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itinerant hiking mountain biking

For two-wheeled enthusiasts, the mountain bike and bicycle circuits will take you to conquer rolling hills and winding paths. Adapt your itinerary to your level of experience and explore the region at your own pace.

The largest mountain bike area of France and Auvergne

Because the beauty of the Livradois-Forez landscape sets the scene for ever more exhilarating trails, our region is a prime destination for mountain bikers. Those looking for a large-format playground are sure to find what they’re looking for. Now connected, the trails of the ” Massif des Bois Noirs ” and ” Ambert-Crêtes du Forez ” FFC mountain-biking areas form France’s largest ever mountain-biking area since 2020.

From the north to the south of the Livradois-Forez Regional Nature Park, these areas certified by the Fédération Française de Cyclisme join up at the Col des Supeyres. This unprecedented network of 125 signposted mountain bike trails now covers almost 2,780 km. It also covers no less than four départements: Allier, Loire, Puy-de-Dôme and Haute-Loire.

In addition to these routes, there are also those of the Espace VTT n°1 in Le Vernet-la-Varenne and the Quatre Vents in Aubusson-d’Auvergne.

Espace VTT/FFC du Massif des Bois Noirs
Espace VTT/FFC du Massif des Bois Noirs
Espace VTT / FFC du massif des Bois Noirs

Tour of Livradois-Forez : an itinerant hike in Auvergne

Five to seven days, 14 stages, over 230 km and some 5,500 metres of ascent! The most seasoned riders will go from the Dore valley to the La Chaise-Dieu plateau, and from the Livradois to the Forezmountains. There are wide, rolling forest tracks, narrow, rocky paths, high-altitude lawns, beautiful descents and, of course, some great climbs… In other words: a complete and sporty itinerant tour.

Whether you’re a super climber, a downhill arrow or not, this mountain bike tour takes you through 14 varied sections. As a result, all mountain bikers, fitness enthusiasts and nature lovers are bound to be seduced by the beauty and richness of these landscapes. It’s best to be a little physically prepared, but for that, we’re counting on you.

Discover our new enduro mountain bike trails

Faster, more technical, more demanding, these nerve-racking mountain bike tours take you up the slopes of the Bois Noirs. Located on the edge of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, the Bois Noirs massif peaks at 1,634 metres at Pierre-sur-Haute. It spans three départements: Allier, Loire and Puy-de-Dôme. Downhill mountain bikers and wide-open spaces enthusiasts alike will enjoy recharging their batteries here, with a mix of fresh air, technical skills and speed. Whether nearAmbert orArlanc, around Courpière, on the Hautes-Chaumes or near Noirétable, these circuits for all once again offer a diversity of scenery for an experience that’s never boring. To each his own playground, in complete tranquillity!

And why not electric mountain biking? 

The VTTAE (Vélo Tout Terrain à Assistance Electrique) means less effort and more discovery. After all, just because not everyone has calves of steel, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t mountain bike on the toughest trails. There’s so much to see in Livradois-Forez. Breathtaking scenery awaits you up there, so give yourself a chance.

All our tours are accessible by VTTAE. Thanks to this little helping hand, you can finally venture into the most demanding terrain! So don’t be afraid to take the plunge and simply enjoy the beauty of nature in Livradois-Forez, without worrying about difficulty or distance.