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Cycling Map of the French Alps

19 Apr

Taking advantage of the Covid19 Lockdown here in France and the fact we are not allowed to ride outside at all at the moment despite some glorious weather, I have finally put the finishing touches to our Climbs of the French Alps Cycling Tube Map posters and stocked a few for mail order dispatch only. Due to the complexity and details of the map they are only available in the larger 70cmx50cm size. They do however fit in an IKEA frame.

Climbs of the French Alps

These are now available to buy on-line only until we are allowed to open up shop again sometime in the future.

I have also created a new stand alone website for our tube maps to which I will be adding a lot more information to over the coming months.

Covid19 and our summer season…

Like all small business (it’s just me!) and especially those in the tourist industry we have seen a collapse of our summer booking both new and existing.

We really do have too many hire bikes in stock for this summer now especially in sizes Small, Medium, Large and Extra Large.

So, if you are interested in buying any of our standard rim brake carbon Shimano Ultegra complete bikes, or if you have a bunch of bits in your garage and you just need a frame and fork please get in touch with us via email.

Complete bikes from 800 euros

Frame and fork plus headset from 250euros plus postage then please contact us for more information.

Alpe d’Huez Cycling Cap

5 Jun

The 21 bends of Alpe d’Huez is probably the most iconic Tour de France cycling climb. It is on every cyclist bucket list. To celebrate this we have created the Caps Not Hats Cycling Caps designed Alpe d’Huez Cap.

Check out all the Caps Not Hats Cycling Caps designs

It’s not really a Black Friday Sale…

20 Nov

….because it’s a continuation of our end of season sale.

However we have added a few new items such as Cycling Caps and our A4 cycling tube maps. We have also reduced some other items further.

Grab yourself a bit of a bargain or a cheap Christmas present for one of your mates.

Black Friday Sale here (prices guaranteed until sometime on Wednesday 28th November 2018.

Cycling Tube Maps

11 Jul

To celebrate the Oisans area and the fantastic cycling in the region we have produced three Cycling Tube Maps printed on quality paper representing the cycling possibilities in the area.

Climbs of the Oisans Tube Map

First off is all the climbs reachable from our base in Bourg d’Oisans and is available as an A4 print or a larger 70cm x 50cm print.

Alpe d’Huez Tube Map

Celebrate the Tour de France arrival on Alpe d’Huez with our More Than 21 Bends Tube Map representation of Alpe d’Huez. Available in A4

La Marmotte Tube Map.

This iconic loop ridden by 7000 cyclist each year as part of the premier cycle sportive in July and also ridden by many others on an individual level throughout the summer months has been reproduced with additional height gain and other information. Available in A4.

Bike Rental with Accommodation in Bourg d’Oisans for Alpe d’Huez

20 Feb

We are very pleased to announce that we have upgraded our bespoke bike hire search engine service to include More Than 21 Bends self catered properties available in Bourg d’Oisans.

To use the service simply select the dates you require (minimum of 2 days hire) and the Prompt Cycle Hire Search Engine will provide you with available bikes and optional self catered holiday properties that are available for your dates.

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Once you have found the property you require you can simply make a booking through the More Than 21 Bends website and select the bikes that you require at the same time at a reduced rate.

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More Than 21 Bends can also offer airport transfers for their customers

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So if you are planning a stay in the Bourg d’Oisans area and want to travel as light as possible whilst enjoying modern and well maintained bikes then look no further than PROMPT CYCLE CULTURE and MORE THAN 21 BENDS

Benefits of this service

  • Free bike pick up from 4pm until 6PM on the evening of your arrival (subject to bikes being available.)
  • Reduced bike rental rate with free basic bike fitting where required.
  • Opportunity to use the bike the morning of departure (subject to it being available.)

 

 

 

 

Shimano R8000 Ultegra groupset

28 Jun

We have just taken delivery of our first Shimano Ultegra R8000 groupset.

Pop into our store in Bourg d’Oisans to check it out. All our new Alpe d’Huez hire bikes that will be built up over the coming months will feature the new groupset.

2016 Photo Competition -19- October 2016 into our last month of the season

3 Dec

October Cycle Hire on Alpe d’Huez and traditionally when we sell off a few of our hire bikes.

La Marmotte 2017 Entries

9 Jul

We are pleased to announce that we are supplying guaranteed La Marmotte 2017 entries with the La Marmotte More Than 21 Bends Cycle Tour .

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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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2016 Photo Competition

12 Mar

The first of our 2016 Photo competition can be found here

https://www.morethan21bends.com/photos.aspx?id=10

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2015 Photo Competition – Nineteen – Bob does Alpe d’Huez

22 Oct

I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of bike Prompt.CC  provides. I been travelling across 7 different European countries on this trip and none of the other bicycles I have rented matched this quality or condition of their bicycles.

