Where to stay: Rhône-Alpes

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Alpe d'Huez - Chalet La Folie (Oz-en-Oisans)

Large apartment for 10 people with Alpe d'Huez on your doorstep

Residence Le Chalet Des Neiges, Le Pic Blanc Appt B17
Rue Zac de L’Oulmet, Oz-en-Oisans Station
38114 Oz-en-Oisans
Isère, Rhône-Alpes (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes)
Phone: +44 (0)7860 129204
Email: chaletb17oz@gmail.com

Price from: From £150-£200 per night or £750 per week (please note there is a £150 addition to all bookings for cleaning and taxes)

Open: June to September and December to April

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Chalet La Folie is a spacious apartment within easy reach of Alpe d’Huez (and its gondolas for summer MTB or TDF access), and close to local shops, restaurants and bars. This is a great base for cycling many other the famous cols, too, including the Glandon, Croix de Fer and Galibier. Bourg d’Oisans is nearby and is something of a Mecca for road cyclists –the famous Marmottes race starts and finishes there as well as many other routes. Mountain bikers have a huge area to discover, and many ‘VTT’ events are held on the challenging terrain around of Oz. The famous Megavalanche takes place in July every year – starting at the top of Pic Blanc in snow and cycling a huge descent into Sarenne gorge. Walkers have Les Ecrins national park and wonderful, signposted walking from the door, or lovely ridge walks between the gondolas. Many wonderful mountain restaurants are also open in summer.  The chalet sleeps 10 people in four bedrooms and there's a swimming pool, hammam and sauna in the chalet development to rest weary legs. The owner Alison is flexible about check-in during summer months.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Alpe d'Huez - Chalet Morville (Venosc)

Spacious, modern chalet offering B&B for cyclists in Les 2 Alpes

255 Route de la Ville
38520 Venosc
Isere, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Phone: +33 (0)6 30 77 09 14
Email: hello@chaletmorville.com

Price from: €100 a night for a double or twin room, €70 for a single, family rooms €150. (All rooms B&B basis). Evening meals available for €30 for three courses

Open: All year except May, October and November

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Chalet Morville is a specialist cycling chalet in the picturesque medieval Alpine village of Venosc just 13km from Le Bourg-d'Oisans and the start of the Alpe d'Huez climb – so a perfect warmup ride away from the famous 21 hairpins. With spectacular mountain views and the best riding the Alps has to offer, Sue and Jules at Chalet Morville aim to offer a home away from home for your French cycling adventure. To ensure your bike is as happy as you are, there is a secure, dedicated bike workshop (pictured) with tools, work stands and spares. The chalet itself is perfect for relaxing after a ride, with a sunny south-facing balcony and garden, a hot tub, sauna and gym. There is a spacious lounge area with UK TV, a dedicated cinema room and a games room with pool and table football. The chalet sleeps up to 12 people and offers accommodation on a per-night basis, with hearty breakfasts served up to power you through the day, along with home-made cakes and optional evening meals for when you get back. The chalet sleeps up to 12.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Alpe d'Huez - Les Ecureuils (Oz-en-Oisans)

Mountains and water provide the playground for this chalet for 8

Appartment 20 Les Ecureuils
Le Royer, Oz station
38114 Oz-en-Oisans
Isère, Rhône-Alpes (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes)
Phone: +44 (0)7798 687990
Email: marcshu@hotmail.co.uk

Price from: €99 per night, €693 per week

Open: All year

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The Oz valley provides plenty of sporting and relaxing oppotunities. For the road cyclists you have a wide choice of cols underpinned by the fact that pro-team AG2R have chosen this area for a lot of of its mountain training. The big one is of course Alpe d'Huez to the south but there are lots more including Col d’Ornon, Col de Sarenne, the Glandon and the Croix de Fer – basically lots of beautiful climbs. For mountain bikers or anyone wanting to explore the beauty of the Alps off paved road, there is an abudance of tracks to tackle and plenty to suit every style. You're also just 60m from a high-speed ski-lift. This modern apartment is set in a chalet and sleeps up to 8. It's fully furnished to include everything you need to enjoy a retreat in the mountains. Bikes can be locked in a secure area under the lodge.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Alpe d'Huez - Mountain Chalet

The famous hairpins are on your doorstep – literally

118 Route d'Huez
38750 Alpe d'Huez
Isère, Rhône-Alpes (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes)
Phone: +44 (0)7887 840499
Email: tim@mountainchalet.co.uk

Price from: £1300 per week for upto 14 people

Open: All year

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At the Mountain Chalet you couldn't be any closer to the famous 21 hairpins of Alpe d'Huez – you're on the road itself. The chalet can sleep up to 14 people and is available on a self-catered basis in summer. It's perfectly kitted out for cycling. There's even an outdoor hot tub that sits underneath a large south facing balcony, perfect for relaxing after a ride, complete with a beautiful view. The facilities don't stop there as you can also make full use of a sauna, large social space, UK Sky TV, plenty of bike storage room, wifi and as many famous cols to ride as your legs can withstand. Each bedroom is named after a famous cols in the region, such as Galibier, Croix de Fer, Glandon, Lauteret and more. The guys here promise that if you stay once as a ‘roadie’ at Mountain Chalet and you will be back.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Alps - Camping Croque Loisirs (Puy Saint Vincent)

Charming Alpine campsite with views over a national park

Les Landes
05290 Puy St Vincent
Hautes-Alpes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Phone: +33 (0)4 92 22 29 03
Email: info@camping05.com

Price from: €9.50

Open: June 1 until September 15

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We just love the sound of this place. This green and lush campsite is situated on the border of the Ecrins, one of only 10 national parks in France. The site is at an altitude of 1450 metres, meaning that you can literally ride stunning mountain routes from the door. This is mountain camping as it’s meant to be. From your pitch you’ll be able to see the rocks of the Ecrins, as well as beautiful valleys and the glacier of Pelvoux. A three-star campsite, Camping Croque Loisirs is clean, with hot showers and a good friendly service (speaking French, English, Dutch and German). Most of the 50 pitches have access to electricity and there are several water taps. Every morning you can also buy fresh bread, a great way to start your day. The campsite is part of a sports initiative run by an enthusiastic group of Dutch people wo are passionate about sharing the Southern Alps. They can help you plan your rides (GPS maps and stacks of local knowledge), or take on their own bucketlist cols challenge that includes Galibier, Izoard and a bunch of other Tour de France climbs. 

