Mountain Biking in the Alpes Pt2: Les Deux Alpes & The Megavalanche.
by Tom Stickland
This follows on from the article about Les Gets and Morzine.
Les Deux Alpes and L’Alpe D’Huez are well known ski resorts in the Southern Alps. They are about 35km (20 miles) East of Grenoble. Google map location of Les Deux Alpes. Both have dedicated mountain bike trails and uplifts open in the summer.
I’ve visited several Alpine mountain bike areas over the last few years and Les Deux Alpes is my favourite. For example, take the Venosc run; this offers 830m of descent in 3.5km and does so via a long run of steep berms down a hill. Like all good routes it allows you to go fast if you want to, but you could also roll the whole way at walking speed if you wanted to. The resort itself is fairly modern, but doesn’t look too bad, certainly not as bad as the concrete car park look of some resorts.
There is a fairly nuts jump park, plus a skills area.
We stayed in a camp site at the bottom of the Venosc lift. The village of Vensoc sits on the side of the hill with a few bars and restaurant. There are two campsites both a few minutes from the lift. The lift stays open until 8pm. The nearest camp site is Camping Champ Du Moulin and it looked pretty good. We stayed at the more basic Camping La Cascade. The nearby Chateua Hotel De La Muzelle sells beer in the afternoons and are very happy to see bikers. There’s also food served. My tip is to go for the Menu Du Jour. I did this on two evenings and for EUR25 I had a really good four course meal. There’s good short cut from the bottom of the Venosc run to the hotel that goes down a rocky track. Turn left when the trail crosses the road coming into the village.
We did four days of riding after finishing the Mega Avalanche race. There’s easily enough to keep most riders happy for five or six days.
When I was there they were marking out the route for the 2010 Mountain of Hell race. Information on the 2011 Mountain of Hell.
The Mega Avalanche race is held across the valley at L’Alpe D’Huez.
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