The ascent of the Grand Colombier by Virieu-le-Petit

Discover the Ain by bike from the campsite

Lovers of cycling, mountain bikers, with our 3 star campsite near Savoie, you will have a wide choice to discover this region remained natural, wild and preserved. Off the beaten track, you will cross authentic villages, ovens and wash houses.

For all levels, you will be able to go through the numerous passes of the region including the mythical col du Colombier (1647m) but also the col de la Cheminée, the col de la Biche, the col de la Lèbe…

For those who opt for a family walk, you can start from the campsite and walk along the river, this path is flat to reach the via-Rhôna. It runs alongside the Rhône and you can ride through the region on a safe cycle path.

Hiking around the lakes in the Ain

Mountain bike circuits: Five hilly circuits of 20, 35, 50, 70 and 100 km with a cumulative difference in altitude ranging from 310 to 2400m. The routes are very varied: single track lined with boxwood, crests, stream crossings, small wild lakes, Bug villages and the technical passage under the pierced rock.

ROAD ROUTES : 4 circuits of 40 – 60 – 80 and 120km with differences in altitude varying from 400 to 2100 m on the small winding roads of Bugey bordered by lakes and rivers and passing through typical villages. You will also discover sections of the “Viarhôna”, a bicycle route that runs along the Rhône and should eventually lead from Geneva to the mouth of the Rhône.

You are a cyclist who likes challenges and who doesn’t shy away from big climbs… You dream of tackling one of the hardest passes in France…

The terrifying percentages give you wings… On arrival at the summit, a grandiose landscape awaits you: the Alps and Mont Blanc in the background.

Maybe you will try the Bugist challenge and join the felés of the Dovecote ? 4 ascents of the Grand Colombier are not enough for you…! The Fêlés offer you the “Défi Bugiste”… Double 8” circuit of 208km and 7043m of ascent. 4 climbs of the Grand Colombier and 2 climbs of the Col de la Biche…

Now your tracks are ready and available for free, click here: free, they will follow you everywhere.


Large dovecote

The ascent of the Grand Colombier from Artemarie via Virieu-le-Petit

For those who love cycling challenges, come and face the col du grand colombier by its most
you start from the campsite, on a distance of 15,90 km, and a difference in altitude of 1245 meters to reach
the top.
Be careful, you’ll be attacking portions at more than 20%.
After many efforts, you finally reach the top. And then you can boast of having
succeeded in the hardest climb in France!
Tip: to immortalize this moment, it is customary to take a picture with the sign “Grand Colombier”. alt. 1534 meters”.

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