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The Auris surge shafts
The Auris surge shafts
The Auris surge shafts
The Auris surge shafts
The Auris surge shafts

The Auris surge shafts

This is a short route that takes you up above Vaujany. It's a steep climb up on the road, but you will be rewarded by a lovely descent featuring a fine series of slide switchbacks. A really fun, forest route!

Route in the “MTB in Oisans” guide (Oisans Tourisme)

Departure / Arrival (loop): Vaujany 1220 m
Length: 1 1/2 hours
Distance : 8 km
Highest point: 1700 m
Lowest point: 1220 m
Total height gain: +496 m
Total height loss: -496 m
Technique: 3/4
Endurance : 3/4

Map: Top 25 Bourg d'Oisans et l'Alpe d'Huez 3335 ET

ROUTE
From Vaujany, go down the main road, past the church on your left and take the small road (signposted "table d'orientation") that leads steeply off to your right.
That’s right – you’ve a 5-kilometre, one-hour climb ahead, sometimes reaching a 14% gradient!
Take a breather at the viewpoint table, from which you can admire the Belledonne, the Eau d’Olle Valley and Les Grandes Rousses.
When you get to the surge shafts, take the small path down to their right. This brings you back on to the tarmac road and then onto another path a little further down. There are some steep, quite technical sections ahead – a mountain-biker’s delight!
Near la Combe Méare, you reach a junction, where you take the left-hand path which will bring you gently down to the centre of Vaujany, next to the bar/ restaurant des Cimes.

8.3 km
1 h 30 mn
max. 1706 m
min. 1205 m
496 m
496 m

Accessibility

Style : Mountain

Starting point

Route des Combes
38114 Vaujany
Lat : 45.1575Lng : 6.07835
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Vaujany

From Vaujany, go down the main road, past the church on your left and take the small road that leads steeply off to your right.

Route des Combes 38114 Vaujany
Lat : 45.1575Lng : 6.07835
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Village de Vaujany

38114 Vaujany
Lat : 45.1574Lng : 6.0738
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Bessay road

That’s right – you’ve a 5-kilometre climb ahead, sometimes reaching a 14% gradient!

Route du Col du Sabot 38114 Vaujany
Lat : 45.1571Lng : 6.07247
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Eglise de Vauany

38114 Vaujany
Lat : 45.1574Lng : 6.0738
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Panoramic tables

Take a breather at the panoramic table, from which you can admire the Belledonne, the Eau d’Olle Valley and Les Grandes Rousses.

Route du Bessey 38114 Vaujany
Lat : 45.1589Lng : 6.05587
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The surge shaft

When you get to the surge shaft, take the small path down to their right.

Route du Bessey 38114 Vaujany
Lat : 45.1604Lng : 6.0567
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Cross the road

This brings you back on to the tarmac road and then onto another path a little further down.
There are some steep, quite technical sections ahead – a mountain-biker’s delight!

Route du Bessey 38114 Vaujany
Lat : 45.1615Lng : 6.06455
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Chemin du Bessey

A l'approche de la combe Méare prendre le chemin du Bessay à gauche qui vous ramène à Vaujany.

Route du Bessey 38114 Vaujany
Lat : 45.1593Lng : 6.07136
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House of Fauna

Very attractive museum on local wildlife, visit on the way! (open July and August).

Route du Col du Sabot 38114 Vaujany
Lat : 45.1581Lng : 6.07669
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4 informations complémentaires

Contact

Phone : 04 76 80 72 37

Email : info@oisans.com

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

Open period

From 01/06 to 31/10 : open daily.

Updated by

Oisans Tourisme - 07/09/2016
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