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Ride some of France's iconic hill climbs on traffic free roads for FREE this summer

Find out how to cycle spectacular mountain passes without the bother of cars

Would you like to ride some of the finest iconic hill climbs of France without the worry of motorised traffic?

As part of the Oisans Col Series, each Tuesday this July and August, one mountain pass will be available exclusively for cyclists, with no registration required.

This is a free, non-timed get-together for cyclists, with no registration required and no set departure time.

This year the series features a new route from Freney d’Oisans up to Auris en Oisans.
 Refreshments will be provided on the summit – a great opportunity to discover the produce of the Oisans.

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On Tuesday July 7th the route to Col d’Ornon is closed to all traffic except cyclists from 9 to 11 AM between La Paute (2 km before Bourg d’Oisans) and the Col d’Ornon.

This first edition of Oisans col series takes you up to the col d’Ornon, the gateway to the Matheysin plateau, an 11km distance with a 630m climb.

You can time your climb using Timtoo Timing fixed electronic timing chips on the Bourg d’Oisans – Col d’Ornon section.

On 14 July and 18 August, take on the Col de Sarenne - the road is closed to traffic from 9 to 12 AM between Le Perron (3.8 km after Clavans le Bas), the Col de Sarenne and the Alpe d’Huez altiport. 

Tuesday 21st July and 25th August see the Col du Sabot closed to all traffic except cyclists from 9 to 12 AM between Le Collet (2 km after Vaujany) and the Col du Sabot (end of the road).  

The little, isolated pass is ideal for exploring during the week of the Tour de France. A fabulous view awaits you at the top of the narrow road leading up to the Col du Sabot, overlooking the Lac de Grand Maison and the Eau d’Olle Valley.

On July 28 check out the Auris en Oisans - the road up to Auris en Oisans is closed to all traffic except cyclists from 9 to 11 AM between the bridge at Freney d’Oisans and the ski resort village at Auris en Oisans.

New for 2015, this is a lovely climb up the side of the Romanche Valley.

The famous Alpe d’Huez is open for business on Tuesday 4 August - the road up to Alpe d’Huez is closed for use by cyclists between 9 and 11 AM.

Make the iconic climb up the 21 switchbacks that feature in the legendary Tour de France stage. Finally on August 11th you can take on the Col de la Croix de Fer - the road is closed to all traffic except cyclists from 9 to 12 AM between Rivier d’Allemont (10 km after Allemont) and the Col de la Croix de Fer.

Included in both the Tour de France and La Marmotte, the Col du Glandon and the Col de la Croix de Fer are unmissable experiences in the life of a cyclist. From the top, you will be rewarded with a magnificent view.

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After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on road.cc.

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