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After the white beauty of winter, summer brings many surprises for those who love the mountains.... In Villard- Reculas the steep slopes of the Grandes Rousses mountain range evolves into green pastures overlooking the valley: a peaceful area between woods and mountains.

Summer in Villard Reculas

Ideally located at the crossroads of the main tourist centers of the Oisans, Villard-Reculas is an ideal base for cyclists and walkers who love nature.... But most appealing is the authentic character of the village.

L'Alpe d'Huez in the summer

Ideal for summer holidays, Alpe d'Huez is situated in the heart of the Massif de l'Oisans, just a one-hour drive from Grenoble, 2 hours from Lyon and 2.5 hours from Geneva.

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Located at 1860 meters above sea level on a plateau on the south face, this area enjoys an average of 300 days of sunshine a year. It is also known as "l'Ile du Soleil" (Island of the sun). The highest point, "the Pic Blanc" offers a panoramic view of 1/5th of the French territory with a view of Mont Blanc, Mont Ventou, the Central Massif, Switzerland and Italy

The beautiful setting is ideal for practicing many sports including hiking, cycling, mountain biking, climbing and paragliding. In summer, there are many events: l'Alpe d’Huzes, the Marmotte, the Megavalanche, the Etape du Tour Vélo Mondo, the Triathlon, and French Supermotard Championship. With its renowned 21 hairpin turns, the Alpe d'Huez climb is one of the most famous stages of the Tour de France. On the panels in the corners of each turn are the names of the stage winners through a "countdown" displayed.

Cycling, an History!

Alpe d'Huez has a long series of 27 stage winners in the Tour de France. From Fausto Coppi in 1952 to Pierre Rolland in 2011, Alpe d'Huez hosts a collection of names of legendary champions.

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Alpe d'Huez hosts a collection of names of legendary champions including no fewer than eight Dutch winners! Joop Zoetemelk, Hennie Kuipers, Peter Winnen (2 times each), Steven Rooks and Gert Jan Teunissen’s cycling histories are written here so we still hear some of the chauvinistic “Dutch mountain "speech. This epic battle to the top was also fought by, among others, Bernard Hinault, Luis Herrera, Laurent Fignon, Marco Pantani, and Lance Armstrong. Which active cyclist is not up to the challenge of the great champions of this mountain with its 21 hairpin bends?

Mountain biking in Alpe d'Huez Grand Domaine

In the Alpe d'Huez Grand Domaine are 250 km of marked mountain bike routes for all abilities, so that both beginners and advanced riders can have the ride of their lives!

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Events and Activities

  • Alpe d'HuZes
  • Equestrial International Raid
  • The Marmotte bike race
  • The ascent of Alpe d'Huez
  • The week of Megavalanche
  • Stage of the Tour Mondo Velo
  • Fitness week

 

  • Tour de France
  • The Alpe d'Huez Duathlon
  • The Alpe d'Huez Triathlon
  • Fête de La Sainte-Anne
  • French Supermoto Championship
  • Fête de L’air
  • Alpe d’Huez 21