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Mountain bike loop number 15 starting from Les Plans d'Hotonnes - Bugey's federal MB base.

Mountain Biking · Rhône-Alpes
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  • Circuit VTT 15 les Plans d'Hotonnes Plateau de Retord - Bugey Sud
    / Circuit VTT 15 les Plans d'Hotonnes Plateau de Retord - Bugey Sud
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  • / Station des Plans d'Hotonnes
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  • / Chemin en direction de la Cotière
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  • / Chemin en direction de la Cotière
    Photo: © Maxime Ballet
  • / Circuit VTT 15 les Plans d'Hotonnes Plateau de Retord - Bugey Sud
    Photo: ©Maxime Ballet
  • / Chemin en direction de la Cotière
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The Plateau de Retord is an out-of-time corner of France, located right between Geneva and Lyon, one step away from Annecy and Chambéry. This wild plateau is known for its beautiful wild flowers, the typical housing architecture and wonderful panoramas on the Alps. The place is ideal to Mountain bike.
moderate
Distance 14.4 km
1:15 h
572 m
533 m
1,191 m
736 m
Follow the black signs number 15

16 km long with an elevation gain of 656 m, this loop will lead you to the small town of Hotonnes and back up to your starting point through the downhill slopes.

Do not forget to download the map before you go.

Ski resort in winter, les Plans d'Hotonnes is also famous for its slopes, cross country and snowshoe tracks and the international biathlon centre where you can try your luck on the shooting range at any time of the year.

You do not own a bike? Rent your mountain bike, e-bike, at the local rental shop Servi'Nature located at the starting point.

Author’s recommendation

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Office de Tourisme Bugey Sud Grand Colombier
Update: November 03, 2021
Difficulty
S1 moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1,191 m
Lowest point
736 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Hotel Restaurant Berthet

Safety information

Tips and hints

APIDAE tourism data updated on 23/06/2021 by "Aintourisme".
Spotted an error? Write to f.matkovic@aintourisme.com with the following information:
File name: Circuit 15 Les Plans d'Hotonnes - Espace VTT-FFC du Bugey | Record identifier: 151237 | URL (link) for this Outdooractive page.

Start

Le départ est situé devant la Maison des Plans, le bureau d'information touristique des Plans d'Hotonnes (1,034 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.039104, 5.701633
DMS
46°02'20.8"N 5°42'05.9"E
UTM
31T 709043 5101941
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Destination

L'arrivée est située devant la Maison des Plans, le bureau d'information touristique des Plans d'Hotonnes

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Coordinates

DD
46.039104, 5.701633
DMS
46°02'20.8"N 5°42'05.9"E
UTM
31T 709043 5101941
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Basic Equipment for Mountain Biking

  • Cycling helmet
  • Cycling gloves
  • Sturdy, comfortable and preferably waterproof footwear
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass

Technical Equipment for Mountain Biking

  • Air pump or CO2 pump including cartridges
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Replacement inner tube
  • Tire levers
  • Chain tool
  • Hex keys
  • Phone / device holder as required  
  • Bike lock as required
  • Where applicable, the bike must meet requirements for road use by having a bell, front and rear lamps and spoke reflectors
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Difficulty
S1 moderate
Distance
14.4 km
Duration
1:15 h
Ascent
572 m
Descent
533 m
Highest point
1,191 m
Lowest point
736 m
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