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Laissac-Sévérac l'Église / Le Puy-en-Velay

Laissac-Sévérac l'Église

Laissac-Sévérac l'église

Well before welcoming the Tour de France, the village of Laissac earned its notoriety as a famous mountain-bike site. The event already had a link with the Tour de France thanks to Jean-Christophe Péraud. Before climbing on the podium of the 2014 edition, the Frenchman had indeed climbed on the one of the Roc Laissagais. He's even the undisputed master of the event with five victories there. Last June, it was also in Laissac that the marathon mountain-bike World Championships were held.

Château des Bourines, Laissac-Sévérac l’Église © OT Laissagais / A. Meravilles

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Commune nouvelle (depuis 2016) de l'Aveyron (12)

Population: 2,180. (14,600 for the 17 communes of Causses de l'Aubrac)

Specialities: tripous (guts), farçous, aligot (mashed potato with cheese), fouace (pie), walnut cake.

Sport: Basket-Ball Laissaguais, Haute Vallée Aveyron Rugby, US Laissac-Bertholène (football), Vélo Club Laissac, Action 12 (running). Events: Trans Aubrac (running trail and relay race), Roc Laissagais (trekking, mountain biking, leg of the mountain bike marathon World Cup), Rouergue rally (assistance park)

Economy: cattle market, the larges in the south of France and the second in France behind Bourg-en-Bresse. Agriculture, shops and services, tourism

Heritage: old town of Laissac, Rességuier tower (16th century), château de Maquefabes (17th century), château des Bourines (13th century fortified barn). Guided visits to the cattle market.

Festivals: farming fair, Fête de l'Estive, Cap Mômes (theatre, music and circus for children), Christmas oxen contest, Sylvanes music festival (religious music)

Sustainable development: electric reloading stations, photovoltaic farm.

Nickname: the little queen of the Causse

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Laissac-Sévérac l'Église and cycling

Long before hosting the Tour de France, Laissac became famous as a stronghold of mountain biking. Every year, the Aveyron village hosts the famous Roc Laussgais World Cup event, which is not entirely remote from the Tour de France since it was won five times by France's Jean-Christophe Peraud, who made the event almost his private property before switching to road racing and finishing second in the 2014 Tour behind Vincenzo Nibali. In June 2016, Laissac hosted the mountain bike marathon world championships. It also used to be a stage town for the defunct Grand Prix du Midi Libre, with notably a stage win by Bradley McGee in 2001. 

Tour de France 2014, Jean-Christophe Péraud et Sébastien Minard © Presse Sports / Bernard Papon

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Commune nouvelle (depuis 2016) de l'Aveyron (12)

Population: 2,180. (14,600 for the 17 communes of Causses de l'Aubrac)

Specialities: tripous (guts), farçous, aligot (mashed potato with cheese), fouace (pie), walnut cake.

Sport: Basket-Ball Laissaguais, Haute Vallée Aveyron Rugby, US Laissac-Bertholène (football), Vélo Club Laissac, Action 12 (running). Events: Trans Aubrac (running trail and relay race), Roc Laissagais (trekking, mountain biking, leg of the mountain bike marathon World Cup), Rouergue rally (assistance park)

Economy: cattle market, the larges in the south of France and the second in France behind Bourg-en-Bresse. Agriculture, shops and services, tourism

Heritage: old town of Laissac, Rességuier tower (16th century), château de Maquefabes (17th century), château des Bourines (13th century fortified barn). Guided visits to the cattle market.

Festivals: farming fair, Fête de l'Estive, Cap Mômes (theatre, music and circus for children), Christmas oxen contest, Sylvanes music festival (religious music)

Sustainable development: electric reloading stations, photovoltaic farm.

