We decided to go and try out some new trails we had spied on the maps around Grenoble, both being alterations of trails we had already done. We cycled up to La Bastille via the road, which is easily the steepest road I have come across here! (see photo) and all the way up to the top of the hill behind La Bastille, I should definitely put a granny ring on my chainset! The descent down the other side was pretty rapid but fairly easy, only the leaves and not being able to see what was actually on the ground to contend with!
We then road around the back of the hill via the road to the bottom of the road ascent to the top of St. Eynard, instead of going straight up we decided to take a short detour up to Le Shappey-en-Chartreuse to have something to eat, there was a restaurant called La Grignottes which looked perfect but after being told off three times before we even got inside; to not put our bikes against that fence because it costs so much, to wash our shoes before we went in and take our jackets off, we decided to go somewhere else and found a little cafe who were more than happy for us to go inside with out muddy gear (however we sat outside anyway!). We ordered a strong coffee and a huge slab of chocolate cake! Ready for the second climb to St. Eynard.
7 hairpins later and more snow than we were expecting, which meant just a bit of pushing, we were at the top of St. Eynard between the intermittent clouds. The descent from St. Eynard consists of some looong switchbacks which are pretty technical in places and super fast in others but in general quite an easy descent. This time we decided to try a track we had been told about that loads off the last hairpin and down a much steeper part of the hill.
The first part of it feels like ‘where the hell am i going?’ taking a bit of a hike a big across a pretty exposed, steep part of the hill but it suddenly begins to descend on some very tight switchbacks down a steep ridge line, a really fun trail which some rather steep drops to either side. As we went further down the trail became less steep and we were able to get up a big more speed through some very tight and twisty turns through the trees which really made you move around. The further we got down this track the more we realised it was probably THE best trail we had ridden around Grenoble, it was a super fast, trail that twisted in and out of the trees with more corners than you could imagine, some flat, some with small catch ruts, some rocky, some rooty, some drops, some jumps and SO long when we got to the bottom we were both pretty amazed with what we had just ridden and will definitely be back to do it again as soon as possible!