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Alps - Chalet Coeurs (Morzine)

Chalet with hot tub and sauna for tired cycling muscles

129 Chemin du Pied de la Plagne
74110 Morzine
Haute-Savoie, Rhône-Alpes
Phone: +44 (0)20 7191 1120
Email: us@thealpinegeneration.com

Price from: £1,110 per week for up to 12 people (available self-catered or fully catered) - 5% discount when mentioning Freewheeling France

Open: Available June to September

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Mountain chalet for groups just off the Route de la Plagne – a flat, easy 20-minute walk to the centre of Morzine for non-cycling friends and family (there's also a navette/mini-bus stop just 50m away, giving great access into town). The chalet sleeps up to 12 people in two double en-suites that both have one twin and two triple rooms. There's a sauna, plus large terrace and an outdoor hot tub in the garden (pictured). Both the Col de Joux Plane and Col de Joux Verte are within easy reach. Free wifi. Large bike store in the locked basement. 5% discount when mentioning Freewheeling France

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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Alps - Chalet La Ferme a Mamy (Morzine)

A beautiful blend of the old and the new catered with the athlete in mind

Chalet La Ferme a Mamy
74110 Morzine
Haute-Savoie, Rhône-Alpes (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes)
Phone: +33 (0)6 42 50 40 12
Email: info@buzzcycling.com

Price from: €550 per week catered. Shorter stays and self-catering also possible - please enquire

Open: All year

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Chalet La Ferme a Mamy is a dedicated cycling base run by Joe and Amelia at Buzz Cycling. It's a luxury chalet in central Morzine and comes complete with mountain views. There are lots of bells and whistles here including private relaxation areas, an outdoor hot tub and sauna, and free wifi. Food is very much a focus with nutritious and tasty meals provided to power you up the cols. Two amazing chefs with 30 years' of experience run the kitchen, so you are in good hands. Menus can be tailored for vegetarians, as well as special dietary requirements and allergies. Children's meals are also available.  Airport transfers and bike hire can also be provided.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Alps - Chalet Mathilde (Sainte Foy Tarentaise)

Relax in the Alps and hit the mountains from the doorstep

La Petite Viclaire
73640 Sainte Foy Tarentaise
Savoie, Rhône-Alpes (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes)
Phone: +44(0)77 93 813 823 or +33(0)6 65 47 67 74
Email: enquiries@alpinevista.co.uk

Price from: £275 per person

Open: May to the end of October

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This is a great fixed base for cycling in the heart of the Alps. Chalet Mathilde is run by cyclists Ben and Maddison, who are keen for others to share their little slice of Alpine life. The chalet is available on a catered or self-catered basis for cyclists wanting a self-guided biking base. There are 5 bedrooms, which are available on a sole occupancy basis and ideal for groups of 4-10 people. From the door you can reach Col de l’Iseran, Col du Petit St Bernard, Col de la Madeleine and the Cormet de Roseland, among other classic Tour de France climbs. This part of the Alps is a real hot spot for road cycling, and this is an ideal base for exploring it. Ben will be on hand to share local routes and help you plan your days on the bike – for newer (or unfit!) riders there are gentler local roads with friendlier gradients as well (Ben also offers an emergency rescue service if you get stuck). Free wifi.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities

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Alps - Col du Telegraphe and Col du Galibier - Chalet Le 1000 Thabor (Valmenier)

Brand new Maurienne Valley chalet with views of the Col du Telegraphe

Les Melezes
73450 Valmeinier
Savoie, Rhône-Alpes (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes)
Phone: +33 (0) 6 30 70 55 66
Email: denis.bouvier@1000thabor.com

Price from: €250-350 per day (3 days minimum); €1200-2000 per week

Open: June 1-September 30

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Denis the owner of Chalet Le 1000 Thabor knows a thing or two about the Maurienne Valley and its many attractions for cyclists. And he's just opened a brand new 4* chalet (sleeps up to 15 people) to share it all. Ride Col du Telegraphe (6 kilometres away) or Col du Galibier, Col du Glandon and Croix de Fer, then Lacets de Montvernier or Col de la Madeleine, Aussois and Col du Montcenis, Col de l’Iseran. Some guests have even done the Marmotte tour starting from Denis' place. Wherever you choose to ride, you can be rest assured that you will receive knowledgable and friendly support throughout your stay here. To help you recover from your cycling day you can enjoy a Finnish sauna before firing up the gas BBQ and enjoying a beer in your private garden, all while taking in the wonderful view of the Col du Telegraphe. There's free parking for cars and a secure garage for your bike. Denis speaks French, English and Italian.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Alps - Colbaggers Apartment (Galibier/Telegraphe)

Modern apartment available for nightly visits on famous TDF cols

Hameau des Eaux d'Orelle
73140 Orelle
Savoie, Rhône-Alpes (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes)
Phone: +44 (0)7711 441216
Email: colbaggers@btinternet.com

Price from: €65 per apartment per night

Open: Apartment available on a nightly basis in July and August

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This modern apartment, situated in the beautiful hamlet of Orelle in the Maurienne Valley (“le Plus Grand Domaine Cyclable du Monde”), is just two hours from Geneva by car. Many of the classic cols featuring regularly in the Tour de France are within easy reach – the start of the stunning Telegraphe / Galibier is only 6km away. It can sleep upto 4 – double bedroom, double sofa bed in the living area, kitchen, bathroom, toilet and large south facing balcony – and there's a swimming pool, shop, laundry and free wifi on site. For larger groups, additional apartments sleeping 2-6 people can be arranged. The Hameau des Eaux d’Orelle is only a few kilometres from the A43 motorway, linking Chambery to northern Italy, but the local area is really peaceful, thanks to the tunnels, which allow the motorway and the trains to bypass the village completely.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Alps - Hotel Chalet d’Antoine (Megève)

