People / Bikes / Nature




The Grand Traversée du Massif Central (GTMC) is a Mountain Bike Route through some amazing parts of southern France. Joel, James and myself completed this route in September 2017.

The route starts in the town of Clermont Ferrand which is in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region about an hours train ride south of Paris. (after much question asking and research turns out you can just walk your bike onto most intercity french trains)

The trail heads slightly north and then snakes its way south through the Volcans d'Auvergne Natural Park, up and over the amazing Cévennes National Park and eventually ending in the bustling city of Montpellier near the mediterranean. 

Through out the 700km we passed through beautiful tree lined valleys and leafy forests. Up over stark and rocky mountain passes. As well as rocky single track through gorges high above glistening turquoise rivers. There is alot of amazing and diverse natural scenery.

Unfortunately for myself I missed the first 3 days of the route due to an infected leg, so my journey began in the town of Saint Flour.

For photographic reference;

Day 1 - Saint Flour to Chanaleilles

Day 2 - Chanaleilles to Bagnols Les Bains

Day 3 - Bagnols Les Bains to Florac

Day 4 - Florac to Nivoliers

Day 5 - Nivoliers to Saint Sauveur Camprieu

Day 6 - Saint Sauveur Camprieu to La Couvertoirade

Day 7 - La Couvertoirade to Montpellier