Crossing seven departments (63, 43, 15, 19, 46, 12, 48), the trek takes in some of the country's most beautiful spots.This scintillating getaway twists and turns between the contours of the landscape. Thrilling!
The smell of mud and crunchy leaves flying over the exhaust fills the air as we hit the road on this amazing loop that leads the team right into the heart of France.
The trek stretches over never-ending crests... A few minor tricky bits here and there add some spice to this epic trip.
This extraordinary journey, which has such an exciting feel to it because of the awesome routes we take, offers its fair share of poignant and picturesque encounters along the way.
Gliding over the heaths, ducking into the pine forest, caressing the flowering moorlands, this high-flying getaway is aimed at motorcycling enthusiasts of all types, mainly those who have small dual-sports or quad bikes/SSVs, but also those enduro bikers who prefer countryside jaunts to motorcycle racing, while also enjoying a bit of a challenge.
And then there's the more practical side of a large loop, meaning that you return to the point of departure at the end of the trek - an undeniable advantage, logistically speaking.
Your day by day program
Our trail immediately soars up over a very long ridge line amid the fragrance of moss, lichen, raspberries and mushrooms.
The route suddenly shifts to Paulhaguet, and the thermometer instantly goes up 7°C along the way! Weaving in and out of the small stone walls, a network of small paths leads towards the Allier Gorges. This stage ends up at the foot of the flower-filled Cézallier.
The plateau we cross during the morning is the fiefdom of Salers and has a rare purity about it. Indifferent to our journey, elegant horned beasts typical of the region munch happily on the grass.
Further on, the trail levels out over the columned volcanic rocks before ducking into the forest. In this region criss-crossed by crystal-clear rivers, magnificent elevated paths cross the landscape to Corrèze.
Among the box trees and ferns, a daring path nosedives over the Lot Valley. Next, it's on to the highly diverse department of Aveyron and the kingdom of sweet chestnuts. In the foothills, a stream hurtles down, frothing, as if to subtly liven up the stage and refresh the troop.
Passing from one Causse limestone plateau to the next, any number of spectacular panoramic viewpoints overlook the vineyards. The trail settles into the red earth above Clairvaux d’Aveyron. Not far from Séverac, a thirst-quenching stop between the old stones of the Taureau spring in Saint Grégoire is a must. Once we pass through St-Laurent d’Olt, clinging onto the rocky ridge, the route shoots off to the Aubrac mountain tops. The speed with which you gain altitude is astonishing! Ferns, heather and blueberries shroud the verges. Here, the route weaves in and out of the granite blocks.
Following more lofty, slightly sandy trails through the even more mysterious Margeride region covered with broom, we head on to Aubrac. And it is along the resin paths, under the majestic conifers of Puy-de-Dôme, that our French adventure comes to an end.
- Chemintrand pass
- Chemintrand pass
- Who can take part?
The route alternates between minor roads, byways, local roads and small tracks which are all open to public traffic. Good physical fitness, strong determination and off-road experience are all desirable to be able to embark on this Massif Central roundtrip with complete peace of mind.
- A Trail Rando guide will supervise the team on board their own vehicle.
At the same time, a chase vehicle will transport your luggage between stages every day. They will travel by road with regular meeting points along the route.
They can also pick up a rider and vehicle in the event of breakdown or exhaustion. The team also has a basic first aid kit, tools, some spare parts and are able to lend a hand if required.
- PROGRESS ALONG THE ROUTE
There's a definite feeling of freedom about this trip. And to preserve the spirit of exploration and discovery that we wanted to create, we've put you in control.
For this reason, and so that everyone truly plays a part in their own journey, we provide a GPS device for the entire trip.
This technology allows you to be totally independent.
With the wonderful tool that is GPS, everyone has the freedom to go on ahead, to stay behind and take pictures, or to drive alongside their friends, knowing that as a general rule the TrailRando motorcycle guide will be looking out for the team at the rear.
What a pleasure it is to follow your own course!
“Free people in a structured group” is the motto that accurately reflects the reality of a TrailRando trip.
GPS PROVIDED BY THE ORGANISATION
The route is safely stored stage by stage on the GPS...
At the start of the trip, TrailRando provides everyone with a GARMIN GPS with a handlebar bracket. The entire itinerary and its main points such as sites of interest, petrol stations, lunch meeting points and accommodation are programmed into the GPS.
The equipment is simple and user-friendly.
The TrailRando representative will be there to show you how to use it or to assist you.
- Single room supplement : 165€
- Yamaha WR125R : 875.00€
- Yamaha WR250R : 950.00€
- Yamaha XT660R : 990.00€
- • Lodgingo hotels, in twin rooms,o from the evening of the first stage, to the morning of the last stage
Food :o Breakfast, lunch, dinnero from the morning of the first stage to midday of the last stage,• The GPS device with the trip's complete track,• Tourleaders :o Tourleader on his motorcycle,o Support vehicle for luggage transport
- • Transportation :o To and from tour start,o Vehicle transportation to and from tour start,• Beverages
- With which motorcycle ?
Ideally any 125 to 450 cm3 offroad motorcycle is suitable for this tour.
What kind of tires ?
Mixed tires with knobbies
If you don't own the adequate motorcycle, we can rent you one. We will surely find somethig suitable.
To know precisely the available makes and models, please refer to our online booking form.