COVID-19 Policies, cleaning and social distancing recommendations.
The French government has classified our department, Isère, as “green” as it has a low circulation of the virus.
You are required to wear a mask on all public transport, including the ski lifts. Some shops require the wearing of masks and all restaurants until you are seated. In the local swimming pools wearing a mask in compulsory in the communal areas and the changing rooms.
It is prudent to carry a mask with you at all times.
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There are some new routes in the Oisans for cyclists to enjoy.
A local plan to build a sealed pathway between Allemont and Venosc has created some interesting new options for cyclists.
It means you can leave our house and, once you have dropped down to Allemont, can get onto a nice quiet sealed pathway.
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The mountain cols are late to open this year.
This is due to both a huge amount of snow and the COVID-19 induced restrictions which have resulted in no one being able to use them.
Work has started on clearing our local cols but it has been a very snowy year and there is a great deal of snow above 2000m.
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Why are we talking about supermarkets in Grenoble? Because they are bigger and cheaper than the ones in the Oisans, that’s why.
If you are self-catering you will probably be planning to buy supplies from a local supermarket. We have previously written a guide to the supermarkets in Bourg d’Oisans and you can certainly get everything you need there.
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There are various strategies and timings you could use for driving to Alpe d’Huez or elsewhere in the French Alps.
As I have written before, I am going to assume you will start the French leg of your journey in Calais and that you begin your journey in the UK.
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How easy is it to drive to the Alps and go cycling? Good question.
The answer is: easier than you think.
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Creperie Les Favets is in Le Rivier d’Allemond on the road to and from the Col du Glandon and the Col de la Croix de Fer.
It is right by the road with a narrow terrace just in front of the building. Fortunately, traffic moves very slowly on the road.
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The Marmotte 2020 has been postponed.
Inevitable, really in the current circumstances but it has been postponed until Saturday 5th September 2020.
Here is the information directly from the organizers:
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Bike rental: Prompt Cycle Culture is a bike shop established in 2011 in the centre of Bourg d’Oisans.
They specialise in cycle hire, servicing, sales and Italian Coffee. They also stock their own brand of jerseys and t-shirts and possibly the largest collection of Cycling Caps in the world, though I’m not sure how you would verify this.
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This is the bike blog of Le Château d’Oz. It is a constantly updating resource of information about whats available in our area for cyclists.
There are few posts on technical aspects of cycling, others do that better. This is all about the resources available from bike shops which offer, rentals, repairs and accessories to cafés and restaurants where you can stop en route or get a good meal in the evening.
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