Road Cycling: Mont Ventoux & Provence8 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
What To Expect
Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active holiday.
Road Biking | A more specialist category of cycling holiday for road cyclists
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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.
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.
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.
Breakfast is included at your hotel each morning.Your route notes will suggest where you can eat lunch and dinners on the other evenings.
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.
- 4 nights 3* hotel / 1 night 2* hotel / 2 nights B&B
- 7 Breakfasts
- Information pack, route notes and map
- 24/7 Telephone Support
- Travel to / from L'Isle sur la Sorgue
- Lunches & Dinners
- Snacks and drinks
- Travel Insurance
- Personal Equipment
- Bike Hire
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This trip is graded challenging. Daily distances are up to 80km with up to2000m of ascent when cycling Mont Ventoux. This is perfectly suit for road cyclists that are used to spending several hours in the saddle, ready to tackle long climbs in excess of 20km averaging 7.5%. If you are a regular club or sportive road cyclist and are looking for your first challenging week of cycling or are seeking an alternative to week of road cycling to mountainous regions this comes highly recommended.
We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as this region is extremely popular especially in the summer months.
May, June and September offer superbly sunny, warm days across Provence but the upper KMs of Mont Ventoux may be subject to a change of season.
July and August can be very hot to ride, with daytime temperatures reaching up to 30 degrees and you will find the roads busier.
ItineraryDay 1 Arrive LIsle sur la Sorgue
Just a short hop from Avignon (30min train journey), the River Sorgue encircles the old town and is brimming with pavement cafes ready to give you your first taste of Provence.
Depending on your arrival time, your bike fitting will be on your first day. If you are bringing your own bike, there is ample storage at the hotel for any bike cases/bags.
An easy roll from L’Isle sur la Sorgue heads north through Pernes les Fontaines, home of the Comtadin Bike Museum, exhibiting Tour de France antiques to 19th century tandems. Continuing north via the ancient trading town of Carpentras, the route climbs through Cairanne onto the roman jewel of Provence, Vaison la Romaine.
Ascent/Descent: 450m / 200m
Stretching the legs in anticipation of Mont Ventoux, today’s route follows the L’Ouveze River before swinging climbing to Merindol Les Oliviers (worthy of a café stop). By now, you’re north of Mont Ventoux before the route turns south east and rolls via the town of Malaucenedescending through Beaumes de Venise and via Crillon le Brave. A shallow ascent finishes the day at the cyclists' town of Bedoin.
Ascent/Descent: 1150 / 1040km
From your hotel, roll into Bedoin to warm up the legs. The summit is now a 22km ascent of snaking tarmac, averaging 7.5% gradient. Tapping out a steady rhythm, there is a window of rest as you pass the ‘Chalet’ and the route from Sault joins. Cycling on, you soon enter the famous bald moonscape slopes. With nowhere to hide, the remaining KM’s vary between 5% and 11% and with the summit in sight pace yourself for the long drag to the summit of 1911m. Depending how feel, many people choose to descend via Maucelene which provides a punchy col on the return to Bedoin. Alternatively, descend to Salut and ascend from there.
Cycle: 55—80 km + (dependent on route)
Ascent: 1450m + (dependent on route)
Although many come here to ride Ventoux, Gorge de la Nesque is a hidden jewel of the region. Never reaching above 4% the Gorge is rugged road cycling at it’s best. Pedalling from Bedoin, head south east through Flassan and Villes sur Auzon which marks the start of the route. Snaking through a series of short, natural tunnels the cyclist town of Sault is the perfect break for coffee or lunch. From here, the routes winds onto the Luberon region and the red-ochre town of Roussillon.
Ascent/Descent: 1140 / 1140m
You may well have succumbed to the charms of Roussillon today and plump for a day off the bike. If the legs are in good shape, the Luberon loop pedals from the ochre cliffs of Roussillon, via the market town of Apt to the hilltop town of Bonnieux. Peppered with pavement cafes, Bonnieux is a perfect lunch stop! Onwards cycle the rise and fall of Luberon lanes through Menerbes and Goult before returning with one last climb into Roussillon.
Ascent/Descent: 1140 / 1140m
It may be a cliché but it’s worth saving the best to last. A steady climb to sleepy Murs leads to a rolling descent into the chic, celebrity hilltop hangout of Gordes. Clinging to the rock face Gordes is worthy of a coffee stop on your journey west out of the Luberon Valley to Fontaine de Vaucluse and finally L’Isle Sur la Sorgue.
Ascent/Descent: 620 / 870m
Depending on your onward travel plans you may have time further explore L’Isle sur la Sorgue and if you are in town in Sunday, the lively markets are well worth a visit before heading off.
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