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The Vercors is a superb place for cycling for many reasons. The scenery is incredible, the roads are quiet, and the gradients are often more gradual than in the high Alps.

The limestone plateau of the Vercors lies to the south west of Grenoble. There are two main routes from Grenoble that climb into the mountain range, from St Nizier and from Lans-en-Vercors.

The following map illustrates the principal roads and climbs in the Vercors.


A number of gorges are situated on the western side of the range, and are the perfect distance for a picturesque day ride. The Gorge de la Bourne, the Grand Goulets and the Combe Laval are among the most impressive roads in France. These are roads engineered out of the cliff face over a hundred years ago. If you don't want to cycle from Grenoble, Pont-en-Royans makes a good base for riding.

The following photographs describe the main gorges on the western side of the range from north to south.

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Looking down the Col de Romeyere above St Gervais.
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The Col de Romeyere above St Gervais.
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The Gorges du Nan above Cognin-les-Gorges.
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The Gorges du Nan above Cognin-les-Gorges.
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The Gorges de la Bourne between Pont-en-Royans and Villard-de-Lans.
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The Grand Goulets above Pont-en-Royans.
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The Grand Goulets above Pont-en-Royans.
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The Combe Laval between St-Jean-en-Royans and the Col de la Machine.


The Vercors was a stronghold for the Resistance during the second world war, and memorials can be seen alongside many of the roads.