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Welcome in Auvergne Volcanoes Regional Nature Park. Programme: four volcanic chains offering a variety of landscapes renewed after each pedal stroke. The chain of Puys: Volcanoes like in stories. We begin here the slalom around "mini-volcanoes", on single tracks of scoria, like in a dream ... We arrive at Sancy, our first worthy volcanic edifice: terrain turns steeper and offers us a beautiful downhill on green crests. The Cezallier appears: oh cow! Yes, here we find a basalt plateau with smooth and hilly reliefs where cows abound... Finally, we arrive in Cantal, the largest european volcano. A sweet country rich in contrasts: changing climate, relief between Mongolian plateaus and alpine mountains. Mythical single tracks to make us discover the massif: between Puy Mary and Plomb du Cantal, between airy ridges and smooth downhills on grasslands.
Itinerary start : Rendezvous with organization team is fixed on day 1 at 9.30 am at SNCF train station of Clermont Ferrand. On demand we can book for you one night in Clermont Ferrand for the previous day.
Transfer by train to Volvic, famous for its volcanic waters… The day is devoted to the northern crossing of the Puys chain, via the pass of Goules. Then comes the part with the very spectacular Puy de Come and its very technical "cheer" (old lava slide), Puy de Pariou, and Puy de Dome (1465m). The latter made legendary by the Tour de France. Last downhill to Laschamp village by the forest of Ceyssat.
Distance traveled: 30 km
Positive altitude difference: 1000 m.
We leave the youngest volcanoes of Auvergne, including the two "Strombolian": La Vache and Lassolas. From the lake of Servieres we reach the Col du Guery (1268m) and then Puy Gros (1495m). We then pass by Banne d'Ordanche (1512m) before a nice downhill to La Bourboule. Night at Mont Dore.
Distance traveled: 45 km
Positive altitude difference: 600 m.
We cross the massif of Mont Dore. Route dotted with lakes, craters and small volcanoes, lakes Chauvet, Pavin and Montcineyre ... We pass through the middle age city of Besse, at the foot of Puy de Sancy, hight point of Massif Central (1885m). We then climb up the volcanic plateau of Cezallier, a sort of "Wild West Auvergne", where many herds of "Salers" (cows from Cantal) and "Aubrac" (cows from Aveyron) are grazing on pastures rich of gentian... Places of a different age: Foirail of Brion, the village of Godivelle.
Distance : approx. 35 km
Positive altitude difference : 750 m
Still riding on the plateau of Cezallier, we reach Signal du Luguet (highest point of Cezallier with its 1551m). Following are the glacial cirque of Artoux and the pass of Chamaroux. Downhill into the Valley of Allanche before reaching the Cantal in the forest of Pinatelle. Overnight at Dienne.
Distance traveled: 50 km
Positive altitude difference: 800 m.
After crossing Pinatelle and the first glacier valley: Santoire; great ascent on the program: Puy de Niermont (1620 m) by the vast plateau of Limon. Downhill via Pass of Serre to the nordic ski resort of Claux (1000 m)… Night at Le Claux.
Distance: 45 km
Positive altitude difference: 850m
Let's go for the great apotheosis day on the crests of Cantal volcano: a paradise for free-riders. A breathtaking panorama. If you have some breath left after the ascension of Puy Mary (1785 m)! After caring your bike to Breach of Roland, a technical dreamy single track via Rombiere Pass and Puy Griou is waiting for you... Downhill via Gliziou and Font de Cere passes…
Distance: approx. 35 km
Positive altitude difference: 1100 m
Ascension by cable car to the Plomb du Cantal (1855m). Downhill to Vic sur Cere, ancient capital Carlades, which hosted the "Queen Margot". Long way down via a roman road, which is also the route of the pilgrimage St Jacques de Compostela from Le Puy en Velay to Conques... The succession of Puy Brunet (1806 m), Puy de Cede, Puy Gros (1594 m) and the area, ground for trial runs, of the chaos of Casteltinet. Remain the gorges of "Pas de Cere" before the final arrival to the train station of Vic/Cere.
Distance: approx. 25 km
Positive altitude difference: 200 m
Itinerary end : The trip ends at Vic sur Cère at 4pm. The best solution to go back to Clermont Ferrand is the train. (about 2 hours, direct train). On demand we can book for you one supplementary night in Clermont Ferrand.
The given length (Km) and altitude difference (m) are given as reference and can slightly change depending on unpredictable local conditions
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