Friday 8 July, 2022 : Travel to Alpe d’Huez
Make your own arrangements to arrive in Alpe d’Huez today. Our team will be available to meet you at the accommodation. If you plan to fly then we offer airport transfers for you, your luggage and your bike from Lyon or Geneva airport.
Our Chalets and Residences
We are staying at the Residence L'Ours Blanc and Residence Les Bergers in Alpe d’Huez. Your stay will be for 3 nights. Stays in the residences are on a self-catering basis
Why not join us in Smithy's Tavern for your evening meals during your stay in Alpe d'huez? For £25 per person per night you'll get a good 2 course meal in the company of other Etape riders and the Team DSE crew.
There will be transfers throughout the day until 20:00 (8pm is our last departure from Geneva. You will need to land no later than 7pm to be on this transfer). The journey from Geneva Airport to Alpe d’Huez takes approximately 3 and a 1/2 hours with a coach.
We will offer a transfer from Lyon to Alpe d’Huez today with the latest transfer departing at 19:00 (7pm is our last departure from Lyon. You will need to land no later than 6pm to be on this transfer). The journey from Lyon Airport to Alpe d’Huez takes approximately 2 and a 1/2 hours with a coach.
What about my bike?
You can bring your own bike as we have made arrangements to transport bike boxes on our airport transfers. Alternatively, you can rent a bike with us for the weekend. Our mechanic will be available this afternoon to assist you with fitting your rental bike or building your own bike after travel.
Bikes can be safely stored at the accommodation.
This afternoon and early evening, our tour leaders and bike mechanics are available for you. The evening is free for you to eat out in one of Alpe d’Huez’s many restaurants.
Saturday 9 July, 2022 : Preparation day
After breakfast and preparing the bikes, we will take you on a supported, guided ride that takes in the Vilard Reculas climb which is the easiest way to get back up to Alpe d’Huez. We will descend down to Bourg d’Oisans, ride along the valley floor and climb back up to Alpe d’Huez.
If you have opted for our transfer service to the start (optional at £45 per person) then late afternoon, we will collect your bike from you for transport to Briançon where it will be stored securely overnight. We want to avoid wasting time in the morning so the bikes will be stored near the start.
We’ll be back Alpe d'Huez in the afternoon for you to rest and get prepared for tomorrow. This evening our bike guides will do a race briefing to run through Etape day logistics and of course the route.
The evening is free for you to eat out in one of Alpe d’Huez’s many restaurants.
Sunday 10 July, 2022 : The 2022 Etape du Tour
We have an early start this morning. Those who have booked self-catering residences and chalets need to ensure they prepare their own breakfasts this morning.
Transfer to the start
For those of you who have driven from the UK or who have rented a car, please ensure that you leave plenty of time to get to the start and find your start pen.
If you have pre-booked our transport service then we will collect you from your hotel and residence at approximately 04:00 this morning. The journey to Briançon will take about 2 hours. You can take a rucksack with you today which can be collected back this evening in Alpe d’Huez.
On arrival in Briançon, we will drop you off at the bike store where you are able to get ready and ride down to your start pen. Any items that you want to leave behind can be put in your rucksack and handed in for transport to Alpe d’Huez. Please don’t leave valuables, medication or any other important items in there.
The 2022 Etape du Tour
The Etape du Tour start is done in waves. You will be allocated a start pen with a time that you have to enter the pen plus a start time. Previous editions have started between 07:00 and 08:30. The Etape du Tour is a race with cut off points. You need to have passed certain points on the route at a certain time otherwise you will be eliminated from the route. If you’re eliminated your bike will go on a bike trailer and you will be transported to the finish in Alpe d’Huez.
Once you finish in Alpe d’Huez, there’s no need to worry as you are staying near the finish.
This afternoon and early evening we’ll assist you with re-packing your bikes ahead of travel and you’ll also be able to return your rental bikes with us.
Monday 11 July, 2022 : Departure
After breakfast we offer our optional transfer back to Lyon or Geneva airport. We advise you not to book any flights before 10:00 as it will be a mega early start. Our first airport transfer will leave Alpe d’Huez at 06:00 in time for flights that depart Lyon after 10:30 and Geneva after 11:30.