The Grand Traverse of the Massif Central

by mountain bike, road bike or on foot

By Alan Castle

A guidebook to mountain biking, cycling or walking the 700km GTMC, Grande Traversée du Massif Central, in southern France, from Clermont-Ferrand in the Auvergne to Montpellier and Sête on the Mediterranean. The long-distance route is described in stages for walkers, and mountain bikers, with on road alternatives for road cyclists.

Seasons

Seasons

spring and autumn recommended; summer can be very hot and the route could be very hazardous in winter conditions
Centres

Centres

Clermon-Ferrand, Saint-Etienne, Aurillac, Nimes, Montpellier
Difficulty

Difficulty

one of the most challenging mountain bike routes in France, but technical sections can be avoided by pushing a short distance or taking the on-road option
Must See

Must See

Auvergne; Puy de Sancy; Margeride; Mont Mouchet; Mont Lozère; Cévennes; Tarn Gorges; Mont Aigoual, Trèvezel Gorges
ISBN
9781852845711
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Published
Published
19 Jan 2010
Edition
First
Pages
176
Size
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.2cm
Weight
220g
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Alan Castle

Alan Castle has trekked and cycled in over 30 countries within Europe, Asia, North and South America, Africa and Australasia. A member of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild, he has written 18 guidebooks, several on long-distance mountain routes in France. An erstwhile national secretary and long-distance path information officer of the Long Distance Walkers Association, Alan now lives at the foot of the Moffat Hills in Scotland.

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