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Saint Christophe en Oisans and La Bérarde
Saint Christophe en Oisans and La Bérarde
Saint Christophe en Oisans and La Bérarde
Saint Christophe en Oisans and La Bérarde

Saint Christophe en Oisans and La Bérarde (no. 16)

La Bérarde is at the end of the road and literally at the end of the world! An extraordinary road in the midst of a high mountain landscape. A steady slope allows you to admire the view. Your calves will probably remember two more strenuous sections!

Itinerary no. 16 of the “Cycling in Oisans” guide (Oisans Tourisme)

Departure / Arrival: Bourg d’Oisans 720 m
Time: 4 h
Distance (R/T): 66 km
Highest point: 1715 m
Lowest point: 720 m
Total ascent: 1632 m
Max. gradient: 11%

Map: Michelin Local Map no. 333 Isère, Savoie

ITINERARY
From Bourg d’Oisans, follow the road D1091 towards “Briançon / Les 2 Alpes” as far as “Clapier d’Auris”.
Turn right and follow towards “Venosc / Saint Christophe en Oisans - La Bérarde”. From there, you cannot go wrong, there is only one track.
After Bourg d’Arud, a slope with an 11% gradient over 3 km will lead you to the “Plan du Lac”. Take advantage of the ride alongside the turquoise waters of the Vénéon River to recover. Then, after 3 kilometres, the road begins a new series of hairpin bends (11% gradient over 3 km) to reach Saint Christophe en Oisans.
From here, a narrow balcony road leads without effort to La Bérarde and opens up on to one of the most spectacular landscapes of the Alps, including the majestic South-Western slope of the Ecrins mountains (4 102 m) which reveals all its splendour! (Or should we say just a part of it...)

66 km
4 h
max. 1713 m
min. 717 m
1632 m
1628 m

Accessibility

Style : Mountain
Public : Cyclists

Starting point

Mas du Plan
38520 Le bourg-d'oisans
Lat : 45.0542Lng : 6.03236
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Bourg d'Oisans

From Bourg-d’Oisans, follow the road towards Briançon as far as Clapier d’Auris

Mas du Plan 38520 Le bourg-d'oisans
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In this high perched – and, some would say, somewhat remote - village,...Read more

la Ville 38520 Saint-Christophe-en-Oisans - La Bérarde
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Clapier d'Auris

Follow the road to Venosc, Saint Christophe en Oisans and La Bérarde.

D1091 38860 Auris
Lat : 45.0284Lng : 6.07164
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Story of castle of la Muzelle

The castle of Bourg d'Arud is a manor which was built in XVII century...Read more

38520 Venosc
Lat : 44.9866Lng : 6.12067
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Sundials of Venosc

One of the oldest painted sundials of Alpine "Dauphinoises"Dating...Read more

Le Courtil 38520 Venosc
Lat : 44.9902Lng : 6.11468
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Venosc

After Bourg d’Arud, a slope of 11% incline over 3 km will lead you to the ‘Plan du Lac’.

La Condamine 38520 Venosc
Lat : 44.988Lng : 6.1134
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Church of Venosc

The Church of Venosc blend several styles. Dating from the...Read more

Le Courtil 38520 Venosc
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Le Plan du Lac

This is also one of the starting points for rafting on the wild river Vénéon. From the water sports base you will climb up to Saint Christophe en Oisans.

Echaillonière et Plan du L 38520 Saint-christophe-en-oisans
Lat : 44.968Lng : 6.15507
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Saint Christophe en Oisans

Then the road leads without effort to La Bérarde.

La ville 38520 Saint-christophe-en-oisans
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Route de légende : la route de la Bérarde

A legendary road! It was opened to vehicles in 1921, with the particularity...Read more

38520 Saint-christophe-en-oisans
Lat : 44.9557Lng : 6.17995
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La Bérarde

The view opens up on to one of the most spectacular landscapes of the Alps, including the majestic South-Western slope of the Ecrins mountains (4,102 m) which reveals all its splendour! (or maybe not…?).

La Berarde et le Gravier 38520 Saint-christophe-en-oisans
Lat : 44.9327Lng : 6.2921
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4 informations complémentaires

Contact

Phone : 04 76 80 03 25

Email : info@oisans.com

Website : http://www.bike-oisans.com

Open period

From 05/01 to 10/31 : open daily.
Depending on snow conditions

Updated by

Oisans Tourisme - 08/09/2016
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L-R Blaire Laisser la voiture au Clapier d'Auris. Cela vous économisera la Nationale, à forte circulation de nos jours. Deux passages très difficiles sur cette route fantastique : le clapier de Bourg d'Arud, jusqu'au barrage, et les lacets qui précèdent St Christophe. Ailleurs, peu de difficultés, et on peut prendre le temps de regarder le paysage, voire de s'arrêter et de prendre des photos. On est relativement tranquille sur cette route, du moins en semaine et hors vacances. Une des plus belles routes de France !

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