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Prompt Cycle Culture End of Season summer Sale

12 Aug

Our end of season summer sale has now started both online and in store in Bourg d’Oisans.

We have a selection of Alpe d’Huez , Galibier and Croix de Fer Jerseys and T shirts plus an assortment of other cycling related goodies.

Visit our online sale here with free world wide shipping

 

 

2016 Photo Competition -14- May 2016 Alpe d’Huez and Snow

30 May

A couple of pictures from some Aussies doing the Alpe with Prompt….

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Purple Alpe d’Huez Jersey anyone ?

23 Apr

Our Alpe d’Huez Jerseys have proved very popular both at our shop in Bourg d’Oisans and also through our online shop. Due to a few requests we are now introducing some new colours to the range. The first will be in purple.

Stock is expected in at the end of May 2014.

 

 

 

Photos for our PROMPT D211 photo competetion – seven – Col de L’Epine

9 Dec

Father and son from South Africa seen here at the top of the Col de L’Epine. This is a new col to us here at PROMPT and not one that we have ridden before. The climb rises above Chambery  to 987 metres above sea level over a distance of 8km with an average gradient of 7 percent. One for next year perhaps ?

If you hired or bought a bike from us in 2013 we are after your photos. The more unusual the better. We will be choosing one photo at the end of December and that lucky person will receive one of our exclusive Alpe d’Huez Jersey. Simply attach your photo to an email and send it in to us.

Check out all the photos currently entered here >>

PROMPT Cycling Shorts now in stock

5 Dec

Delivered just in time for Christmas we now have a small number of PROMPT shorts in stock. The shorts have been designed to compliment you Alpe d’Huez, Galibier or Ventoux Jersey with the same two blue stripes.

Click here to view >>

Order by the weekend (07/12/2013) and we will send them out express delivery so you should get them in time for Christmas.

More Photos for our PROMPT D211 competition – two

30 Nov

We love this photo of David from Australia hammering up the mythical 21 bends of Alpe d’Huez.

If you hired or bought a bike from us in 2013 we are after your photos. The more unusual the better. We will be choosing one photo at the end of December and that lucky person will receive one of our exclusive Alpe d’Huez Jersey. Simply attach your photo to an email and send it in to us.

Check out all the photos currently entered here >>

Alpe d’Huez Jersey spotted on the Col du Galibier

10 Aug

One of our popular Alpe d’Huez jerseys was seen yesterday on the Col du Galibier

Alpe d’Huez Jersey

 

Forgotten Climbs of the Oisans: Part 2 – Maronne

22 Jul

Situated to the east of the Alpe d’Huez, Maronne is a satellite station for the main resort. The ascent is narrow and winding with some steep sections.

The climb starts at the foot of Alpe d’Huez. You climb the first 5 bends until you reach La Garde-en-Oisans. The first few bends of the Alpe are notoriously punishing and must be approached with caution.

At La Garde you turn right and pass over the Sarenne river before continuing climbing to the village of Armentier. The gradients here are misleading; the climb does not appear hard as it is a straight road surrounded by trees and thus there is little perspective of how steep it really is! Looking back at the profile, there are some sections of 14%!!

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A left turn in Armentier en Haut leads you on to the Climb to Maronne – 5km at 7%. The climb is covered by pine forest and so offers plenty of shade unlike its more famous neighbour.

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The climb is not as hard as the averages suggest with some flatter sections offering some respite. The climb finishes at 1500m altitude with some great views over Huez village and the 21 bends. The climb can be made part of the Traverse d’Oisans or you can just descend back into Bourg via the same route.

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Strava – http://app.strava.com/segments/4254338 (note the KOM)

Next up – Col du Sabot

Forgotten Climbs of the Oisans: Part 1 – Villard Reymond

9 Jul

In the week leading up to the Marmotte, riding in the Oisans is hectic. The roads are busy with cars and cyclists. However most ignore the lesser-known ascents in favour of Alpe d’Huez and co. Whilst the smaller climbs may lack the prestige of their neighbours, they provide some of the steepest, most beautiful rides in the area.

