Road cycling in the Auvergne region
The Auvergne region guarantees a varied bike holiday. Straight out of our accommodation in Le Mont-Dore the climbs to the Col de la Croix Morand, the Col de Guéry, the Col de Croix Saint Robert and the climb to La Stèle begin. And if that is not enough, at 5 km distance the climbs to the Col de Vendeix, the Col de la Sœur and the Banne d'Ordanche begin.
This all in very diverse landscapes. From rough plateaus, volcano landscapes to forests with fast-flowing streams. Short and longer rides, with a variety of terrains from a lot of climbs to less climbs, everything is possible.
In September 2011 a group of cyclists from the ING Arnhem Cycling Club stayed at Les Camélias. PJ Films did create the movie below of this cycling holiday.
Near to Les Camelias some climbs that are part of the 1000 so-called BIG climbs can be found: the Col de la Croix Saint-Robert, the Col de la Croix-Morand, the Col de Guéry, the Puy de Dôme and Col du Chevalard.
Obviously we have prepared routes for our cycling guests. We have created an unique system whereby all routes have each 7 distance variants. The routes start at around 50 km and go up with about 15 km to about 140 km. On average each 50 km of cycling will be 1000 meters of climbing.
Our printed directions include an elevation profile. The routes are not only available as printed directions, but also as GPS track. If you do not have a GPS yourself, you can rent one at Les Camélias.
In the summer of 2015 Margriet did contribute to French promotional video:
The Puy de Dôme
Climbing the Puy de Dôme individually is no longer possible. Because of the creation of a tourist train - the Panoramique des Dômes - the Puy de Dôme is closed to individual cyclists. However, a special event for cyclists is being organised each year, in general on the 3rd Sunday in June. Climbing the Puy de Dôme on a bicycle is possible on Sunday, 24 June 2018 the La Montée de Puy de Dôme event. A maximum of 300 cyclists could participate in this event. There is an online registration form, but we can also help with your registration for this event.