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Bike Riding recommended route Stage 6

ViaRhôna : Belley / Groslée via St-Genix-sur-Guiers

Bike Riding · Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
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ViaRhôna - A cycling route alongside the river Rhône Verified partner  Explorers Choice 
  • ViaRhôna de Belley à Groslée par St-Genix-sur-Guiers
    / ViaRhôna de Belley à Groslée par St-Genix-sur-Guiers
    Photo: Christian Martelet, ViaRhôna - A cycling route alongside the river Rhône
  • / ViaRhôna de Belley à Groslée par St-Genix-sur-Guiers
    Photo: Christian Martelet, ViaRhôna - A cycling route alongside the river Rhône
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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 .

moderate
Distance 44.8 km
3:30 h
151 m
208 m

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

Markets :

  • Saint-Genix-sur-Guiers : wednesday morning
  • Belley : saturday morning
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
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Landscape
Highest point
290 m
Lowest point
203 m
Best time of year
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Safety information

Emergency number: 112

Tips and hints

Tourist Information Centres : 

Belley Tourist Office 
Ph. 04 79 81 29 06

Yenne Tourist Office 
Ph. 04 79 36 71 54

Pays de Lhuis and Izieu Tourist Office
 Ph. 04 74 39 80 92


 Ph. 04 76 31 63 16

Start

Belley (263 m)
Coordinates:
DD
45.766104, 5.757379
DMS
45°45'58.0"N 5°45'26.6"E
UTM
31T 714406 5071758
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Destination

Groslée

Turn-by-turn directions

Greenways and well-signposted roads lead beside the Rhône. Take care on the very tricky stretch from Virignin to La Balme: there’s a 3km-section that hasn’t been set up for cyclists, with heavy traffic, steep slopes, one tunnel to go through on the west bank and two on the right bank – only for highly experienced cyclists. 

The greenways are beautiful between Belley and Virignin and from La Balme to Groslée; these stretches are ideal for family cycling outings.

Links

to Genix-sur-Guiers, signposted and adapted for ViaRhôna users from the Barrage de Brégnier-Cordon, a dam (Gélignieux)

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Be careful : no trains directly in the path of this step.

The nearest train station : Culoz 

  • TER line 35 Chambéry > Culoz > Ambérieu-en-Bugey > Lyon
  • TER Line 03 : Saint-Gervais > Evian > Genève > Bellegarde > Lyon

Pont de Beauvoisin station : 

  • TER line 54 Chambéry- Aiguebelette – Pont de Beauvoisin – Bourgoin Jallieu – Lyon

Coordinates

DD
45.766104, 5.757379
DMS
45°45'58.0"N 5°45'26.6"E
UTM
31T 714406 5071758
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

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.

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
44.8 km
Duration
3:30 h
Ascent
151 m
Descent
208 m
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