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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New Winter Cycling Holidays in Spain With More Than 21 Bends Cambrils

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More Than 21 Bends are excited to announce our NEW website More Than 21 Bends Cambrils, a site dedicated to winter cycling holidays based at the athlete specific Cambrils Park Sports Village, in the stunning Costa Daurada, Spain.

In collaboration with Cambrils Park Sports Village we are now offering unbeatable value self guided cycling holidays for groups of 4 to 100.

Self guided holidays from,
£205 per person – 4 nights
£355 per person. – 7 nights

Your self-guided holiday includes; 4* accommodation, all meals (including
packed lunches), pre-departure information with route guide and GPS
coordinates, on-site support & recovery service that includes sports drinks,
daily route briefing and mechanical recovery support.

Visit More than 21 Bends Cambrils for more information and for an online quote.

Contact us with any questions and to make a reservation.

Go on, banish the winter blues and book your Cambrils cycling holiday now!

Happy Cycling
Helen, Phil & Gayle

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Cyclist Accommodation in Bourg d’Oisans – Summer 2017

Have you booked your self-catered cycling holiday for summer 2017 yet…?

If not, get in touch with More Than 21 Bends, and book your cycling holiday/short break at one of our fantastic, centrally located self-catered properties in the cyclist mecca of Bourg d’Oisans.

We have high quality, good value cyclist friendly accommodation to suit all, from solo cyclist, club groups or families up to 12 or more.

***Groups of 10 or more we need to hear from you now ***   Due to popular demand our larger cyclist friendly properties, Maison Bord au Rive and  Maison Avenue Republique are filling up fast for summer 2017.  Contact us now for availability and to book.

AND – benefit from preferential bike hire rates at PROMPT.CC when you book your stay with us.  

We anticipate 2017 to be a great summer of cycling in the French Alps, and quite honestly, we wouldn’t want you to miss it!

Book online at More Than 21 Bends, or contact us for more information.

Happy Cycling

Helen, Phil & Gayle

 

 

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Tour de France 2017

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17 July 2017 to 23 July 2017

Ride the iconic climbs from the Tour de France and watch how the Pros really climb !

Overview

The tour is limited to a maximum of 8 people.

  • Monday  – Arrive in Bourg d’Oisans after 4PM or stay with us before hand on the Etape du Tour Weekend
  • Tuesday – Bourg d’Oisans – Ride Alpe d’Huez and the Col de Sarenne before descending down Col de Sarenne (70KM) as featured in the 2013 Tour de France.
  • Wednesday  – Free day to Watch stage 17 of the 2017 Tour de France (La Mure to Serre Chevalier) The race can be watched on the Col d′Ornon (13km from our base), The Col de la Croix de Fer (40KM from our base) or the Col du Galibier (50km from our base)
  • Thursday – Early start to watch the depart in Briancon (vehicle transfer) free day in Briancon to watch Tour de France on Col d′Izoard. Check into our hotel in Briancon from 5PM
  • Friday – Ride into Italy and back over the Col de Montgenevre and the Colle di Sestriere. (70KM) Stay in Briancon.
  • Saturday – Briancon to Bourg d′Oisans via the Col du Galibier. Ride to the highest point in the 2017 Tour de France at 2645metres above sea level. Vehicle supported. Stay in Bourg d′Oisans. Our very own mini Etape du Tour
  • Sunday – Depart Bourg d′Oisans by 10 AM

Price includes

  • 6 nights accommodation in shared rooms (limited single supplements are available if you do not want to share)
  • 4 nights in Bourg d’Oisans and 2 nights in Briancon (2 star hotel)
  • Breakfast on 6 days
  • Watch 2 stages of the Tour de France – Stage 17 and 18
  • Supported rides on 3 days
  • Free priority mechanical repairs to your bike (excludes parts)
  • Open evening at the PROMPT.CC shop on Monday night including complementary wine and nibbles

Price does not include

  • Travel to and from Bourg d’Oisans on the Monday and Sunday.
  • Lunch or Dinner
  • Cycle Hire. This can be booked through PROMPT.CC but is subject to availability

Price

  • £599GBP per person

Optional Extras

  • Jersey – £50.00GBP per person
  • Energy Packs – £15.00GBP per person
  • Transfer (Grenoble Station) – £80.00GBP per person
  • Single Supplement – £200.00GBP per person
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L’Etape du Tour Accommodation 2017

We are pleased to release our 2017 Etape du Tour Accommodation for the Briançon to Col d’Izoard amateur stage.