Alpine-style hotel in a great mountain location for cycling

187 Route Edmond de Rothschild
74120 Megève
Haute-Savoie, Rhone-Alps (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes)
Phone: +33 (0)4 50 21 06 56
Email: info@chaletantoine.com

Price from: €95 per room per night

Open: All year - please ask about availability

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Hotel Chalet d’Antoine is a small, well-established chalet – founded by the current owner Simon Butler over 30 years ago – specialising in chalet-hotel holidays throughout the summer (as well as in winter for skiers) in the beautiful resort of Megève in the Haute-Savoie. The Alpine-style hotel is a great base for exploring the mountains and is popular with cycle groups, who use the hotel as a base, including for the Haute-Route and 2016 Tour de France race stages. There is a secure bike room in the basement, which is accessible from inside and outside the hotel, plus a cosy lounge and bar to relax in the evening and plan the next day's rides. The hotel is a sort walk to the Megève town centre, so close to local restaurants and bars. Free car parking, free wifi, plus delicious continental buffet breakfast every morning. What's not to like?

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Alps - Mountain Hotel Saint Roch (Puy Saint Vincent)

Friendly cycle friendly base for making the most of the Alps

Les Prés - Station 1400
05290 Puy St Vincent
Hautes-Alpes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Phone: +33 (0)4 92 23 32 79
Email: info@hotel-st-roch.com

Price from: €82 per room for 2 persons, €495 per week

Open: Mid-December to mid-April; end of May to end of August

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Hotel Mountain Roch is part of a sports initiative run by an enthusiastic group of Dutch people in the Southern French Alps. Nestled in the heart of the Hautes-Alps, there are 12 Tour de France cols and many more smaller bumps to get up and over within easy reach of the hotel (including the Izoard, Bonette and Galibier). Lots of local advice on hand to help plan road cycling routes – use the local maps and GPS guidance – or take on the hotel's own bucketlist cols challenge. The guys can also help you combine your road cycling with MTB or trailruning. There's a sun terrace on which to relax and enjoy homemade three-course meals to ensure you're fuelled for the next day. Oh and there's also orand enjoy special bike beers, pasta meals and post-cycling snacks. You can even have a shower the day of your departure so you can sneak in a ride before you go.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Annecy - Hotel International

3-star hotel with hot tub, hammam and onsite massage facilities

19 avenue du Rhône
74000 Annecy
Haute-Savoie, Rhône-Alpes

Price from: €63

Open: All year

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Stylish hotel 2km from Lake Annecy and 500m from the train station, and just a few minutes to the Old Town, Annecy Cathedral and Château d'Annecy. Hotel restaurant and bar. Each room has tea and coffee making facilites. Free wifi. Buffet breakfast. Fitness centre with hammam and hot tub. Massage also available. 24-hour reception. Locked room inside the hotel for bikes, maps and rental advice available at reception. French and English spoken.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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Annecy - Résidence les Gentianes

Individually designed apartment near beautiful Lac d'Annecy

74210 Doussard, Annecy
Haute-Savoie, Rhône-Alpes (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes)
Phone: +44(0) 7767 782191
Email: alan.highet@googlemail.com

Price from: €530 per week

Open: All year

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Located in Doussard, this self-catering apartment (sleeping 6-8) has a garage for bikes and is perfect for exploring the Annecy area. Of all the locations in the Alps, Annecy is the one perhaps best suited to all ages and abilities when it comes to cycling. There is a rich Tour de France heritage here, with a time trial route around the lake; Col de la Forclaz via Montmin and Doussard; and Les Semnoz, which was the finish of the centenary tour’s penultimate stage. But for smaller or less-experienced riders, there's also a dedicated 35km cycle route that runs from Annecy, along the lake and then through countryside to Ugine, towards Albertville. It's a converted railway route that's been extended recently so that the lake is almost completely circumnavigable from Doussard. Alan, the owner of Residence-les-Gentianes, is keen to help cyclists explore this (and other) great routes. With the micro-climate around the lake, you can ride here even during winter. Alan can provide lots of helpful information about the exciting possibilities the area has to offer – just drop him a line.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities

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Bourg d’Oisans - Chalet Saskia

Perfect for Col de Croix de Fer, the Galibier and Alpe d’Huez

31 Route de la Drayre
38114 Vaujany
Isère, Rhône-Alpes
Phone: +44 (0)14 28 60 80 70
Email: info@skipeak.com

Price from: €620pp for week half board; €105pp per night for shorter stays

Open: June, July, August and September for cyclists; open other times for skiiers

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Chalet Saskia is an award-winning chalet in Vaujany, an alpine village resort near Bourg d’Oisans – a hub for cyclists climbing Col de Croix de Fer and riding the Marmotte circuit, which features the Galibier and Alpe d’Huez. There are 10 bedrooms, all with an en-suite bath or shower rooms, and balconies. There are three large reception rooms, including a games room with table tennis and bar football. Offering half-board accommodation with meals, the chalet has an excellent reputation for its cuisine and standard of care. Very large, lockable garage with wall brackets and stands. The owners, Nigel and Jamie, are super-keen to see more cyclists use the chalet – they have a minibus with bike trailer for transfers, plus they can help with transport up/down the valley, or to ride start/end points.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities

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Bourg St Maurice - Alpine Velo Chalet (Aime)

Cyclist-run chalet offering half-board accommodation in the Alps

Montvilliers
73210 Aime
Savoie, Rhone-Alpes (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes)
Phone: +33 (0)6 26 80 77 67
Email: info@alpine-velo.com

Price from: £350 per person half board for 3 nights; £550 per person half board for 7 nights (includes airport transfers)

Open: Closed mid-October to mid-April

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Alpine Velo run a friendly catered bike chalet just below the ski resort of Plagne Montalbert and not far from Bourg-Saint-Maurice, in the northern French Alps. Situated in a tiny mountain hamlet with breathtaking views across the mountain tops, the chalet can be rented room by room if you’re a couple or small group of friends, or on a sole occupancy basis for groups of up to 12. There are more than 10 stunning high altitude Alpine cols and climbs you can start and finish at the chalet, including 4 featured regularly in the Tour de France. This is a great base in particular for the Col de la Madeleine and the Cormet de Roselend. The chalet itself is stylishly renovated and has lots of rustic alpine charm. There’s a large sitting room with log stove, a dining room, 5 bedrooms with private bathrooms (all can be twins or doubles), sunny terraced gardens, an outdoor sauna and a secure bike store with workshop area. If you don’t fancy the homeward climb back to the chalet (6km/400m ascent), you can arrange a pickup from in the valley. English, French and Spanish spoken. E-bike hire can be arranged, and non-cyclists are welcome too.
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Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Bourg-Saint-Maurice - Chalet Beaumont (Vallandry)

