For four days, Millau is immersed in the rhythm of the Templar Festival. This Friday, the festival’s program includes three scheduled races.
Since Thursday, a new chapter has begun in the extensive book of the Festival des Templiers in Millau. The oldest trail gathering in French territory once again attracts runners from all over the world. Nearly 11,000 people are expected to be on the Causses trails throughout the weekend.
L’Endurance trail dès 4h
On Friday, the Festival des Templiers in Millau has a more intimate atmosphere. The high-level races begin with the Endurance trail, which starts at 4 am from the Sainte-Estève estate. This is the longest race of the weekend, covering 104 km with a positive elevation gain of 4,490m. The runners will pass through the causse Noir and La Cresse to reach Peyreleau. The first runners are expected to arrive at La Cresse (km 17) around 5:15 am and Peyreleau around 6:20 am. After a loop on the causse Méjean, the runners will reach Le Truel in the Jonte Gorges around 7:40 am.
Returning to Aveyron after a short stop in Lozère, the first runners are expected to arrive in Saint-André-de-Vézines around 10 am, in La Roque-Sainte-Marguerite at 11:10 am, in La Salvage at 12:30 pm, in Mas de Bru at 1:15 pm, in Massebiau at 1:45 pm, in Le Cade at 2:25 pm, and in Millau at 3 pm for the finish.
L’Intégrale des causses depuis Peyreleau
At 6:50 am and 7:15 am, the two waves of the Intégrale des causses (61.8 km and 2,610m of positive elevation) will start from Peyreleau. The first participants are expected to reach Saint-André-de-Vézines around 8:20 am, La Roque-Sainte-Marguerite around 9:45 am, La Salvage at 10:45 am, Massebiau around 12 pm, and the finish line at 1:10 pm.
Le Marathon du Larzac depuis La Salvage
Autre départ délocalisé du Festival des Templiers, celui du Marathon du Larzac. Cette épreuve (36 km pour 1 540 m de dénivelé positif), est limitée à 500 coureurs. Le départ sera donné à 7h.
After completing a loop that passes through the starting point at the 9th km, the runners will head towards Mas de Bru where they are expected around 8:50 am for the first ones and start descending towards Massebiau (estimated at 9:10 am). They will then climb up the Causse Noir and are expected to reach the finish line around 10:20 am.
Les accès par la route
On Friday, October 20th, the road D187 between La Cresse and Peyreleau is closed. The alternative route is to take the D907 on the right bank of the Tarn river.
Entre Le Rozier et le Truel, le parking recommandé est celui de la maison des Vautours, dans les gorges de la Jonte. La circulation sera alternée par un feu tricolore et l’accès se fait uniquement par la RD996.
Access via the Pierrefiche ascent will be prohibited between Saint-André-de-Vézines and La Salvage. Access to the supply point is possible by following the Dourbie river and reaching Nant and then Montredon. Finally, to reach Massebiau from La Salvage, the RD809 road will be the preferred route with a speed limit on the Larzac plateau. The ascent of La Pouncho to reach the Cade supply point will be accessible on Friday.