Thanks Prompt.CC for helping make my Alpe d’Huez ride a truly epic event.

Bob

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10% Discount on 2016 Summer Alpe d’Huez Bike hire

17 Sep

Until the end of September 2015 we are offering a 10 % discount on all your summer PROMPT.CC cycle hire.

The discount applies to all bookings for May – October 2016 made before the end of September 2015. Discount is automatically applied at time of booking

Bike Sale

We still have a couple of ex hire bikes left for sale

55CM PROMPT D211 Carbon Road Bike with a mix of Ultegra / 105 Ten Speed Groupset – 700 Euros.

51CM PROMPT D211 Carbon Road Bike with a mix of Ultegra / 105 Ten speed Groupset – 800 Euros.

Both are supplied serviced with new Continental Ultra Sport 23mm tyres and includes worldwide shipping for an additional 100 Euros.

Please contact us for more details.

2015 Photo Competition – Sixteen – Alpe d’Huez Cycle Hire

22 Aug

Here is Jim on the way up Alpe d’Huez on his PROMPT D211 Hire bike

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Alpe d’Huez T Shirts now in Orange , Red , Purple, White and Black

22 Aug

Hand printed in the UK on Fruit of the Loom TSHIRTS our Alpe d’Huez T SHIRTS have been by far the most popular purchase in our shop this summer. In deed we have had trouble keeping up with demand.

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The Tour de France 2014

5 Jul

The Tour de France 2014 starts today in Leeds. I hope that it will be more exciting than the Team Sky dominated editions of the last two years. Hopefully, the mix of Contador/Valverde/Nibali will be able to derail the News Corp train.

My prediction for the Tour de France podium is as follows;

1. Chris Froome

2. Alberto Contador

3. Alejandro Valverde

 

The stage I’m most looking forward to is Stage 13 – the summit finish at Chamrousse . Chamrousse was the first HC climb I ever did and is still my favourite. On the way to Chamrousse they will take a detour into the Chartreuse via the Col de Palaquit – another one of my local climbs when I lived in  Grenoble. The More than 21 Bends Tour of the Oisans often takes a detour into the Belledonne mountain range to climb Chamrousse via the Col Luitel.

Back from the darkside my weapon of choice for the Australian Cape to Cape in October PROMPT P241

21 May

Until I moved out to France I pretty much exclusively mountain biked – indeed the Megavalanche first brought me out here in 2007 to compete.

Since then I have turned to the darkside – roadriding. This summer though I have built up a new cross country carbon 29er to train on and to finally compete on in the Cape to Cape 4 day stage race just outside Perth , Australia. I will be staying with our friends at BikeSure. Indeed the managing director himself will be helping out on the support crew. Beer anyone ?

Over the last few years there have been so many different mountain bike standards brought in (axle types / headsets / wheel sizes etc) that it has taken me a while to complete the bike build. Today I finally finished it.

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Follow phil’s adventures as he trains and competes in the event here >>

 

Prompt D211 Photo Competition 2014 – Number 3 – Aussies do Alpe d’Huez

18 May

Alex hired one of our bikes in May to ride up the Alpe on one of the More Than 21 Bends day rides

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More of the day ride photos can be found here

Galibier Jersey in North Somerset

30 Mar

We always like to get photos from our customers proudly wearing one of our jerseys or riding one of our bikes. Steve from North Somerset sent this one in just before he set off for some training for the More Than 21 Bends Alpe d’Huez and Ventoux tour in September

 

Cycle Shoe Hire for Alpe d’Huez, Col du Galibier or beyond.

24 Mar

New cycle shoe hire your cycle hire. For 2014 we are stocking Shimano R064 Road Cycling Shoes to hire for the period of your cycle hire. Shoes are only available when you hire your bike through us. Shimano road cleats will be fitted to the bottom of the shoes.

 

A bit late for the 2013 PROMPT D211 Photo competition….

8 Feb

Phil R from Australia sent us this photo with the following email

“You may not remember us but myself and 4 mates hired your very comfortable Prompt bikes in early June this year. We had the best time climbing the Alp d’Huez, Col de Sarenne, Notre Dame, and all the other great rides in the area. The experience had during those 9 days made  a long time dream of mine come true and hopefully we’ll be back to hire your bikes again soon.

Attached is one of many photos we took during the 9 days but it was the most satisfying  of all our rides, climbing up the “backside” of Alp d’ Huez via Col de Sarenne. We tell people back in Australia we did it the hard way, not like the pros in Le Tour!  This was the hardest cycling achievement I have had and at 65 years old, can’t leave it too long if I want to eclipse that!