Modern alpine chalet near world-class MTB and beautiful cols

Nr 5 Les Chalets de Vallandry
73210 Vallandry
Savoie, Rhône-Alpes (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes)
Phone: +44 (0)1335 324 330 or +44 (0)7779 264 566
Email: jilly@theblands.org

Price from: €715 per week

Open: All year

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The small alpine town of Vallandry is an excellent base for road biking, mountain biking, and deval bike, as well as walking, paragliding, water sports, and climbing. Every year Vallandry hosts the VTT (MTB) Trial Masters Right event in the centre of the village, while the town is near the Tour de France route almost every year, including in 2018. There are 150km of signposted routes in Les Arcs bike park, where there are 25 downhill, enduro, and cross country tracks. You can hook your bike onto the lift during the summer season and take the easy route up. If you need a boost, you can discover the beautiful Vanoise Valley by renting an e-mountainbike locally. For road-bikers, spend the day out on Col de la Madeleine or over the Petit Saint Bernard into Italy. English, French and German are spoken.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Bourg-St-Maurice – Les Arcs 1800 Hotel Mercure

Mountain hotel with good access to road and MTB routes

Village de Charmettoger
73700 Arc 1800, Bourg-Saint-Maurice
Savoie, Rhône-Alpes

Price from: €75

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In winter, this hotel high up in the Paradiski ski area offers the convenience of ski in-ski, in summer it's an ideal base for exploring the hundreds of kilometres of road and mountain bike routes in the area around Bourg Saint Maurice. Restaurant and terrace with mountain views. Heated outdoor swimming pool. Management has confirmed they have secure bike parking available. Free wifi. A shuttle service can be requested to and from Lyon-St Exupéry Airport or Bourg-Saint-Maurice train station. 

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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Briancon - Chez Bear (Puy-Saint-Pierre)

Welcoming Alpine lodge in the Serre Chevalier

62 Chemin de Belvoir
05100 Puy-Saint-Pierre
Hautes-Alpes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Phone: +44 (0)7402 998092
Email: hello@chezbear.com

Price from: €110 per room B&B, tailored quotes for weekly or fully catered

Open: All year

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Located above Briancon with stunning views of the Durance valley, the guys at Chez Bear are spolit for choice. The legendary cols are all here for you to: Col du Galibier, Col d'Izoard and Col du Granon, to name a few. If MTB is more your thing, this is a great base for downhill. Off the bike, there are lots of other activities and sites to see, including visiting ancient villages, hiking, and rock climbing. The building itself is a restored 17th century farmhouse, beautifully decorated with an open plan living area. The lodge offers spectacular panoramic views of the mountains and of the valley below. There are five twin/double bedrooms sleeping 10 people in total, each a deep bath or a walk-in shower (great for tired muscles!) Additional single beds can be added in some of the rooms. A vaulted games room has a pool table, sauna, wet room, cinema screen and multimedia (Apple TV, Netflix, Sky, Wii, DVD, Playstation). There's also a bar area with pizza/bread oven and a balcony overlooking the valley of La Guisane. In short, there's stacks here for you when you're not cycling, as well as heaps to keep non-cycling friends and family happy too (no bike guilt!) English, plus basic French and Spanish spoken.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Briançon - Hotel Edelweiss

Comfortable hotel close to amenities

32 avenue de la République
05100 Briançon
Hautes-Alpes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

Price from: €54

Open: All year

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Traditional French guesthouse close to local MTB and road routes and near a quiet park. Onsite restaurant. Flexible accommodation with singles, doubles, triples and quads - ideal for families and sharers. Management advises that bikes can be safely stored in the hotel. Free wifi. French and English spoken. 

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Laundry facilities

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Briancon - Residence du Temple Apart-hotel

Apartment hotel in the centre of town

3 Place du Temple
05100 Briançon
Haute- Alpes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

Price from: €93

Open: All year

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Résidence du Temple has self-catering apartments with a locked private parking area for bikes. Located in Briançon’s old town, it's handy to amenities and the train station. Apartments have washing machines, kitchens and other mod-cons. Onsite bar. Meals also available. The owners are outdoor enthusiasts who are happy to share their local knowledge.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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Briancon - The Icerock Backpacker Hotel

Budget hotel option 16km south-west of Briancon

18 Avenue de Vallouise
05120 L'Argentière-la-Bessée
Hautes-Alpes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

Price from: €22 a night or €140 a week

Open: All year

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Predominantly a ski hotel in the winer, Icerock Hotel also opens in summer for cyclists and walkers. Rooms with dorm-style accommodation for a bargain basement price. Singles, doubles and quads. Onsite bar. Shared kitchen for self-caterers. The hotel has a cellar that doubles as a secure bike store. Free wifi. French and English spoken. 

