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OUR FAVOURITE LOCAL RIDES
We have included Strava segments for the area’s most popular rides on our Routes pages. This is by no means the only rides, so if you have time, do check out the following list of Strava segments of our favourite local rides:
La Berade is a small village at the end of our valley, which is only accessible in summer. It is a spectacular ride up with lots of waterfalls and impossible steeps mountains.
The village of Allemond lies on the valley floor, not far from Bourg d’Oisans. It is often used as the starting point for the Glandon and Croix de Fer climbs. There are another couple of rides that can be accessed from Allemond, being the Oz en Oisans climb, and the Col du Sabot – a printable map of the Col du Sabot route and gpx file can be found here
A less popular, but nonetheless worthwhile route is the climb up to the resort of Les Deux Alpes. It can be climbed up the main road via Mont de Lans:
Col de la Morte (from Sichilienne) – this col can be ridden as part of a loop over Col de Ornon. Alternatively, you can just do the climb from the Sichilienne, a village halfway between Bourg d’Oisans and Grenoble.
Another balcony road route that goes up the mountain behind Bourg d’Oisans, directly opposite the Alpe d’Huez climb, is that up to Villard Notre Dame (from Bourg d’Oisans). This is not only a difficult route, but has a number of unlit tunnels, so good quality lights are essential (particularly as the road is potholed in the tunnels!) Also, some brochures describe Villard Notre Dame as linked to Villard Reymond, so that a cycling loop is possible. The linking road is of very poor quality and is suitable only for mountain bikes, so do not attempt this loop with a road bike, or even a car!