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The bicycle-friendly region of Auvergne provides visitors with a range of passes, hillsides and climbs. Bicycles are principally a fun way of exploring regions and enjoying family outings, but various Auvergne hillsides are certainly out of some people’s reach. This is why people have come up with a simple solution which enables everyone to get around Auvergne, its volcanoes, valleys and massifs, by bike!
The electric-assisted bicycle is fitted with an electric motor and a rechargeable battery. This battery only sends power to the motor to accentuate the movement of the person doing the pedalling.
Mountain bikes and electric bicycles help riders travel up and down hilly areas such as the volcanoes of Les Puys, the mountains of Cantal, the Massifs du Sancy, the hills of Salers, the climb up to the Château de Murol, and routes around the lakes of Auvergne.
The Gîte Archipel Volcans is located at the foot of the Puy de Dôme volcano in the village of Laschamps. Marc Mazataud is a volcanology enthusiast and is also a mountain guide and an instructor for paragliding, delta plane and mountain biking.
The new bike rental service in Clermont-Ferrand, C.Vélo offers rentals 24/7 to discover the city by bike. With 220 bikes in 22 stations around the town, C-Vélo also offers long term rentals including foldable Michelin e-bikes.
In Saint-Nectaire, Vulcabike is there to help you discovery the Sancy carefree! The bike rentals are located in the Saint-Nectaire casino. From there, you can head out to see the sights of the Sancy with a 3h rental for 29€. Visit the Murol castle, take a tour around the Chambon lake, or see one of the land art words of the Horizons festival, all with peace of mind. Thierry, a cycling enthusiast, knows his region well and will share tips of the best routes to see the best views that Auvergne has to offer.
Service Culture Rent near Clermont-Ferrand. The Culture Vélo shop in Cournon offers rentals to try out a bike before purchase or just for a family outing for the weekend: road bikes, mountain bikes and e-bikes. For more information or to book: +33 (0) 4 73 84 80 90
Les 4 Vents Bicycle Touring Centre in Aubusson now offers e-bike rentals in addition to road and mountain cycling services. The centre also offers accommodation and a restaurant and serves as the base for hundreds of kilometres of cycling trails, for all skill levels.
In the Cantal, the Grand Gîte Moments Nature offers accommodations and e-bike rentals. From the gite, visit the Valley of La Maronne and the medieval village of Salers. There are several trails of various distances and difficulty levels around the gite, for half or day rentals with one or two batteries.
A rental site in the town of Ydes, in the Cantal, offers e-bikes in addition to unassisted bikes for a ride around the plateaus of the Artense area!
The Vichy Tourist Office offers e-bike rentals in partnership with the Décathlon sporting goods store. Take a ride in the thermal park, along the lake or the panoramic banks of the Allier River.
Not far from Vichy, the Varennes-Forterre Tourist Office also offers e-bike rentals to discover the heart of the Allier.
In the north of the Allier, take a ride in the Tronçais Forest, one of the most beautiful oak forests in Europe, dotted with ponds, castles and fountains. The country store offers all types of bike rentals: tandems, quadracycles and e-bikes. For information or to reserve: +33 4 70 06 12 93