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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Chambery - Aix-les-Bains Best Western Aquakub

Ride the shores of Lake Bourget and relax waterside afterwards

173 Avenue du Petit Port
73100 Aix-les-Bains
Savoie, Rhône-Alpes

Price from: €89

Open: All year

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Located in Aix-les-Bains, just north of Chambery and only 200 metres from Lake Bourget, the Best Western Aquakub is a great base for cycling and active holidays in general. There's a indoor sports area with a pool, wellbeing area and fitness centre. Relax after your ride on the terrace overlooking the lake, or treat yourself to the French and international cuisine on offer at the hotel restaurant. All rooms and suites are air-conditioned (some with lake and mountain views). Free wifi. Tea and coffee making facilities available upon request. Buffet breakfast. Hotel bar. Management advises there is a secure area inside the hotel for 4-5 bikes.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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Chambery - Hotel des Princes

Stylish Chambery hotel set in a beautifully restored convent building

4 Rue de Boigne
73000 Chambéry
Savoie, Rhône-Alpes

Price from: €88

Open: All year

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Beautifully presented hotel set in an old convent that dates back to 1471. Located in the heart of the old part of Chambery, it's handy to local restaurants and bars, plus it's only 800m from the train station. Great option for groups, with some suites comfortably sleeping up to 6 adults. Onsite spa, jacuzzi and sauna, plus massage service. Management welcomes cyclists and say bikes can be safely stored inside the hotel. Free wifi (plus there's a computer available for guest use). Full buffet breakfast. French and English spoken.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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Chamonix - Chalet Les Tissourds

Spacious chalet for 8 people near wonderful MTB and road routes

15 Chemin des Tissourds
74400 Chamonix
Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Phone: +44 (0)1483 579242
Email: sales@collineige.com

Price from: €2350 for up to 8 people

Open: All year

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Chalet Les Tissourds is a wonderful Maison de Pays that has been beautifully restored and  refurbished, a self-catered chalet in a class of its own. Built originally in 1924 the chalet is very well located, just a 5-10 minute stroll to the centre of Chamonix and near some fabulous restaurants. Situated in a quiet road it has wonderful views up to Mont Blanc, the Glacier des Bossons and across to Brévent on the other side of the valley. It's accueil velo-rated and the 2017 Tour de France route is on the doorstep. A modern design within a traditional setting, the chalet is a delicious mixture of old and new. On the ground floor there is an open-plan kitchen and living room with French windows that open out onto a pretty garden, plus a kit room and a cloakroom. On the lower ground floor there is a cosy snug with sofas, beanbags and a 130cm screen, where you can chill out with some DVDs. Next door is a laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Relax in the jacuzzi, which is in the garden and enjoys wonderful views of Mont Blanc. The chalet sleeps 8 people and is available on a catered basis with breakfasts and other meals, or self-catered. 

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Chamonix - Chalet Valhalla

Light and luxurious chalet for 12-15 people overlooking Mont Blanc

97 Chemin du Taro
74400 Chamonix
Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Phone: +44 (0)1483 579242
Email: sales@collineige.com

Price from: €3500 a week for up to 15 people

Open: All year

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Chalet Valhalla is an accueil velo-rated chalet in Chamonix, a French town famous for skiiing and, increasingly, a cycling hotspot – the 2017 Tour de France passed through here. The chalet is built with beautiful natural timbers and is a structure of grand proportions right in the heart of Chamonix. It is open and light with floor to ceiling windows giving you Titanic views of Mont Blanc. A minstrel’s gallery overlooks the sitting/dining room and from here you share the same breathtaking view that is enjoyed from below. Add to this contemporary look a touch of traditional Savoyarde style and there’s the WOW! factor. Ideal for large family groups or groups of cycling friends, the icing on the gateau is the hot tub in the garden with the best seat in the house, overlooking Mont Blanc. Valhalla's location hits the high notes, set in an idyllic spot beside the forest it is also only a short stroll to the centre. More importantly it is a mere two minutes staggering distance from the popular MBC bar and the Michelin-starred Albert 1er is just around the corner. Perfect! Available self-catered or fully catered with an inhouse chef.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Col de l'Iseran - Chalet Hotel Les Melezes (Tignes)

Flexible accommodation support for cycling in a traditional Alpine village

Tignes Les Boisses
73320 Tignes
Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Phone: +44 (0)7807 722740
Email: joanne@mountainsunfrance.com

Price from: £30/€35 per person per night (B&B), £275 per person per week (catered)

Open: All year

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There are numerous road cycling routes on the doorstep of Les Melezes, including the Col de Petit St Bernard, the Col de l'Iseran and the Cormet de Roselend. Shorter rides to acclimatise to the altitude are also in abundance, with Tignes Le Lac only 3km away and the beautiful cycle to Sassiere 11km away. Many of the mountain passes are signposted with kilometre markers to keep you motivated. There is vast number of cols and stunning routes. Road cycling is a big part of the local culture here. Sleeps upto 50 in 21 rooms.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Croix de Fer - Chalet La Tuviere Bike Inn (Jarrier)

Self-catering chalet for Croix de Fer, Glandon, the Madeleine and others

La Tuvière
73300 Jarrier
Savoie, Rhône-Alpes (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes)
Phone: +33(0)6 98 36 91 86
Email: latuviere.bikeinn@gmail.com

Price from: Half-board (B&B + evening meals) starts at €60 per person, with 10% reduction for groups of 10 or more.

Open: All year

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Chalet La Tuvière is in something of a paradise for cyclists. The village of Jarrier is on the road to La Toussuire and just a minor detour from the road to the Col de la Croix de Fer and the Col du Glandon. The Col de Mollard, the Col de La Madeleine, the Col de Chaussy and the Télégraphe and Galiber are all also within striking distance. L’Iséran, Le St Bernard, Le Cormet de Roselend, Le Mont Cenis, Le Grand Cucheron and all the rides around Les Bauges, Les Aravis and La Chartreuse are also accessible in a day’s cycling with an early start. An outside jacuzzi will help ease your tired muscles after a day on the bike as you enjoy views of the Aiguilles d’Arves, and guest can also use a large reception room for stretching, training or meetings. Dogs are accepted and sheets and towels provided. The chalet sleeps up to 22, so a perfect fit for a groups, families and clubs. Rooms are offered on a catered half-board basis with breakfasts and evening meals included. Airport and train station transfers available. Contact Jane and Fabrice for more information.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Croix de Fer, Télégraphe, Galibier - BikeBase B&B

B&B ideal for solo riders or small groups in the Maurienne Valley

L’Etraz
73140 Saint Michel de Maurienne
Savoie, Rhône-Alpes (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes)
Phone: +44 (0)79 56 80 82 34
Email: bikebasebnb@gmail.com

