La Couvertoirade / Lunas The Grande Traversée du Massif Central by mountain bike
Consider visiting Labeil Cave before entering the mysterious L’Escandorgue Forest. A Buddhist temple and lovely views of the Haut Languedoc’s mountains mark the way before you plunge down into the Gravezon Valley, where you’ll discover Joncels Abbey. Lunas makes a refreshing stop, with its fine river and an outdoor leisure centre based around a pretty lake.
This GTMC stage is smooth-rolling, all told, without any particular difficulties. You cross the final stretch through the Larzac around Caylar using well-maintained tracks and quiet country roads. Lovely cycle paths take you through L’Escandorgue Forest, followed by a pretty country road after Roqueredonde. The route continues along easy stretches with lovely views onto the Gravezon Valley. There’s just a short technically challenging ascent to reach Joncels up a slippery cobbled street. Then you climb a bit via pretty forest tracks, before a final lovely descent to reach Lunas.