Tag Archives: Alpe d’Huez

End of season ex rental bike hire sale.

25 Sep

We have a selection of full carbon Wilier GTR ex rental hire bikes for sale in the following 3 sizes medium , large and extra large. Colours are green / black and orange / black. (Not shown below)

All bikes are Ultegra level with compact Chainset and an 11 speed 11-34 cassette and come fully serviced. Protective tape is used on the frame but they will have minor cosmetic damage. Photos can be supplied.

To make way for some new incoming 2020 bikes we have a special price of just 800 Euros if paid for before the end of September 2019. Additional shipping will apply and will be charged at cost to us.

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Last few days of our 10% early bird 2020 discounted bike hire for summer 2020.

Discounted bike hire

10% early bird discount on 2019 Summer Cycle Hire

6 Sep

We are currently offering a 10% discount on all new 2019 summer hire bookings for between 1st May and 1st October 2019. (Excludes Cycle hire for La Marmotte weekend)

The 10% discount will automatically be deducted from your booking at the time of booking.

Be quick though this offer only applies to new booking made between the 1st September 2018 and midnight 30th September 2018 CET.

With bikes already being rented for our busy middle two weekends of June make sure to reserve your bike now at a great rate.

Climbs of the Oisans Tube Map

28 May

Introducing our Climbs of the Oisans tube map

Inspired by a visit to London in 2016 we thought it would be great to come up with a tube map design of the local climbs with Bourg d’Oisans as the hub. What started off as a badly scribbled design by Phil has turned into this beautiful tube map designed by a graphic artist client who hired bikes to cycle Alpe d’Huez from us in 2017.

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The design is exclusive to us and we have had 200 copies commissioned on high quality printed paper with a “foiled” PROMPT CYCLE CULTURE logo in the bottom right hand corner.

Cut to a size of 70cm x 50cm they fit perfectly into a Ribba Ikea frame.

Delivery is expected in the first week of June and all pre orders will be posted out in a strong poster tube as soon as we have them.

All orders received before 1st June 2018 will also receive a small collection of exclusive postcards.

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Free Cycle Hire on More Than 21 Bends Ventoux Cycle Tour Summer 2018

11 Mar

Until the end of March we are offering free cycle hire on More Than 21 Bends fully guided Alpe d’Huez and Mont Ventoux Cycle Tours *

Both Tours take in the following Cols and routes.

Alpe d’Huez, Col de Sarenne, Col du GalibierCroix de Fer, Lacets du Montvernier, Ventoux and the stunning Nesque Gorge.

The fully supported itinerary for each tour can be found at the following two links

 

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*Applies to new bookings only on the two tours listed above. Tours must be booked between the dates of 11/03/2018 and 31/03/2018.

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Alpe d’Huez Cycling Jerseys

12 Feb

We have just had a fresh delivery of Alpe d’Huez jerseys for the spring. All jerseys are available online with free world wide postage or from our shop in Bourg d’Oisans. Please click on the product images for more information on size and availability.

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Alpe d’Huez Cycling Jersey - Molteni

Alpe d’Huez Cycling Jersey - Mondrian

Alpe d’Huez cycling jersey - Danish

Alpe d’Huez Cycling Jersey - Peugeot

 

 

 

 

Tour de France 2018 on Alpe d’Huez Cycle Hire

10 Oct

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With the area all but confirmed as staging a Tour de France finish in July 2018  and due to many requests we are now taking cycle hire bookings for the event.

For more information please visit our Alpe d’Huez cycle hire for Tour de France page.

The exact dates for the finish in Alpe d’Huez and start in Bourg d’Oisans will be announced on the 17th October 2018 by ASO.

 

 

2016 Photo Comp 2 March 2016 Alpe d’Huez Cycle Hire

30 Mar

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Our hire bikes are definitely faster than the Alpe d’Huez bikes.. Andrew in March having successfully conquered Alpe d’Huez. Andrew stayed with More Than 21 Bends on a bed and breakfast basis in Bourg d’Oisans and had two glorious days of cycling in the immediate area.

