From April onwards, cyclists can be seen winding their way through Oisans. The buzz increases into early June, leading up to the Alpe d’Huzes. This Dutch charity event raises money for cancer research, involving 4,000 cyclists each year that cycle to Alpe d’Huez up to 6 times!
La Marmotte is considered to be the event that opens the cycling season in the Alps, featuring 7,500 cyclists, 174 km and 5,000 m of elevation gain each year since 1982!
And of course, how can we not mention the Tour de France?
This world-famous race includes a stage in Oisans every 2 years on average. This is always a major event, with the pace of life accelerating, the setting put in place and the arrival of the crowds. Not forgetting the passage of the famous “caravan” that accompanies the Tour!
There are millions of spectators, an exceptional atmosphere, with colour, music and general enthusiasm.
When the cyclists arrive – the culmination of weeks of effervescence – everyone is amazed by what they see: the world’s most famous cyclists in one of the most iconic sites of the France’s biggest cycle race!
29 stages have been through Alpe d’Huez since 1952…