• Trip duration
    4 days
  • Trip level
    Sustained
  • Max people per guide
    13 people
  • Mountain range
    -
  • Best period
    May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov

Description

A 4-day stay in Thiézac, to prepare and improve in trail on an exceptional playground. In fact, the Cantal is Europe’s largest volcano! This massif has many hidden treasures and you may be surprised by the relief of this beautiful region…

I’ll help you discover with passion and good humor one of my preferred playgrounds.

Some of he highlights of this stay are:
– To stay in the heart of volcanoes in a remote spot off the beaten track;
– Professional advice on technique, preparation, food, equipment;
– A star-shaped journey with one accommodation during the whole stay;
– Logistics and a high-level trail coaching.

Date 2017: May 5th to 8th.

In the ‘extra’ section below, you’ll find information about the required trail running level you need to have. You will also see the equipment that you need to bring with you.

During these 4 days we will run on average 20-35km a day and go up from 1000 to 2000 meters. We will mainly be on single tracks and varied terrain. We will partially be on aerial paths.

Does this advanced training sound interesting? Then I invite you to contact me! I also organize many others trips. Contact me to discuss about your desires. I’d be happy to take you on those so beautiful mountain trails and accompany you in the goals you set. Another great trail running trip that I organize also in Auvergne is this one!

Itinerary

Day 1

L’Elancèze

16km, D +/-700m
A nice half day to warm up and enjoy the ridge passages up to Elancèze. It’s a summit overlooking the glacial valleys of Cère and Jordanne. The hiking allows to admire the beautiful waterfall Faillitoux, the highest in the department. Then evening conference: intervention on training planning: “how to organize your trail season according to your objectives.”

Day 2

Rombière pass, Peyre Arse and Puy Mary summit

30km, D +/-1760m
We discover the hidden treasures of Cantal. Among peaks and valleys, volcanic and lush panoramas of the region will leave you speechless. In addition, if the weather allows we will see chamois and marmots in the the steep slopes of the surrounding mountains. Then, in the evening, stretching and working on injury prevention in trail.

Day 3

Ascent test – Rocher du Cerf

A half day dedicated to the physical preparation specific for trail. Indeed, the morning will be dedicated to a field test in upward climb. So you can measure your maximum aerobic capacity and deduct some physiological data useful in training. During the afternoon, to recover, you can visit the beautiful village of Salers, classified as the most beautiful village in France, walk around Aurillac or enjoy sunbathing at the lodge. Then in the evening: processing and debriefing on the test results – abdominal session / sheathing.

Day 4

Peaks of the Roman Road and Plomb du Cantal

21,5 km, D +900/-1436m.
A descending profile for the final day. Today we do the ascent of the Plomb du Cantal, the highest peak in the Cantal mountains (1855m). From here we can enjoy a 360° view on a path with multifaceted peaks. There are alternating rotating parts and technical passages. The Via Celtica, ancient Roman road that crosses the Cantal mountains leads to the Tuillière Buron, before descending into the valley.

Price per person

1 Person614EUR

Price includes

  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • All meals during trip

Other details

Meeting point

Thiézac - Ferme de Trielle (Cantal – Auvergne).

Getting there
- By car: Highway A75 direction Montpellier, Aurillac, exit 23 Aurillac Massiac, Le Lioran. Continue on the N122 until Lioran.
- By train: SNCF train station at Lioran.

Accommodation

We will be housed in an old farm completely renovated. Jacques and Mary will receive you with simplicity and generosity. The accommodation is half board, we will have picnics for lunch.

More info

(Stage trail printemps en Auvergne)

Group size: 9 to 13 people.

Companion price : € 273 half board

Advanced level:
- Regular practice of running and other endurance sports : 3-4 times a week for at least 1:15h
- Regular practice of running in varied terrain, experience & participation in races or nature trails 20 to 40km
- Occasional practice of mountain hiking
- Be able to progress at a minimum speed of 600m D + / hr for 1 hour
- Mountain environment Knowledge

Equipment:
- During the day: a light backpack with a waterproof jacket, a long sleeve warm fleece type, a survival blanket, a whistle, an individual pharmacy kit*, a cap or headband, a hat and thin gloves, sunglasses suitable for running, long tights if you are wearing shorts to run, cereal bars and energy drinks, a plastic bag for waste, biodegradable toilet paper, a headlamp, a minimum reserve water of 1.5L, an elastic strapping strip and some cash
- To wear: running short, a short-sleeved t-shirt, running socks and already worn trail shoes
- For the whole stay: a floor mat, spare clothes for 4 days, a personal hygiene kit, spare shoes, a spare water socket, spare batteries for the headlamp, a pair of spare laces, a pocketknife and earplugs
- Recommended additional equipment: poles, heart rate monitor and camera
* Individual pharmacy kit: anti-friction cream, sunscreen, double skin dressings, elastic band, paracetamol, anti-diarrheal, antiseptic and personal drugs