Price from: €45 per room/night, €280 per week

Open: June to September

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As the name suggests, this is a great bike base for exploring the Maurienne Valley. The village is just north of St Michel de Maurienne and the foot of the Col du Télégraphe. Other famous cycling cols nearby include the Galibier, Croix de Fer, the Glandon, the Madeleine and the Iseran. The house has four rooms available on a B&B basis, each room with its own bathroom. There's a locked double garage with plenty of space for bike storage and maintenance. The owner, Ed, serves up a hearty breakfast of tea, coffee, fresh fruit, yoghurt, fresh breads, croissants and homemade jams. There's also a garden in front of a south-facing terrace ideal for relaxing with a glass of beer or wine after a day on the bike. Ideal for groups or solo riders. Free wifi. English, French and German spoken.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities

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Drome Valley – Hotel Golf d'Albon

3-star hotel midway between Lyon and Valence in the beautiful Drome

Route de Senaud
26140 Albon
Drôme, Rhone-Alpes

Price from: €89

Open: All year

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The Golf d'Albon hotel is on a 120-acre estate between Lyon and Valence, with lovely sweeping views of the Alps in the Drome valley. Set on a golf course, it's a relaxing place to take a breather, or to partake in outdoor activities. Family friendly. Outdoor swimming pool. Terrace, bar and restaurant. Twins, doubles and family rooms. Hotel staff tell us they have a secure (coded) storage room inside the hotel for bike storage, or clean bikes can be stored in bedrooms. Free wifi. French, Spanish and English spoken.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Laundry facilities

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Drome/Vercors - Velo Vercors Gites and B&B

Specialist cycling base in the stunning Vercors area of the French Alps

Montee des Usines
26190 St Jean-en-Royans
Drome, Rhone-Alpes
Phone: +33 (0)6 71 88 86 72
Email: velovercors@gmail.com

Price from: Self-catering gites £780; B&B is £90 per room

Open: May to October

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This is a specialist cycling holiday base located at the gateway to the stunning gorges, Alpine climbs and valleys of the Vercors National Park. As featured in Cyclist (April 2015), the Vercors offers spectacular scenery at every turn of the pedal, little traffic, superb road surfaces and no col-baggers to boot. It's a 'hidden gem' for those wanting an unforgettable cycling experience for all levels of fitness. Teresa has more than 10 years' experience riding in this area, and her and her team are passionate about the region. They can offer lots of local knowledge about routes that start directly from the door, and have maps and GPS files to share. Alpe d'Huez and Mont Ventoux are within reach from here on day trips. This is a very personal service and relaxed atmosphere with 3 self-catering gites, B&B rooms and a large outside barn where guests socialise and relax. Based in a charming town with cafes, restaurants, shops, supermarket and weekly market. Excellent base for groups, couples, friends or families.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities

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Galibier/Izoard - Chalet AlpeLune (Puy Saint Vincent)

Catered chalets and self-catered apartments in top mountain spot

Les Prés
05290 Puy St Vincent
Hautes-Alpes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Phone: +33 (0)4 92 23 08 36
Email: info@alpelune.com

Price from: €399 per week per person for a double room

Open: Chalet: December-April, then end of May until end of August. Apartment open all year

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If you're looking for amazing mountain views, comfortable and spacious en suite rooms, and a sauna or outdoor hot tub to ease tired muscles, then a catered chalet or apartment here could be a perfect match. Chalet AlpeLune has 9 luxuriuus en-suite rooms to sleep between 12 and 21 people. Breakfasts and evening meals are tailored to ensure you are heathily refueled after your cycling adventures. There's also a smaller Apartment AlpeLune for six people in three bedrooms. Ride from the door over the Col de Montgenevre for a circuit into Italy, or venture over the Izoard or Galibier. A chairlift is just 300 metres away for MTB riders for downhill trails. Safe bike store, tools and stacks of local advice. The owners are parts of a local a sports initiative run by a group of Dutch outdoer enthusiasts. GPS maps available, or take on their bucketlist col challenge.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Gorges de la Méouge - Serre Des Ormes (Alps/Provence border)

Beautiful B&B run for cyclists by cyclists between the Alps and Ventoux

Le Serre Des Ormes
05300 Salerans
Hautes-Alpes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur
Phone: +33 (0)4 92 58 04 55 or +33 (0)6 59 27 16 43
Email: info@serredesormes.co.uk

Price from: €570 per week, including B&B and evening meals

Open: Cycling season runs from mid-April to mid-October

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Le Serre des Ormes is a beautiful 18th century house in the spectacular Gorges de la Méouge, midway between the peaks of the Alps and the grandeur of Ventoux, just 67km away. With its quiet roads, stunning views and great climbs, the Méouge valley is a relatively undiscovered gem for cyclists of all levels. The B&B is run by cyclists Kate and Paul. Each day starts with a healthy, nutritious breakfast and, at the end of your day, relax by the pool with tea and cakes, or a glass of wine. Each evening a delicious home cooked two-course meal is served with French wine. Kate and Paul will be on hand to share their favourite routes and thei passion for the area. Airport transfers and bike hire available. Free wifi. English and French spoken.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities

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Grenoble - Adagio Access Aparthotel

Hotel with self-catering apartments close to the Grenoble city centre

41 rue Maurice Dodéro
38100 Grenoble
Isère, Rhône-Alpes

Price from: €65

Open: Year-round

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Self-catering studio and apartment rooms sleeping up to 4 people. Each room has a kitchenette with microwave, stove and fridge. Buffet breakfast also available for a surcharge. Free wifi. Management advises us that they have room for two bikes in a special storage area, plus clean bikes can be stored overnight in the apartments. Advice also available at reception on bike hire and local routes.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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Grenoble - Ibis Grenoble Université

Budget accommodation east of Grenoble city centre

Rue de la Condamine
ZI de Mayencin
38610 Gières
Isère, Rhône-Alpes

Price from: €44

Open: All year

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Budget accommodation on the eastern outskirts of Grenoble near the university. Free wifi. Restaurant and bar. 81 rooms. Bikes can be locked in bedrooms overnight. The official website has a best-price guarantee.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Laundry facilities

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Grenoble - Ibis Styles Grenoble Centre Gare

