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Cycling getaway in the Vercors

On spectacular routes with breathtaking panoramas

Highlights

Zecamp: an establishment created by athletes for athletes
The unique landscapes of the Vercors Regional Natural Park
The vertiginous routes of Combe Laval and the Bourne Gorges
A revitalizing environment surrounded by nature

The story behind the trip

For several years, we have developed a great friendship with Sébastien Chavanel, ex-professional cyclist, and his partner Sophie, around our passion for cycling and the common values that guide us.
Sébastien and Sophie really fell in love with the Vercors and shared with us with great enthusiasm, their great experience within the Zecamp complex. The warm welcome of the former top athletes who built this place surrounded by nature, strengthened the desire to share this paradise for cyclists with you!
In collaboration with Sébastien Chavanel and the Zecamp team, we have set up a program on the most beautiful routes in the region, allowing you to fully enjoy the unique and fabulous character of the Vercors.

Cycling stay on the most beautiful routes of the Vercors Natural Park

In the heart of the Vercors mountains, Zecamp is the ideal base camp for your cycling stay in this unique region of the Alps.

For the duration of your stay, your base camp is located in Corrençon-en-Vercors on the Zecamp complex: the hotel of Loïs Habert, Marie Dorin and Robin Duvillard (members of the French biathlon and cross-country skiing team). A true sports hotel for athletes by athletes! The whole team is at your service and provide advice in order to fully enjoy your stay and share good moments of exchange and conviviality. We provide you with all the routes that you can complete in the order you want according to your desires, weather or mood of the day.

This sports stay takes you on the most beautiful routes of the Vercors. At the heart of the Regional Natural Park, your routes weave their way through lush nature, sometimes dizzying routes, green forests, villages of character or on plateaus where the gaze wanders, bordered by ridges that peak at more than 1000m. Sensations and emotions guaranteed!

For the more athletic (sport cyclist, triathletes, skiers …), this stay can also be an opportunity to prepare physically as best as possible for the end of season or winter season deadlines. Recovery will not be overlooked. Once your cycling trips are over, you can enjoy a Cold Bath or Box massage offered by your hotel.

Your company will find what they are looking for with the possibility of outdoor activities (hiking and other). Do not hesitate to contact us!

This 5-day stay at Zecamp offers you the optimal conditions and a rejuvenating setting to enjoy the unique beauty and diversity of the landscapes of this marvelous region of Vercors.

carte séjour cycliste dans le Vercors
Niveau ExpertExpert or Niveau AventureAventure
Day 1

COL DE LA CROIX-PERRIN 50km 700m Niveau Expert

Welcome to the Zecamp center in Corrençon en Vercors where the hotel team welcomes you early in the afternoon. You barely have the time for a catnap that you are already putting on your shorts for a warmup.

Northbound. After leaving Correnzon and Villars de Lans, you take the winding road through the magnificent Gorges du Méaudret. At the exit of the gorges you find the village of Méaudre which has kept its authentic character with its traditional farms with flagstone gables, its old stone basins and its village center open to the surrounding landscapes. It is also the starting point of your first ascent where the first hectometers are to be well managed because the percentages are high. Connected to Méaudre by the Claret hills, you reach the village of Autrans, nestled between valleys and forests. You then face the biggest difficulty: the Col de la Croix Perrin which culminates at 1218m above sea level. You then return to your base camp, it’s the end of a first ride which gives you an overview of the beauty of the days to come …

Day 2

COL DU MONT-NOIR PASS 95km 2200m Niveau Expert

Westbound and the Vercors foothills. Your route is off to a smooth start with the descent of the magnificent Gorges de la Bourne then a flat road which leads you to the village of St-Romans. At this point, the profile changes and you will have to change gears! You turn right and a long ascent in the forest lies before you which leads you to the summit of the Mont-Noir pass at 1412m above sea level. You reach the Route des Ecouges and the small village of Rencurel before taking the direction of Villard-de-Lans and Zecamp.

  • For a few more km 105km 2400m Niveau Aventure

    This route follows the Gorges du Nan to reach the Mont-Noir pass.

Day 3

THE QUEEN STAGE! 110km 2350m Niveau Expert

You will have to be in shape today because it is the queen stage of your stay: 110km are on the program with more than 2350m of elevation gain.

You head towards Valchevrière, the center of the Resistance, then cross St Martin en Vercors then La Chapelle en Vercors, recognizable by its steep rocky cliffs which surround it. Then it’s serious business with the sequence of the Carri and La Machine passes. The panoramic viewpoint of the Col de la Machine overlooks the Orthodox Monastery of St-Antoine-le-Grand and offers a magnificent view. The descent to St Jean du Vercors allows you to recover from your efforts on the vertiginous cliff road of Combe Laval, an unmissable passage in the region. You reach Pont en Royan to access another unmissable spot in the Vercors Regional Nature Park: the Gorges de la Bourne. To reach Zecamp, the road then follows a portion embellished with viewpoints of striking beauty, notably on the Cirque de Bournillon.

