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.
Seasonsspring and autumn recommended; summer can be very hot and the route could be very hazardous in winter conditions
CentresClermon-Ferrand, Saint-Etienne, Aurillac, Nimes, Montpellier
Difficultyone 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 SeeAuvergne; Puy de Sancy; Margeride; Mont Mouchet; Mont Lozère; Cévennes; Tarn Gorges; Mont Aigoual, Trèvezel Gorges
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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.View author profile
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