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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.

La Marmotte 2020 entries 2020

5 Nov

La Marmotte Alps 2020 are now available to purchase online now.

As usual we will be providing bike hire for the event from our shop in Bourg d’Oisans that is located just 100 metres from the start line.

Our partners More Than 21 Bends are also providing bed breakfast and optional bike hire again in the centre of town.

King of the Mountains Cycling Cap

16 Mar

Celebrate being a King of the Mountain with our Polka dot Cycling cap exclusively designed by CapsNothatscc.

As a special offer to celebrate the new cap we are offering everyone who has hired a bike from us in 2019 the chance to purchase the cap for just 10 euros only including postage. (Normally 13 Euros)

Terms and Conditions apply

  • Cap must be purchased online before 30th March 2019
  • You must hold a valid bike hire with Prompt Cycle Hire booked and reserved before 30th March 2019. Please quote your hire reference when paying.
  • Only one cap at 10 euros per bike hired.
  • Pay online with PayPal on following link. https://www.paypal.me/promptcc/10
  • Please quote your hire booking number when paying so we can post it to you
  • Offer available online only.
  • If you have not hired a bike you can still purchase the King of the Mountains cycling cap at full price

Tandem Cycle Hire Alpe d’Huez

7 Feb

From may 2018 we will have a tandem available to hire to climb Alpe d’Huez and other surrounding mountains. The Cinelli tandem is a medium / small size and is based on a mountain bike set up with hydraulic disc brakes and easy mountain gears.

You can book directly online on our Tandem Cycle Hire Alpe d’Huez page

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Discounted Alpe d’Huez Cycle hire

9 Sep

If you are already planning your 2018 alpe d’huez cycling holiday then why not benefit from our early bird 10 percent discount on all alpe d’huez cycle hire between May and September 2018.

The 10% discount applies on all new summer bookings received before the end of September 2018.

Simply make your reservation online now and you will automatically receive the discount on one of our Battaglin, Prompt or Wilier hire bikes.

Healthy Cyclist Breakfast in Bourg d’Oisans with great Coffee

2 Jun

 

All cyclist know that you need to start your cycling day by eating correctly in the morning.

The Prompt Cycle Culture Shop is now serving our 10 euro all morning breakfast in-store during the summer months.

For a full menu please visit our Cafe in Bourg d’Oisans page . Group reservations are also welcome.

 

CRITÉRIUM DU DAUPHINÉ Alpe d’Huez 10th June 2017

9 Oct

The local tourist office have just confirmed that the Criterium du Dauphine will be finishing on Alpe d’Huez on the 10th June 2017.

Make sure you have your cycle hire booked for this popular weekend

 

2016 Photo Competition -15- June 2016 Photos coming in thick and fast…

22 Jun

 

 

Customer Feedback PROMPT D211

13 Jun

Terry Quinn – Bikes were really good well maintained and British staff very helpful. Will be using these bikes again next year.

 

 

Prompt D211 Photo Comp twelve – something a little different

8 Jul

A couple of photos with your bikes in for the photo comp…not your usual I imagine..!

thanks for the rental, all was great…

Rob and Gary, Sheffield, England

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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 – 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 >>

Customer Cycle Hire photos Sept 2013

6 Nov

We always like to receive photos from our customers who have either bought or hired a PROMPT from us.  Peter from Australia and his group hired some bikes from us in September and he sent us these photos. The first one is of him on the Col de la Madeleine – with still some way to go. Not sure why you are sitting down there Peter !! The second is at the top of Alpe d’Huez

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Galibier T-shirt

7 Sep

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We have just taken delivery of the brand new Galibier t-shirt. It is 100% cotton and is available in sizes S to XL. It also has a reflective strip on the back to keep you visible during gloomy winter evenings.

Never ridden the Col du Galibier? Join us for the Tour of the Oisans in the first week of October at the hugely discounted rate of £199 per person. The weather is usually fantastic for riding at this time of year and the roads are much less busy. Half-price bike hire is also available for this week.

PROMPT bikes on Holiday

2 Sep

Below are a few shots of PROMPT bikes on last weeks Alpe d’Huez to Italy tour. We are now approaching the end of the season and so the ex-rental bikes are available to buy as a complete bike (€1200) or frameset (€600). Do not hesitate to contact velo@prompt.cc if interested.

French-Italian Border (Col de Montgenevre)

French-Italian Border (Col de Montgenevre)

Andy on the Col de No-Name (warm-up for the Colle dell'Agnello)

Andy on the Col de No-Name (warm-up for the Colle dell’Agnello)

Chris exhausted atop the Agnel

Chris exhausted atop the Agnel

Andy desperately trying get the whole building into shot!

Andy desperately trying get the whole building into shot!

Prompt & More than 21 bends on the Col d'Izoard

Prompt & More than 21 bends on the Col d’Izoard

Clients on PROMPT d211’s

11 Jun

We love getting photos from our clients with their PROMPT d211 Hire bikes. Father and Son from South Africa hired bikes from us last year to ride as many cols as possible. They liked the bikes so much they ended up buying a couple of custom finished frames from us. On top of this they are back again this year and are hiring 2 more bikes from us.

