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Road Cycling: Mont Ventoux & Provence

8 Days & 7 Nights
  • Road cycle through the Provence to Mont Ventoux
  • Optional trio of Mont Ventoux ascents from Bedoin, Salut & Maucelene
  • Côtes du Rhône wine of Vaison la Romaine
  • Ride the Gorge de la Nesque
  • Luberon hilltop towns of Roussillon, Gordes & Bonnieux
Spend a week road cycling classic Provence where rolling vineyards and ancient hilltop villages meet the mighty Mont Ventoux. Roll through the laid back lavender fields of the Luberon and relax poolside post ride. From L’Isle sur la Sorgue pedal north through the Vaucluse to the Roman jewel of Vaison la Romain, famed for Côtes du Rhône wine. Cycle across the Dentelles de Montmirail and take on the ’Giant of Provence’, Mont Ventoux (1911m). The rugged Gorge de la Nesque leads to the classic Luberon Valley where rolling routes pass through the ochre town of Roussillon and artistis’ hangout of Gordes. Finish each day dining on Provencal delights such as Daube, a beef and red wine stew.

What To Expect

This tour is graded challenging. Pedalling between 60-80km, each day accumulates an average ascent of 1000m+ and up to 2000m+ when cycling Mont Ventoux so experienced road cycling legs are required. But this trip is not all about km’s of Alpine climbing! Interspersed with hilltop villages, rolling vineyards, refuel with rustic cuisine and recharge at family-run B&B’s and hotels to discover the charms of Provence.

Trip Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active holiday.

Activity:

Road Biking | A more specialist category of cycling holiday for road cyclists

Ideal if you have an interest in:

Foodie Adventures, Wine, Whisky & More..., Personal Growth, Alpine & Mountains

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Navigation

The cycling in this region follows well surfaced roads through villages, towns and into alpine conditions. Please always be mindful of other road-users, especially on roads shared with traffic. Although the riding is not technical you must feel comfortable with quick, rapid  and sometimes narrow hairpin descents and be equipped to deal with a change in weather condition, especially when ascending Mont Ventoux.

Although we can supply GPX tracks along with our tried and tested detailed routes notes and maps, the roads are well signposted and are generally cycle friendly.

Should you require assistance, 24/7 telephone support will also be available throughout your trip.

Accommodation Information

Selected to meet the needs of cyclists, each accommodation is full of regional character. Hotels are listed below, though on occasion we may have to book you an alternative hotel, especially during the busier periods of the year. We always book an equal or better alternative hotel.

Single Rooms

If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable.This tour is not available to Solo cyclists.

Meals

Breakfast is included at your hotel each morning.Your route notes will suggest where you can eat lunch and dinners on the other evenings.

Alternate accommodation

During the high season, you might be booked into alternative accommodations which are not listed in the description. Any alternative accommodation will be of the same or better standard as those described.

Included
  • 4 nights 3* hotel / 1 night 2* hotel / 2 nights B&B
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Information pack, route notes and map
  • 24/7 Telephone Support
Excluded
  • Travel to / from L'Isle sur la Sorgue
  • Lunches & Dinners
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Equipment
  • Bike Hire
Extras
  • Bike hire
  • Additional nights(s) pre, during or post trip
  • Transfer to / from L'Isle sur la Sorgue

When To Go

This trip is available to start on any day from mid-May to October and is subject to availability. Peak months in Bedoin are June, July and August so we would suggest contacting us as soon as your plans are finalised.

It should be noted that July and August are the hottest months in the Provence. It is important to take plenty of water to stay hydrated and to wear sunscreen or sun-protective clothing. The warm temperatures in the valley can drop significantly once climbing Mont Ventoux and weather is known to change quickly. Make sure to dress appropriately and you'll have a fantastic experience.

If you're keen to road cycle in Provence and have a few more days, we also offer Road Cycling in Provence: Mont Ventoux to the Luberon.

Getting to the Start

L’Isles Sur la Sorgue has a mainline train station. Hourly services connect through to Avignon TGV Station (33mins), where you can change for Paris, London and a small number of other European cities.

For more information on trains, you can visit www.sncf.com

Airports

Avignon Airport is served by a limited number of low cost and international carriers. Airport buses into Avignon Centre can be accessed here. Journey time is 10 mins and costs around €5.

Marseille Airport is around 1-hour drive. The TGV station at the airport provides a very swift connection time of 20mins into Avignon centre. Please refer to www.sncf.com for more information.

Baggage Transfer

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.

General Information

All bike tours are unescorted. The distances listed are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, cycle clothing and personal medications etc.

Equipment

We recognise the importance of being at one with your bike, which is why we have partnered with the number one preferred Trek road bike supplier in Bedoin. Your hire bike can be delivered to the hotel with a choice of Look or Shimano spd pedals and set-up to your personal measurements if you wish. Alternatively, if you prefer to visit the workshop our partners would be more than happy to welcome you for a fitting. Hire prices depend on the model selected. A selection of Trek road bikes are listed below. If you have a preferred Trek model do let us know.

Trek Silque SL WSD Ultegra 11v (women specific, top left), Trek Emonda SLR 8 Dura-Ace 11v (top right), Trek Madone 9.5 Dure-Ace 11v (bottom left), Trek Domane 5.9 Ultegra Di-2 11v (bottom right).

If you’d like to hire a bike, please let us know your height and frame size you currently ride, along with any other specific requests you may have. We’re always happy to answer any questions regarding hire bikes.

If you would to bring your own road bike please ensure it is thoroughly serviced and is an appropriate road bike for Mont Ventoux.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive LIsle sur la Sorgue Day 2 Cycle to Vaison La Romain 38 miles / 60 km Day 3 Cycle to Bedoin 50 miles / 80 km Day 4 Mont Ventoux 50 miles / 80 km Day 5 Cycle to Roussillon 47 miles / 75 km Day 6 Luberon Loop Ride 47 miles / 75 km Day 7 Cycle to LIsle Sur la Sorgue 28 miles / 44 km Day 8 Onward Travel

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