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Les Fadas du Puy Mary

The idea of a cycling tourist from the Auvergne

The Puy Mary

From the top of the Puy Mary, the largest European volcano and listed as a "Grand Site de France", you have an unspoilt 360°-view of the Cantal and the seven glacier valleys.

The regulations

“The Fools of Puy Mary” is open for everyone starting at the age of 18 years who realizes in one day two, three of four different climbs of Col du Pas de Peyrol/Puy Mary (1588m) there and back with his bike with only his own muscular strenght.
The biker chooses the starting place and the order of the climbs!

The biker who achieves two different climbs becomes FADASSOU* (6 possibilities).
The biker who achieves three different climbs becomes FADA (4 possibilities).
The biker who achieves four different climbs becomes GRAND FADA.
*Fadassou: a diminutive of fada typical in the Auvergne.

The registration

The registration must reach the responsible correspondent (, together with the payment (€10), two to three weeks before the attempt.
Payment: only bank transfer on the bank account is accepted.
Holder: Les Fadas du Puy Mary; B-9100 Sint-Niklaas; Belgium
IBAN: BE18 1030 4602 6265
The attached member will then receive a frame-plate and a check card on which he collects the necessary stamps and mentions the hours of transit.

Download the entry form here

Places to mark

1. At the beginning of each climb: shop, post-office, city-hall, etc…
2. Only one stamp on top (Pas de Peyrol)

If it’s not possible to receive a stamp, it may be replaced by a photo. We further rely on the honesty of the participant.
STRAVA accepted!


The participants must respect the highway code just like any temporary measures and a lighting have if this would be necessary.
The participants are required to have a liability insurance. The organizer can never be held liable in case of accident.


After delivering the stamped check card the new member receives back his check card with the hierarchical sequence number on it together with his certificate and a souvenir.

Starting places – the 4 climbs

Apchon altitude: 1055 m
distance: 22,5km
climbing 668m (there) + 120m (back) = 788m
way: D49, D62, D680 (in common with Murat for 4 km)
on this climb: Col de Serre (1335 m) & Col d’Eylac (1375 m)
Mandailles altitude: 940 m
distance: 12 km
climbing 654 m (there) + 0 m (back) = 654 m
way: D17
on this climb: Col de Redondet (1531 m)
Murat altitude: 915 m
distance: 22,5km
climbing: 829 m (there) + 155 m (back) = 984 m
way: D3, D680 (in common with Apchon for 4 km)
on this climb: Col d’Entremont (1210 m) & Col d’Eylac (1375 m)
Salers altitude: 950 m
distance: 20,5km
climbing: 732 m (there) + 97 m (back) = 829 m
way: D680
on this climb: Col de Néronne (1241 m)

Starting at the top is also possible!

The possibilities to become fadassou, fada and grand fada

Salers + Mandailles 65 km 1483 m climbing
Apchon + Mandailles 69 km 1442 m climbing
Murat + Mandailles 71 km 1638 m climbing
Apchon + Salers 86 km 1617 m climbing
Murat + Salers 88 km 1813 m climbing
Apchon + Murat 92 km 1772 m climbing
Apchon + Salers + Mandailles 110 km 2271 m climbing
Murat + Salers + Mandailles 112 km 2467 m climbing
Apchon + Murat + Mandailles 116 km 2426 m climbing
Apchon + Murat + Salers 133 km 2601 m climbing
Grand fada
Apchon + Murat + Salers + Mandailles 157 km 3255 m climbing

Le Défi du Cantal (The Challenge of Cantal)

By adding the same day the two climbs of the Col de Pertus (1309m), one starting at Mandailles (940m) and the other starting at Saint-Jacques-des-Blats (993m) to the "Grand Fada" track. this is a 22km and 765 climbing extra or in total 179km and 4020m climbing.
The biker chooses the starting place and the order of the climbs!

Mandailles altitude: 940m
distance: 6km
climbing: 384m (there) + 15m (back) = 399m
way: D317
Saint-Jacques-Des-Blats altitude: 993m
distance: 5km
climbing: 341m (there) + 25m (back) = 366m

Download the map here

A video of the route is here (Défi du Cantal)

Our booklet can be found here