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“Great family cycling holiday”
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Velo Vercors
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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“Great family cycling holiday”
Reviewed 29 August 2013

We are a family of four, with two girls aged 10 and 12. Just come back from a week's holiday with Roger and Teresa, at Velo Vercors. Stunning countryside and a wide range of cycle routes, ranging from short fairly flat rides to all day trips with some challenging climbs. One of our best holidays. We would thoroughly recommend this holiday.

Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 August 2013

Velo Vercors is a great choice for a family cycling trip. We have 2 older teenage sons who are keen cyclists and were able to go off independently or on rides with the owner Roger. Parents can select a range of other cycle rides with fantastic views, nice cafes. Velo Vercors is a great location with comfortable accommodation ( we booked the 2 B and B rooms ). They have a lovely open plan area where you can sit and meet the other guests or read quietly. As a B and B guest you can also use this area for preparing a bit of lunch or a snack. Roger and Teresa are great hosts and very helpful in organising anything you want to do. They really know the local region well and provide you with cycling route maps and directions. We liked the fact that we could walk in to the town of St Jean ( 10 minutes ) and have a meal or buy a few provisions. You can even have a massage after a hard days cycling - a real treat.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Tauranga, New Zealand
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Reviewed 19 July 2013

Booked after reading Tripadvisor reviews. Couldn't have chosen better venue for a weeks riding. Brilliant hosts, comfortable accommodation, cycles perfect for our requirements and cycle routes for all abilities. We are a couple in our early 60's of reasonable fitness & the routes that Roger planned for us, both the alpine climbs & country routes were great. The long up hill slogs were well worth it for the adrenalin filled downhill buzz. Although we had a few days of cold & wet weather there was enough small villages nearby to keep us busy. Lots of iconic climbs nearby. (We drove to Mt Ventoux one day. Unfortunately it was closed by snow.)
Hope to return again soon.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sutton, Surrey
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Reviewed 14 July 2013

Velo Vercors is located in a beautiful setting, with wonderful views, in particular, from the garden and terrace.

I chose the B&B option and was certainly not disappointed. The room was comfortable (with an ensuite bathroom), and the breakfasts healthy and substantial: museli, yoghurt, fruit, bread and croissants, jams and of course, tea and coffee.

The cycling in the Vercors region is incredible. The climbs are challenging, the descents exhilarating and the landscape ever changing. The roads are extremely quiet, and the towns and villages encountered are full of interest and history. With Roger's help, I was able to do 6 rides of between 100 & 150k, with minimal duplication (although it has to be said, there are many roads that you will want to ride again & again). If you have a Garmin, download free 'open street maps' from the net, and use a site like Bikeroutetoaster to plot your routes- this ensures troublefree navigation, and also an opportunity to explore less common roads. Having ridden several times in the French Alps and Pyrenees, and also in Italy, I can honestly say that the Vercors is a cut-above for cycling.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled solo
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 14 July 2013

My friend and I spent a week at Velo Vercors with Roger and Teresa staying in a gite from June 29. After day 1, the weather was fantastic and we spent the days riding the hills with the maps and instructions provided. I am not a very strong rider but the ride routes were tailored to suit us and the astonishing views and finds along the way were worth the climbs. However, there are amazing places to ride without climbs like Pont-en-Royans with the houses hanging from the cliff side. The highlights for me were the ride to Saint-Antoine Abbey, which is a working church surrounded by a medieval village. A magic place. And also the ride to Combe Laval, where the road is cut into the side of the cliff and the views are panoramic. Just keep your eye on the road when you are riding! But there are plenty of stopping points.
We ate out at the village of St Jean-en-Royans mostly, which is a 5 min walk, and the locals were friendly and hospitable and the language barrier never proved too much of an issue but I did use a pocket dictionary. The food was excellent and healthy with lots of salads and great value.
Teresa provided dinner on a few nights for all the guests featuring local produce and wines. This was a feast and a great way to talk with the other guests. Informally, guests met for drinks in the common area most days and we often dined at the village together.
This was a fantastic experience. I did feel a bit intimidated by the other "fanatic" riders but there is definitely a ride for anyone. Would love to return for more. And the drivers are friendly and tolerant, unlike some Melbourne experiences. I did feel incredibly safe on the roads.
The hire bikes organised were excellent and Roger looked after any issues encountered.
The accommodation was basic but comfortable. There was no music or tv so a bit quiet in the gite but there was a cd player and heaps of cds in the common area.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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Staffordshire
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Reviewed 13 July 2013

We've just stayed for 2 nights with Velo Vercors. It was amazing, we're still in Saint Jean but they were full so we could only have the two nights. Teresa went out of her way to book us into a hotel and made the arrangements for us. I'm still going to be riding with them over the next few days.

The location is stunning - if you're reading this and are wondering how good it is the think no more, it's brilliant for cycling. Just make sure you take the guided rides with Roger as he is a font of knowledge and has some really excellent rides up his sleeve.

I love the outside seating area there, the whole place is amazing.

Well worth spending your hard earned cash on a visit - just don't fill up the two weeks I'm already planning for next year (it really is that good).

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Almere-Stad, Flevoland, Netherlands
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Reviewed 5 July 2013

We spent three days last week at Velo Vercors. Teresa and Roger (the owners) are very nice people and do everything to give you a nice holiday. Roger provided us on forehand with some beautiful routes with spectacular views. After cycling, there was time to relax on the large covered terrace. The B&B we had booked was equipped with good beds and a bathroom with the necessary amenities. The bikes were safely parked in a garage with opportunity for small repairs.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Velo Vercors
Address: Montee des Usines, Saint-Jean-en-Royans, France
Region: France > Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes > Drome > Saint-Jean-en-Royans
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Saint-Jean-en-Royans
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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