La Bérarde is at the end of the road and literally at the end of the world! An extraordinary road in the midst of a high mountain landscape. A steady slope allows you to admire the view. Your calves will probably remember two more strenuous sections!
About : Saint Christophe en Oisans and La Bérarde
Itinerary no. 17 of the “Cycling in Oisans” guide (Oisans Tourisme)
Departure / Arrival: Bourg d’Oisans 720 m
Time: 4 h
Distance (R/T): 66 km
Highest point: 1715 m
Lowest point: 720 m
Total ascent: 1250 m
Max. gradient: 11%
Map: Michelin Local Map no. 333 Isère, Savoie
From Bourg d’Oisans, follow the road D1091 towards “Briançon / Les 2 Alpes” as far as “Clapier d’Auris”.
Turn right and follow towards “Venosc / Saint Christophe en Oisans - La Bérarde”. From there, you cannot go wrong, there is only one track.
After Bourg d’Arud, a slope with an 11% gradient over 3 km will lead you to the “Plan du Lac”. Take advantage of the ride alongside the turquoise waters of the Vénéon River to recover. Then, after 3 kilometres, the road begins a new series of hairpin bends (11% gradient over 3 km) to reach Saint Christophe en Oisans.
From here, a narrow balcony road leads without effort to La Bérarde and opens up on to one of the most spectacular landscapes of the Alps, including the majestic South-Western slope of the Ecrins mountains (4 102 m) which reveals all its splendour! (Or should we say just a part of it...)
4 h 00
J+ : 1250 m
Level red – hard
Map and GPX marking
Saint Christophe en Oisans and La Bérarde
From 05/01 to 10/31 : open daily.
Depending on snow conditions