Anyway, a great experience and hopefully we can all do it again in the not too distant future. Thanks for your help with the bikes.”

 

New Year Sale 20% discount on all shop purchases

6 Jan

Better late than never ! All shop sales currently have a 20% discount on their displayed price. The discount is applied automatically at checkout.

This means our most popular Jersey the Alpe d’Huez jersey is currently reduced to just 48 Euros (from 60 euros)

What’s more

All our remaining 2013 magazines have also been reduced

All remaining Cafe du Cyclist gear – (there is not much left but you never know!)

Sale ends midnight 12th January 2014

PROMPT D211 2013 Photo Competition – Winner

3 Jan

After much deliberation we have chosen this photo for our 2013 Prompt photo competition. The photo is of Arne from Norway who hired a whole bunch of bikes from us in June. Arne has chosen an Alpe d’Huez Jersey in black as his prize.

Cycling Alpe d’Huez in the winter

16 Dec

The road up to Alpe d’Huez is open all year round and so it is perfectly safe and possible to cycle up the 21 bends of Alpe d’Huez. In fact Phil braves it at least once a month through the winter season.

We understand that you are probably not here to cycle but to Ski in Alpe d’Huez. Through out the winter months from the beginning of December to the end of February we offer 1 day bike hire on the Sunday or Wednesday with vehicle transfers and photos. If there are 4 or more of you we are happy to provide the service on any day of the week. All bikes must be pre booked online at least 48 hours before your date of hire.

Read below to see how it works

Here is how it works

Are you staying in Alpe d’Huez ?

  • Pick up in our minibus at 10AM in Alpe d’Huez at the finish line.
  • Transfer down to Bourg d’Oisans and set you set up on your hire bike.
  • Support you on your climb up the mountain taking photos and generally shouting out some encouragement.
  • Once you have finished your ride we will take the bike off you and leave you to your skiing holiday.

Staying in Bourg d’Oisans or outside of Alpe d’Huez ?

  • Meet us at the shop in Bourg d’Oisans at 11AM for your bike fitting.
  • Support you on your climb up the mountain taking photos and generally
    shouting out some encouragement.
  • If it is cold you may not wish to descend back down Alpe d’Huez. If this is the case we are happy to take you and the bike back down to Bourg d’Oisans

Book your bike here to Cycle Alpe d’Huez in the winter

Bad weather and cancellation

If it is snowing then the ride will be cancelled. You will have the opportunity to ride on our next available day or if this is not convenient a full refund. A refund on the hire is only available if the weather is bad on your original booking day. By making the booking you agree that PROMPTS decision is final on whether the ride takes place or not. Riding Alpe d’Huez in the winter will require winter riding gear such as long finger gloves , hats and winter bib tights.

Photos for our PROMPT D211 photo competetion – eight – Alpe d’Huzes

9 Dec

Back to Alpe d’Huez now with Gerard who was here last June to compete in the Alpe d’Huzes event at the beginning of June. Alpe d’Huzes is a dutch charity event where the competitors climb Alpe d’Huez 6 times in one day for Cancer charity. Last year I believe they raised over 30 million Euros.

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 >>

Photos for our PROMPT D211 photo competetion – six – Galibier

3 Dec

Here is Steve from Derbyshire who hired a bike for us in August on the Galibier.

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 >>

Photos for our PROMPT D211 photo competetion – five – Norwegians in the Oisans

2 Dec

Arne brought a big group a long in June 2013 to tackle some of the big cols in the area including Col de La Croix de Fer, Glandon, Galibier and of course Alpe d’Huez

He sent in a large selection of photos. They can be seen here >>

Our two favourites are the following.

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 >>

Photos for our PROMPT D211 photo competetion – four – New Zealander on Alpe d’Huez

2 Dec

Back on Alpe d’Huez now. These are a set of photos from Dave who traveled from New Zealand in September and was celebrating his 50th birthday

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 >>

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 >>

More Photos for our PROMPT D211 competition – one

30 Nov

This one comes from Torben from Denmark. This was taken during a very long day in the saddle during La Marmotte Sportive in July 2013. At this stage he had completed over 4800 metres of climbing and about 165km of riding.

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 >>

Garmin GPS rental Alpe d’Huez and Bourg d’Oisans

8 Nov

We are pleased to announce that starting from Summer 2014 we will have a selection of Garmin GPS systems to hire exclusively with your PROMPT cycle hire. Your garmin hire will come with all leads and mounts to allow you to charge and connect to your computer while on your stay. If you do not have a computer then you will be able to download your results using our computer in the shop. We know how important it is to get your Alpe d’Huez time on Strava !

Want to compare your times with other guests then join the MORETHAN21BENDS / PROMPT.CC Strava cycling club