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Mountain bike FranceVOLCANO MOUNTAIN BIKING V2 An MTB mini-break in the beautiful Massif Central

In the Parc Auvergne Volcanoes, a mountain bike weekend in the middle of craters! Immersion in the crest of Puys: its 80 cones and volcanic craters: Puy de Dome, Puy Pariou, Puy de Come, Puy de la Vache and Puy de Lassolas; without missing its lakes (Servière, Aydat The Cassière). A volcano goes off, a mountain biker awakens!

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Highlights

  • Biking at the foot of Auvergne volcanoes...
  • The ascent of some volcanoes on foot to admire the view.
  • The architecture and the unique character of remote villages that we are passing through.

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  • This trip exists in 3 versions : V1 = wheels / V2=2 wheels / V3=3 wheels.
  • Special offers for private groups. Please ask us for a quotation

Day 1 : Clermont Ferrand - Volvic - Laschamps

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.

After a quick transfer by train to Volvic, the media capital of Auvergne volcanoes, the day is devoted to the northern crossing of the Puys chain, via Puy de Nuger, the "Chopine " and 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 Laschamps village by the pass of Ceyssat.

Distance : approx. 45 km / altitude gain : approx. 1050 m

Day 2 : Laschamps - Southern crossing of Puys chain - Laschamps

The giant Puy de Dome separates the chain into two sectors. Today we are exploring the volcanoes in the south. The both "Strombolians" La Vache and Lassolas offer to our eyes their craters letting escape the huge "cheire" (lava slide) Aydat from their mouth. They offer us dreamy single tracks towards the lakes Aydat and Cassiere, which are separated by the passage of a basalt flow.  Night at Laschamps like the previous day.

Distance : approx. 50 km / altitude gain : approx. 900 m

Day 3 : Laschamps - Clermont-Ferrand

Final downhill at the foot of  Puy de Dome. We then bike towards the last volcanoes and the plateau of Gergovie  overlooking the vast plain of Limagne and the cobbled streets of the ancient city and home of Chieftain Vercingetorix (but also of  Michelin and its famous tires).  Even during  final ride in the city it still smells like sulfur: the cathedral of Clermont being itself built on a volcano!...

Distance : approx. 40 km / altitude gain : approx. 700 m

Itinerary end : The trip ends in Clermont Ferrand at 4pm. 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

Day 1 : Clermont Ferrand - Volvic - Laschamps 45Km / 1050 m

After a quick transfer by train to Volvic, the media capital of Auvergne volcanoes, the day is devoted to the northern crossing of the Puys chain, via Puy de Nuger, the "Chopine " and 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 Laschamps village by the pass of Ceyssat. 

Day 2 : Laschamps - Southern crossing of Puys chain - Mont Dore 55Km / 1200 m

We leave the younger volcanoes of Auvergne to reach the old stratovolcano of Sancy by its eastern side, following the lava flows of Aurieres and Vernin. We discover the crater lake of Servieres and the forest of Pessade.  We climb up to the col de la Croix de Morand (1401m) and ride down in direction of Lac du Gueryet, Roches des Tuillieres et Sanadoire on technical singletrails. Night in Mont Dore.

Day 3 : Mont Dore- Laschamps 50Km / 900m

The giant Puy de Dome separates the chain into two sectors. Today we are exploring the volcanoes in the south. The both "Strombolians" La Vache and Lassolas offer to our eyes their craters letting escape the huge "cheire" (lava slide) Aydat from their mouth. They offer us dreamy single tracks towards the lakes Aydat and Cassiere. We continue on the westside of the Puy chain towards Laschamps passing by the Puys of Charmont, Vichatel, Montchal, Pourcharet, Mercoeur...

Day 4 : Laschamps - Clermont-Ferrand 40Km / 700 m

Final downhill at the foot of  Puy de Dome. We then bike towards the last volcanoes and the plateau of Gergovie  overlooking the vast plain of Limagne and the cobbled streets of the ancient city and home of Chieftain Vercingetorix (but also of  Michelin and its famous tires).  Even during  final ride in the city it still smells like sulfur: the cathedral of Clermont being itself built on a volcano!... 

Itinerary end : The trip ends in Clermont Ferrand at 4pm. 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

GPS tracks

If you choose to book a self-guided tour, we provide the GPS tracks of the route. GPX type files will be sent to you by email.

These tracks were created with GPS mapping software. In some parts, it may be that there are slight differences between the GPS track and field reality. These tracks are a "plus" that allows you to follow our route, but it does not replace the "paper" maps and common sense when out in the field...

We ask you not to publish these GPS tracks on the internet. Their development has required many hours of work, both in the field, and in the office. Thank you in advance for your understanding...

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