Great cycling destination

Discussion in 'General Cycling' started by Just zis Guy, you know?, Sep 4, 2011.

  1. I have just got back from two weeks in the Provence-Hautes Alpes
    region, near Serre Ponçon lake.

    We decided to take mountain bikes not road bikes although this place
    is perfect for roadies - loads of twisty Alpine descents, many
    carrying marks from past cycle races - coming back from Gap we saw
    polkadot jerseys and "Andy" painted on the road, and several of the
    ascents had the distance to the top in metres every now and then. We
    rode up Mt. Colombis (1734m, off-road
    <http://www.climbbybike.com/climb.asp?col=Mont-Colombis&qryMountainID=6975>)
    but the most interesting ride by far was from Le Sauze du Lac, where
    we stayed the second week, towards Le Lauzet-Ubaye where the r5oad was
    rerouted at some point; the old road has been left as a leisure track
    and includes four tunnels the longest of which is 1730m long, all
    completely unlit but tolerably well surfaced so not needing more than
    ordinary lights (though keep away from the edges, where we saw at
    least one section of collapsed drain or trunk, enough to break a wheel
    if you hit it).

    We also walked up Mt. Guillaume (2550m
    <http://www.rando-hautesalpes.com/spip.php?article51>) and from
    Station des Orres to the arrete leading up from Col de l'Aupillon
    (>2800m) from which we could see a still-frozen lake.

    I also learned to sail a catamaran, very different from a dinghy.

    I recommend Chorges or Embrun as a base for a trip to this superb
    area, and take whichever bike you like, you'll not be short of
    breathtaking rides and scenery.

    Guy
     
    Just zis Guy, you know?, Sep 4, 2011
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    mrc7--urcm Guest

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    Guy, I didn't know they did an MTB version of the Brompton ;-)

    We also took our small wheels (Airnimal Rhinos) to the Alps this summer,
    spending time camped at three different locations in Switzerland. Had
    lot's of fun riding the well sign posted and marked MTB and bike trails.
    The highlight of our trip was taking two days to do a circuit from
    Lauterbrunnen to Meiringen and then crossing the Grosse Scheidegg to
    Grindelwald before returning to Lauterbrunnen. We had lots of interest
    in the bikes from other riders, some of them asking whether we found
    that they went more slowly because of having small wheels!

    Photos are on my flickr account
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/campathmike/collections/72157627445175847/

    Mike
     
    mrc7--urcm, Sep 5, 2011
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    Simon Mason Guest

    Glad you enjoyed yourself far away from all of the other unpleasant
    business.
    I'll passing through the Alps as well next year, but doing this route.

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    On ferry 2100
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    Simon Mason, Sep 5, 2011
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    Mark Guest

    What's so different? I only sailed a cat once but didn't think it was
    that different.
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    Paul - xxx Guest

    I'd guess it's a tad more stable.
     
    Paul - xxx, Sep 6, 2011
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    Phil W Lee Guest

    Right up to the point where the wind gets underneath the windward
    hull.
     
    Phil W Lee, Sep 6, 2011
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