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Can anyone recommend a map?

crescentcrescent Posts: 1,088
edited April 2013 in Tour & expedition
As the title says, can anyone recommend a decent map for cycling around Bourg d'Oisans (Alpe d'Huez, Glandon, Croix de Fer, Galibier etc). It must be fairly detailed, show major and minor roads in the above areas and fit in my pocket. I've tried a few book shops who were particularly unhelpful saying there is not much call for maps nowadays. Understandable I suppose, but I don't want to rely on Google due to unreliability of mobile signal etc. I have searched several websites and I thought it would be fairly simple but due to mixed reviews and lack of clarity about area coverage I ended up with more questions than answers.

Thanks for any help.
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  • CumbrianManCumbrianMan Posts: 240
    Check this- http://www.mapsworldwide.com/sku_10171.htm
    These are always good maps with plenty of detail.
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  • CumbrianManCumbrianMan Posts: 240
    Check this site for exact maps - http://www.espace-revendeurs.ign.fr/carto
    "There are no hills, there is no wind, I feel no pain !"

    "A bad day on the bike is always better than a good day in the office !"
  • briantrumpetbriantrumpet Posts: 6,005
    Check this site for exact maps - http://www.espace-revendeurs.ign.fr/carto
    Yes, the IGN maps are very good - although the paper isn't that robust, the maps are clear. I use the 'Top 100' series for cycling - these people seem to sell them at a reasonable price: http://www.stanfords.co.uk/Regions/Alps ... 000297.htm - and I think you'll need sheet 151. They are 1:100,000, but have enough detail, I think.

    Here's the sheet I think you need (but best to check) http://www.stanfords.co.uk/Activities-a ... 523574.htm
  • random manrandom man Posts: 1,514
    Michelin map 333 Isere, Savoire 1:150000 - 1" = 2.37mls is a good one for all the climbs in the area and only £4.99 from Waterstones.
  • crescentcrescent Posts: 1,088
    Excellent advice, folks. Thanks very much. :D
    Ribble Gran Fondo
    Bianchi Impulso
    BMC Teammachine

    “When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race. “ ~H.G. Wells
    Edit - "Unless it's a BMX"
  • daviegbdaviegb Posts: 126
    crescent wrote:
    As the title says, can anyone recommend a decent map for cycling around Bourg d'Oisans (Alpe d'Huez, Glandon, Croix de Fer, Galibier etc). It must be fairly detailed, show major and minor roads in the above areas and fit in my pocket. I've tried a few book shops who were particularly unhelpful saying there is not much call for maps nowadays. Understandable I suppose, but I don't want to rely on Google due to unreliability of mobile signal etc. I have searched several websites and I thought it would be fairly simple but due to mixed reviews and lack of clarity about area coverage I ended up with more questions than answers.

    Thanks for any help.

    You may want to look at the link below - it describes a whole bunch of lesser known climbs in the Bourg d'Oisans area, as well as the Tour classics.

    http://www.bikes-oisans.com/oisans-trail-cyclo-21.html

    If you're able to get to St Jean de Maurienne, there are loads of climbs you can do from there - here's a link for the climbs you can do from there too, some of them not so well known.

    http://www.cycling-challenge.com/la-mau ... in-france/

    Hope you have a great trip!
  • crescentcrescent Posts: 1,088
    Thanks for that, a couple of really excellent, informative links. I've just bought the Michelin 333 map so I think a combination of that and the above links should stand me in good stead to put together some decent routes.

    Can't wait :D

    Cheers
    Ribble Gran Fondo
    Bianchi Impulso
    BMC Teammachine

    “When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race. “ ~H.G. Wells
    Edit - "Unless it's a BMX"
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