Tour de France 2018 – Accommodation in Bourg d’Oisans

 

 

Tour de France availability 14-21 July 2018

Maison Bord au Rive – sleeps 10

Studio La Garde – sleeps 2

Book online at More Than 21 Bends, or contact us to reserve our last remaining self-catered Cyclist Friendly accommodation for Tour de France 2018.

Don’t miss out on this epic Tour de France experience and book your accommodation with us now!

Bike hire available with PROMPT Cycle Culture, Bourg d’Oisans.

Happy cycling

Helen, Phil, and Gayle

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Tour de France 2018, Alpe d Huez

So, the not so well kept rumours, were true and the Tour visits Alpe d Huez for a mountain top finish again in 2018, hurrah. After setting out from Bourg-Saint-Maurice a route over the mountains and 175 km brings the riders to the finish on Alpe d Huez.

But it’s not over then, the start in Bourg d Oisans on the 20 July means two days of the race, as the riders head off from the village towards Valance.

19 juillet : 12e étape Bourg-Saint-Maurice – Alpe d’Huez, 175 km
20 juillet : 13e étape Bourg-d’Oisans – Valence, 169 km

For the Tour de France we have a self guided stay at the More Than 21 Bends B&B in the heart of Bourg d Oisans, arriving Monday 16th (pm) and departing Friday 20th (pm), the perfect place to soak in the atmosphere and enjoy some amazing riding.

Click here to book now  or contact us here for further information

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La Marmotte 2018, Bourg d Oisans – Alpe d Huez, date confirmed

We can confirm the date of The LOOK Marmotte GF Alpes 2018, will be Sunday 8th of July.

This year, we have a weekend stay available at the More Than 21 Bends B&B, including an early breakfast on event morning, just a stones throw from the start line.

Guaranteed entries available.

Alternative self catered stays also available in our Bourg d Oisans properties.

Contact us for more details.

 

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Alpe d Huez, Mont Ventoux and more our 2018 tours

28 July 2018 to 04 August 2018 and 25 August 2018 to 01 September 2018

Join us on our fully supported cycle tour featuring the classic climbs of the Tour de France, a week of amazing rides and experiences.

Overview

Itinerary

  • Saturday – Arrive in Bourg d′Oisans for the first night
  • Sunday – Ride Alpe d’Huez and the Col de Sarenne (80km)
  • Monday – Ride Col du Glandon and the Col de la Croix de Fer with the Lacets de Montvernier (80km)
  • Tuesday – Ride Col du Galibier (100km)
  • Wednesday – Morning – Transfer in the More Than 21 Bends minibus to base of Mont Ventoux. Lunch stop in Chateuxneuf du Pape (world famous for the production of red wine) before onward travel to hotel. Optional afternoon ride.
  • Thursday – Ride Mont Ventoux from Bedion and the beautiful Nesque Gorge (120km)
  • Friday – Transfer back to Bourg d′Oisans in the morning. Free afternoon to ride the Balcony or time trial Alpe d Huez
  • Saturday –  Departures by 10am

Price includes

  • 7 nights accommodation in shared rooms (limited single supplements available)
  • Breakfast on 7 days
  • Picnic Lunch on 3 days (Sunday, Monday and Tuesday)
  • Supported rides on 4 days
  • Full vehicle support (except over Col de Sarenne)
  • Priority mechanical repairs to your bike (excludes parts)

Price does not include

  • Travel to and from Bourg d’Oisans on arrival and departure days. This can be arranged at an additional cost. Please contact us.
  • Evening Meals. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from.
  • Lunch other than stated.
  • Cycle Hire. This can be booked through PROMPT.CC but is subject to availability

Price

  • £799GBP per person

 

Already limited availability for the August tour, just 3 places remaining book here

Just in case you still need persuading, have a look at some of this summer’s guest reviews :

Garth, August 2017

Thank you very much for a wonderful week′s cycling holiday. I had a wonderful time with a great bunch of people. Before the tour started I was a bit apprehensive about my ability to keep up with the group, but I needn′t have worried. I can′t praise your guide enough.  He was supportive, friendly, insightful and was always around checking on us and helping (and) gave me the confidence to try and ride the Col du Telegraphe and Col du Galibier in the same day, which is something that I was extremely grateful for. Amy′s breakfasts were great as was her friendly greeting and smile first thing in a morning.  My accommodation in both Bourg and in Sault was great! To finish, this was our third holiday in Bourg d′Oisans…and definitely the most enjoyable. The MT21B′s experience was very impressive.

