The best of Alpine cycling can be found in our valley with its mythical climbs to ski-resorts, charming mountain villages and famous cols.
Famous ski-resorts and mountain villages
Alpe d’Huez is a relatively short but difficult climb. The first few kilometers are the steepest and therefore immediately decisive for the rest of your climb: you cycle yourself here over the head, you still have heavy kilometers to the top ahead. The summit of the Alpe d’Huez has a height of 1860 meters. From the village of Bourg d’Oisans you deduct 1061 altitude meters. The average gradient is 7.9% with the steepest 11% at the start. The climb consists of 21 hairpin bends.
Spectacular Cols from the Tour de France
In addition, in the immediate vicinity of Chalet Carpe Diem you will find the most famous and most spectacular climbs of the Tour de France, including:
33% plus difficile que l’Alpe d’Huez!
This is a great climb, the difficulty is rising slowly so do not throw your guns too quickly. The road is not too good but fine to ride with the road bike. A rather unknown col, but spicier (and more beautiful?) Than the adjacent Croix de Fer. On this col you are only in a great mountain landscape. Fortunately they still exist this kind of unknown mountain cols!
This climb can be divided into three parts. The first part ‘false flat’ of about 4% to the reservoir. You have a rest next to the reservoir. After this you will leave the hordes of cyclists going towards the Croix de Fer behind you and turn towards Vaujauny. Here there is still about 10 kilometers for 1000 altitude meters. The sum was quickly made … on average 10%
The descent is not easy due to the moderate road surface. Caution is required. But the climb is definitely worth it!
The owner of Chalet Carpe Diem is also a cycling enthusiast and will share his knowledge of the surrounding mountain passes in the French Alps, and also the Swiss and Italian Alps.
Do not hesitate to ask him for any further information.
Hikers and nature lovers
For hikers and nature lovers, Bourg d’Oisans proposes crystal clear lakes, streams, rivers and waterfalls. Take the time to enjoy and admire the spectacular panoramas and try to spot chamois and marmottes. Interesting surrounding towns and villages to visit such as Briançon (70kms) or Grenoble (50kms) take about one hour car journey.
Hiking in Oisans
Discover the unusual landscapes with prestigious summits (La Meije 3983m, La Barre des Ecrins 4102m), large plateaus, green valleys, numerous glaciers, lakes and other waterfalls … Located in the heart of the Oisans area, the “Parc National des Ecrins” “also offers an extremely varied fauna and flora.
Mountain huts in Oisans
Simple living place, the mountain hut is a high altitude house with more difficulties than in the valley, so the refuge does not offer the comfort. The guard “organizes” the life of housing: distribution of clogs, couchettes, meals, breakfast, alarm clock … For safety reasons and for their organization, you inform him about your walking or racing goal the next day.