Lunas / Clermont-l'Hérault The Grande Traversée du Massif Central by mountain bike
Some of our favourite spots: Dio and its château; Carlencas Plateau; and, above all, Le Salagou Lake. The last is a perfect spot for mountain bikers. The lakeside offers beautiful, enjoyable singletracks plus many possibilities for going for a dip. Vineyards and olive groves complete the landscapes around here. Then you reach the town of Clermont l’Hérault, with its many facilities.
On the first part of this stage, there’s a fine mix of climbs and descents, requiring physical exertion without being that technically difficult – the tracks are comfortable and there are small stretches on roads along which to catch your breathe. Your efforts are rewarded with glorious views, plus wonderful descents on which you can really let yourself go, drinking in the landscapes. Just take care after Brenas, where there’s a descent requiring more technical skill. On the ruddy slopes beside Le Salagou Lake explore the lovely paths cutting through the little ravines in this extraordinary, iron-rich, rocky land. After that, it’s mostly downhill along the road leading to Clermont l’Hérault.