Doreen survived her 3 day cycling boot camp in the beautiful Parc Naturel Régional du Vercors with one final great ride.
As a final project, we climbed the Col de Chalimont (from the north side) and then went offroad – (I did a quick shortcut to visit Col du Liorin first – see map below).
From the Col is a great trail up the Sommet de Château Julien.
A tired but smiling Doreen enjoyed the panoramic views from here. At 1565 metres this was the high point of our trip.
Just a bit further along is the Col de Malaterre and then a superb descent on another deserted forest road back to Villard de Lans.
And then I couldn’t resist. After three great days of Col hunting, I set off for one more – Col de la Croix Perrin (although purists should climb this from Grenoble).
OK, we’re both pretty tired now, but we’re already talking about revisiting the Vercors.