Cycling in La Grave – La Meije

La Grave is also synonymous with legendary Tour de France mountain stages with  col du Lauteret , col du Galibier, col du Telegraphe via Galibier, col d’Izoard, and Alpe-d’Huez have left their mark on this race, and are part of its living legend. The Tour de France usua´lly passes very close to the lodge making it a perfect stop for those who combine watching a stage or two and from our patio. Bikers Lodge is an excellent home base for the serious road cyclist and the perfect retreat to stage your climbing camp.Step out the front door and jump in to one of the famous alpine passes of the region, on to roads that have seen dramatic Tour de France contests and millions of avid cyclists.

Col du Lautaret – 2058m, Col du Galibier – 2646m, Col de Montgenevre – 1860m, Col de Sestrieres- 2033m, Col Agnel- 2744m, Col d’Izoard – 2360m, Col du Telegraphe – 1566m, Alpe d’Huez – 1830m, Col de la Croix de Fer – 2067m, Col du Glandon – 1924m, Col de Sarenne – 1900m, Col d’Ornon – 1367m, La Berarde – 1711m and Col du Molard – 1638m to name a few.

The myriad of lesser-known climbs on beautiful and quiet secondary roads offers endless recreational riding and training opportunities.  Keep in mind when planning your trip that all road cycling routes that commence in the village of La Grave require challenging climbs and descents. The riding is spectacular, and it requires a high level of fitness to enjoy. If you plan and gear accordingly, these roads will not disappoint.

Anothert renowned  and famous amateur race the Marmotte “passes through La Grave every year in July. You are likely to find many road cyclists throughout the summer season right up until the end of September.Approximate distance from the lodge to the start of the col are : col du Galibier 12 km col du Telegraphe, 18km via Galibier : col d’Izoard 32km: col du Lauteret summit 12km from the lodge: Alpe d’Huez 23Km: col du Croix du Fer 28Km.

Mountain Biking in La Grave – La Meije

The domain of La Grave – La Meije, mountain biking takes on it’s true meaning: the terrain is seriously steep and some trails weave along glaciers and ravines, but the scenery is just what you would expect from such an exceptional location. You will see how each valley has a distinctive character, each trail has a personality and each path has its hidden secrets with breathtaking views. With over 150 mountain bike trails networked over an expanse of incredibly diverse terrain, the territory offers a trail for everyone, from the hardcore rider to the enthusiast and those with little experience.

Here is more information about mountain biking in la grave and oisans region.
www.bike-oisans.com

MapMyRide Links
Here are some links to MapMyRide rides in the La Grave area. There are many rides in the area – these are some of our favorites:
XC – Cross Country TrailMaps
DH – Down Hill TrailMaps