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Wolvereeno: re Die, France (warning: mega-wide pic's inside)(15 posts)

Wolvereeno: re Die, France (warning: mega-wide pic's inside)philippec
Jun 11, 2003 1:16 PM

Regarding your post below( (wolfereeno "paging leadville blues - re. rides in Provence" 6/11/03 11:59am )

Funny you should mention Die -- I've spent three vacations there! Did you know that the Diois is the sunniest region in France. Also, what a great mix betwen the mountains of the Vercors and the first hints of Provence in the Drome. I've got a lot of links,but they are in French -- do you read french?

I've posted some pics below:



That's Die down in the valley behind my daughter who I've just towed up the Mont Justin in a bike trailer... she slept on the way up, I didn't...

Here is a friend's son in front of the Col de Rousset. We rode up on the dirt roads that are on the east side of the valley but the road has been used many times as a transition to/from the Vercors plateau by the TDF. You can see the road zig-zagging off to the left.

Here's the view back down from above the Col de Rousset looking back south towards Die:

Romeyer is in the valley just north of Die -- great place to stay if you are going there, here's a view of the valley:

And finally, here are some shots of the Glandasse cliffs just south of Die...

Did I mention that the riding (both road and mountain bike) is out of this world!!


Wow...hope to visit there some day. nmeschelon
Jun 11, 2003 1:22 PM
what about the Chartreuse?mohair_chair
Jun 11, 2003 1:26 PM
In July, I'll be staying up on the cliffs above the Isere river in the Chartreuse, about 25K north of Grenoble. I hear the riding is great there and south in Vercors. Do you have any favorite rides that I must do?
what about the Chartreuse?philippec
Jun 11, 2003 1:33 PM
I haven't ridden much in the Chartreuse (read, I've ridden there only once) so I can't suggest some good rides. There are ton's though: the Parc Natural Regional de la Chartreuse publishes a guide to bike rides in the Chartreuse -- you should be able to get it in Grenoble, or at the Park headquarters. I have, however, ridden and raced in the Bauges (the mountain range just north of the Chartreuse btwn Chambery and Annecy. If you'll be going there, I can give you a tremendous ride loop...


mais bien sur...mohair_chair
Jun 11, 2003 1:46 PM
I'll be there for two weeks, so I'd love to hear any advice on nearby routes, including your loop in the Bauges. I'll have a car, so I can get around. Merci Bien!
rides in the Chartreuse/Baugesphilippec
Jun 12, 2003 4:56 AM
Here is a link to some rides in the north Chartreuse (the Savoie part...)

and here is the circuit for the Bauges: it follows the Challenge du Nivolet Cyclosportive's route, if you are there in late July (27th, I think), you might want to do the ride -- it's a blast. Here is the link to the site:

Keep in mind that what they call a "sports cycling race" is in fact a "cyclosportive" (in French -- this is more akin to a timed century ride, than an actual race. Riders at the front are racing, riders at the back are just trying for a personal best. So don't be intimidated!


oops, the Glandasse is just _north_ of Die, not south (nm)philippec
Jun 11, 2003 1:27 PM
Awesome, Philippe.KG 361
Jun 11, 2003 2:43 PM
Beautiful pictures. Your daughter is almost as cute as my 2 =)(Really, she's a cutie.) Hope your invitation is still open for that ride around Paris!
Awesome, Philippe.philippec
Jun 12, 2003 3:01 AM
You're coming in the week after the Tour, right? I can ride any day that week early a.m. If you're interested, there is a nice 1.5 hr loop (~50 kms) that we could do out from where I live in St. Germain-en-Laye (which is easily accessible by the RER A -- Fast metro) on the western edge of Paris. That would be the nicest ride -- otherwise, we could meet down at Longchamp in the Bois de Boulogne where all the other Paris riders go for laps on the flat 3.5 km loop -- boorriing, but close to my work.

Anyway, email me at work as your trip approaches ( I'll be off from the 10th to the 26th of July following the Tour so don't expect an answer during that time!


Awesome, Philippe.cyclopathic
Jun 12, 2003 3:41 AM
hey, Philippe, are you gonna be hanging around in August for PBP?
Awesome, Philippe.philippec
Jun 12, 2003 4:41 AM
Not doing PBP, but I will be in my "home" region of Brittany on holidays for the second part of August. I will be working that week, but if you are coming in early, the same invitation holds (Friday 15 Aug or Saturday 16 Aug. early a.m. ride) I'll be racing on Sunday though.


Awesome, Philippe.cyclopathic
Jun 12, 2003 4:57 AM
I'd be coming in on around 13th and PBP starts on monday night, 18th. Since I'm taking tuesday 5am start, I'd be in Brittany most of wednesday Aug 20th. I'd shoot you e-mail when time gets closer.
Thanks, Philippe.KG 361
Jun 12, 2003 7:17 AM
I think we'll be in Lyon that week. We will be heading to Paris (as far as I know) the 2nd week. We will probably be staying in Paris Wed and Thurs, Aug 6-7, departing for the States on the 8th. Will you be available then? Thanks so much!
Thanks, Philippe.philippec
Jun 12, 2003 7:29 AM
I'll be around then. Sat. a.m. is the best time for me to ride outside of Paris but I train 6 days a week either at Longchamp or on nearby hills so depending on your will/ability to meet up for an early a.m. ride, we can meet.


Wonderful pictures.Sintesi
Jun 17, 2003 3:55 PM
Probably the best part of the TdF is the showcase of French country side. But I've not seen these type mountains before, especially those white stone cliffs. Picture post your heart out Philippe I really enjoy these.

You have a really cute kid BTW.