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Christian Boyer, a cyclist from the Auvergne, is familiar with every last centimetre of the region’s cycle trails. Today he sells bikes, but he still enjoys practising his favourite sport on the Auvergne’s roads, whether by mountain bike or bicycle. Christian takes the time to tell us about the Auvergne, his Auvergne, from a cycling viewpoint including the trails, the mountain bike trips and the links with the Tour de France.
"With its passes, plains and mountain landscapes, welcome to the Auvergne, the land of the bicycle! The number of cycle routes available here is impressive, with no shortage of cycle touring or mountain bike trails for your cycling trip as a family.
Cycle touring is a great way to visit the Auvergne to discover its natural heritage.
In the Auvergne, people are used to seeing cyclists. It would be fair to say that they are part of the landscape here! Just like motorcyclists, they are warmly welcomed by the locals".
"The Auvergne occupies a legendary place in the history of the Tour de France. The Puy de Dôme will forever be famous for the duel between Poulidor and Anquetil during the 1964 Tour. During the upward climb, these two champions fought it out in a frantic one-on-one battle leaving us with some unforgettable images of the race.
You will often see amateur cyclists reliving the famous stages of the Tour de France here. Including the Croix-Morand Pass or the Puy Mary, the Auvergne provides a thrilling taste of cycling history at every pedal stroke".
"Mountain bike trips are possible all over the Auvergne. Whether you prefer freeride, enduro or downhill, there are no limits to the mountain biking activities available in the Auvergne's hills. Including Super Besse, Le Lioran or La Bourboule, the Auvergne's resorts boast top-quality infrastructure, including the availability of bikeparks".
Former cycle racer, manager of the shop Culture Vélo Boyer