Online petition to open Puy de Dome every Sunday for cycling

Published by Lyn on 15 October 2014

Sign the online petition to open Puy de Dome every Sunday for cycling.

French rivals Raymond Poulidor and Jacques Anquetil go head-to-head on the Puy de Dome during the 1964 Tour de France.

Raymond Poulidor and Jacques Anquetil go shoulder-to-shoulder on the Puy de Dome during the 1964 Tour de France.

Cyclists in the Auvergne are lobbying to have the region's most famous col, the Puy-de-Dôme, opened up for cycling every Sunday morning.

You can add your voice by voting here; it takes two seconds – just hit the red "JE VOTE ..." button.

The col has featured on the Tour de France route several times. It was the made famous in 1964 when French rivals Raymond Poulidor and Jacques Anquetil rode side-by-side for most of the climb. Less glorious in Tour history was the moment in 1975 when Eddy Merckx was punched by a spectator.

The route is now, with few exceptions, closed to individual cyclists thanks to the development of the Panoramique des Dômes tourist train. The Tour may never return to the volcanic peak, thanks in part to the construction of the railway line. It last featured in 1998.

Puy de Dôme is a volcanic lava dome around 10km from Clermont-Ferrand in the Massif Central, and one of the most popular tourist sites in the Puy-de-Dôme department of the Auvergne. More than half a million tourists visit every year.

Vote here to open it back up for cyclists.

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