I'm going to be in the region of the Puy-de-Dôme in France next week, and wanted to try to ascend it. Now, the right next door Col De Ceyssat (basically half way up the climb) was used as CP1 in Transcontinental Race 4 (2016), I wondered if anyone has ever ridden up the Puy-de-Dôme itself as part of a recce or has any local knowledge from that time or since?
Technically, it looks like it isn't allowed (Official sources), but in the internet discussions I've been trawling, it looks like if you sneak under thebarrier at an early enough time in the morning, you might get away with it. Does anyone have any experience or idea if this is true or not?
Also if anyone wants to come ride it with me so we can elbow each other all the way like Anquetil and Poulidor did in Le Tour of 1964 or indeed stand on the side and punch me in the kidneys as happened to Eddy Merckx in 1976, then you'd be most welcome.
http://inrng.com/2013/09/roads-to-ride-puy-de-dome/ for a flavour.