One of the joys of the area around Die is the ability to make up so many different types of route, from day-long epics, to quick there-and-back training loops. I’ll add some more epics in due course, but if you’re in the area, and you’d like some ideas for shorter rides, here are a few of the ones I’ve done, mostly in the 90 minutes to 3 hour range.
I’ll start with a virtually pan-flat 39-mile course west to Aouste along the D93 – this would make a great time trial course, as there are relatively few junctions, great road surface, and a roundabout each end: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/3350037
Next up – one of the first rides I did in the area, with a nice climb, some beautiful views and a long fun descent (watch for a few of the earlier corners on which you might need to back off top speed in case of traffic coming the other way): http://ridewithgps.com/routes/3350119
Heading out east, there are a few nice loops. Firstly, a nice short one (7 miles) to Pont-le-Quart: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/3350119. Secondly, 16 miles out to Recoubeau: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/3350144, and thirdly an extension of that to Luc-en-Diois, with some nice rolling downhill sections on the return: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/3350155
If you want to do some reasonably serious climbing, here are two routes. Firstly, 32 miles to the Col de Pennes: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/3350170 – the ascent is about 2500ft, and though the descent isn’t suited to great speed, you’ll get some stunning views of the Drôme valley and right over to the high Alps. Secondly, the classic Col de Rousset: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/3350187. If you haven’t done a full-on alpine climb before, this is a good start – about an hour’s climb (my best time so far is 57’30”) with no difficult sections (nothing over 10%), and a really nice descent. If you can do this, you can do Alpe d’Huez. And the view at the top is breathtaking.
|View from the descent from Col de Pennes|
|View from the Col de Rousset|