Alpe d’Huez Mountain Biking

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Tourist Office, Place Joseph Paganon, 38750, Alpe d'Huez
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The nearest airport is Grenoble which is around a 90 minutes' drive away.
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Alpe d'Huez mountain biking trails are in the Oisans region of the French Alps. With around 35 trails (across all disciplines) and 260 km of track it's clearly well set up for Downhill, XC and freeride MTB. It's most famous for the Megavalanche enduro MTB competition held each year.

This MTB set up is very mixed. Due to the high altitude (3,300 metres) and a massive vertical drop of 2,600 metres you can find snow covered glaciers and rock but as you soon get further down there are also forests and meadows. Pic Blanc is the mount at the top and it takes you all the way into the Bourg d’Oisans valley.

The 260 km of trails is split 50/50 between XC and Downhill.

Downhill

  • 11 DH trails made up of two black, three red, three blue and four green. So Alpe d'Huez is great for beginners through to expert riders.

Enduro

  • Alpe d'Huez has one black, six red, one blue and one green enduro style trail across 100km of testing technical singletrack.
  • The Megavalanche tops the bill. It is a 32km long, black graded trail, with over 2600m of thrilling descent.

Cross-Country

  • 11 XC trails in the Alpe d'Huez region ranging from green to black.

Bike Park

  • There are four4 freestyle bike parks as well as a pump track and kids zone.

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  • Lifts are open generally open early July to the end of August.
  • There is a dedicated MTB info chalet at the base of the DMC gondola.
  • This region borders its sister MTB base of Les Deux Alpes.

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Alpe D'huez - Famous for roadies and the MegAvalanche
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I'd ALWAYS say every mountain biker should try the MegAvalanche its just awesome. Upto 2000 mountain bikers there for the week practicing on the course then racing from Friday till Sunday.
I'm not sure I'd go here at any other time, the trails you can ride then are OK but really you only go here for the Mega or to ride the Mega course.
The social side of the Mega is as good as the racing and views!

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Good Points
Its the Alps!
Good lifts
MegAvalanche
Bad Points
Not the best trails
Would you recommend?
Yes
Mega 2013
Megavalanche 2013 Full Qualifying Run finished 20th Grp 14 2800-2910
My Megavalanche 2013 - Main Race from the back! GoPro Helmet Cam edit.
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