L’Oisans and your bike, that’s just a nice love story!
Oisans is an unmissable destination for all serious cyclists, whether amateur or professional! Admittedly, you have to cope with the height gain, but after all, that’s why people cycle in Oisans! Between balcony roads with magnificent panoramic views over the valleys, corbelled roads, hairpin bends, crossing villages, ascents to mountain passes or steep climbs up to eagle’s-nest villages, the roads of Oisans have some fine cycling adventures in store for you!
It’s worth coming just for the 21-switchback climb between Bourg d’Oisans and Alpe d’Huez. In the summer, it is tackled by no fewer than 1000 cyclists every day. In addition to this classic route, you can find details on this site of two other routes up to Alpe d’Huez, namely via Villard Reculas or the Col de Sarenne.
We mustn’t forget the many other mountain passes which enable you to enter or leave Oisans, such as the Col du Glandon, Col de la Croix de Fer, Col du Galibier, Col du Lautaret or the Col d’Ornon. Detailed routes will take you to all these summits. In addition, 30 timed routes enable you to measure your performance at any time of any day, whether riding individually, with a partner or with your club… just look up your time and the overall ranking on the Internet.
Oisans is also the setting for major cycling events. The Tour de France and Oisans enjoy close ties. We have lost count of the number of finishing lines at Alpe d’Huez or the starts from Bourg d’Oisans, which have contributed to the worldwide renown of this race. The cycle races of the Oisans Trophy attracts cyclists from all over the world, who flock to the area to take part in the ever-famous ‘Marmotte’ and ‘Vaujany’ events, which are the best-known races in the Alps. Our Dutch friends have even created a charity event involving the climb up to Alpe d’Huez. Known as the ‘Alpe d’Huzes’, this event beats its own record each year for the amount of money raised for the fight against cancer.