La Grande Traversée du Volcan à vélo
The GT2V: a 232km-long cycle route between the Lot Valley and the Allier Valley
Layout and signposting along the route
The route is essentially along roads, some of these liable to be busy with traffic (see stage details). The route is signposted with green and white signs for cyclists.
The slopes can be daunting if you’re not used to cycling in mountainous terrain. Have a close look at the gradients and shifts in altitude stated in the relevant stage descriptions. Given that weather can change fast in the mountains and snow can be an issue, always check both the weather forecast and that high-altitude roads are open before you set out. Best tackle this route between mid-May and mid-November.
SNCF train stations along the route
- Maurs: regional TER train line to and from Figeac; coach services to and from Aurillac
- Aurillac: regional TER trains serving Brive, Clermont-Ferrand and Figeac
- Massiac (towards Blesle)
Links with other cycle routes
- La Vallée du Lot à Vélo: there are plans to extend this cycle route beyond the town of Cahors and it is hoped that a route using the GT2V will soon connect Port d'Agrès (starting point of the Grande Traversée du Volcan à Vélo) to Cahors.
- Via Allier: this new cycle route is being laid out between the Loire River and Langogne, passing close to Blesle (reached via the GT2V)