This ViaRhôna stage meanders through the beautiful Bugey area, between the majestic Rhône and the Lavours Marshes, below the imposing Grand Colombier Mountain. To the south, enjoy the Haut-Rhône plain, the mountains and the vineyards, arriving at the Pays de Lhuis and Izieu through magnificently varied countryside.
On this stage, you follow greenways and laid-out roads, except when going through La Balme’s tunnels, where the road is narrow and very busy .
Don't miss :
- Saint-Genix-sur-Guiers: beautifully located in the Guiers Valley, at the confluence of Guiers and Rhône. Discover the hide-out of a famous bandit, Mandrin, his connection with the cave system here brought out on a dramatic son-et-lumière tour.
- Murs-sur-Gélignieux: for its outdoor sports and recreation centre
- Izieu: for its heart-rending Musée Mémorial des Enfants Juifs, telling of Jewish children hidden here in the Second World War
- Brégnier-Cordon: Musée Escale Haut Rhône, offering an interactive tour of the natural and manmade riches of the Rhône between Geneva and Lyon, with models of traditional boats that plied the river, plus the dugout unearthed in alluvial deposits at Cordon - Also, along ViaRhôna, look out for old boats caught in the sands, contemporary art installations and the remnants of a chain ferry.
- La Balme-les-Grottes: impressive natural caverns you can visit, the play of water and light enhancing the tour.
- Glandieu: for its waterfall
- Saint-Genix-sur-Guiers : wednesday morning
- Belley : saturday morning
A bike in good condition and well equipped helps to ensure your safety and that of other road users.
Before you leave:
- Make sure that the bike is in perfect mechanical condition, not to mention the tires and brakes.
- Make sure that the bike is correctly adjusted to your body shape
- Wearing a helmet is strongly recommended
- Take a repair kit with you
- Remember that the Highway Traffic Act applies to cyclists in all circumstances
- Never drive more than two lanes at a time and pull into a single lane when traffic conditions require.
- Respect other users as you would like them to respect you
- Choose a route adapted to your physical abilities
- Inform your family and friends of your itineraryFind out about the weather conditions
- A first aid kit is not essential, but can be very useful
- Be informed and keep the emergency numbers.
- Respect the environment by not throwing your waste on the side of the road
- If you have to return at nightfall, make sure you see and also be seen.