Jonathan, August 2017

Our group of 10 US and Aussies had an incredible trip with MT21B climbing the classic TDF cols – an itinerary that covers so much in a week. Everyday was a highlight and made easy by their 5 star guide. Aside from all the classic climbs, we really enjoyed the Chateuaneuf du Pape lunch day and the Ventoux descent into Sault and the Nesque Gorge. No one wanted to come home.

Michael, August 2017

Everything went great and having Pierre as our guide for the supported rides was brilliant. He did an outstanding job. We had perfect weather and would highly recommend any cyclist to put this on their list of must do’s. 

Adrian, June 2017

I would like to thank all the team for making the weeks stay so enjoyable. From the accommodation and breakfast to the bike rental to the guided tours everything was organised brilliantly. I really appreciate all the hard work in making sure the week was so successful for all members of the tour. 

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Self Catered Accommodation for Alpe D’HuZes 2018

Alpe D’HuZes accommodation with More Than 21 Bends

Book your Alpe D’HuZes accommodation with More Than 21 Bends for centrally located, comfortable, cyclist friendly self-catered accommodation in Bourg d’Oisans.

What’s even better is that we don’t apply a price increase during the event  🙂 

The following houses and apartments are available during event week, 2nd – 9th June 2018:

Maison Colporteur Newly renovated –  sleeps 14 –  6 bedrooms – private garden with terrace – secure bike storage – washing machine – WIFI

Maison Petite Rive – sleeps 8  – 4 bedrooms – private garden with terrace – secure bike storage – washing machine – WIFI

Apartment Beau Rivage – sleeps 6 – 3 bedrooms – large furnished balcony – secure bike storage – washing machine – WIFI

Apartment La Neat – sleeps 6 – 2 bedrooms – furnished balcony – secure bike storage – WIFI

Apartment Petite Charm – sleeps 2 – 1 bedroom – furnished terrace – secure bike storage – WIFI

To check the price, for more information and to book online, click the links above, or  contact us with your requirements.  Be quick, we are booking up fast!

Bike hire is also available with PROMPT cycle culture at preferential rates when booked with your accommodation.

Happy Cycling

Helen, Phil & Gayle

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Self guided Tour of the Oisans

photo_media - WORDPRESSFollowing lots of requests this summer we are now offering our classic Tour of the Oisans trip on a self guided basis.

This provides you with complete freedom to choose the dates you visit, any time May to mid October, and the length of your stay by adding or subtracting any number of nights from the standard 7 night trip.

Based with us at the More Than 21 Bends B&B in the centre of Bourg d Oisans it also means you have the freedom to determine which days you ride and for how long, and that you can travel with non cyclists or with a group of riders of differing abilities as you all start and finish in the same location each day.

What’s included

7 nights accommodation on a shared room, bed and breakfast basis (single supplement available),

Pre-trip preparation guide,

GPS navigation files to load to your GPS device,

On-site support from the More Than 21 Bends team,

Arrival briefing,

Emergency contact and pick up service available if required (pick up charged)

 

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1     Arrival

Day 2     Le Berarde

Day 3     Col du Glandon and Croix de la Fer

Day 4     Col de la Morte and Col d Ornon or Hidden roads balcony ride

Day 5     Col du Lautaret and Col du Galibier (June – end September)

Day 6     Alpe d Huez with or without the Col de Sarenne

Day 7     Departures

 

Highlights

Iconic climbs of the Tour de France/Hidden roads and villages/Amazing rides with amazing scenery and all ridden at your own pace.

Price

£350 per person

Contact Helen for more information and reservations.

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Good Value Cycling Holidays in Bourg d’Oisans for September & October

Do you enjoy riding without the crowds and having mountain roads to yourself?

Book a cycling break with us in September, or October and we promise, quiet roads, spectacular scenery and great value deals at our cyclist friendly, self catered accommodation.

Bike hire is available through Prompt Cycle Culture at preferential rates. The best spot in Bourg d’Oisans for bike hire, cool cycling gear, route advice, and delicious post ride coffee & cake.

ALSO – Winter 2017/2018 and summer 2018 cycling holidays on sale and booking up fast.

Contact us right away with your holiday requirements and make it happen!

Happy cycling

Helen, Phil & Gayle

 

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Self Catered Cycling Holiday 2018 – Bourg d’Oisans

It’s that time again! We are taking bookings for summer 2018 at our cyclist friendly self catered accommodation in Bourg d’Oisans.

 

Contact us to make a reservation at our sought after cyclist specific accommodation for your club, friends or family cycling holiday next year. We promise to find the perfect fit for you!

