Road Cycling in the Vercors
The area provides an excellent variety of terrain and scenery which you're unlikely to find anywhere else. To the west, the Vercors offers dense forests, alpine meadows and roads carved along 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.
There are plenty of routes for recreational, leisure and sports cyclists and the variety of landscapes make you feel that you're visiting a different part of France everyday. You can mix challenging rides with more leisurely days, mountainous rides with hilly and flat rides. Or pootle along to a local restaurant for an energy replenishing lunch.
If you're looking for climbs that have featured in the Tour de France you won't be dissappointed.
There is a vast network of well maintained, quiet country lanes. The climbs are mainly cyclist friendly so you don't have to be a born climber to enjoy them. Some of the roads have featured in the Tour de France and the Dauphiné-Libéré.
The main cycling season runs from March through to the end of October. 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.