Most of this ride is fluid, allowing you explore the hidden side of the Bourg-d'Oisans plane. The return along the left bank is a more technical and physical cross-country ride.
Route in the “MTB in Oisans” guide (Oisans Tourisme)
Departure / Arrival (loop): Bourg d'Oisans 720 m
Time: 2 hours
Distance: 14 km
Highest point: 792 m
Lowest point: 720 m
Total ascent: 140 m
Total descent: -140 m
Map: Top 25 Les 2 Alpes - Olan - Muzelle 3336 ET.
Starting from the Bourg d'Oisans tourist office, ride towards the Post Office (La Poste). Turn left just after the post office, following the road to Villard-Notre-Dame.
At the bottom of the hill up to Villard-Notre-Dame, take the small road to the left and follow the GR 50-54 towards Le Vert. Carry straight on to the dyke and once there, to avoid the wider track, you can take the small path off the right that disappears into the woods. This then joins back up with the main track. Continue to the right along the GR 50-54 to the Cascade de la Pisse, where you can take a welcome rest and admire the waterfall.
Continue along the little footbridge, which eventually takes you back to the main track. Here, turn left towards Bourg d'Oisans. This track takes you to a ford and, depending on the time of year, the water may have covered the path. You can cross on your bike or on foot... depending on how adventurous you feel!
Carry straight on to the second attraction of this ride, the Lac de Buclet. Ride round the right-hand side and at the end, turn left into the forest following the signposts [XC 2 - backwards].
When you get near the dyke, which you can glimpse through the trees, look out for a path on the right that will take you directly up onto the dyke, avoiding the 4 WD track. Once on the dyke, turn right and go straight on for 1.5 km.
At the end, leave the dyke by a path on the left and take a track that disappears into the wood on the right. You then join up with the road leading to Bourg d'Oisans, turning right. On this small road, more popular with hikers than motorists, you'll ride past several enclosures with ponies, donkeys or horses... the kids will love it!
Don't start this ride too late in the day. The ride out is very close to the cliff behind Bourg d'Oisans and is soon in the shade. Mid-July, the Cascade de la Pisse waterfall is in the shade from about 3 PM onwards.
Leave your car in one of the free car parks in Bourg d’Oisans – the ride will bring you back to the same place.