VéloSki French Alps Bicycle Tour: Rhone Alpes // June 18 – July 3rd, 2018
The VéloSki tradition continues…another new riding season—and another brand new tour! This could easily become our new favorite, we can’t wait to ride with you!! We’ll be taking you far from the madding crowd..to the home of iconic gorges, mountain passes and unknown towns, unique specialty cheeses, and the opportunity to experience authentic French country cuisine. But not before giving you the chance to challenge yourself with some of the most famous French climbs. Not least of which includes paying homage to the legends of the Tour de France named on the 21 switchbacks from le Bourg d’Oisans to l’Alpe-d’Huez!
Kilometers - Std Route
Vertical Meters Climbing - Std Route
Kilometers - Long Route
Vertical Meters Climbing - Long Route
The Rhone Alps region takes it’s name from the Rhone River as it passes from Lake Geneve southward to the Mediterranean Sea. Our ride begins near Geneva and will have glimpses of the Mount Blanc as we ride into the more “unplugged” portion of the trip. While tourists aren’t far away, for most of the time on this section of route they’ll be rare. Route planning is difficult in an area that still retains a largely agrarian approach to daily life. The pace is more tranquil than neighboring Provence. Yet the smooth, narrow farm lanes (perfectly suited for adventurous bicyclists) wandering through pastures, meadows and forests under the rocky outcrops and mountainous features of the Jura, Chartreuse, Haute Savoie and the Vercors make it all more than worthwhile.
Gorges and sheer cliffs create an oasis of tranquility where grasses grow and herds graze—all within sight of Grenoble or Chambery residents—yet seemingly inaccessible! Narrow roads literral carved into the mountain cliffs give pause to ponder. You’ll find the tiny passages of the Grandes Goulets and Combe Laval to be perhaps one of the most visually stunning loops of our Rhone Alps Unplugged itinerary. And you’ll have the spectacular photographs to prove it. Come ride with us this year as we unravel a spectacular thread of a route stitching together this mostly-untraveled region known as the Rhone Alps! Reserve your spot today—or you may be another year older when you can!