We get asked loads of questions here at More
Than 21 Bends. If we have not answered your question
here then send us a question.
What type of bike
do I need ?
The mountains here are long and steep and they
are pretty difficult to avoid. We would suggest
a good quality road bike with either a triple or
double compact chainset. We have had people with
standard chain rings but unless you are a very
strong rider we would not recommand this.
I don't like flying
are there alternatives ways to get to you?
You can catch a
train and we can pick you up from Grenoble Train
Station. If you are coming from the UK you can use
Bike Express coach service and again we can
pick you up in Grenoble. You can of course also
drive your car or van as there is ample parking
near our house.
What is the best Airport
to fly to for Bourg d'Oisans ?
We recommend flying to Lyon or Geneva airport
for more information
From here there are bus and train services to
Grenoble Station where we can pick you up for an
additional fee. If you prefer you can also catch
the local bus service from Grenoble station to
Bourg d'Oisans station
What spares do I
need to bring ?
Our garage is pretty well equipped with tools
that you will need but you should bring the basic
supply of inner tubes, patches, a pump, and a multi-tool.
You should also bring spares and tools specific
to your bike such as a rear mech hanger.
What else do I need
to bring to ride?
We would suggesting having insurance both for
your bike and yourself. We would also recommend
a road helmet , gloves and glasses. Sun cream is
also a good idea as the summer days are long and
hot and you will be in exposed areas with little
shelter for long periods of time
What is the weather
going to be like ?
This part of the Alps can get very hot in the
summer but the weather at the top of the mountain
is changeable. It can be hot in the valley
and wet at the summit. We recommend you bring
a waterproof coat and more than one change of kit.
Plus arm and leg warmers.
Bourg d'Oisans has a laundrette.
What is the French for
Do you cater for Triathletes
Yes we do - and we have a specific week for the
Alpe d'Huez Triathlon.
Do we cater for
special diets / vegetarians ?
Yes, we do but you need to let us know when booking.
This also applies if you have any allergies.
Level of fitness
A good level of fitness is required - but the
amount of riding you do and where you go is up to
you. Just remember once you are at the top of the
mountain it is a long way down and the descents
are physically demanding.
Women riders ?
Yes, of course. Please note that
accommodation is based on shared rooms and where
possible we sleep guests of the same sex together,
but we cannot guarantee a women or men only room.
I am on holiday
in Bourg d'Oisans can I come out for the day ?
Yes - in fact if you are just passing through
and want a couple of nights staying and riding then
contact us and we will see what we can do.
Is it true that Helen
gives the best after ride massage in the area ?