Nickname: the little queen of the Causse

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Sights

Cattle market
Every Tuesday morning in Laissac is held the second most important cattle market in France on the Laissac Foirail square. Internationally renowned, the market is the place to be for the sellers and buyers of the south of France. Guided visits of the market are organised in the summer.
www.laissac-tourisme.com

Château des Bourines
Château de Bourines is an old fortified barn on the commune of Bertholene. The land was given by the counts of Rodez to the Aubrac hospital in 1273 and its was turned into a barn to keep the hospital's grain. It was fortified during the Hundred Yeas War and became the residence of cardinal Georges d'Armagnac between 1546 and 1585. It has since been restored and is used to host cultural events.
www.laissac-tourisme.com 

Château de Cruéjouls 
Cruéjouls stands out because of its picturesque 15th century castle, composed of four round towers surrounding a very small main building. Built in the 15th century it first depended from the baron of Calmont ‘Olt but changed hands several times in the course of history. Damaged during WWI, it became a girl school run by nuns from the Holy Heart of Mary community.

Château du Caylaret 
Château du Caylaret (or Cayla) , also located in Cruéjouls  was built in the 15th and 16th centuries. It features a rectangular keep and a high round tower with a staircase. It was restored in the early 20th century.

Vimenet
The medieval village of Vimenet is a 12th century fortified village whose rampart was preserved to this day. Two round towers mark the angles of the fortifications and two gates have been carefully restored. In the small streets can be found old shops, sculpted stones and the medieval church with its fortified bell tower.

Vue du marché aux bestiaux © OT du Laissagais A MeravillesDomaine des Bourines © OT du Laissagais A MeravillesChâteau du Cayla, ou Caylaret, commune de Cruéjouls, Aveyron, France © Rossignol BenoîtVue de Vimenet © OT du Laissagais A Meravilles

No previous stage
Commune nouvelle (depuis 2016) de l'Aveyron (12)

Population: 2,180. (14,600 for the 17 communes of Causses de l'Aubrac)

Specialities: tripous (guts), farçous, aligot (mashed potato with cheese), fouace (pie), walnut cake.

Sport: Basket-Ball Laissaguais, Haute Vallée Aveyron Rugby, US Laissac-Bertholène (football), Vélo Club Laissac, Action 12 (running). Events: Trans Aubrac (running trail and relay race), Roc Laissagais (trekking, mountain biking, leg of the mountain bike marathon World Cup), Rouergue rally (assistance park)

Economy: cattle market, the larges in the south of France and the second in France behind Bourg-en-Bresse. Agriculture, shops and services, tourism

Heritage: old town of Laissac, Rességuier tower (16th century), château de Maquefabes (17th century), château des Bourines (13th century fortified barn). Guided visits to the cattle market.

Festivals: farming fair, Fête de l'Estive, Cap Mômes (theatre, music and circus for children), Christmas oxen contest, Sylvanes music festival (religious music)

Sustainable development: electric reloading stations, photovoltaic farm.

Nickname: the little queen of the Causse

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Haut Val d'Allier

© Parc naturel régional des Grandes Causses© CRT-D.Viet© CRT-D.Viet© A.S.O

This stage crosses the "Haut Val d'Allier” Natura 2000 site, which extends along the gorges of Allier in the west of the Haute-Loire. This vast group includes a wide diversity of environments (aquatic, rocks, forest, agricultural) with sometimes noticeable hilly areas. Seventeen nesting species breed in this site, including 10 birds of prey species. This site has one of the most significant densities of short-toed snake eagle breeding pairs in France.

Read more: www.afbiodiversite.fr/fr/stage-15-laissac-le-puy-en-velay

 

The Grands Causses regional natural Park has been striving to protect and promote its unique natural and cultural heritage since 1995 whilst enabling locals and workers in the area to maintain and expand their activities.

The Grands Causses are covered with causses and gorges, mountains and forests. They are unique and valuable landscapes just like the flora and fauna which has developed here over time.

The land covers 94 towns and villages in the department and is also a major living area with a population of over 70,000. 1800 farms and 1400 artisan companies stand on the land and keep employment and tradition alive. There's a long-standing focus on one of the most iconic traditions, agropastoralism based on sheep breeding, and all the local projects are used to showcase the exceptional character of the Grands Causses.

For more info : parc-grands-causses.fr

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