things.

And shhh join us in January and stay with the pro teams on site and happy to share the fantastic roads with you.

Merry Christmas from More Than 21 Bends

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Self Catered Cycling Accommodation near Bourg d’Oisans – Studio La Garde

 

Book your self catered stay at our smallest rental property  – Studio La Garde 

This modern studio sleeps 2, has WIFI, secure bike storage, and an iconic location – bend 16 of Alpe d’Huez!

Price from – £375 per week

Visit More Than 21 Bends for more information and to book online.

We have accommodation to suit all group sizes, so please get touch with your holiday requirements.

Happy cycling

Helen, Phil & Gayle

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GRANFONDO – Cambrils Park Cycle Sportive – April 1st 2017

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Feeling less active in the run up to Christmas, or finding it difficult to fit in sufficient training on your bike during winter?

Don’t despair, enter  The Gran Fondo Cambrils Park cyclosportif, on April 1st, and join 3500 other European cyclists in the Costa Daurada, for the first warm weather event on the cycling calendar. The event is also perfectly timed if you are training for La Marmotte – and it’s held in one of the most spectacular cycling areas in Europe!

As an official partner of The Gran Fondo Cambrils Park cyclosportif, we are offering great value 3 or 7-night packages from just £250 per person! We can also arrange bike hire and airport transfers, what could be easier!

Visit Cambrils Cycle Sportif for more information, to book your place, or contact us with any questions.

Happy cycling
Phil, Helen and Gayle
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Cycling the Costa Daurada – Siurana 

The 6.5 km switchback climb up to Siurana is the perfect  culmination to your mornings ride – beautiful mountain scenery,  a challenging climb up there with any climb in the Alps,  quiet roads, super smooth tarmac and best of all lunch on a rocky outcrop with 360 degree views.

So lets go back to those lunchtime views. Go past the first restaurant you come across in Siurana and roll on a further 50m.  Careful it’s cobbled!   At the end of the path you will find a fantastic cafe with a wooden balcony perched on a rocky outcrop. Down below you will find the road that you just climbed snaking up through the valley. Enjoy the food and views while anticipating the road back down as it is an out and back ride back to Cambrils.

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Reduced Rate Ski Pass for Alpe d’Huez With Self Catered Accommodation in Bourg d’Oisans- Winter 2016-2017

Book your self-catered Ski break with More Than 21 Bends to stay at one of our popular properties in Bourg d ’Oisans, and you can enjoy a 20% reduction on any Full Day – Alpe d’Huez Ski Pass.

Staying in Bourg d ‘Oisans lets you experience the relaxed pace of life in the valley, whilst being just a 25-minute drive from the slopes of  Alpe d’Huez. A great option for families and groups of friends, seeking a high standard of accommodation at a fraction of ski resort prices!

We have the following properties available December – April.

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More Than 21 Bends Town house – sleeps 8

Maison Bord au Rive – sleeps 10*** Christmas now full ***

Apartment La Neat – sleeps 6

 

For more information and to make a reservation contact us, or visit More Than 21 Bends.

It’s possible to cycle Alpe d’Huez in winter with us, weather permitting of course! For more information visit Prompt.cc

Join us for some winter fun!

Helen, Phil & Gayle

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