If any PdC'ers are interested in spending a bit of time on the Alpe this summer, there's a volunteer program that might be of interest. One of the old stone walls that lines the climb is in disrepair and - in exchange for a couple of hours a day in volunteer labour - you'll be hosted by locals in their homes and free to enjoy the climb or the others nearby. All you need to bring is a sleeping bag and a willingness to work...and of course, if you want to ride the climbs, your bike, too. The work group is an English speaking one.
From the link:
The aim of this project is to help the community of Huez restore its cultural heritage and create an intercultural exchange. Guided by municipal employees, the volunteers will continue the restoration of the stone wall of the cemetery, next to the village church. The wall is located on one of the mythic bends to get to the Alpe d’Huez station, very famous part of the cycling race. The chapel within the cemetery has already been renovated so the wall looks very old and sad. Your task will be to make this wall look nice, which would involve masonry work. You will work 4 to 5 hours a day, 5 days a week, in the morning. No special knowledge or experience is required for this project, except being motivated, curious and loving to work in a group!
For those who might be interested, hit the link and scroll down.