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In the West of the Alps — La Grande Traversée du Vercors

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In the West of the Alps — La Grande Traversée du Vercors

Bike Touring Collection by Guillaume

4-8

days

3-6 h

/ day

201 mi

25,650 ft

24,625 ft

Standing like a stone fortress at the gates of Grenoble, the Vercors is a mountain massif rich in history and variety. With the Grand Veymont as its highest peak, the massif became a hideout for the French Resistance during the Second World War. On this adventure, you’ll get to know the local people, the cultural heritage of the region and incredible wildlife. Wolves, marmots, deer, roe deer, ibex and birds of prey all call the area home.

The Vercors is a little paradise for cyclists. This crossing is divided into six stages, which you can also cycle independently. First, you explore the northern part of the massif and then you ride to the west before heading to the south-east and finally ending your journey in the Diois Valley. Passes, stone walls and steep slopes are all on the agenda!

The Tours in this Collection will take you to the most beautiful places in the Vercors and past the cliffs of Presles, Choranche, Pont-en-Royans, Léoncel, over the Combe de Laval and the Col du Rousset. A good 320 kilometres (199 mi) of route and 8,000 metres (2,625 ft) of difference in altitude await you, which should not be underestimated. A light bike is recommended for this trip, for example a road bike or a trekking bike with panniers.

At night you can stay in guesthouses or hotels. Bivouacking is also allowed in the Vercors if you like the wilder side of things. If you decide to bivvy, you’ll have to carry more weight but you will be more independent and flexible. In any case, be careful to leave no trace.

For more information on how to get to Pont-de-Claix, see the link in the description of the first Tour. The individual stages can also be easily adapted as day rides. The Vercors massif offers a lot of space for discoveries and has many surprises in store for you!

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Traverser le Vercors à vélo, de Grenoble à Châtillon-en-Diois

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20,450 ft

19,375 ft

Last updated: December 16, 2021

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    Etape 1 : De Pont-de-Claix à Rencurel - La Grande Traversée du Vercors

    Difficult
    04:09
    30.5 mi
    7.4 mph
    4,500 ft
    2,775 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The starting point for this crossing of the Vercors is located in Pont-de-Claix, near Grenoble. You can reach Claix town hall from Grenoble town hall by taking tram C to Seyssin le Prisme then bus 21 to Claix town hall (TAG network tag.fr/17-resultat-s-. htm? searchString = tram + c & idtf = 17 / tag

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    02:53
    22.9 mi
    8.0 mph
    3,200 ft
    5,150 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This second stage is one of my favorites, the views are simply splendid, you feel so small in front of the height of these stone walls which mark out the course.

    

    After leaving Rencurel, further north until you reach the Ravat ski lift. Then take the Mont-Noir road. By continuing on this road, you will

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  • Difficult
    05:51
    41.2 mi
    7.0 mph
    6,975 ft
    4,650 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Pont-en-Royans was the ideal stopover for me to recharge my batteries! Surrounded by two rivers, La Bourne (bordered by the previous stages) and Vernaison, you will find many waterfalls ideal for a quick dip before starting the approximately 67 kilometers of the day.

    This third stage will take you to

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  • Difficult
    03:46
    31.3 mi
    8.3 mph
    3,975 ft
    4,050 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Here you are on the last steps before reaching the goal.

    After crossing the North Vercors, this stage takes you to the center of the massif in the direction of Vassieux-en-Vercors before going up towards Chapelle-en-Vercors. The beautiful and winding road alternates between large loops and pretty switchbacks

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  • Difficult
    06:07
    56.2 mi
    9.2 mph
    5,350 ft
    6,475 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The penultimate stage, today you cross the southern wall via the Rousset pass which will take you into the Pays Diois at the foot of the cliffs. Start by taking the road to Saint-Agnan-en-Vercors, after a few kilometers, pass this village and continue south towards the Col du Rousset.

    

    The first portion

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  • Difficult
    02:04
    18.6 mi
    9.0 mph
    1,625 ft
    1,500 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    With a good load of lavender in the bags, get on your bikes and set off towards Romeyer. Then head towards Die and cross the Drôme. Around you, the Col du Rousset gradually recedes and the foothills of the Vercors change shape as you approach Châtillon-en-Diois.

    Head back to Die and leave the majestic

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    6
  • Distance
    201 mi
  • Duration
    24:50 h
  • Elevation
    25,650 ft24,625 ft

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