Who are we ?
More than 20 years after its creation and after a period of rest, the new Grande Traversée du Massif Central is back!
Since summer 2018, the GTMC has been returning with a route of nearly 1400 km, linking the Morvan in Burgundy to the Mediterranean Sea, accessible to mountain bikers travelling with or without electric assistance...
A historical mountain bike route....
Created in 1995, it covered 680 km of the most beautiful landscapes in the southern Massif Central, from Clermont-Ferrand to Sète.
...recognized and frequented
Several thousand mountain bikers have been riding it for nearly 15 years, contributing to its fame in France and Europe.
Longest Great Crossing Mountain Bike....
Now, the GTMC has 1380 km of route completed with variants and links to emblematic sites in the Massif Central and means of access to public transport.
...fully accessible to electrically assisted ATVs
The route is free of major difficulties and has frequent places to recharge batteries.
...connecting the Morvan to the Mediterranean Sea
Crossing the entire Massif Central, it crosses 5 natural parks and several emblematic sites of the largest French massif (Morvan lakes, Loire and Allier valleys, volcanoes of Auvergne, Cévennes, Causses...)
A great mountain bike crossing to share....
The itinerary is intended to be accessible in order to allow as many people as possible to discover the many facets of the Massif Central. Travelled with friends or family, it will be perfectly adapted to the experience of a first mountain bike trip.
...designed for long and short trips...
If 3 to 6 weeks are required to complete the tour, several "mini-itinerances" from 3 days to a week will soon be available. They will allow everyone, occasional mountain biker or expert in the discipline, to take part in the most beautiful stages of the GTMC, such as: The Morvan crossing, Journey to the Volcanoes, From Larzac to the Mediterranean.
...the result of a major collective effort
Since 2014, its relaunch has brought together and mobilized a multitude of actors (IPAMAC association, 3 Regions, 10 Departments, 5 Natural Parks, CTFs, etc.) dedicated to guaranteeing the practicability, development, promotion and sustainability of the route. The project is also supported by the European Union and the State.