The Vercors Natural Park is known among cycle enthusiasts for its spectacular roads. Unique in Europe, the itineraries here are incomparable, with roadways carved out of the limestone mountains at the beginning of the 20th century at the cost of enormous effort and courage. These roads wind through gorges and tunnels carved out of the very rock to bring the traveller onto the plateau of the Vercors. The voyager is then rewarded by the most superb panorama imaginable: limestone corries, forest as far as the eye can see, and cliffs up to 1000 feet! The holiday takes place in what the French modestly call “la moyenne montagne” ("medium-size"), and has the particular interest of being recommended in high summer thanks to relatively moderate temperatures. But perhaps the ideal moment to enjoy this unique experience is in early autumn, when the countryside is full of the most vibrant colours, and the mists down in the valley contrast with frequent blue skies up on the plateau.
having a ride on a hired electric-assist bike!
the picturesque and even dizzying heights of the roads in the Vercors
50 km stage with total uphill 970 metres. Around 5hrs00.
Today you set off northwards in parallel with the Vercors mountain range along relatively level terrain.
Saint Nazaire en Royans, with its remarkable aquaduct, may tempt you with its agreeable little café terraces before the ascension of the plateau.
You go steadily up the road to Pont en Royans with its famous houses overhanging the river, then climb through the impressive cliff-lined Gorges of the Bourne. Narrow spectacular passages and short tunnels through the rock bring you to the plateau of the Vercors.
Night in a 3* hotel and free dinner in the heart of the village.
From Villard de Lans to La Chapelle en Vercors
33 km stage with total uphill 610 metres. About 3hrs.
After leaving Villard de Lans and its plain with a view of the Alps, you will head towards La Chapelle en Vercors along a small road in the undergrowth. Go up to the Col de Bois Barbu to reach the Drôme and its plateau, and enjoy superb views of the Mecca of the Resistance during the Second World War.
Dinner and night at a hostelry in a restored former farmhouse.
From La Chapelle en Vercors to Saint Paul les Romans
51 km stage with total uphill 520 metres. Level 3/5. Around 4hrs30.
Today you meet the western foothills of the range, through a fine descent to Peyrus by the Col de Limouches, and through attractive little villages...
The welcome plain of the Isère river valley will help you to warm down after all your efforts during the holiday...
1 night in bed and breakfast in a 3 star hotel and 2 nights in half board in Guest houses with 2 or 3 "épis" and 2.
Detailed road-book and maps.
Update GPS tracks.
Logistical and technical support.
Bike rental from :
Bike for adult or junior : 70 €
Trailer bike or bike cart for child : 50 €
Child seat : 8 €
Electric power bike rental for adult or junior: 110 €
What's not included?
Dinner on day 2
Beverage and extra
Round trip transfer from Home to the first accomodation
Facultative cancellation and repatriation insurance
Characteristics of circuits
Place-to-place cycling, without accompaniment.
Daily stages: 35 - 63 km, between 3 and 6hrs cycling daily at your own pace.
Total daily uphill: between 520 and 1190 metres.
Altitudes from 150 to 1400 metres.
You need to be in good physical shape to enjoy this holiday.
Routes generally along narrow tarred roads
Suitable for road and trail bikes
These outings are more about exploration than athletic performance. We transfer your luggage from lodging to lodging, and a roadbook will guide you from beginning to end. We provide the logistical and technical support necessary.
Accommodation is in either 2 or 3 "épis" guest houses chosen for their atmosphere, warm welcome and environmental and architectural setting. Holiday includes half board accommodation. Picnics are extra and may be ordered at reservation.
N.B : the accommodation described above is given as an indication and may have to be modified according to availability at the moment when final reservation is confirmed.
Highway A49, exit N°7 La Beaume d’Hostun then take the direction St Paul lès Romans via Eymeux.
Lyon St-Exupéry airport
Romans-Bourg-de-Péage railway station. Then by bus or taxi to the accommodation in St Paul-lès-Romans.
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