A bit off the radar this one, there are other better known ways to get to the Col de Rousset but this little road (D178) is a gem for corner carvers, not very long but you might want to go back and do it again just for the hell of it.
Best tackled North to South so you're doing the northern hairpin section uphill. Endless hairpins at the northern end, fast open section in the middle and some nice twisties on the southern end, a great road. Only problem we had on one run was melting tarmac with 40+ temperatures.
A recommended detour instead of taking the N85 south from Grenoble.
A road with great variety, the West part is fast and open leading into the tight twisty gorge section in the middle. The Eastern end has a section that is a bit bumpy but still great fun. The scenery along this road is stunning if you've got time to look at it, if you don't like heights don't look over the edge, there are some huge drops. Well worth a look for both those wanting a good blast and those looking at the scenery.
A great road which follows a steep river canyon. Mostly fast bends make it an exciting ride.
A great way of getting East-West from the Route Napoleon, fantastic if ridden fast, non stop corners end to end. If you fancy going a bit slower the scenery is stunning in the middle section, you also cross a very high bridge where they do bungee jumping. Another off the radar road, thoroughly recommended.
The D120 over Col de Menee is another off the radar, great ride in the area south of Grenoble. A particular delight if riding north at the end of the day is spending the night at the 16th century Chateau di Passieres in Chichilianne. Accommodations (40 euros), swimming pool, tennis and a scrumptious country dinner (20 euros).
Of the 3 Cols in the immediate area, (Col de Rousset, Col de Grimone) Col de Menee is the least well known but don let that deter you. The road surface is good, good twisties, sweepers and scenery.
Rousset and Menee are separated by a mountain wall and its a shame that the two roads do not have a connecting pass in the north. However, you can from one to the other by fringing Grenoble. Its a bit of a bother to string the 3 Cols together, but if you do its worth it.
For those heading east to the Alps proper, from Chichilianne there is a side road that leads to Mens where you pick up the spectacular D526 to La Mure and onwards to Col dOmon.
This is a great road for trailies or supermotos (I did it on a Buell XB12X) due to the road surface as you climb into the mountains and the very tight and twisty hairpins. As you leave Revest stay on the D950 till you get to Haut Labouret. Come off at Haut Labouret and take the D518 for Ferrassieres. When you get into Ferrassieres take a right hand turn heading for the col de Lhomme Mort (translates as the col of the dead man!!. Carry on the mountain pass till you get to a T junction and bear right onto the D542 and head for Sederon.
If you really want to see the col de la Machine (I hate heights so don't ever want to do that one again) then this is a great way to get to it. Lots of corners, the surface can be a bit rough in places due to winter snow etc but a great road. Bit spooky going past the ski resorts in summer, like ghost villages. At the southern end there's the memorial and visitor centre for the French Resistance. Link this with the Col de Rousset towards Die and it's an amazing ride.
A real surprise, only marked as a minor road on the maps but a good surface, lots of really interesting corners so good for the fast guys and also good for tourers who appreciate the scenery.
A great shortcut to avoid the N88/N102 area near Pradelles. Easy to find from both ends, much more interesting than the main roads.
I challenge you to find a road which has more corners per km than the western side of this road, Google maps does not do it justice. Constant changes of direction with a reasonable but not brilliant surface make it a really intense experience if you are pushing on. Stop at one of the little village cafes for a rest after the descent if you're travelling Eastwards. Alternatively take your time and take in the beautiful scenery. Most fun I've had on a bike in ages without having to go that fast.
A good road if you're on something like a giant trailie, the bit nearest to Valence is fantastic smooth tarmac but it soon becomes a bit bumpy as it climbs in to the hills. Not smooth enough for a sports bike. One to take your time on, enjoy the little villages you pass and the solitude, this is a quiet area.
The West side up the col is a mixture of open bends with a few hairpins thrown in. The view as you reach the top of the col is breathtaking. Take the time to walk up to the huge cross at the very top. The Eastern side is something else, so many extra tight hairpins on the edge of massive drops that it really keeps your mind focussed, youd swear youve actually done a full circle on some of the corners. A fantastic road both for the views and the riding experience, just don try to go fast. Finish off with a run down the side of Lake Annecy, a beautiful flowing road that swoops along the edge of the lake for miles.
the col de la machine is possiblly teh most firghtening road in france but the scenery is absolutely stunning if you have a stomach for heights. It goes North West from the col de Rousset and runs along the face of a cliff. The scary part is that you can see exactly how close to the edge the road is as it continues around the cliff face, and also you occasionally get to see the massive drop over the side, not helped by the low stone wall on the outside. Well worth a look just to say youve done it. If I ever go back Im going to go to the start, look from the viewing point, then turn round and go back, a truly stunning road but just too high for me!!!
