Mountain pass road

The col de la Machine

Col de la Machine

An amazing “sightseeing” route. Located halfway between Grenoble and Valence, Le Royans is part of the Vercors Regional Natural Park and offers stunning scenery in unspoiled countryside.

The landscapes still bear the traces of the Cistercian and Carthusian religious orders, who strongly influenced Le Royans in the 11th and 12th centuries. Now let’s head to the pass. Before leaving the village of Saint Laurent, visit the Monastery of Saint Antoine le Grand. It lies on the edge of the Vercors in the beautiful valley of Combe Laval, at the foot of high rocky cliffs which rise to an altitude of more than a thousand metres.

After the village the road climbs quite sharply. You go through several tunnels, where the use of headlights is recommended, then go through a series of loops while crossing the great forest of Sapine. The pass is not very far and the scenery is striking: you cycle alongside the Combe Laval cirque located 600 metres below.

 

One last ascent and descent and you’ve finally reached the pass. The terrace at the Auberge Fleurie awaits you for a well-earned cold drink. The return trip via the Route de la Combe Laval will be just as striking as the ride up.