Avallon / Quarré-les-Tombes The Grande Traversée du Massif Central by mountain bike
Leaving Avallon, riding high, the GTMC, along the first third of this stage, takes you speeding down some fine singletracks. Then roll merrily along towards Crescent Dam, across a plateau marked by a patchwork of fields and hedges. Next, continue on a particularly pleasant stretch through light woods. The terrain can get slippery when wet, slowing you down. The shifts in altitude mean you have to tackle a few rises out of the saddle, before coming to an undulating part that’s fairly easy. This first stage offers you a good warm-up. It would prove that much easier on an electric-assisted mountain bike!