How we did it
Cyclist flew to Geneva and hired a car for the three-to-four-hour drive down to Alpe d’huez. On leaving the airport, be sure to go to the French side, not the Swiss, and exit the correct way to avoid the toll road.
We stayed in the Hotel de Pic Blanc (hotel-picblanc-alpes.com) in the village of Alpe d’huez at the top of the famous climb. It’s a big ski-resort hotel, so don’t expect an intimate welcome, but it is clean and friendly, and more importantly it’s just a short walk from the event’s HQ and the finish line of all three stages. If you are not planning to bring your own bike, the village has numerous bike hire options.
Thanks to event organiser OC Sport, which sorted all the logistics and entry to the sportive, and also to Mavic neutral service, which kindly reassembled my bike when I arrived in Huez.