Distance: 16km (10miles)
Positive difference in altitude: 640m
Difficulty: Black – Very difficult
Start: Olargues – Esplanade of the train station
Car Park: Voie Verte Passa Païs (Greenway) and highschool
Description: The small road takes you south for a few hundred metres of warm-up. 200 m of positive altitude difference, it's not easy to stay on the saddle until you reach the road. At the road to Malviès, breath better. Still uphill, but the incline is not the same. After the hunters' house, you leave the yellow markings for a track that describes a wide circle through the Col du Lauzet, then the Col de la Bacoulette, the high point of your tour. At the Bacoulette, the track takes you downhill to the hamlet of La Salle. At the hamlet, things start to get serious, in rainy weather, the path slips a lot. In dry weather, in the first few hairpin bends paved with smooth slabs, you have to be careful! At the bottom of the valley, the slope is much less steep, but the path is still very playful and requires attention. At Rautely, a small loop through Malviès allows you to stay on the saddle until the D14. The small road will bring you back first to the Col du Bouis, then to Olargues, all downhill. The descent by the road being rather uninteresting, you can use the yellow markings to reach Olargues. A few small, pleasant monotracks will make you forget the long tracks at the beginning of the circuit. Your return on the Voie Verte Passa Païs will mark the end of your outing.
Discover on the way:
- Medieval village of Olargue, one of the most beautiful villages of France.
- Peyro escrito (written stone).