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.

Cycling routes

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:

Ready for departure
Old Michelin road signs
Lac de Guéry
Lac de Guéry
The Sanadoire and Tuillière rocks near the Col de Guéry
Near the Col de Guéry
Near the Col de Guéry
Near the Col de Guéry
Near the Puy de Dôme
With the Chaîne des Puys at the horizon
Col de la Croix St Robert
Autumn is also a great cycling season
Murat-le-Quaire
Col de la Croix Morand
Col de la Croix Morand
Col de la Croix St Robert - Photo: Edwin Haan
Col de la Croix St Robert - Photo: Edwin Haan
Château du Murol - Photo: Edwin Haan
Les grottes de Jonas
Viewpoint
Gorges de Courgoul
Near the Roche Vendeix
Gorges d'Avèze
Provisioning
Col de la Croix Saint Robert
View on Lac Chambon and the Murol castle
Saint Nectaire
Close to Laval
Col de la Croix Morand
Col de la Croix St. Robert
Col de la Croix St. Robert
Quiet roads for endles cycling
With the Sancy Massif in the background
Climb out of Saurier
Through villages where time seems to have stopped
Col de la Croix Morand
Col de la Croix St. Robert
Col de la Croix St. Robert
Col de la Croix St. Robert with view on Lac Chambon and the Murol castle
A bit further away from the Sancy Massif