Chalinargues / Ruynes-en-Margeride The Grande Traversée du Massif Central by mountain bike
Elevation of the stage
After Chalinargues, it’s easy to cycle on to Freissinet via the wide tracks provided. There then follows a quite technically challenging singletrack, before a peaceful descent to Neussargues – but take care crossing the N122 main road. The slope at Combe Robert negotiated, the way through the Planèze area is easy, going via Coltines to Le Sailhant. Following a steep ascent through woods, it’s on to Andelat and Roueyre, before reaching the historic city of Saint-Flour. After tackling the ascent to Saint-Georges and negotiating the motorway interchange at Varillette with great care, you gradually ascend, taking well-maintained paths, via Rayrolles, Le Pirou and Combechalde, to Ruynes en Margeride.