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The Puy Mary 

70.2 km

1645m of climbing

Rating: medium to hard

 

A short 40 minute transfer takes you to the medieval fortified village of Salers, the starting point for the ride. Descending from the ramparts, the road winds through the pretty village of Fontanges leading to two short back-to-back climbs — the Col de Saint George (954m) followed by the Col de Legal (1231m). Another 20km or so of gently descending and undulating roads to the village of Mandailles (37.5km) for a light lunch in preparation for the main climb of the day — the famous Tour de France col, the Puy Mary! From Mandailles to the summit it’s a little over 12km of steady climbing, mostly between 6 and 9% gradient (max of 12% gradient in a couple of tiny spots). At the top (1589m) the Puy Mary affords amazing views of the surrounding Auvergne Mountains and is the highest road pass in the Massif Central. It’s now time to enjoy an amazing 20km descent through an enchanted forest onto the mountain road overlooking the valley and down to Salers for some well-earned refreshments. There are a number of rides in this area well worth a return trip.

 
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 Elevation Profile

Elevation Profile

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