The climb to Villard Reymond is hard – 9km at 8.5% from La Pallaud. The climb twists and turns up the side of a ravine under the cover of pine trees until opening onto a mountain plain at 1610m altitude.

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The gradient is never constant – short ramps are followed by brief periods of rest. The first 2km offer a nice introduction. You begin climbing straight away however the gradients are not too severe. The middle section is really tough; the hairpins had me prodding at the levers in the faint hope that there was still another gear. The final 1.5km proved easier as I wound through fields towards the village.

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Above the fields soar two 3000m peaks – Le Grand Pic d’Ornon and Le Grand Renaud. The village has 37 inhabitants and is famous for its production of Génépi – alpine plants that are used for the production of liqueurs such as Chartreuse and Absinthe. Once at the top you have the option of continuing to Villard Notre-Dame and descending back into the valley through a succession of long unlit tunnels. However the road joining the two villages is poor and is better ridden by mountain bike. I prefer to avoid the tunnels and enjoy the technical ride back down. Below is a picture of Hattie at the top modelling her Alpe d’Huez cycling jersey and waterbottle.

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Strava – http://app.strava.com/segments/1677004

Next up – The climb of Maronne (and hopefully a Strava KOM!!!!)

Col du Galibier Cycling Jerseys

24 Jun

With our Alpe d’Huez Jerseys proving to be so popular this summer we have now introduced the Col du Galibier Jersey.

The Col du Galibier is a lung sapping 50KM climb from our shop here in Bourg d’Oisans. We celebrate this climb with our Galibier jersey. On the left sleeve we have the More Than 21 Bends logo. Made from classic cool max lycra this is the ideal jersey to attempt the 2650 metres of the Col du Galibier and to continue to wear once you are back home.

  • Black jersey with white writing
  • White jersey with black writing
  • 100% polyester.
  • Quick drying micro fibre.
  • Wicks moisture from your body.
  • Exceptional soft feel, lightweight, odour and bacteria resistant.

The PROMPT shop in Bourg d’Oisans is having a make over

19 Mar

Over the last couple of weeks the PROMPT.CC shop in Bourg d’Oisans has been having a bit of a make over. Currently I am waiting for the new floor to dry which has slowed progress down a bit.

For 2013 we will have a new stock of hire bikes as well as a whole load of new magazines for your holiday read plus a new 2013 Alpe d’Huez Cycling Jersey that has already proved popular with over 75% of people reserving one when making a Alpe d’Huez Cycle Hire reservation.

More photos of the shop will be available over the  next few weeks. In the meantime all the PROMPT bikes are stored in the office space. Here’s hoping the floor dries quickly !

 

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Alpe d’Huez Jersey

1 Mar

We have updated our ever popular Alpe d’Huez Jersey for 2013. We have kept with the classic theme from previous years but added a touch of colour to the chest area.

  • 100% polyester.
  • Quick drying micro fiber.
  • Wicks moisture from your body.
  • Exceptional soft feel, lightweight, odor and bacteria resistant.

Whats more if you hire a bike from us you will get a whopping 20% off this jersey if you buy it at the same time and it will be waiting for you when you pick your hire bike up.

New PROMPT Cycle Hire Pick up point

23 Apr

The new PROMPT cycle hire pick up point in Bourg d’Oisans is now open. The shop is also selling Alpe d’Huez Jerseys, energy bars gels and bottels as well as carbon bottle cages

Alpe d’Huez Jersey

26 Nov

We have just had delivery of our 2012 Alpe d’Huez Jersey. This year we have gone for a simple design with our alpe d’huez badge on one of the sleeves. Also as an extra incentive we are offering 20% discount on one of these jerseys if you order it when you hire your bike online.