The Grand Colombier & The Retord Plateau

A Real Sporting Paradise!

Rising up from the banks of the River Rhône to a height of 1,531 meters is the Grand Colombier, which forms part of the Jura Mountains.  This legendary mountain is revered by cyclists and was included on the Tour de France in 2012 and has featured several times on the Critérium du Dauphiné.  There are 4 cycle routes to the Grand Colombier's summit each of them very difficult with gradients of 22% in places.  From the top of the Grand Colombier there are stunning views of the Alps and Lake Bourget to the east and Bugey to the west.  To the north of the Grand Colombier is the Retord Plateau a part of Ain that is well known for cross country skiing, the European Biathlon Cup was held here in 2008.  There are also a number of downhill pistes available as well.  In the summer when the snows have melted the Retord Plateau is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna and is noted for its narcissus.  At this time of year winter sports give way to summer pursuits.  Walking hiking, cycling and mountain biking are catered for on the Retord Plateau. 


The Grand Colombier and the Retord Plateau

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