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Old 05-09-2013, 07:11 AM   #31
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Thanks to your post, I've decided to make a run back to Vercors this week. And, as a bonus, on the way I'll stop by the village where Keira Knightley got married recently. There might be some champers left over.
Any pics from your trip through Vercors, RtLover?
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Old 05-11-2013, 12:25 PM   #32
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Just back at home base. I'll sort a few pics and maybe a vid. Perfect riding weather.
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Old 05-12-2013, 07:04 AM   #33
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Vercors

Hello,

Here are some pictures from the Vercors area (and not Vercours !) I took from previous trips.








Col de Rousset


Pont-en-Royan


Combe Laval Road.
Can you see the Elephant head ?


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Old 05-12-2013, 07:08 AM   #34
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Gorges de la Bourne, Vercors

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSbeQ_LuwO4

Don't know why, I can't embed this video.
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Old 05-14-2013, 03:29 AM   #35
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There's a "back road" from Le Freney-d'Oisans that leads to the Alpe (it goes along the hillside rather than in the valley)
Col de Sarenne

And barely a kilometer off the D29 is a well-known experimental power/ green power place that's well worth visiting for the genius who developed it alone...or gawk at all the other bits around, near and far. Awesome spot!

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Old 05-14-2013, 11:41 AM   #36
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Olirider beat me to the punch with his pics so I won't repeat, just add a few.

On the way to the Col de Rousset from the north.



Lots of these.



A stark reminder of 1944. This and a memorial building are just outside of Vassieux-en-Vercors.



The man for whom the Route de Napoleon was named.



The run up to the Col de la Machine.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgBJB5xBO50

The ride along a section of the Gorges de la Bourne.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M70r3gf-7X4
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Old 05-15-2013, 08:38 AM   #37
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Thanks to Olirider and RTLover for the pics. I cannot wait to get there. I am definitely modifying my original trip to include the route through Vercors ( check spelling ) suggested by MichaelJ.

My timing has now moved from August to July which should be a plus, but I have to reduce to 4 days. And now I have to contend with the Tour de France which I think I can avoid by 24 hours.

I'll post my new planned 4 day route shortly. As always my nice and relaxed 300km days are getting longer as I cannot bring myself to cut too much out!
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Old 05-17-2013, 11:36 AM   #38
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If you're solo, which is what I understand, 300 to 350km days aren't a problem. Be one of the first at breakfast, put your toothbrush away and start riding. Get fuel when you can, Stop in the first town with shops to buy your picnic for the day. Stop for pics and to smell the flowers, but don't linger and you will be at your destination in time for a shower and dinner. It's intense, it's about riding, and it's fun.
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Old 05-18-2013, 03:45 PM   #39
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Stop in the first town with shops to buy your picnic for the day.
+1 - and lots cheaper, too

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Old 05-20-2013, 03:15 PM   #40
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Hey Blackbert, couldn't have put it better myself. That's pretty much exactly what I try to do. As I mentioned earlier in the thread, I don't get to ride as much as I would like so when I do, I try to make the most of it
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Old 05-30-2013, 07:51 AM   #41
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'Final' Plan...

Thanks to all for your advice and comments, very much appreciated

My 5 days in August has become 4 days in July. To mitigate the lost day I have cunningly included Day Zero (to fool the wife) which will see me sneek into the Alps proper in the late afternoon/evening (as you see I have included a cheeky loop at the end of Day 0 which I will do my best not to have to cut).

Day 0


If I can push on to Les Deux Alpes by late afternoon on Day 1, I will try to drop the bags, then head for a 2h round trip to Alpe D'Huez via Col de Sarenne.

Day 1


I have a day through the Vercors which, whilst not in my original plan, I am now really looking forward to.

Day 2


At the end of Day 3 I will try to head back up and down Col d'Izoard one more time.

Day 3


A couple of the days are 350km+ now but as mentioned, with careful planning and discipline (out, arse, bed, get), should be fine.

Day 4


I can't wait ... I need a 'taster' !

And is if by magic, a weekend has opened up in a couple of weeks so I shall warm up for my July trip with an overnight in the wonderful 'city' of Andermatt and the best figure 8 in the world: Grimsel / Furka / Susten / Nufenen / St Gottard ... happy days



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Old 05-30-2013, 12:26 PM   #42
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Old 05-31-2013, 05:01 AM   #43
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Looks good!

However...

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...and the best figure 8 in the world: Grimsel / Furka / Susten / Nufenen / St Gottard ... happy days
IMHO, that title belongs to the Dolomite Figure 8 - Pordoi / Sella / Gardena / Campolongo / Falzarego / Valparola with a side loop of the Giau & Fedaia.

But that's another trip
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Old 05-31-2013, 07:47 AM   #44
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I hear you MichaelJ. But on that one we will agree to disagree.

I was in the Dolomites last summer and agree that the fig-8 there is pretty special. I also loved Passo di Giau along with Passo Duran, which I did early one morning and apart from a near head on with the only moving vehicle I saw for the best part of an hour, it was fantastic.

BUT...I still think that around Andermatt is by far the best. I found the Dolomites 'pretty' and frankly small next to the big Alpine passes which are just mighty impressive and as we all know, size IS everything!
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Andermatt is always on my list - it's an easy day's ride (or a bit less) down from Heidelberg where my bike is stored. I usually stay at the Monopol, and the Wengers now recognize me

Add the Klausen, Praegel & Acherli passes to your list (if you haven't already ridden them) when you're up there.

I spent a night in Villars-sur-Ollon (Hotel Alpe Fleuri) and two different times at the Cascade Pissevache in Vernayaz (just outside of Martigny). With a name like that, I HAD to stop.

There's a LOT of great riding on your doorstep.
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