Don’t hang about, we book up quickly, and 2018 is going to be a bumper summer for cycling in the Oisans!

Cycle hire available with PROMPT Cycle Culture – Preferential rates offered to More Than 21 Bends customers.

Happy Cycling

Helen, Phil & Gayle

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La Marmotte Alps Sportive 2018 accommodation and event entry

Self supported bed and breakfast long weekend cycling holiday to compete in La Marmotte Alpes Gran Fondo 2018

Itinerary

  • Thursday 28th June – Arrival in Bourg d’Oisans after 4PM only. (Transfers available please contact us for more information)
  • Friday 29th June – Ride the Alpe d’Huez time trial or do your own ride in the area
  • Saturday 30th June – Vehicle transfer up to Alpe d’Huez to get your race number  or do your own ride in the area.
  • Sunday 1st July – Compete in La Marmotte 2018
  • Monday 2nd July – Late checkout from Bourg d’Oisans by 1PM

Price includes

  • Price is based on a per person rate in shared rooms. Limited single supplements are available.
  • Breakfast

Optional Extras

  • Single supplement
  • Airport Transfers (please contact us for more information)
  • Event Entry (If you choose this option then you will receive an invoice to pay this immediatly after we receive your booking.
  • Cycle Hire with PROMPT.CC
  • Massage
  • Additional days stay in the bed and breakfast either before or after the
    event.

Guaranteed Event Entries

  • You can reserve an entry with us at the time of booking. You will be requested to pay for this entry via a paypal invoice. PLEASE NOTE : All entries are non refundable / non transferable and only valid if you are staying on this holiday.

Click here for more information and to book online >>

 

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Alpe d’huez Triathlon 2018 – Self Catered Accommodation Bourg d’Oisans

It was another superb event for triathlete’s competing in the famous Alpe d’Huez Triathlon a few weeks ago.

More Than 21 Bends accommodated groups of athletes and individuals at our popular self catered rental properties in Bourg d’Oisans.

We also supplied copious amounts of coffee, cake, bike hire, cycling kit and fixed mechanical issues at Prompt Cycle Culture & Cafe in Bourg d’Oisans.

The 13th Alpe d’Huez Triathlon event will take place between the 30th July and August 3rd, 2018.

If you’re considering competing for the first time, or can’t resist signing up again, contact us NOW and book your accommodation at one of our self-catered properties in the heart of Bourg d’Oisans.

We’ve also got your winter triathlon/cycling training covered at Cambrils Park Sports Village in the sunny Costa Daurada, Spain. Visit More Than 21 Bends Winter Cycling for more information on our unbeatable value winter training holidays.

Contact Gayle to make a reservations and for more information.

Happy Cycling

Helen, Phil & Gayle

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Discounted Self Catered Cycling Accommodation in Bourg d’Oisans

August Savings

Book a stay at one of these self catered cyclist properties during August and receive a fantastic reduction on your stay.

Don’t miss out  –  the mountains are waiting, the sun is shining, and the beer is cold!

Maison Avenue Republique – Sleeps 12 –  12 – 19th August – 7 nights  Now £1100

Maison Petite Rive – Sleeps 8 – 29 July – 5th August & 19 – 26 August  – 7 nights – Now £900

Apartment Beau Rivage  – Sleeps 6  – Arrivals on  5/12/19 August – 7 nights – Now £600

Apartment La Neat – sleeps 6 – Arrivals 29 July, 6, 20, 27 August – 7 nights – Now £600

All include;

  • WIFI
  • SECURE BIKE STORAGE
  • WONDERFUL MOUNTAIN VIEWS
  • BIKE TOOLS, TRACK PUMP

Visit More Than 21 Bends to view our full range of self catered properties.

Contact Gayle with any questions and to make a reservation.

Bike hire available with PROMPT.CC   our Cycle hire shop & cafe in Bourg d’Oisans. Preferential rates given when booking accommodation with us.

Happy Cycling

Helen, Phil & Gayle

 

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Self Catered Cyclist Accommodation – Bourg d’Oisans

******SELF CATERED VACANCY DUE TO CANCELLATION******

Maison Avenue Republique  –  Sleeps 12 – 6 bedrooms – WiFi – washing machine – secure bike storage in garage – large private garden

Grab the opportunity to book Maison Avenue Republique in Bourg d’Oisans and enjoy a fabulous cycling break with friends, cycling club or family. Experience the iconic climbs, friendly village atmosphere and stunning mountain scenery.

