A full day ride in the mountains north of Grenoble including the Col de Porte, Col de Pres, Col de Semnoz, Col des Milles Martyrs, so many mountain passes and corners you'll be dizzy by the end. Great scenery, mostly good surfaces although some of the roads are not full width still a great ride.
From Geneva, go to the famous Viaduc de Millau, the worlds longest and highest bridge in the world.
To get there, you will go accross the Cévennes, the Ardèche, and back to Geneva across the Vercors.
A great bike tour deep into some of the most beautiful French regions.
3800km Europe trip. Only last 400km are highway. France ans Switserland are mostly alp routes.
Incl 200 waypoints (hotels and mountainroute names)
Belgium, France, Switserland, Italy, Austria, Germany
Only 300km but a full day ride. Mix of fast open roads, mountain passes (col du Galibier, col du Grand Cucheron) plus a long hilly run between Albertville and Grenoble avioding the main road).
A 300km full day's ride NE of Grenoble, lots of mountain passes, fantastic for both those who want to spend the day razzing round corners and also for those who want to take their time and admire the stunning scenery. This one includes the Col de la Croix de Fer, Col de la Madeleine, Col du Frene, Col des Pres, Col du Granier, col de Cucheron and Col de Porte.
A fairly nice road, which gets much better towards the end with a 20 - 30 mile section of superb continuous bends of certain radius.
This great route takes you through the northern part of the Ardeche. From the town Saint-Laurent-Du-Pape it runs north to Lamastre and St-Félicien. Near Lalouvesc has been a big forestfire a few years ago. The route continues southeast. Slightly north of St-Agrève is the location of the source of the rivier Eyrieux. It is not possible to follow the first few kilometres of this river, but after the town Intres the road sticks to the river. The route follows this river all the way down to the starting point of this route. The river runs only a few kilomtres further and ends in the Rhone near the town Beauchastel.
The route begins in the Medieval town Alba-la-Romaine.
It runs southwards to the famous bridge Pont d'Arc.
The D290 the follows the spectaculair Gorges de l'Ardeche.
The curves in this road even have names! The route then
goes north across the Plateau de Gras over nice small
roads to Saint-Montan (another Medieval town). The last
section runs along the river the Rhone and ends at chateau
The route is not very long to give you time to visit the towns and/or avens (e.g. Aven Marzal and Grotte de la Madeleine). There is also a nice beach where you can swim at Pont d'Arc.
The route starts and ends at Domaine de l'Amiral zonnig.com Which is a great chambre d'hote (bed & breakfast) and camping.
Starting from the Savoy Hotel onwards to Italy. Not through the tunnel but over the pass. Lac Mont Cenis is worth taking a detour. Because of the altitude, be aware of mist.
Done the route many times and never bores me.
Have fun, M0M0
A 300km day ride douth of Grenoble packed with mountain passes, corners and hairpins. INcludes the Col de la Morte, col du Festre, Col de Grimone, Col de Rousset (stunning), Gorge de la Bourne. Great for both a corner shredding blast or a steady look at the stunning scenery.
This adventurous route follows small, narrow
roads and takes you to a few special villages,
like Sceautres, Alba-la-Romaine, Mirabel and Beauchastel.
The route runs through the eastern part of the Ardeche.
The southern part runs through the area Plateau du Coiron,
hence the name.
More info on www.motorrijden.fr
The St Bernards Loop from the RiDE Guide to France
A full days ride, starting and finishing in Bourg St Maurice taking in the Petit and Grand St Bernard passes, Col de la Forclaz, and a stretch of the Route des Grandes Alpes finishing with Cormet Roselend. One of the finest days riding in the Alps
This route runs from the eastern part of the Ardeche all the way to the western border and back. It visits the highest mountains in the Ardeche, including the source of the river Loire (the longest river in France). The route also runs past a lake inside an old vulcanic crater (Lac d’Issarlès). In the town Lachamp-Raphaël you can make a small detour and visit la cascade du Ray-Pic (waterfall). And ofcourse the route is just one curve after another.
Because this route is non-stop curves on two lane as well as single lane roads, it is a quite demanding route and may be more suitable for more experienced riders.
Stunning ride for both those who want to rip the countryside up and those who want to look at the scenery. The middle section of this 300km ride has so many predictable corners one after the other for mile after mile that you can't fail to enjoy it. Your tyres will definitely not square off!! If you prefer to take your time there is some stunning scenery as you ride around the gorges and mountains.
This route takes you through the beautiful and rugged Vercors.
It takes you over the impressive Cirque Combe Laval,
past le Grand Goulets and over col de Rousset which is
followed by an great descend to the city Die. This small
town is a good place to stop for something to eat and drink.
Should you be tired of all the curves, you can take the D93
along the river Drôme back to Domaine de l'Amiral. But
it is much more fun to complete the route. The landscape
is lower now, friendlier, but just as beautiful. Via the
Col de la Croix to the old village Beaufort-sur-Gervanne
and then via Chabeuil back to the starting point of the route.
I can recommend Domaine de l'Amiral (www.motorrijden.fr) as a great place to stay in the Drome/Ardeche. Its a bed & breakfast with camping.