Natural territory, the Livradois-Forez lends itself to the practice of mountain biking in Auvergne. With 2780 km of uninterrupted routes, this regional natural park is a whole world to explore by mountain bike. And it is also the largest mountain biking area in France. From the foothills of the Livradois to the Hautes-Chaumes of Forez and passing through the Bois noirs around Thiers and the Ance valley: landscapes, forests, pretty paths to descend. Feel free to get lost there.
1. The largest mountain bike area in France
2. Where to go mountain biking in Auvergne?
3. “Enduro” circuits
4. The tour of Livradois-Forez by mountain bike
5. And why not the electric mountain bike?
6. Circuits to do with the family
The largest mountain bike area in France and Auvergne
Because in Livradois-Forez the beauty of the landscapes sets the scene for ever more exhilarating routes: our territory is then a destination of choice for mountain bike lovers. Those looking for a large-format playground will necessarily find what they are looking for. Now connected, the tracks of the VTT-FFC areas “ Massif of the Black Woods " and " Ambert-Crêtes du Forez Since 2020, they have formed the largest mountain bike area ever created in France.
From north to south of the Livradois-Forez Regional Nature Park, these areas labeled by the French Cycling Federation join the Col des Supeyres. Thus, this unique set of 125 marked mountain bike circuits now extends over nearly 2780 km. It also covers no less than four departments: Allier, Loire, Puy-de-Dôme and Haute-Loire.
Where to go mountain biking in Auvergne? A portal and an app with mountain bike routes
Our hiking portal and our mobile app offer routes and mountain bike circuits adapted to your abilities. Thus, the difficulties are varied, and the scenery, like Livradois-Forez, always surprising. More than 110 mountain bike routes are listed, and our application has already been downloaded more than 5000 times.
In addition, this digital platform allows its users to learn about outdoor activities. But also heritage to discover, events not to be missed. Also accommodation and restaurant options located nearby.
Discover our new enduro MTB circuits in Auvergne
Faster, more technical, more demanding, these nervous mountain bike rides take you to the slopes of the Bois Noirs. Located on the borders of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, the Bois Noir massif culminates at 1634 meters in Pierre-sur-Haute. And extends over three departments: Allier, Loire and Puy-de-Dôme. Between a breath of fresh air, techniques and small bursts of speed, lovers of "downhill" mountain biking and fans of wide open spaces will therefore appreciate recharging their batteries.
On the side of Ambert or Arlanc, around Courpière, on the Hautes-Chaumes or on the side of Noirétable, these circuits for everyone again offer a diversity of scenery for a never boring experience. To each his own playground, in complete peace of mind!
The tour of Livradois-Forez: a roaming hike in Auvergne
Five to seven days, 14 stages, more than 230 km and some 5 meters of elevation gain! The most seasoned athletes then go from the Dore valley to the plateau of La Chaise-Dieu, and from the mountains of Livradois to those of Forez. We will alternately take wide, well-rolling forest paths, small, narrow and rocky paths, high altitude lawns, beautiful descents, and of course, beautiful climbs. In other words: a complete roaming hike and athletic.
Whether you're a super climber or super climber, a downhill arrow or not, this mountain bike tour takes you through 14 varied sections. Therefore, all practitioners, followers of physical routes and nature lovers can only be seduced and seduced by the beauty and richness of these landscapes. It is better to be a little physically prepared, but for that, we are counting on you.
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And why not the electric mountain bike?
The VTTAE (Electrically Assisted Mountain Bike) means less effort and more discovery. After all, it's not because not everyone has steel calves that you should forbid mountain biking on the toughest paths. There are so many things to see in Livradois-Forez. Breathtaking landscapes await you up there, so give yourself a chance.
All our circuits are accessible by VTTAE. Thanks to this little help, you can finally venture on the most demanding terrains! So don't be afraid to take the plunge and simply enjoy the beauty of nature in Livradois-Forez, without worrying about the difficulty and the distance.
Where to rent an eMTB in Livradois-Forez?
Quiet Livradois-Forez: family mountain bike rides
Fancy a nice walk where the whole family finds something to enjoy? So come and take a tour of Livradois-Forez. Because our territory is rich in possibilities for those who simply want to cycle through woods and meadows, without “going into the red”. Because it is full of easy hikes, Livradois-Forez gives you the opportunity to enjoy unspoiled nature, while advancing at a peaceful pace.
Do you want to challenge yourself and really have fun?
Calling all experts, fans of All Mountain, wild boar azimuth, DH, Pif Paf and Bunny! To live an unforgettable downhill experience and "ride" in complete safety, the mountain bike centers of Livradois-Forez and the schools are also at your disposal. So do not hesitate to call on them. They will find you the best “spots”