Cent cols in Ardèche

Rédigé par Enrico ALBERINI

Introduction

A 1,350 km circuit with 102 colswith a total climb of at least 24,000 m.
This randonnée was traced by Michel Marcelot from the Club des Cent Cols

Route

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Theme

The Club des Cent Cols, founded in 1972 and affiliated to the French Federation of Cyclotouring, has prepared this “Randonnée Permanente” based on a simple theme: “One Hundred Cols”. The completion of these one hundred cols will allow you either to join the Club, or to progress with your list in the Club’s “Tableau d’Honneur”.

The route allows you to discover a Département where lovers of winding roads and sometimes severe cols will be delighted.

The circuit, which can be done in six loops, allows you to discover the ArdècheVivaroise, to the north, the Ardèche des Hauts Plateaux dotted with volcanoes, the Ardèche Cevennes and finally, to the south, the Basse-Ardèche with the scent of Provence. Each Ardèche “country” has a strong personality which is expressed by its geology, its flora, its climate and of course its resources. The whole makes up a palette of extremely varied landscapes which can be admired along ancestral roads where it is still good to stroll by bicycle.

Controls

Twelve checks are compulsory; they will be carried out at points of course chosen by the randonnéur himself, two controls being carried out in each section (loop); the section numbers are to be entered on the route map.

  1. Vanosc – Lamastre
  2. St Julien du Gua – Vernoux
  3. Saint Agrève – Issarlès
  4. Vals les Bains – St Remèze
  5. Coucouron – Loubaresse
  6. Loubaresse – St André de Cruzières

NB: The randonnée can be done in the form of 6 loops; the starting points for these loops can be:

  • Lamastre : loops 1 et 2
  • Le Cheylard : loops 2 et 3
  • Vals les Bains : loops 4, 5, & 6

Principal cols

  • Col du Rouvey
  • Col de la Charousse
  • Col du Buisson
  • Col de la Scie
  • Col de la Croix de Peccata
  • Col de la Croix de Boutières
  • Col de Mezilhac
  • Col des Quatre Vios
  • Col de la Chavade
  • Col du Pendu
  • Col de la Croix de Bauzon, etc…

BCN and BPF sites on the route

  • Mont Gerbier de Jonc
  • Lac d’Issarlès
  • Les Vans
  • Loubaresse
  • Agrève
  • Vallon Pont d’Arc

Rules of the randonnées permanentes

Any participant in this 100 Col Route agrees to respect the rules governing it.

More information

CONTACT:
Jean-Marc CLEMENT
10 rue de Normandie
31120 Portet sur Garonne
FRANCE
Tél : +33 (0)5 61 76 30 12
E-mail : randos@centcols.org

Please note : Depending on the age, and the version of your route card, the name and address of your officer may be out of date. Please send your route cards for certification, as well as your postcards and the stories of your rides, only to Jean-Marc Clément at the above address (do not write to Roger Colombo, Bernard Pommel, Jean-Marc Lefèvre or Roland Grimaud †)