Grenoble, France, nestled in the French Alps, host of the 1968 Winter Olympics. Every year Grenoble attracts thousands of tourists for skiing, hiking, mountain biking, and motorcycling.
Surrounded by 4 mountain ranges, Grenoble was a city of strategic importance during conflicts with Italy & Savoy (now part of France).
Today Grenoble is the capital of the Isere department. (Departments are the administrative units similar to counties or regions in other countries.) It plays host to numerous companies in microelectronics, produces highly qualified engineers, paper industry as well as hydroelectric power all drive the economy.
Why do you Need to Come to Grenoble?…from a rider’s perspective:
Names like the Alpe d’Huez, Galibier Pass, Lautaret Pass, are just a few of the spectacular roads featured in events like the Tour de France and major attractions for riders as well. If you like flat and straight riding, then you probably won’t have fun on the roads around Isere, unless you take the highway.
With such a high density of mountain roads & fabulous scenery, Grenoble is a great hub for motorcycle touring. You could come to Grenoble and do day rides and return in the evening without having to pack up and change lodgings every night. This could be very interesting if you travel as a couple but ride solo. Your companion could choose from numerous activities while you go ride.
Location, location location:
You might live in an area that requires a long ride before the road gets interesting…
Within minutes from downtown Grenoble you can be flying through twisties in any of the four surrounding mountain ranges: Belledonne, Chartreuse, Oisans and Vercors. (Each mountain range will be covered more in depth in separate posts.)
- Alpe d’Huez
- Col d’Ornon
- Col de la Madeleine
- Col du Noyer
- Croix de Fer
Besides motorcycle riding, there are a number of other thrilling activities worth exploring as well.
- Mountain Biking
- Via Ferrata
- Glider Flights
A number of the ski resorts surrounding Grenoble offer multiple outdoor activities as well as classic indoor activities (ice skating, swimming, spa…)
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