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Home to the famous Trefle Lozerien enduro, the Lozere is a fairly tough route and definitely not for beginners. Run with the support and approval of the 'Trefle' organisers, it 'borrows' much of the race's route, making for a challenging but unforgettable ride. Based in the town of Mende, which is itself 800 metres above sea level, the trails rise to 1500 metres and offer spectacular views over what is one of the least populated region of France. For 2016 the Lozere route gets a major update with a brand new loop and an extensively modified third day.
The first day is 180 kilometres long and loops around Mende to the south east. While there's plenty of technical going, it is nevertheless the easiest of the three days and an ideal way to limber up.
The second day was brand new for 2016 and replaces fast forest pistes with more single track and more technical going, heading into the famous Gorge du Tarn
The final day however is perhaps now the piece de la resistance. Relatively short (just 160 kms) it is also the most technically challenging and arguably the most spectacular. There are a couple of places where you might have to give each other a hand, but apart from that there are no real stoppers.
In addition to providing you with a magnificent route we have also taken great care not to neglect the other essential ingredients of a great trail ride. The lunch stops all feature good food (not a sandwich in sight) and two of them are in breathtaking locations. The hotel is also extremely friendly, boasts 3 stars, an indoor swimming pool and sauna. There's even a jet wash just opposite - what more could you want!
Selection of photos from previous tours
Day 3 - the water crossing after lunch - not easy to do feet up!
Fortunately the bridges still exist in some places!
No, it looks nothing like Wales!
Aerial view of yours truly about to go through the tunnel on Day 2
Surprising how many people manage to ride off the edge of this track - not recommended.
Especially a little later on...
Ah, those 'Bastard Rocks' again.
Normally I go round the side, but seeing how there were a few spectators.
Team Craig coming through a boggy trail towards the end of Day 2.
Duke coming to the rescue of a rider stuck on a steep climb at the start of Day 2.
And I am sure it said somewhere on the web site 'mousses strongly recommended'.
A rock step on some single track early on on Day 3.
You've got to be joking - I'm not going down there - am I?
An early start is some times necessary - but at least you get to see the
mist down in the valleys before it has burnt off.
Two riders were approaching and the wind began to howl...
Pat Wills made it ok up the first section, of what has been christened 'Bastard Rocks'
But didn't do so well on the second stage. Happily there is a way of avoiding this lot if it is raining!
The weather stayed fine for each of the three days and most people rode just in shirts, even when high up in the mountains.
Although day 3 has been made 30 kms longer, with tracks all the way back to the hotel, nobody wanted to rush lunch.
Although its didn't rain at all over the three days there was still plenty of water at the 'big puddles' on day 1.
Gavin Hockey comes a cropper on a 'trickier than it looks' rock step. He wasn't the only one...
John Hart and Dave Roper bought their sons Chris and Ricky. They of course made their Dads look very old!
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