Two thirds of the race take place in the former royal province of the 17th century, the Gévaudan, between the Haute-Loire and Lozère, made famous by the Beast of Gévaudan. This beast, a very large canid, killed more than a hundred people between 1764 and 1767. The story caused a stir throughout the kingdom of France and beyond, including articles in British and German newspapers. On June 19th 1767, the beast was shot. Although the Beast of Gévaudan did exist, its true nature remains a mystery to this day.
Part of the course for the first two days, loop 1, passes through La Fayette country, birthplace of General de La Fayette, still celebrated across the Atlantic for his decisive involvement in the American War of Independence.
Going back in time, the history of the Puy en Velay agglomeration goes back to the 1st century BC. It was the territory of the Vellaves, at the root of the name Velay, a Gallic people belonging to the Arvernes confederation, at the origin of the name Auvergne.
It is a country full of history: Saint-Paulien, site of a Vellaves oppidum (fortified place) on which men have lived since the beginning of time, renamed Ruessio after the conquest of Gaul, then the main town in Gallo-Roman times, to the monuments of Le Puy en Velay such as its 12th century cathedral, a masterpiece of Romanesque art with Byzantine influences, built on the site of an ancient dolmen erected millennia before. Listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site and voted 2nd favourite monument of the French in 2015, it is an essential stop on the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, of which Le Puy en Velay is the European capital.
Between Enduro and historical, cultural and natural heritages, the 96th edition of the 6 Days offers multiple attractions to delight the fans of the discipline as well as a wider crowd, from Haute-Loire to Lozère, Langogne and the Lake of Naussac located 40 minutes from the Paddock.
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The Tourist Office of Le Puy en Velay is the official Tour Operator mandated by the Organising Committee of the 96th FIM International 6 Days of Enduro (COISDE-2022).
The Tourist Office is the body which manages the accommodation for the region’s key events, such as the 2017 Tour de France and the King of the Birds, a historic festival from the Renaissance period that attracts over 100,000 people every year, which will take place in 2022 from September 14th to September 18th.
Visit the website dedicated to the event FIM ISDE 2022 – France – Le Puy en Velay