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Sur les Routes de l'Ardéchoise : L'Ardéchoise Distance : 220 km Altitude : 4270 m Pass : 10 Landscape Fun Accessible
The master of the circuits – this route has become legendary across the world over the past 20 years. Today you can take it on, in all its majesty with 10 climbs and superb scenery alternating between valleys and volcanic mountains. It's a stunning, impressive circuit and a challenging one. There are a few formidable surprises for even the most experienced cyclists along its 220kms but it's worth the effort for the breathtaking landscapes, rare flowers, cultirvated farming terraces and the usual warm welcome in the villages and restaurants.
Don't miss Antraigues, a delightful recognised Village de Caractère with the Maison Jean Ferrat, dedicated to the hugely popular singer and poet who fell in love with Ardèche. A wonderful village where his memory lives on.
Leaving Mézilhac, a long descent takes you to Antraigues-sur-Volane. Next, you need to whizz up the gears through the Aizac pass and the Moucheyre pass before coming to Burzet nestling in the hollow of the valley – the village takes its name from a variety of chestnut known as « la burzette ». Burzet is the start of the superbly awesome Barricaude pass, an amazing 13km-climb. Be careful not to burn yourself out on the initial 10% of the climb ! At Sagnes-et Goudoulet, you've reached the plateau. Leaving the Mont Gerbier de Jonc and the source of the Loire river behind, you'll enjoy a well-deserved respite cycling down to Saint-Martial with its popular lake and on into the Boutières valley. Then simply pace yourself to the end.
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