Ruynes-en-Margeride / Chanaleilles The Grande Traversée du Massif Central by mountain bike
Elevation of the stage
Leaving Ruynes, a steep ascent via forest tracks takes you up to the crests. Then the path is comfortable from the Col du Signal to La Croix de la Donne, with lovely views. You need to cycle along a short stretch of road to reach the Musée du Mont Mouchet. A smooth track leads to the summit of Mont Mouchet, alternating between forest and open spaces. At the top, there’s a viewing table. A swift descent and you reach Paulhac. Then broad tracks take you between pine woods and meadows to Chanaleilles. To continue to Chazeau, there’s a short stretch on a road that isn’t quite as flat as it seems. Finally, share the GR65 hiking trail through forests to reach the Domaine du Sauvage.