 

2015 Photo Competition – Fifteen – Etape du Tour Cycle Hire

23 Jul

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We had a whole bunch of bikes out for the Etape du Tour this year. Its always good to see a PROMPT overtaking an SWORKS

Peter Cossins author of Alpe d’Huez Cycling’s Greatest Climb Book signing 7th July 2015

6 Jul

2015 Photo Comp – One – Winter Riding on Alpe d’Huez

6 Apr

Starting off the 2015 Photo Comp with 4 sets of photos from our Alpe d’Huez Winter Cycle Hire

Alpe d’Huez Cycle Hire from January 10th

Alpe d’Huez Cycle Hire from January 23rd

Alpe d’Huez Cycle Hire from February 18th

and our first supported Day Rides of the year in March

Free Cycle Hire on the More Than 21 Bends Giro d’Italia Tour

9 Mar

27th May – 1st June 2015

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Watch the penultimate and probably the most decisive stage of the 2015 Giro d′Italia as it finishes on the Colle di Sestriere
  • Ride the Colle di Fenestrelle the day before the pros
  • Three nights stay in Cesana Italy at the bottom of Sestriere
  • Two nights stay in Bourg d′Oisans at the bottom of Alpe d′Huez
  • Luggage transfers between Bourg d′Oisans and Cesana

SCHEDULE

  • Wednesday 27th May 2015 – Arrive in Bourg d′Oisans build bikes or collect your free PROMPT.CC hire bike ready for Thursday
  • Thursday 28th May 2015 – Cycle from Bourg d′Oisans to Cesana over the Col du Lautaret and Col du Montgenevre – 85KM with 2750m of climbing.
  • Friday 29th May 2015 – Circular loop over the Colle di Fenestrelle – 100km loop with 3000m of climbing. Some of the climbing will be on a rough gravel track.
  • Saturday 30th May 2015 – Cycle the 11km climb to the summit of the Colle di Sestriere to watch the finale of stage 20 of the 2015 Giro d′Italia.
  • Sunday 31st May 2015 – Depart Cesana and return back to Bourg d′Oisans via the Col du Montgenvre, Col du Lautaret and Alpe d′Huez – 105km with 3000m of climbing
  • Monday 1st June 2015 -Depart Bourg d′Oisans by 10AM

PRICE INCLUDES

  • Breakfast
  • Rooms are on a shared room basis (limited single supplement rooms are available)
  • Luggage transfers between Bourg d′Oisans and Cesana
  • Guided rides on 4 days.
  • Optional free bike hire.

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO BOOK WITH MORE THAN 21 BENDS PLEASE CLICK HERE >>

New Years Sale

27 Dec

All this snow has meant we have got the New Year Sale up and running a few days earlier.

The PROMPT.CC New Year sale has now started. Pop along to PROMPT website for lots of bargains including Alpe d’Huez, Cafe du Cycliste, Galibier , Ride Journal and lots of other stuff. Hurry though the sale ends 14th January 2015

Prompt D211 Photo Comp eighteen

17 Aug

Line rented a bike from us and took some great pictures of the Prompt D211. The first is at the bottom of the Sarenne descent after climbing Alpe d’Huez, the second along the road to Villard Reculas in some bad weather and finally on the Col d’Ornon.

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La Marmotte – More than 21 Bends supported day rides

29 Jun

Next weekend. an enormous number of cyclists will visit Bourg d’Oisans to take part in the Marmotte sportive. The route is 170 km and takes in the Col du Glandon, Col de Telegraphe and Col du Galibier before finishing on Alpe d’Huez. For most, the route will take upwards of 8 hours to complete due to the 5000 m of vertical ascent required to complete the course.

Last week, the University of Bristol Bike Club (my old university) came to the Oisans for a week of riding. On the last day, I joined up with them to do the Marmotte route. In spite of an earlier start than they were used to, eighteen riders set off up the Col du Glandon. The ride was superb – all riders were very strong and despite the challenging parcours, all finished in roughly 8 hours (even with some very relaxed grupetto riding on the Telegraphe).

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Luckily for us, the weather was set fair the whole day but arm warmers and a small jacket were still vital due to the altitude gain and the long descents. Carrying enough food and water for the route is hard as there is only so much you can fit in back pockets!

This year, More than 21 Bends have decided to offer day rides for groups of riders wanting to do long rides such as the Marmotte. Van support will be provided and thus all your food and acessories can be placed in the van leaving your back pockets free! In addition, the vehicle support provides the piece of mind that you won’t be stuck in the Maurienne valley for eternity if you have bitten off more than you can chew!

There are many great rides out of reach of most who stay in Bourg d’Oisans. Driving allows one to climb legendary Tour de France passes such as the Col de Madeleine and the Col d’Izoard. In addition, there are some fantastic lesser known routes in the mountain ranges surrounding Grenoble.

