NOTE TO ALL PEOPLE WANTING TO CLIMB THE PUY-DE-DÔME!
As you probably know, due to works on the panoramic posts on the Puy-de-Dôme volcano, the road was closed for cars and cyclists between 2010 and 2012.
Climbbybike has been informed that the last part of the climb, the part starting at the "péage" (871 m), making the typical curvy road around the volcano is NO LONGER ACCESSIBLE for cyclists. From mid 2012, it will only serve for medical and service vehicles. That means that the real Puy de Dôme climb no longer exists for cyclists as the last 5 kilometer, the hardest and real part of the climb, is no longer accessible. You can see on this page which routes around the volcano are still open for cyclists.
If you still want to cycle in the neighbourhood of the Puy de Dôme, you can for instance take the road to the Col de Ceyssat (follow RD 68 3 km direction Ceyssat). From there, you can WALK up via the chemin des Muletiers.
The Puy de Dome is in fact a volcano, one of the youngest volcanic features in the province. The most recent eruption at Puy de Dome was about 5,760 B.C. The Puy de Dôme is one of the mythical cols of the Tour de France. However, due to difficulties to reach the top with a Tour de France circus and risks because of huge crowds, the Puy de Dôme is no longer part of the French tour. In fact, given the new destination of the curly road around the icon, it may never return there.
The Puy de Dôme is situated in Auvergne. This climb belongs to the Massif Central.
Starting from Clermont Ferrand,
the Puy de Dôme ascent is 14 km long. Over this distance, you climb 1047 heightmeters.
The average percentage thus is 7.5 %.
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