NOW AVAILABLE –  12 – 19th August, 2017

PRICE –   7 nights, self catered,  12 – 19th August, £1500

Contact Gayle to make a reservation, or for more information on this property, or our other rental properties visit  More Than 21 Bends Self Catered Accommodation.

Bike hire available via PROMPT.CC, our cycle hire shop/cafe also located in Bourg d’Oisans.

Happy Cycling

Helen, Phil and Gayle 

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Alpe d’Huez – First Custom Tour of the year

Last weekend (13th may 2017) we had our first custom tour in for a long weekend . Despite the heavy rain on arrival the sun came out for the next few days while the guys tackled La Berarde and Alpe d’Huez. With a real mix of abilities from walkers to fast guys it was a real challenge keeping the group together. All 12 guys also hired PROMPT road bikes for the weekend

Click here to see the photos from the weekend. 

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Early Booking Offer Winter Cycling Holiday – Cambrils Parks Sports Village, Spain

The sun may be shining, but we all know it won’t last! Now is the time to think about your winter training holiday and we know just the place……

Book your full board winter cycling/training holiday at Cambrils Park Sports Village before June 2017,  stay October – April 2017/2018, and enjoy a self-guided cycling break on the sunny Costa Daurada – at last year’s incredibly low price!

4 nights from £205 – 4 people sharing a 2 bedroom  4* apartment –  La Mediterrània

7 nights from £355 – 4 people sharing a 2 bedroom  4* apartment – La Mediterranean

Bike hire via PROMPT.CC  for groups of 8 or more will recieve a preferential rate.

Contact Gayle for more information, or visit More Than Cambrils Cycling for a quote and to book online.

Happy cycling

Helen, Phil & Gayle

 

 

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Self Catered Cyclist Accommodation Summer 2017 – Bourg d’Oisans

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With summer just around the corner we wanted to let you know about the last few remaining spaces at our popular, cyclist friendly, self catered houses in Bourg d’Oisans.

If you haven’t yet arranged a summer cycling holiday for your club, friends or family, please check availability below and book now to snap up the last few places.

Maison Avenue Republique – Sleeps 12 – 6 bedrooms – Wi-Fi – bike storage – garden

7 nights – 8th   July  – 15th July – £1500  – September dates also available

Maison Bord au Rive – Sleeps 10 – 5 Bedrooms – Wi-Fi – bike storage – garden

5 nights – 9th September – 14th September – £1070

Maison Petite Rive – Sleeps 8 – 3 Bedrooms – Wi-Fi – bike storage – garden

7 nights –  3rd June – 10th June,  24th June – 30th June, 3rd July – 10th July – £1200       August dates are also available.

Please Contact us for details and to book.

Visit More Than 21 Bends to check availability at our full range of wonderful, cyclist friendly self-catered, rental properties.

Bike hire available at preferential rates with PROMPT.CC .

Happy Cycling

Helen, Phil & Gayle

         

 

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More Than 21 Bends New Self Catered Cyclist Apartment – Bourg d’Oisans

Struggling to find good quality, cyclist friendly, self catered accommodation in Bourg d’Oisans this summer…? Look no further!

We have just taken on Apartment Beau Rivage, a superb self catered apartment sleeping six, with balcony, and wonderful views in the centre of Bourg d’Oisans.

Beau Rivage – sleeps six – three bedrooms – wifi – washing machine, – secure bike storage – balcony  –  £800 per week (excluding event weeks)

Available to rent year round, and currently with FULL AVAILABILITY during summer 2007, including Alpe d’huzes and La Marmotte!!

Contact us to make a reservation for Beau Rivage, or one of our other self catered cyclist friendly properties.

Bike hire available with Prompt Cycle Culture, also located in Bourg d’Oisans.

Happy Cycling

Helen, Phil & Gayle

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Critérium du Dauphiné Route 2017 – Col de Sarenne & Alpe d’Huez

Good news for the Oisans!

On Saturday 10th June, the penultimate stage of the 69th Critérium du Dauphiné will see cyclists race an impressive 167.5 km from Aoste, to climb the Col de Sarenne, for the stage finish on Alpe d’Huez!

Book your self catered accommodation and cycle hire with us, and you too can experience the lively atmosphere during the most exciting stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné!

Watch the action live from Bourg d’Oisans as they race through town, on the col de Sarenne, or with the crowds at the finish on Alpe d’Huez.

Check out the route here!

Stage 7 – 10th June – Aoste / Alpe d’Huez 167.5KM

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For more information and to check availability contact, More Than 21 Bends, and Prompt Cycle Culture to arrange bike hire.

Happy Cycling

Helen, Phil & Gayle

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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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