Excellent piece of road that climbs about a 1000 meters in 19km's of very twisty roads with excellent views of the valley. Look out for the 'count down ' markers coming up to some of the hairpin bends.
A158 out of Horncastle to Wragby and then right onto the B1225 after about 8kms.
Good open B road with some good corners, especially on the up and down bits through the Lincolnshire Wolds. I do not live locally and have only done this route a few times. Excellent for making good progress.
This is a great stretch of road. Heading south out of Le Puy on the N88 the road climbs out of the town and up onto the plateau. The first 35km or so to Pradelles offers good scenery, fairly straight smooth roads without too much traffic and make a nice warm up for what lies ahead. At Pradelles continue on the N88 towards Mende. The road ebbs and flows, rises and falls and generally gives a good 50km of smooth sweeping corners on an excellent road surface with some fantastic scenery (if youve got time to look). It peaks at 1264m at the Col de la Pierrre Plantee just south of Chateauneuf-du-Randon. The descent from the Col into Mende is briliant; the road starts with long open curves broken by occasional valley corner bends where you need to scrub off some speed and pop your knee down before batting off on the next part of the run down the hill. The further down you get, the better the corners are and once you pick up the valley of the river Lot and the railway line the corners come quicker and sharper. Mende itself was only a passthrough for me - lots of traffic lights and a dirty great one way system. Continuing out still on the N88 the road snakes its way back towards the A75 at Le Monastier Pin Mories. Still following the river Lot this road was busier and less impressive but formed the final leg of an excellent detour avoiding 115km of the A75 from Brioude.
A great road to have a blast on before going through the Gorge du Verdon. Fast sweepers, tighter corners over bridges, very little traffic out of peak season and easy to pass anyway. Highly recommended and ideal for putting in as part of a day ride using the route napoleon via Grasse.
Beautiful road at sunset, the road runs right round the side of Lake Thun and avoids the Mway on the south side (also means no need for a Swiss highway robbery vignette). Watch your speed, the Swiss Plods are not known for their understanding nature.
Virolos à gogo !
A superb race track of a road, just keeps going all the way to (or from) the visitor centre under the Millau Bridge across to Albi. Easy to get carried away, speeds can get very silly because its such a fast open road. Change to the D992 for the Millau bridge visitor centre near the Millau end.
A hidden gem and a great way to get cross country without using the Mway. Lots of fast sweeping bends, great visibility and hardly any traffic. Watch out for dead snakes in the road, slippery little beggars!
Lots of good bends from hairpins to more open, generally the surface is good. Can be very busy. The locals know this road, so bow to their superior knowledge.
I found this trip by looking for a squiggle on a map; I was not disappointed. The road winds up the valley wall through vineyards and 180 degree chicanes. Pause frequently to look back and see the lake disappear into the haze below you. Take the route towards Les Diablerettes. Spectacular 900 meter granite cliff faces, waterfalls, and open air. The road drops down into a relatively wooded area around Gstaad. Lots of skiing in the winter, but fun for bikes in the summer. Make sure you can buy spare footpeg rubbers when you get home....
Crossing from Switzerland into Italy in a frenzy of frantic narrow but mostly well surfaced corners. Not much run off in places but incredible scenary and a pretty good surface on the Swiss side. The surface coming down on the Italian side is quite gravelly as there seemed to be some construction going on.
A 300km full day´s ride NE of Grenoble, lots of mountain passes, fantastic for both those who want to spend the day razzing round corners and also for those who want to take their time and admire the stunning scenery. This one includes the Col de la Croix de Fer, Col de la Madeleine, Col du Frene, Col des Pres, Col du Granier, col de Cucheron and Col de Porte.
A 300km day ride douth of Grenoble packed with mountain passes, corners and hairpins. INcludes the Col de la Morte, col du Festre, Col de Grimone, Col de Rousset (stunning), Gorge de la Bourne. Great for both a corner shredding blast or a steady look at the stunning scenery.
A full day ride in the mountains north of Grenoble including the Col de Porte, Col de Pres, Col de Semnoz, Col des Milles Martyrs, so many mountain passes and corners you´ll be dizzy by the end. Great scenery, mostly good surfaces although some of the roads are not full width still a great ride.
Stunning ride for both those who want to rip the countryside up and those who want to look at the scenery. The middle section of this 300km ride has so many predictable corners one after the other for mile after mile that you can´t fail to enjoy it. Your tyres will definitely not square off!! If you prefer to take your time there is some stunning scenery as you ride around the gorges and mountains.