Road Cycling in the Vercors
A rather unique variety of terrain and scenery makes the Vercors and the surrounding area an excellent training ground. To the west, the Vercors offers long steady climbs through dense forests, alpine meadows and along roads carved into the vertical walls dramatic limestone gorges. To the north are more gentle hills and a typical landscape of sleepy villages and small farms. Between the two, the Isere Valley has an intricate network of quiet lanes meandering through acres of walnut groves plus the 60km cycle track along the banks of the Isere river to the centre of Grenoble.
There are plenty of routes and the variety of landscapes make you feel that you're visiting a different part of France everyday. You can mix challenging rides with less intensive days, mountainous rides with hilly and flat rides. Or have a recovery ride a local restaurant for lunch.
If you're looking for climbs that have featured in the Tour de France and the Dauphiné-Libéré you won't be disappointed.
The main cycling season runs from March through to the end of October and there are several cyclosportives and randonnées throughout the year.
You're never too far away from a village bakery or café for those mid-ride fuel stops.