Modern city centre hotel in Grenoble

25 Avenue Felix Viallet
38000 Grenoble
Isère, Rhone-Alps

Price from: €75

Open: All year

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Centrally located hotel in the Grenoble city centre, and close to the train station. 54 air-conditioned rooms. Free, unlimited wifi. On site bar. There is a private car park available for bike storage (bring your own lock), or bikes can be locked in rooms. Rates are for bed and breakfast. The official website offers a best-price guarantee.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Laundry facilities

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Grospierre - Le Rouret Holiday Village

Apartments and houses in the Ardèche countryside

Le Domaine du Rouret
07120 Grospierre
Ardèche, Rhone-Alpes

Price from: €133

Open: Year-round

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Le Rouret Holiday Village is situated in the Rhone-Alps, within reach of both Cévennes and Provence. The village is spread across 197 acres, with the Ardèche gorges within cycling distance, along with prehistoric caves and the UNESCO-listed listed Vallon Pont d'Arc. Accommodation includes studio apartments for two people through to houses sleeping up to 8 people.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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l'Alpe d'Huez - Alpe d'Huez Bike Hotel

Specialist biking hotel with everything you need to ride Alpe d'Huez

Rue du Siou Coulet
38750 Alpe d'Huez
Isère, Rhône-Alpes
Phone: +33 (0)4 79 10 41 89
Email: delphine.roulet@skibound.co.uk

Price from: €82 per twin room B&B

Open: June 6-August 31

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This is a specialist cycling hotel with super views out over the valley. In the heart of such a cycling hotspot, the hotel prides itself on being an affordable summer biking base for cyclists. The hotel is perfectly set up for cyclists riding Alpe d'Huez and neighbouring cols, with its own bike cleaning station, onsite tools and rack, plus training equipment. It also has discount deals with local bike shops and can help with bike hire. Mountain bikers should ask about the discounted ski lift passes for accessing higher offroad routes. Special menu for cyclists (plus pasta packs and unlimited coffee). Loads of local route advice, plus free wifi. Sauna for post-ride muscles. 

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities

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l'Alpe d'Huez - Chalet La Maitreya

B&B with half-board option nestled at the bottom on the famous 21 bends

Hameau le Perrier
38114 Vaujany
Isere, Rhone-Alpes
Phone: +33 (0)6 70 62 32 76
Email: info@lamaitreya.fr

Price from: €89 per room including breakfast; groups should ask about sole occupancy prices

Open: All year except November and the first week of May

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La Maitreya is a 8-bedroom B&B and self-catered chalet with a sun-blessed terrace, hot tub and sauna facilities. Add in bike storage and the delicious, healthy food on offer (3-couse evening meals are available on request), and it's ideal for anyone looking to conquer the famous 21 bends of Alpe d'Huez. James and Whitney can cater for individual riders and couples on a B&B basis, or groups of up to 20 who are interested in booking the whole chalet, making this a flexible and affordable option for everyone. They can also arrange massages, bike rental, help with route planning, or cater for any other special requests you might have. Alpe d’Huez is on the doorstep, with the Glandon, Galibier, Lautaret, Croix de Fer and many more all within reach from here. For mountain bikers the Grand Domain Alpe d’Huez lift system runs throughout summer for downhill and cross country trails. French, English, Dutch and German spoken. Free wifi.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities

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l'Alpe d'Huez – Le Château d’Oz

Conquer Alpe d-Huez, Galibier, Glandon and Croix de Fer

Le Village
38114 Oz en Oisans
Haute Savoie, Rhone-Alpes
Phone: +33 (0)4 76 80 36 58
Email: info@lechateaudoz.com

Price from: Self-catering from €90/apartment/night; B&B €105€ for 2 people; Half-board €155 for 2 people. Book directly for best prices.

Open: Mid-May to end of September for cycling; open mid-December to the end of April for skiing

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The mythical 21 bends of Alpe d'Huez are just around the corner from Le Château d’Oz. The Galibier, Glandon and Croix de Fer are just up the road with their dramatic landscapes and lung-busting gradients. The Oisans has more than 30 routes, including famous stages from the Tour de France. All routes start from the door. Transport is available in the chalet's minibus by arrangement. Free wifi. Secured garage for bikes and maintenance/washdown area. Accommodation is flexible, offering both self-catered and catered options, with the latter including hot and Continental breakfasts, three-course evening meals and post-cycling pasta.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities

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La Grave – Auberge Edelweiss Bike & Ski Hotel

Specialist bike hotel with rooms and apartments, workshop and sauna

Le Village
05320 La Grave
Hautes-Alpes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur (near Rhône-Alpes border)

Price from: €60 per person B&B based on double occupancy, or €85 per person for B&B and dinner (variety of room types and sizes available)

Open: End of May until the end of September for cycling; December to April for skiiing

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Auberge Edelweiss is a specialist bike hotel in the heart of the Alps; Robin and Marlon are keen to welcome more English-speaking riders to enjoy the Galibier, Col d'Izoard, Alpe d'Huez and Col du Lautaret – all within easy reach. The hotel has information folders with profiles of all key climbs, plus cycling itineraries for both road and mountain bike routes (see their cycling page). The hotel is geared up for individual riders as well as groups, and can cater for big events like La Marmotte, Alpe d'Huzes, the Tour de France and Etape du Tour. Well-equiped workshop, plus Marlon and Robin work with a local bike shop that can deliver spares. Bike wash and sauna onsite; massages available on request. Oh, and plenty of wine and cold beer to help you relax on the terrace or in the restaurant. Then wake up to a generous breakfast of cereals, yoghurts, fruit juices, hot drinks, local jams and breads, meat, cheese and fruit salad. Bonne route!

