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Alpe D’Huez Cycling Accommodation

Cycling Accommodation For Small and Large Groups

Cycling Oisans

Cycling the beautiful mountain passes

If you’re looking for accommodation while coming to the French Alps to cycle the likes of Alpe D’Huez, Col de Croix De Fer or Galibier then you have found the right place. The Lauvitel Lodge is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Bourg d’Oisans; it’s a 10-15 min leg-warming ride to the town and the foot of Alpe D’Huez. It is much loved and frequently returned to by cyclists and cycling groups.


We are able to cater for up to 26 cyclists, with a good mix of rooms, each with its own style and magnificent mountain views. Some of the rooms are en-suite with the others being adjacent to a shared bathroom. You can see more details here.

We have a large, secure, fully equipped garage to look after your bikes; in addition to a plunge pool, stretch deck, and in-house massage service to look after your bodies.  Our food is aimed at giving you the energy you need for those mountain climbs on the bike, as well as being totally delicious and something to Facebook home about.


While we are open all year round, our accommodation is busiest during the main sportives in the area;  Alpe d’HuZes, La Marmotte, Les Deux Alpes & La Vaujany. Of course, we also see a lot of cyclists coming to stay during Criterium du Dauphine and the Tour De France.  Other popular times for cyclists are June and September, when the weather is a little cooler, the roads quieter and the mountains particularly beautiful for cycling.

Many cyclists come back year after year because they enjoy the amazing rides in the immediate vicinity and the incredibly relaxed atmosphere of the lodge. Will you become a regular?

What makes us different? Bring your partner or the family.

We are a great venue for ‘mixed’ (cyclists and non-cyclists) groups or couples! We have beautiful gardens to relax and play in, extraordinary walks to enjoy, including a beautiful walk up to a natural lake high up in the mountains above the lodge, as well as in-house well-being services including T’ai Chi, yoga and massage, and a detailed knowledge of other things you may like to do.

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Climbing Alpe d’Huez

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Climbing the 21 bends from Bourg d’Oisans (717m) to Alpe d’Huez (1,860) you will join the great cyclists of the Tour de France, succeeding at one of the most sustained climbs in the Alpes. With a vertical difference of 1,120m over just 14 km your sense of achievement when you reach the finishing line will be well deserved.

Time Trials

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From May to September you can collect a Timtoo timing chip from Bourg d’Oisans Tourist Office which automatically records your time when you pass by the start and finish. You may choose the climb to Alpe d’Huez or the road to Saint Christophe. You will be eligible for a certificate stating the time of your ascent for a charity donation of 1€.

Sponsored Rides “Alpe d’Huzes”

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For the past several years the Dutch have organized a sponsorship event, called ‘Alpe d’Huzes,’ in June, raising funds for living well with cancer. Cyclists take on the challenge of climbing the ‘hill’ as many as six times in one day. This started with a relatively small number of friends and is now a major event both in the Oisans valley and for the Dutch nation, with 10,000 riders and millions of spectators. The two teams staying in Lauvitel Lodge in 2012 raised an incredible € 55,000.

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Other Cycling Events:

Cycling Events

Marco Pantani

This lesser known event, starting and finishing in Les Deux Alpes, takes place towards the end of August. The 164km race starts with a hair-raising peloton descent into Bourg d’Oisans, passes over the Col d’Ornon, through the Alpe du Grand Serre, back via Villard Reculas and Huez before descending to the Barrage du Chambon for the final climb back to Les Deux Alpes.

La Marmotte

Anyone who is willing to take on the challenges of the Marmotte is worthy of respect.  This is perhaps the most challenging amateur cycling event on the annual sporting calander, attracting over 7,000 competitors in early July each year.  Starting in Bourg d’Oisans, the 174km goes over the Col du Glandon, Col du Telegraphe and Col du Galibier before finishing with the famous climb to Alpe d’Huez.

Alpe d’Huez Triathlon

Towards the end of July EDF hosts a three day triathlon event, using the Lac de Verney for the swimming stage, the classic climb to Alpe d’Huez for part of the cycling route, and the alpine meadows at the top of Alpe d’Huez for the running stage. Spanning three days, the event includes a juniors’ competition, a Long Distance Triathlon (2.2km swim, 115km ride and 22km run) and a Short Distance Triathlon (1.2 km swim, 30km ride and 7km run).

Tour de France

The Oisans valley regularly hosts an Alpine stage of the Tour de France, often including the Classic Cols of  Lautaret, Galibier and the Croix de Fer before finishing with the 21 hairpin bends of Alpe d’Huez.  Lauvitel Lodge is well situated for this event, with relatively easy access to a large part of the route.

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Popular Cycle Routes

Cycling The Classic Cols

Col du Lautaret
Altitude: 2 057 m

Col de la Croix de Fer
Altitude: 2 064 m

Col du Glandon
Altitude: 1 924 m

Col du Galibier
Altitude: 2 646 m

Col d’Ornon
Altitude: 1 371 m

Col de Sarenne
Altitude: 1 999 m

Other Climbs:

Saint Christophe and La Berarde
Villard Notre Dame
From Huez to Villard Reculas
Les Balcons d’Auris
Au Deux Alpes


Namaste!  We had a great time in this beautiful house.  Thank-you very much for the hospitality and the good spirit.  Best wishes for the New Year.

Laura G., Renard Family
The Oisans cycling website: routes, events, etc.