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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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 three supermarkets in Bourg d’Oisans ranging in size from the big out of town Casino to the small Vival and Carrefour Express on the main street and an Organic Food shop.
Although the Casino is out of town it’s still only a 5-minute walk (see map) from the town centre. With a large free car park its the most convenient for shopping if you have a car.
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Although cycling in April is possible around Alpe d’Huez you will be taking your chances with the spring weather.
The weather is usually very good and the roads are dry. However, this is the mountains and the weather is very unpredictable. It changes very quickly too.
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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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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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If you are looking for bike rental in Alpe d’Huez, Cycle Huez has to be on your list.
Located right in the middle of Alpe d’Huez, opposite the Tourist Office and the Indiana bar, so it’s very easy to find. It has a great range of Wilier bikes.
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