Day 4

COL D'HERBOUILLY PASS 80km 1700m Niveau Expert

You leave in the direction of Pont-en-Royans then take the direction of St-Martin-en-Vercors. You then make your first foray into the Gorges de la Bourne, a magnificent and typical Vercors landscape awaits you. You continue until La Chapelle en Vercors, recognizable by its steep rocky cliffs which surround it, before making your way back. You follow the Vernaison river before turning to the right and start your climb on a small road to the Col d’Herbouilly (1370m) and the plateau of this magnificent natural site.

  • For a few more km 110km 2100m Niveau Aventure

    This detour takes you further south with the ascent of the Proncel and St Alexis passes which offers a splendid view over the Pays Diois.

Day 5

THE GRANDS GOULETS 85km 2000m Niveau Expert

Let’s go for the last loop of your stay. The previous day demanded to draw on your reserves, so it is a shorter but nevertheless hilly course that is offered to you today. You take the direction of Saint Martin en Vercors then cross the Grands Goulets tunnel. Upon leaving, you admire the Rochers de l’Allier, the highest point of which is Pas de L’Allier (1171m). Les Petits Goulets and its 5 tunnels then take you to Sainte-Eulalie-en-Royans. The stage of the day ends with the magnificent route of the Gorges de la Bourne… You never get tired of such a setting.

Your return to Zecamp marks the end of your stay.

Bed & Breakfast Range

Another way to travel, meeting the people of the lands you cycle through. They welcome you in their home and offer board and lodging*. It gives you the opportunity to chat and deepen your knowledge of the region. We have selected them for their charm and privacy.

*breakfast included, diners available according to establishments

Accommodation example

Starting from 490€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

Price includes

  • Accommodation: 4 nights in a double room
  • 4 breakfasts
  • 4 dinners
  • Phone assistance
  • Application fee
  • Taxes
  • The itinerary trackable on the following supports:
    • Loan of a Bicycle GPS uploaded with full itinerary of the trip
    • Topo maps
    • Cycling practical guide including restaurant recommendations for lunch & dinner

Price does not include

  • bike rental (see option)
  • Breakfast on day 1
  • Lunches
  • Dinners not included in "Price includes"
  • Drinks, visits & other personal expenses
  • Repairs, spareparts and mileage allowance

A «homemade» stay with  Sébastien Chavanel and the Zecamp team.

  • Routes selected for their cycling and touristic interest entirely tested and away from traffic
  • An accomodation selected for its hospitality, atmosphere, services and quality meals
  • A flexible organisation to suit you needs and wishes: You choose the date you want to you leave on! We check the availability of each accomodation to make sure it is possible.
  • Seven days a week service from the ABICYCLETTE VOYAGES team

Modern and efficient itinerary monitoring:

  • We loan you a GPS so that you can easily follow your itinerary without having to look for your way around (bike support included) / Twonav Anima GPS
  • A practical cycling guide with all the useful information addresses, itinerary maps and tourist information

 


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Getting here

Ville de départ : CORRENCON EN VERCORS

Venir en voiture

  • à 5h de PARIS
  • à 6h de BORDEAUX
  • à 1h45 de LYON

Venir en train*

  • Grenoble train station - 3h depuis Paris
  • Valence train station - 2h30 depuis Paris

Venir en avion

  • Grenoble airport

Ville d'arrivée : CORRENCON EN VERCORS

Venir en voiture

  • à 5h de PARIS
  • à 6h de BORDEAUX
  • à 1h45 de LYON

Venir en train*

  • Grenoble train station - 3h depuis Paris
  • Valence train station - 2h30 depuis Paris

Venir en avion

  • Grenoble airport

* Abicyclette Voyages vous accompagne à la demande, en incluant des solutions de transport.

Comment revenir au point de départ ?

  • Navette privée : voir les tarifs détaillés ou nous consulter

Recommended equipment

Bike

  • Roadbike, 23 tire, 53/39 chain ring, compact or triple, 11/23 or 12/25 cassette 
  • Automatic pedals

 

Clothing and equipment

  • Helmet
  • 3 to 7 cycling shorts
  • 1 pair of Legs Warmer
  • 1 pair of Arms Warmer
  • Short sleeve jerseys
  • Long sleeve jerseys
  • Base layer (short or long) (merino or synthetic)
  • Sport socks
  • Thermal jacket
  • Wind Jacket
  • Rain proof jacket
  • 1 pair of gloves
  • 1 pair of cycling shoes
  • 1 pair of sunglasses
  • 2 cycling bottles
  • 1 bike lock

Bike maintenance

  • Emergency repair kit : 1 or 2 tubes, patches, pump, tire levers, drift chain and quick couplers, derailleur hanger, multi-tool
  • Daily use kit : Foot pump, cloth, oil, brake pads, spare tire

Other

  • Suitcase ( for transporting personal effects in luggage transfer)
  • Change of clothes for the evening
  • Warm jacket for the evening
  • Jersey and towel
  • Set of Toiletries
  • Mobile phone and charger

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