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The Grand Traverse of the Massif Central - Guía Cicerone Francia

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The Grand Traverse of the Massif Central. by mountain bike, road bike or on foot. en mountain bike, bicicleta de carretera o a pie. Idioma: INGLÉS. Autor: Alan Castle. Cubierta: Rústica - PVC. ISBN 9781852845711. Publicado 19 Enero 2010. 1ª edición. Tamaño: 17.2 x 11.6 x 1.2 cm. A guide to mountainbiking, 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. Official long-distance route split into 17 stages with maps for off-road and on-road routes, making it suitable for both expert and novice bikers. Activities: road cycling, mountainbiking, backpacking. Seasons: spring and autumn recommended; summer can be very hot and the route could be very hazardous in winter conditionsCentres Clermon-Ferrand, Saint-Etienne, Aurillac, Nimes, Montpellier. 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: Auvergne; Puy de Sancy; Margeride; Mont Mouchet; Mont Lozère; Cévennes; Tarn Gorges; Mont Aigoual, Trèvezel Gorges.

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INTRODUCTION

A Long Distance Mountain Bike Trail
A GTMC for Road Cyclists
Walking the GTMC
Climate – When to Go
Supported or Unsupported
Travelling to and from the Region
Accommodation
Food and Water
Equipment
Maps
Waymarking
Training
Health
Snakes
Emergencies
Language
Money/Banks/Telephone
Insurance
Public Holidays and Time
Using this Guidebook

TRAIL GUIDE

Stage 1 Clermont-Ferrand to Laschamp
Stage 2 Laschamp to Murol
Stage 3 Murol to La Godivelle
Stage 4 La Godivelle to Allanche
Stage 5 Allanche to Saint-Flour
Stage 6 Saint-Flour to Paulhac-en-Margeride
Stage 7 Paulhac-en-Margeride to Le Giraldès
Stage 8 Le Giraldès to Bagnols-les-Bains
Stage 9 Bagnols-les-Bains to Le Pont-de-Montvert
Stage 10 Le Pont-de-Montvert to Sainte-Énimie
Stage 11 Sainte-Énimie to Cabrillac
Stage 12 Cabrillac to Dourbies
Stage 13 Dourbies to La Couvertoirade
Stage 14 La Couvertoirade to La Vacquerie et St-Martin-de-Castries
Stage 15 La Vacquerie et St-Martin-de-Castries to Saint-Jean-de-Fos
Stage 16 Saint-Jean-de-Fos to Montpellier
Stage 17 Montpellier to Sète

Stage Maps for the Road Bike Alternative

Appendix A Budget Accommodation along the GTMC
Appendix B Other Long Distance Trails along the GTMC
Appendix C Further Reading
Appendix D Useful Contacts