The famous 21 hairpin-bend climb up to Alpe d’Huez is one of the most iconic cycle routes in the world.
Now, thanks to Oisan’s huge investment in e-bikes this and many other spectacular rides can be enjoyed by people of all sporting abilities – not just Tour de France champions!
With a growing network of battery charging points, shops that rent out e-bikes, and an extensive range of bike-friendly accommodation, there are 29 detailed itineraries to try in Oisans from tours around Lac du Verney to epic climbs up the numerous mountain passes from which you either enter or leave Oisans: the Glandon Pass, the Croix de Fer Pass, the Galibier Pass, the Lautaret Pass, the Ornon Pass.
➽ Alpe d’Huez: the classic climb
Location: Le Bourg-d’Oisans
Distance: 31 km
Time: up to you!
Follow in the tyre tracks of Tour de France champion riders. Enjoy the famous climb up the 21 hairpin bends to Alpe d’Huez! You can also carry on to Lac Besson (5.5 extra km and 250 m extra height gain). Return on the same road.
➽ The col de la Croix de Fer and the col du Glandon
Distance: 60 km
E-bikes are no barrier to long rides, and this one includes a scheduled recharge stop. But it’s well worth it once you get to the top of the pass! You'll be rewarded with a 360° view in high-altitude scenery that is often a backdrop for the Tour de France.
➽ Around the Lac du Verney
Distance: 29 km
Come down the mountains to visit the beautful Lac du Verney and enjoy a cool bike ride around the shore. The views over the surrounding valleys from each side of the lake are always different, A quiet and beautiful ride!
➽ Alpe d’Huez: the Sarenne Gorges
Location: Alpe d’Huez
Distance 27.7 km
Time: 7h (MTB road)
This route takes you up the Oz cable car to the Alpe d’Huez “Domaine VTT” mountain-biking area. You then ride through the lovely Sarenne Gorges before returning to the start point by road.
➽ The Vallée Blanche "off-piste"
Location: Les Deux-Alpes
Distance: 6 km
Time: 4h (MTB road)
One of the most famous of ski itineraries, the Vallée Blanche is also accessible to e-bikers in the summer. On your left, the mountain stretches up to the 3,400 m glacier; on your right, you have the Vallée Blanche with its summit, Le Pied Moutet, at 2,339 m.