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The Great Volcanic Crossing Experience ‘XGTV’

Wednesday 20 May - 6:30 a.m. - Goulet site in Volvic ( The race sets off at 10.00 from Lioran Station)
20 teams of 2 and 20 places in Solo
220 km
€360 for each pair inseparable - €180 for Solo
7500-m climb

The Great Volcanic Crossing Experience



‘Paired or Solo TRAIL adventure race’

29th to 31st May 2019

Welcome to the bowels of the earth and the Great Volcanic Crossing Experience, also known as ‘XGTV’.

Take part in this truly unique experience with a fabulous volcanic journey through the largest regional national park in mainland France: the Volcans d’Auvergne Regional National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The original concept and unique characteristics really set this race apart from all others. The Great Volcanic Crossing Experience® is all based on mental commitment, team spirit and adventure, as well as our shared sporting values and medium-range mountaineering skills.

This ultra-endurance event takes competitors on a 220km and 7500D+ long crossing of the Auvergne volcanoes, taking in some of the most iconic long-distance trails over 5 regions, including Monts Dômes, Monts Dore, Massif du Cézallier, Massif du Cantal and Plateau de l’Artense. This adventure race, where participants will only have a GPX route road book to follow 95% of the long-distance trail sign-posts (red/white), requires a good sense of direction, both on and off the trails. The route will allow you to discover the beauty and diversity of all the different regions that make up the Volcans d’Auvergne Regional National Park.

The Great Volcanic Crossing Experience® will be completed in teams of 2 participants who must stay together throughout or solo. However, if one of the participants in a Duo team drops out, the other Duo member may continue to be ranked on the Solo standings; in this case, the ranking will be done after the first participant in Solo left. To keep the spirit of sharing and for safety reasons, we favor the formation of teams in Duo. The XGTV organisation offers you a new concept: to start in Solo and to be able to form a Duo team at Support Station N° 1, in order to integrate the final ranking in Duo.

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 and over.


Dates and location

Departure by bus on Wednesday 29th May 2019 at 06.30 from Volvic (Goulet site) to reach the starting line of the race.

The race sets off on Wednesday 29th May 2019 at 10.00 from Lioran Station.

Participants must arrive back in Volvic (Goulet site) by midnight on Friday 31st May 2019.



Number of participants

20 teams of 2 and 20 places in Solo

Price and registration : €400 for each pair inseparable – €220 for Solo


Certificate or licence

Registration form signed off by the organisers

You must have raced at least two ultra trails over 100km within the last three years to take part in the event.

You must accept the rules of the event in their entirety.

Registration includes:

  • Welcome gift
  • A bag of 5 PDO Auvergne cheeses
  • A4 road book
  • GPX route
  • Geolocation system using GPS beacons with an emergency call feature
  • 4 instruction bags
  • 4 hot meals and liquid refreshment at the support stations
  • Transport: bus transfers between Volvic and Le Lioran
  • Course safety
  • Rankings and UTMB points
  • Physio at support stations 1/2/3/4 and at the finish line
  • After-race meal
  • Concert ticket
  • Starting and finishing photos
  • Electronic timing
  • Finisher’s prize

The 4 support stations are as follows:

  • Foyer du Col de Serre (Cantal) at 30km, next support station 37km away.
  • Condat (Cézallier) at 67km, next support station 53km away.
  • Maison du Tourisme Super Besse (Sancy) at 120km, next support station 61km away.
  • Maison du Parc de Montlosier (Chaîne des Puys) at 180km, distance remaining until the finish line: 39km.
  • Volvic Parc de la Source, 220km: finish line.

Directional beacons will be positioned along the course so you can check certain routes.

A specific rule for this paired or solo challenge in the form of a 62-hour time limit has been introduced by the organisation, which reserves the right to cancel or partially halt the race due to weather conditions or natural disaster whenever safety conditions cannot be guaranteed or to inflict time penalties for cheating, or even disqualification.


Email address: grandetraverseevolcanic@gmail.com

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

Facebook page XGTV

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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