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Paris Roubaix Challenge Cycle Hire

23 May

We are pleased to announce that we will be exclusively offering PROMPT.CC hire bikes to all guests on their More Than 21 Bends Paris Roubaix weekend.

To secure a hire bike for the weekend please contact us in the first instance or reserve your bike with your Paris Roubaix Cycling Holiday.

The full carbon bikes will be set up with 25mm tyres and super tight bottle cages so your bidons do not go flying as soon as you hit the first Pave section !

Criterium du Dauphine 2013 Alpe d’Huez stage Cycle Hire

8 May

With the Criterium du Dauphine visiting Alpe d’Huez and also the Col de Sarenne on Saturday 9th June this could be an ideal time for you to get up close to Chris Froome and Alberto Contador as they do their last minute preparation for the Tour de France.

We have a few bikes left for the 9th June. Please click here for availability and to book online

Introducing Theo our new mechanic/guide for 2013

22 Mar

Theo has been studying Chemistry at Grenoble university this year. A chance meeting on the Col du Glandon whilst out riding last September led to an interview and us offering him a job here in Bourg d’Oisans.  As a keen mechanic and cyclist he will be servicing our fleet of 18  hire bikes as well as guiding as part of the More Than 21 Bends experience.

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I finally managed to get out on a ride with him in and around the Grenoble hills this week. As a chemist he has some interesting theories on genetic doping !

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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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Hire bikes on the Col du Galibier

2 Nov

Tim and Kathy from the USA who hired some D211 bikes from PROMPT.CC for a More Than 21 Bends Tours sent us these great photos from the Col du Galibier and Alpe d’Huez

 

 

A green bike and a blue sky on the Galibier

12 Sep

It was 32 degrees on the Galibier yesterday. The skies could not have been bluer or the riding more perfect. This is September in the Alps. Once again our guests had achieved a ‘bucket list’ ambition and the photos and smiles at the summit tell the story many times over. PROMPT bikes have been up and down these mountains for another summer, fulfilling these ambitions and adding to the stories that they tell their grandchildren, their friends and their work colleagues. On the way down our ‘opinion dividing’ green PROMPT was being nursed up to the summit  by another customer. It looked great against the blue mountain sky.

Eight PROMPT D211s on the Col de la Croix de Fer

9 Sep

September cycle hire in Bourg d’Oisans is a busy affair. Last Thursday on a typically beautiful sunny early autumn day we had 8 hire bikes rented out and all making their way up on to the Col de la Croix de Fer. I passed a few while taking our cycling group up and also took a few photos of the others.

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Col du Glandon Day 5

Col du Glandon Day 5

The great gear debate on Alpe d’Huez

3 Sep

We like bikes here at PROMPT– no surprises there I guess. We also like the poetry and the views that the mountains inspire in us and offer up to us on each ride. Today, after bend 9 on the Alpe, our home town of Bourg d’Oisans was shrouded in the cloud that we had climbed through. The valley was as breathtaking as ever. We also like the technology and the endless debate about the benefits of this or that product, brand and design concept. For instance I love my beautiful hand made Cielo bike. But I also know that the PROMPT bikes ‘out-perform’ it in every possible way around here. They are simply more efficient- up, down and across. Perhaps the most frequent conversation concerns gear ratios and we basically opt for a ‘compact’ and 27/28 rear or a triple up front. There is no doubt that ‘spinning’ up these hills works best for most of our customers. There is also no doubt that the best ‘gear’ available to all of us is our own fitness. If you put the two together some amazing things start to happen in these mountains.

Is it about the bike?

6 Jul

Here at station PROMPT we get to ride with a different set of fantastic people every week. People come because of the mountains and they come here because of the bikes. Add a person in between these two things and you have a life changing experience. Think that is hyperbole- you should read our feedback sheets!  Anyway it means we get to see a lot of bikes- usually bikes from the expensive end of the spectrum from all the big brands. All of them sporting that years shape or technology or design cue and all of them brilliant machines. In our two day Marmotte tour last week one of the eight riders was on a PROMPT that he hired from us. We rode the Telegraphe first. The PROMPT was first up. Then the tough side of the Galibier. First up again. Finally the 21 bends of Alpe d’Huez. You guessed it. Is it about the bike?

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

New PROMPT D211 Hire bikes delivered

17 Aug

We have just had some new hire bikes delivered from our factory. Some 55cm and 53cm frames. They are available to hire now. Full Shimano Ultegra groupset with compact chainsets. Stay on any of Tour d’Oisans cycling tours for the remainder of 2011 and get a 20% discount on the bike hire (one week hire only)

 

D211 Photoshoot – behind the scenes

19 Jul

We have been busy getting some professional shots of the PROMPT D211. You will have to wait until the autumn to see them but here is a sneak preview

 

Cycle Hire Col d’Izoard

17 Jul

One of our cycle hire customers provided us with this photo on the Col d’Izoard.

Cycle Hire for La Marmotte

13 Jul

All our PROMPT.CC hire bikes have been successfully hired and finished the La Marmotte sportive and also the Etape du Tour Act 1 2011 sportive. Most of the bikes were hired as part of the La Marmotte week.