PROMPT D211 Photo Competition 2014 Number 4 – Sarenne and La Berarde for your 65th birthday

22 May

Father and son from Holland were with us last week and hired a couple of bikes. They tackled Alpe d’Huez, Col de Sarenne and also the road out to La Berarde. Apparently the father ( a keen cyclist) at 65 comfortably beat his son up all the climbs in the area.

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Win a Col du Galibier Jersey by sending in your PROMPT photos. Check out the rest of the photos from 2014 here

 

 

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.

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 >>

Tour de France & Birthday

23 Jul

Bourg d’Oisans was spoilt this year by the Tour de France. Not only did it host the double climb of Alpe d’Huez, it was the “village départ” for the next day. My 21st birthday coincided with the Alpe d’Huez stage. I walked to bend 18 and watched the riders come past twice.

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It really is amazing how easy they make it look! Amador & Castroviejo from team Movistar were holding a fairly animated conversation as they came past with no apparent difficulty!

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The départ on the 19th was great as we were able to see all the riders up close. Most were on the home trainers before the start in preparation for the fearsome route north towards Le Grand- Bornand. The route included 5 cols including the Glandon and the Madeleine

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!!!!)

Busy week for cycle hire in Bourg d’Oisans

30 May

Its been a very busy week for cycle hire in Bourg d’Oisans with all our bikes either hired out to  a cycling tour based in Grenoble or a large contingent of Danish people holidaying here in Bourg d’Oisans. All the bikes were at some point today on Alpe d’Huez

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It has left our custom built bike tree looking a little bare

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

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Try out a PROMPT D211 free of charge

20 Feb

We have teamed up with Mosquito Bike / Lightweight Wheels and More Than 21 Bends to provide a PROMPT D211 demo weekend here in Bourg d’Oisans.

Holiday Details 2nd – 6th May 2013.

 4 nights half board accommodation at More Than 21 Bends B&B in Bourg d’Oisans France, transfer from Grenoble train station to Bourg d’Oisans and Bike transfers from Mosquito Bikes London to MT21B’s or free PROMPT D211 demo bike for the weekend

Itinerary

Between Friday 26th and Tuesday 30th April 2013: Bike drop at Mosquito Bikes, Bike fit service available at a special rate and Servicing option with Mosquito Bikes so your bike is ready to roll on arrival.

  • Thursday 2nd May: Make your own way to the More Than 21 Bends B&B in Bourg d’Oisans or join the transfer from Grenoble train station at 4pm. Opportunity to test Lightweight Wheels and Prompt bikes or join More Than 21 Bends on a short late afternoon ride. Evening meal at MT21Bs.
  • Friday 3rd May: Breakfast at MT21B.  80KM Guided ride including ascent of Alpe d’Huez leaving 10.00am.  Informal pre dinner talk and introduction to Lightweight Wheels. Evening meal at MT21B.
  • Saturday 4th May: Breakfast at MT21B.  Guided ride of 100km taking in the Col de la Morte and the Col d’Ornon leaving 10.00am.  Informal pre dinner talk by our Nutrition Partner. Evening meal at MT21B.
  • Sunday 5th May: Early Breakfast at MT21B.  80KM ride including the spectacular Traverse d’Oisans and Les Deux Alpes. Evening meal at MT21B.
  • Monday 6th May: Breakfast at MT21B.  Last chance to test ride Lightweight Wheels and Prompt bikes before departure.  Departures around 11am, transfer to Grenoble train station for 12.00pm.

Between Tuesday 7th May (pm) and Saturday 11th May : Bike collection from Mosquito Bikes

Price Includes:

Click here for more information 

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.

Cycling Alpe d’Huez in November

12 Nov

I completed Alpe d’Huez for the 40th consecutive month this week in glorious early winter sunshine. The purpose of the ride – to get my winter ski pass. The D211 performed faultlessly as I cruised up in 65 minutes despite having to stop for traffic lights on the last bend. There is not much snow about up top as the picture belows shows.

After the climb I road over to Oz en Oisans and took this photo overlooking Lake Verney where the Alpe d’Huez Triathlon Swim takes place.

We will be busy renovating our new pickup point in Bourg d’Oisans over the winter but will be available for pre booked bike hire until the end of November and starting again in February 2012.

PROMPT D902 Retro

4 Oct

I have been busily builing up an old 1988 columbus steel road frame in PROMPT colours over the summer months. It got its maiden ride today up the D211 better known as Alpe d’Huez. Thursday will see me try it up the D902 better known as the Col du Galibier. The frame is a one off and will be used to promote our business in Bourg d’Oisans.