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The Great Volcanic Crossing Experience ‘XGTV’

Wednesday 20 May - 10:00 a.m. - Lioran Station
20 teams of 2 and 20 places in Solo
220 km
€400 for each pair inseparable - €220 for Solo
1 medical station/cold refreshment station and three aid stations
8110-m climb

The Great Volcanic Crossing Experience


220km/8110 D+/8780 D-

‘Paired or Solo TRAIL adventure race’

From 20 to 22 May 2020

A unique experience and a fabulous volcanic crossing through the largest regional natural park in mainland France: the Auvergne Volcanoes Regional Natural Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Its original concept and its out-of-standard features distinguish it from other races. The spirit of the Great Volcanic Crossing Experience® is based on mental commitment, team spirit and adventure, as well as shared sporting values and medium-range mountaineering skills.

This ultra-endurance event takes competitors on a 220 km and 8110 D+ long crossing of the Auvergne volcanoes, taking in some of the most iconic long-distance trails in five regions, including Monts Dômes, Monts Dore, Massif du Cézallier, Massif du Cantal and Plateau de l’Artense. This adventure race, where participants will be equipped with nothing more than a GPX-route road book to follow 95% of the long-distance trail sign-posts (red/white), requires a good sense of direction on and off the trail. The route offers a chance to discover the treasures and diversity of the different zones of the Auvergne Volcanoes Regional Nature Park.

The Great Volcanic Crossing Experience® will be completed in teams of two participants who must stay together throughout or solo

Two rankings will be established: 1 Duo ranking and 1 Solo ranking so that all participants can collect their UTMB points.

ITRA-certified route and UTMB-qualifying race: 6 points

Open to those aged 20 years and over


Dates and places

Departure by bus on Wednesday, 20 May 2020 at 6:30 am from Volvic (Goulet site) to reach the starting line of the race.

The race sets off on Wednesday, 20 May 2020 at 10:00 am from Lioran Station.

Arrival on Friday, 22 May 2020 by midnight at the latest in Volvic (Goulet site).


220 km/8110 D+

Number of participants

20 inseparable Duo teams of 2 and 20 Solos

Price and Registration: 400 euros for each inseparable Duo – 220 euros for a Solo

Payment validation

Specific medical certificate

Validation of the information sheet by the organisation

Have run and finished at least one ultra trail in medium mountain or high altitude of at least 24 hours and/or one raid of at least 24 hours in 2018 and 2019

Full and complete acceptance of the rules

Registration includes:

  • Welcome gift
  • Road Book
  • GPX route
  • Geolocation system via GPS beacon with emergency call
  • 3 hot meals and liquid refreshments at the aid stations
  • 1 cold refreshment refuelling
  • Transportation: Volvic/Le Lioran transfer bus
  • Safety on the race
  • Ranking and UTMB point validation
  • Physiotherapist at aid stations 2/3/4 and on arrival
  • Post-race meal and beverage
  • Admission ticket to the VVX closing ceremony
  • Electronic timekeeping
  • Finisher’s prize

The organisation puts one medical station/cold refreshment station and three aid stations in place:

  • Km 30 at the Col de Serre (medical and cold refreshment station)
  • Km 67 in Condat (aid station)
  • Km 120 in Super-Besse (aid station)
  • Km 181 at the Maison du Parc in St Genès-Champanelle (aid station)

Rules specific to this Duo and Solo challenge with a cut-off time of 62 hours are established by the organisation, which reserves the right to cancel or partially stop the race due to weather or a natural disaster if all safety requirements cannot be met.

Contact person:

Email address: grandetraverseevolcanic@gmail.com

Telephone: +33 (0)6 15 93 07 89

Read the rules of the XGTV Great Volcanic Crossing Experience HERE

For more information on the XGTV Great Volcanic Crossing Experience (GPX route, 3D course map, descriptions, etc.) click HERE




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