For sportsmen, hikers or families, bikes are the best way to discover the Sancy.

Sancy with bikes

No matter what your pace is, go on your bicycle or on your mountain bike and discover thanks to an amazing adventure the numerous marked paths in the Massif du Sancy. A fun and sportive way to discover with more details the landscapes and panoramas of Auvergne.

Hiking with mountain bikes

Go on marked trails through green and high mountain plateaus with a mountain bike.
Certain hiking trails are passable with a mountain bike but if you have got a good level, you can try the mountain bikes routes FFC that are crossing the landscapes of Sancy.

Randonnée VTT dans le Massif du Sancy

Cross-country mountain bike

A little bit more sportive than a “classic” mountain bike ride, the cross-country takes the trails of marked mountain bikes paths.
Sancy offers more than 500km (310 mi.) of routes listed by the Bicycle French Federation with different routes spread all over the uplands.

Map of Sancy cross-country paths

Downhill mountain biking

With the cable car opening of la Perdrix, the Super Besse resort has developed a fun and educational place dedicated to downhill mountain biking. Super VTT area is opened to every level with downhill route, a kid’zone, a bike park, a freestyle jump.

Bike Park VTT à Super Besse

Cycling in Sancy

There is a reason why Le Tour De France regularly comes to Sancy (the last time was in 2011). It is because this upland is the perfect place to practice cyclo-cross.
To discover the iconic sites of Massif du Sancy, the cycle touring allows you to climb emblematic passes and admire wonderful views thanks to several routes.

Randonnée cyclo dans le Sancy

Sancy’s emblematic passes

Several routes from different levels, will lead you to unmissable sites: Fontaine Salée Valley, Chaudefour Valley or Haute Dordogne, the Cézallier and of course various passes:

  • Croix Saint-Robert pass: 2,8 km (1.2 mi.) of ascent from Le Mont-Dore – Steepness : 159m (521 ft.)
  • Geneste pass: 5,250 km (3,262 mi) of ascent from Chareire – Steepness: 198m (649 ft.)
  • Banne d’Ordanche : 3,690 km (2,292 mi.) of ascent from Murat-le-Quaire – Steepness: 150m (492 ft.)
  • Croix Morand pass: 8 km (5mi.) of ascent from Le Mont-Dore with the D996 (frequented road) – Steepness: 475m (1558 ft.)
Good Idea: Sancy Tour Route
Perfect if you want to discover all Sancy sides, this route of 76km (47 mi.) is always located at more than 1000m (3280 mi.) altitude. During this route with its cumulated steepness of 2370m (7775 ft), you will discover the medieval and renaissance town of Besse, the Pavin Lake, mountain pasturelands, Le Mont-Dore, the Saint-Robert pass and the Chaudefour Valley.

Biking with your family

Balade à vélo en famille dans le Sancy

Families and their kids can also make the most of bike rides in the Massif du Sancy. Some roads and trails are perfect for a family outing.
The Green Road connects Chambon-sur-Lac to Murol crossing near the Chambon Lake. 1km of trail (3280 ft.) are planned from Murol’s beach, alongside Couze Chambon downstream the lake. This sweet pathway allows bikes and pedestrian to enjoy a remarkable natural environment.

Around the lake with a bike: 4.5km (2.5 miles)