Click on the two links below for more information.

Accommodation in Bourg d’Oisans at the More Than 21 Bends Bed and Breakfast

Accommodation in Briançon in centrally located 3 star hotel.

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La Marmotte Sportive Alps 2017 is on Sunday

The local tourist board have confirmed that from 2017 under police recommendation  La Marmotte Sportive  will move to a Sunday instead of its traditional Saturday.

We have adjusted our week long package to fit in with the new dates.

Optional entries with our Cycle Tour are currently available trough us at the reduced rate of 100 Euros (150 Euros from the 1st November 2016)

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CRITÉRIUM DU DAUPHINÉ Alpe d’Huez Finish 10th June 2017

The local tourist board have confirmed that despite not having the Tour de France this year on Alpe d’Huez, the warm up race, where most of the favourites will be racing into form the Criterium de Dauphine will be finishing on Alpe d’Huez.

The date has been confirmed as Saturday 10th June 2017.

For those wishing to do the Alpe d’Huez to Mont Ventoux Tour there is an option to arrive a day early. Please contact us for more information.

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Route des Grandes Alpes 2017 (Haute Route)

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We have just completed our 2016 Route des Grandes Alpes point to point tour with a group from Britain. 8 days of riding starting from Thonon-les-Bains near Geneva and finishing in Menton on the south coast of France.

Check out all the photos and videos from the tour here

There is still time to sponsor their ride here >>

Route des Grandes Alpes 2017

We are pleased to confirm our 2017 Route des Grandes Alpes will commence on the 16th September 2017. The 10 day tour is limited to just 8 people in total.

From Geneva to Nice 670 km over 15 cols with a rest day in Briancon 2016

  • 16/09/2017 – Arrive – Geneva airport where we will pick you up. Please arrange to be at the airport at about 4PM. Overnight stay in Thonon-les-Bains where you can set up your bikes for the 10 day tour
  • 17/09/2017 – Day 1 –  Thonon-les-Bains to Grand Bornand via the Col de Gets (1100m) and the Col de la Colombiere (1613m).
  • 18/09/2017 – Day 2 – Grand Bornand to Bourg-Saint-Maurice via the Col des Aravis (1486m) ,Col des Saisies (1432m), Cormet de Roseland (1968m)
  • 19/09/2017 – Day 3 – Bourg-Saint-Maurice to Lanslebourg via the Col d’Iseran
  • 20/09/2017 – Day 4 –  Lanslebourg  to Briancon via the Col du Telegraphe (1566m), Col du Galibier (2646m)
  • 21/09/2017 – Day 5 Briancon rest day. Explore Briancon or ride the Col de Montgenevre self supported.
  • 22/09/2017 – Day 6 – Briancon to Barcelonnette via the Col d’Izoard (2360m), Col de Vars (2019m)
  • 23/09/2017 – Day 7 – Barcelonnette to Valberg via the Col de la Cayolle (2326m) and Valberg (1673m)
  • 24/09/2017 – Day 8 – Valberg to Saint-Martin-Vesubie via the Col de la Couillole (1678m), Col St Martin (1500m)
  • 25/09/2017 – Day 9 – Saint-Martin-Vesubie to Menton via the Col de Turini (1604m) and Col de Castillon (800m)
  • 26/09/2017 – Depart – Menton. After breakfast we will drop you off at Menton Station where you can catch a train to Nice Airport or your onward journey. A private direct transfer to Nice Airport can be arranged for an additional fee.

What is included

  • Airport or station pickups at times described above.
  • Breakfast every day. Set dinner menu every night apart from rest day. You will need to eat out at your own expense on any rest days.
  • Vehicle support through out the tour except on the day off

What is not included

  • Travel to Geneva and from Menton
  • Meals outside of breakfast and dinner
  • All drinks and snacks
  • Bike repairs and maintenance
  • Cycle Hire – please see cycle hire for PROMPT.CC availability

Other information

  • Lights are required for tunnels
  • Bars and gels will be made available to purchase from the minibus
  • Lights are required for tunnels
  • Bars and gels will be made available to purchase from the minibus
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