Vercors - The Vertigo Roads

You are in the Vercors Natural Park, Veymont’s holy land, as this is were we have our roots and ride our bike all year long.

Made of a mosaic of oak forests, highland plateaux and serrated peaks in a Dolimites style, rewards are rich for cycling and nature lovers. Tranquility, beautiful landscapes, fresh air. You have found the perfect place to take a well-deserved break and reconnect.

Spectacular and audacious, the roads of the Vercors were built in the 19th century to open the massif to the rest of the world. These vertiginous routes and the exceptional panoramas they offer have made them famous for biking, such as the Combe Laval vertiginous road. Topping it all, the Réserve Naturelle des Hauts-Plateaux is France’s largest terrestrial nature reserve.

But the Vercors is also famous in the History of France as there is not a village not a forest, not a
mountain of the Vercors which has not been the scene of fighting or acts of Resistance during the WWII. Indeed, at that time the Vercors, a true natural fortress, was an important base for the French Resistance. 

For this cycling holiday in the Vercors, we are based near Villard de Lans. It’s easy to dip into the park from Grenoble, just a few kilometres northeast. 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Vertiginous & corbelled roads, hung on the rock: Combe Laval, Bourne, Ecouges, Nan & Presles
  • Picturesque Pont-en-Royans
  • Col de Rousset’s hairpin turns
  • WWII Resistance sights
  • Mont Aiguille

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Veymont retains the right to change the itinerary if necessary as stipulated in our GTC.

Day 1

Vertiginous roads of the Vercors

We welcome you this morning at Grenoble TGV station before driving you to your hotel in Villard de Lans. After a bike fitting and a tour oriention, follow your guides and ride your bike through an unlikely route in narrow gorges (Ecouges, Nan, Presles and Bourne) with portions of the itinerary corbelled above the void, and others carved into the rock. The water has cut magnificent gorges in the limestone of the Vercors since millennia. Man has taken advantage of these routes to dig on the side of a cliff bold roads at the end of the 19th century and thus open up the Vercors to the world. These gorges, surprising and a little confidential are now classified as a sensitive natural area. 

A spectacular and impressive day on your bike !

Route 1 : 63 km / 1930 m D+

Route 2 : 86 km /  2700 m D+

Night in Villard de Lans

Meals included:  Lunch – Dinner

Day 2

Mont Aiguille, Col de Rousset & Highlands

We take the van this morning to reach the footsteps of the Mont Aiguille. Facing this impressive scenery, we start our ride and sneak in towards the south-east corner of the Vercors. Bordered by cliffs which are reminiscent of the Dolomites, the road stretches out into a breathtaking landscape and reach the Col de Rousset, one of the gateways to the Hauts Plateaux Nature Reserve, a gateway to adventure and emotion

The road runs between Die and the Highlands of the Vercors in the middle of a landscape still Provençal, rocked by the scents of lavender. This road with impressive pin bends offers a variety of landscapes and colors quite unique. The arrival at the pass is just as exceptional with a panoramic view of the Diois valley and the foothills of the Drôme. Breathtaking!

Route 1  : 110 km / 2400 m D+

Route 2  : 148 km / 3300 m D+

Night in Villard de Lans

Meals included: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 3

Pont en Royans, Combe Laval

& WWII Resistance sights

Pont-en-Royans will surprise you at first sight. His ochre, yellow or pink houses had already impressed Stendhal. They are built on the rock, with protrusions above the water and wooden supports. Unique and picturesque! 

We then ride towards Combe Laval, one of the most vertiginous roads in the Vercors! Aerial, carved into the impressive cliffs, the audacious road hangs over the valley, 600 m below. After several tunnels, the road opens out offering spectacular views of Combe Laval’s magnificent circus. 

At the end of our itinerary, we reach the villages of Vassieux and La Chapelle where we will have the opportunity to pay tribute to the French Resistance in the Vercors, the massif being famous for its Maquis from 1941 to 1944. First of all a refuge for many young people, the massif served as a citadel for the famous “Plan Montagnard”. Unfortunately, history has shown a different story and the Maquis and civilian populations have been severely attacked and repressed by more numerous and better armed enemies.

Route 1 : 92 km / 2100 m D+

Route 2 : 105 km / 2365 m D+

Night in Villard de Lans

Meals included: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 4

Unless you prefer to continue your adventure at the foot of the Ventoux, it is unfortunately already time to say goodbye. We will take you to Grenoble TGV station after breakfast to end this bike tour in the Vercors.

Meals included: Breakfast

Vercors Basecamp

Veymont retains the right to change the itinerary if necessary as stipulated in our GTC.

 

 

BIKES

Included

Carbon road bike – Shimano 105 Compact

Trek Emonda S5 (Male) ou Trek Domane SL5 WSD (female) or equivalent

Size: 44 (Emonda S4) – 47 – 50 – 52 – 54 – 56 – 58 – 60 – 62

Crank : 50-34

Cassette: 11-32

 

 

Supplement + 70€

Road E-bike

Pinarello Nytro or equivalent

Size: 46,5 – 50 -53 – 55 – 58

 

 

 

Supplement + 110€

Carbon road bike – Ultegra DI2 Compact

Pinarello Prince or Domane SL7 or equivalent

Size: 46,5 – 50 -51,5 -53 – 54 – 56 – 57,5 – 59,5- 62

Crank: 50-34

Cassette: 11-32

 

Supplement + 320€

Carbon road bike – Dura Ace Compact

Pinarello F10 or equivalent

Size: 46,5 – 50 -51,5 -53 – 54 – 56 – 57,5 – 59,5

Crank: 50-34

Cassette: 11-32

 

GEARS

For a more comfortable travel experience, you can choose to bring your own pedals, saddle and helmet with you on the trip. Your guides will install your equipment on the first day when you adjust your bike.

Included with a road bike rental

  • Pedals to choose from the following: SPD-SL / SPD-M / Look Keo / Flat pedals with cages / Flat pedals
  • 1 Pump
  • 1 Computer
  • 2 water bottles
  • 1 saddle bag: 2 spare tubes + 1 multitool + 2 tire-levers
  • 1 helmet:  Size S – M – L – XL

 

Included with a hybrid bike rental

  • Pedals to choose from the following: SPD-SL / SPD-M / Look Keo / Flat pedals with cages / Flat pedals
  • 1 Pump
  • 1 Computer
  • 2 water bottles
  • 1 saddle bag: 2 spare tubes + 1 multitool + 2 tire-levers
  • 1 helmet:  Size S – M – L – XL
  • 1 handlebar bag with a map holder
  • 2 rear panniers

Dates

Price / person

Single occupancy supplement

18 – 21 August, 2019

24 – 27 August, 2019

from 1690 €

from 1690 €

+ 240 €

+ 240 €

Departures are guaranteed from 4 participants.

If there are less than 4 participants, a supplement will be requested to guarantee departure.

If you wish to privatize the stay, please contact us so that we can adjust our offer to your needs.

Included

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