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities

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Lac d'Annecy - Hotel du Lac

Comfortable hotel in a great lakeside spot near Annecy

40 Rue André Theuriet
74290 Talloires-Montmin
Haute-Savoie, Rhône-Alpes (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes)

Price from: €90

Open: All year

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Hotel du Lac in Annecy was recommended to us by readers who stayed there while cycling. It is in a stunning location nestled between the lake and the mountains. You can rest the legs in the pool or plan your route in the shady garden and, this being Lac d'Annecy, there is plenty to do, including golf at a course a short walk from the hotel. There is a lockable garage for your bikes.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Le Cheylard – Hotel des Voyageurs

Friendly hotel and restaurant in the heart of the Ardeche region

2 rue du Temple
07160 Le Cheylard
Ardeche, Rhone-Alpes

Price from: €89

Open: All year

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Hotel/restaurant near the Dorne river and just 1km from the L’Eyrieux River at Le Cheylard. This is a good base for riding in the Ardeche area of the Rhone-Alps. There are seven rooms, plus a posher suite with a jacuzzi. There are also two rooms for people with reduced mobility (this is a great as we've had a number of cyclists with disabilities get in touch over the last year or so and they say they struggle to find accessible rooms in France – and especially in and around the Alps). There's also a family room with a bunk bed. There's a secure bike garage 50m from the hotel and free wifi. The owners here offer a personal service, with guests often invited for a drink in the bar. The restaurant serves local cuisine (and local wine) and you can eat on the terrace when the sun's out. Free wifi. We stayed here when we were cycling the Ardéchoise sportive and the Dolce Viaread our review here.

  

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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Lyon - Alter'hostel

Modern budget accommodation for cyclists

32 Quai Arloing,
69009 Lyon
Rhône-Alpes (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes)

Price from: €20

Open: All year

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Alter'hostel was recommended to use by Bruno and Marianne who run the Velogite in Valence. Cyclists often ride between their place and Lyon on the Via RhonaAlter'hostel offers a cool and relaxed atmosphere, with friendly staff and and nice communal areas for meeting fellow cyclists. There's a good kitchen with all facilities you need for self-catering, while the rooms are all air-conditioned with free wifi. There's a choice of rooms with either 6, 8, 10 or 16 beds and each has a bathroom/shower facility. The hostel has bike hire available and there's a secure parking if you're riding here on your own bike. This is ideal accommodation for touring cyclists on a budget.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools

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Lyon - Aparthotel Privilodges

Hotel with studios and apartments sleeping up to 4 people

14 Rue Jacqueline Auriol
69008 Lyon
Rhône, Rhône-Alpes

Price from: €62

Open: All year

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Hoel with self-contained apartments in Lyon's 8th district, opposite the Maison de la Danse Theatre. Each room haa a kitchette with a fridge, microwave and hotplate. Breakfast is also served daily in the breakfast room. There is a Vélov bike share dock in front of the hotel. Free wifi. Management advises that bikes can be stored in apartments.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Laundry facilities

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Lyon - Sofitel Bellecour

Spoil yourself with this 5-star hotel on the banks of the Rhône

20 Quai Docteur Gailleton
69002 Lyon
Rhône, Rhône-Alpes

Price from: €175

Open: All year

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Bring a little luxury to your cycling holiday with this 5-star bike-friendly hotel in Lyon. This is one of the best hotels in the city, with a Michelin-star restaurant overlooking the river. Two bars. Fitness centre and spa. Free wifi. The hotel advises that bikes can be locked in the baggage store. Help with bike hire via a local hire partner. Italian, French, English, Spanish and German spoken.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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Lyon Hilton

Relax on the banks of the Rhone at this stylish Lyon hotel

70 Quai Charles de Gaulle
69300 Lyon
Rhône, Rhône-Alpes

Price from: €79

Open: Year-round

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Enjoy the views of the Rhone River from the hotel's whirlpool as you unwind after a day in the saddle. Located opposite Tête d'Or Park. Management tells us that bikes can be locked in an underground carpark that is reserved for guest use only. Other facilities: bar, Thai restaurant, French-style brasserie restaurant, al fresco terrace. Free wifi in public areas. Hilton has a best-priced guarantee, with its website (click below) offering the lowest prices online. If possible, book 3-4 weeks in advance for the best prices.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Laundry facilities

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Morestel - Servhotel

Basic, affordable stopover between Bourg-en-Bresse and Grenoble

89 Route de Grenoble
38510 Morestel
Isère, Rhône-Alpes (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes)

Price from: €60

Open: All year

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This is a convenient no frills option for cycling in this area of the Alps (roughly betwen Bourg-en-Bresse and Grenoble). It's also within reach of the ViaRhona. The rooms are basic but clean with TVs with satellite channels. A continental breakfast is served each morning (there's a picnic area for outside eating). Single rooms through to family rooms that sleep 5 - ideal for sharers on a budget. Free wifi.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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Morzine - Chalet Les Lanchettes

Character-filled 18th century barn conversion in Morzine

35 Chemin d'en Ly
74110 Morzine
Haute-Savoie, Rhône-Alpes
Phone: +44 (0)20 7191 1120
Email: us@thealpinegeneration.com

Price from: £850 per week for upto 14 guests (catered and self-catered available) - 5% discount when mentioning Freewheeling France

Open: Available June to September

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Super comfortable base for exploring the roads and mountain bike trails of the Morzine area. Located close to the Prodains cable car, the chalet is ideal for those wanting to experience the descent of the Col de Joux Verte into Montriond, or for mountain bikers wanting off-road access. Chalet Les Lanchettes is an 18th century barn brought into the 21st century (complete with an outdoor terrace hot tub to relax in after a long ride). The chalet is available for self-catered rental or it can come fully catered if you prefer not to worry about cooking at the end of the day. There are three twin en-suite bedrooms on the ground floor and two large quad en-suite bedrooms on the first floor, making it ideal for groups of families and friends. Large secure garage for safe bike parking. Free wifi. 5% discount when mentioning Freewheeling France

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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Saint-Étienne - Adagio Apart-hotel

Apart-hotel with self-catering studios and apartments for up to 4 people

15 rue Gambetta
42000 Saint-Étienne
Rhône-Alpes, Loire

Price from: €71

Open: All year

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Located in the centre of Saint-Etienne, tha Adagio apart-hotel has studios and apartments with fully equipped kitchenettes. Free wifi. 24-hour front desk. Breakfast also available in the hotel. 1.5km from train station. Reception advises that bikes can be stored in the apartments overnight. French and English spoken.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Laundry facilities

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All accommodation has been checked to ensure it meets our cycle-friendly criteria. We also deal with tour operators personally before adding them to the site. To recommend a great French cycling holiday or a nice bike-friendly place to stay, please email lyn@freewheelingfrance.com

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