Waytypes of the stage
The official route stops at the crossroads at the D978 road, before Arleuf. It continues on minor roads, or, in parts, along a former railway line, La Voie du Tacot. You need to be fit to tackle the steep climbs and precipitous descents along this Morvan stage. Along La Voie du Tacot, the surface is made up of ballast covered with humus, making cycling relatively hard, so your bike should be equipped with wide tyres.
The way up to Château-Chinon is not signposted; this is simply a way we at France Vélo Tourisme propose for seasoned cyclists to be able to ride up to this town standing at a high point in the Morvan Range. Reaching Arleuf, you need to ride along the C2 and C1 roads. These minor parish roads are very steep but provide splendid views of the Morvan hills all around.
SNCF train stations
- Autun SNCF station (on the Chalon – Autun line): coaches serve Étang-sur-Arroux and Chalon, Le Creusot and Le Creusot-Montceau TGV (the last for high-speed train connections)
- Cars Mobigo offer coach services on the Château-Chinon < > Nevers line (LR 501) – passenger luggage takes priority over bicycles, which will be stored in the hold. Ask the coach driver directly for this service.
- Autun : St-Lazare cathedral and the fountain; the Musée Rolin; the Roman theatre; the Arroux and St-André Roman gates; the town ramparts and Tour des Ursulines; the Temple to Janus; the Natural History Museum
- Château-Chinon : the Cité Muséale de Château-Chinon (formerly a museum displaying gifts from around the world presented to President Mitterrand, plus costumes), planned to open in 2022; the Circuit François Mitterrand, recalling the president’s long-lasting connections to the town; the panoramic views