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The Sewing Machine descent (via Le Puy)
The Sewing Machine descent (via Le Puy)
The Sewing Machine descent (via Le Puy)

The Sewing Machine descent (via Le Puy)

Credit : Pierre Beaudevin

This is quite a complicated trail, with highly technical switchbacks near the edge of the Prégentil cliff.

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

Departure: Villard Reymond - Col du Solude 1680 m
Arrival: Bourg d'Oisans 720 m
Time: 2 hours
Distance: 10 km
Highest point: 1842 m
Lowest point: 720 m
Total ascent: 200 m
Total descent: -1150 m
Technique: 4/4
Endurance: 3/4

Map: Top 25 Le Bourg d'Oisans L'Alpe d'Huez 3335ET

ROUTE
The route starts from the Col du Solude, just above Villard Reymond. This is a peaceful place, with a magnificent viewpoint over Bourg d'Oisans and Alpe d'Huez.
From the Col du Solude, turn left up to the Col Saint-Jean. Once at the Col Saint-Jean, follow signs to "La Paute", down through the pastureland. At the end, turn right, following signs for "La Paute / Bourg-d’Oisans par le Puy".
In the forest, a series of very tight, technical switchbacks awaits, leading close to the edge of the Prégentil cliff.
This intense section takes you down to an old forest track. Go down this track, but not too fast or you'll miss the first path off to the right. The path widens out and the bends are not as tight. You can breathe more easily!
It's then a pleasant ride down to the ruins of Le Puy. Turn left towards "La Paute" on a highly technical track. When you come to a junction, do not follow the ridge and fork off to the left, following the "trail" waymarks.
By the time you get to the bottom of the Lignarre valley, you'll be an expert in the art of nose turns! Turn right, back to Bourg d'Oisans alongside the road.

ALTERNATIVE RETURN: Under the Prégentil cliff.
If you've had enough of switchbacks and prefer to let your hair fly behind you on a path directly back to Bourg d'Oisans, turn right when at the ruins of Le Puy. A more technically accessible balcony path leads you directly back just behind the sports hall of Bourg d'Oisans.

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Length: 20 mins
Distance: 2.3 km
Total ascent: 20 m
Total descent: -330 m
Technique: 3/4
Endurance: 1/4

It's important to note that, all in all, this is a very technical ride intended for experienced bikers. Don't try if you don't qualify!

9.3 km
2 h
max. 1840 m
min. 718 m
200 m
1150 m

Accessibility

Style : Mountain
Public : Sportsmen

Starting point

Le Village
38520 Villard-reymond
Lat : 45.0362Lng : 6.01982
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Villar Reymond

From the car park, through the village to reach the col of Solude.

Le Village 38520 Villard-reymond
Lat : 45.0307Lng : 6.01922
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Village de Villard-Reymond

38520 Villard-reymond
Lat : 45.0343Lng : 6.0183
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Col of Solude

From the Col du Solude, ride to the Col Saint-Jean.

Le Village 38520 Villard-reymond
Lat : 45.0356Lng : 6.01818
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Col Saint-Jean

Cross the grassland still following the GR50

D210 38520 Villard-reymond
Lat : 45.0477Lng : 6.00976
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"Le Puy" path

Take the track to Bourg-d’Oisans via le Puy.
In the forest, follow the winding path down the ridge. This is a complicated trail, with highly technical switchbacks near the edge of the Pré Gentil cliff. The path widens out in the lower section. Take care, as this is a very technical route for the most experienced riders.

D210 38520 Le bourg-d'oisans
Lat : 45.0523Lng : 6.00519
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The "machine à coudre" path (sewing machine)

There are 2 options :
1. Down by the "Puy" to reach La Paute. A very very technical path, call'd the sewing machine : planned route here.
Don’t try it if you don’t qualify!
2. Or follow the path on the right to reach Bourg d'Oisans. Pass under the cliff Prégentil on a balcony path more accessible. You arrive behind the gymnasium of Bourg d'Oisans.

Le Rat 38520 Le bourg-d'oisans
Lat : 45.0679Lng : 6.01462
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La Paute

Join the forest track and turn right to reach Bourg d'Oisans along the road.

Au Martinet 38520 Le bourg-d'oisans
Lat : 45.0712Lng : 6.0143
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Bourg d'Oisans

Avenue Docteur Louis Fauré 38520 Le bourg-d'oisans
Lat : 45.055Lng : 6.03034
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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 01/06 to 31/10 : open daily.

Updated by

Oisans Tourisme - 22/07/2016
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