The famous 21 hairpin-bend climb up to Alpe d’Huez is one of the most iconic cycle routes. 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 and shops that rent out e-bikes, and an extensive range of bikefriendly accommodation, there are 29 detailed itineraries to try from tours around the Lac du Verney to epic climbs up the many mountain passes which enable you to 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
Le Bourg d’Oisans
Distance 31km Time up to you!
Follow in the tyretracks of the 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 kms and 250m extra height gain). Return on the same road.
Recharging: at restaurants in Huez and Alpe d’Huez.
♦ The Col de la Croix de Fer and the Col du Glandon
Distance 60km Time 7 hrs
E-bikes are no barrier to long rides, and this one needs a scheduled recharge stop. But it’s well worth it once you get to the top of the pass! You will be rewarded with a 360° view in high-altitude scenery that is often a backdrop for the Tour de France.
Recharging: restaurants in Le Rivier d’Allemont.
♦ Around the Lac du Verney
Distance 29km Time 4hrs
Come down off 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!
Recharging: at restaurants in the town of Allemont.
♦ Alpe d’Huez: the Sarenne Gorges
Distance 27.7km Time 7hrs MTB road
This route takes you up the Oz cable car to the Alpe d’Huez “Domaine VTT” mountainbiking area. You then ride through the lovely Sarenne Gorges before returning to the start point by road.
Recharging: restaurants in Huez and Alpe d’Huez.
♦ The Vallée Blanche ‘off-piste’
Les Deux Alpes
Distance 6km Time 4hrs 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 3400m glacier, on your right, you have the Vallée Blanche with its summit, Le Pied Moutet, at 2,339m.
Recharging: restaurants in Les Deux Alpes.