- Cycle Mont Ventoux, The Giant of Provence
- Complete the trio of Ventoux ascents (Bedoin, Malaucene & Sault)
- Provencal beouf & red wine dish of Daube
- Ride the Gorge de la Nesque
- Poolside recovery in Bedoin
Experience a slice of Tour de France history, cycling Mont Ventoux on this hassle free 4-day road cycling break. From Avignon, pre-arranged transfers will take you to the cyclists’ town of Bedoin, the starting point for the most popular of Ventoux ascents.
A warm up day of riding through the rugged Gorge de la Nesque means you’ll be in good shape to tackle the 22km Mont Ventoux climb the following day. Averaging a 7.5% gradient the climb is relentless and unforgiving, but on reaching the summit many choose to descend to Sault or Malaucene for a second or third ascent of Mont Ventoux. After an epic day in the saddle, return to the hotel pool and spa where you can recharge which is also perfect for any non-cyclists that wish to join for a short break of Provencal relaxation.
Day 1: Arrive Bedoin
From Avignon, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Bedoin (or Mazan). Located just outside of Bedoin your hotel has an inviting terrace with views of Mont Ventoux too relax ahead of the next couple of days. Depending on your arrival time you can have a bike fitting today, or alternatively assemble your own bike ready for cycling.
Day 2: Warm-up Ride
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, there are optional return routes to Bedoin, both of which offer wickedly sweeping descents back to the hotel pool.
Ascent: up to 1420m
Day 3: Mont Ventoux Ascent
From your hotel, roll into Bedoin to warm up the legs. The summit is now 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 no where to hide, the remaining km’s vary between 5% and 11%. The Tom Simpson memorial is a only a short distance from reaching the last hairpin and the ground finally levels out! 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 km +
Ascent: 1450m +
Day 4: Onward Travel
Depending on your onward travel arrangements you may have time to sneak in a couple of hours cycling this morning before departing Bedoin.
If you can only spare a long weekend with your friends we can also offer Mont Ventoux as a 3 day trip. Arriving into Bedoin Friday night and departing Sunday afternoon means your usual Saturday morning ride all of sudden reaches new heights. Perfect for a cyclists getaway.
Included are 3 nights at a 3* hotel. The hotel offers a warm welcome to all cyclists and ample storage space for bikes and bike boxes/cases.
You may like to upgrade to the 4* option of Chateau Mazan. Nestled in the village of Mazan (10km south of Bedoin), the 4* Chateau Mazan was built in 1720 and was often frequented by the Marquis de Sade. Partially destroyed in the French revolution the property changed hands several time before Madame Lhermie lovingly converted the Chateau to offer charming, authentic hotel stays in Provence.
During the high season (June-August), you may be booked into accommodation which is not listed. We will always discuss options with you and where possible book you into an hotel of equal standard.
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.
Hotel des Pins - Bedoin
Located 2 km from the centre, Hotel les Pins, provides cyclists with tranquil gardens, a terrace with pool and an excellent restaurant on site (L’Esprit Jardin). The hotel also has a spa for tired legs or non-cyclists.
Chateau Mazan - In Style Upgrade
Nestled in the village of Mazan (10km south of Bedoin), Built in 1720, the chateau was lovingly restored in the late 1980's to provide traditional Provencal stays renowned for its gastronomic delights.
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.
Navigation, Route Notes & Maps
The cycling in this region follows well surfaced roads through
villages, towns and into alpine conditions. 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.
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 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.
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.
It is a requirement of booking this tour
with Macs Bike that you have suitable Travel Insurance which covers you
for the activity, emergency evacuation and hospital care.
Getting to / from Bedoin
Arrival and departure transfers from Avignon are included. Our local
representative will collect you from Avignon train station, Avignon
Airport or a location of your choice in central Avignon. The journey
time is approximately 40 minutes. If any of your party are bringing your bikes, please let us know prior to arrival as extra vehicles maybe
required to transport bike boxes.
Travelling to / from Avignon
Avignon TGV station offers high speed direct connections to a number of cities, including:
Paris 2hrs 40 mins (www.sncf.com)
London 5hrs 20mins (direct service, limited days, www.eurostar.com)
Avignon Airport is served by a number of scheduled and low-cost airline carriers.
Marseille Airport & Montpelier Airport are about a 90 mins drive from Bedoin. Train connections to Avignon are possible. Times and fares can be accessed at www.sncf.com
Transfers to / from Marseille or Montpelier Airport are available for a supplementary payment. Prices are from €100 per car. (up to 2 passengers per car).
If you prefer to travel independently, we can also arrange car hire from Avignon Airport or TGV station.
Depending on you’re group size and if you are bringing any bikes, car hire for 4 days is approximately £150 (based on 4 people).
- 3 Nights in 3* hotel (4* hotel upgrade available)
- 3 Breakfasts
- Transfer to / from Avignon
- Detailed route notes with maps
- 24/7 partner and UK telephone support
- Travel to / from Avignon
- Lunches & Dinners
- Snacks and drinks
- Travel Insurance
- Personal Equipment
- Bike Hire
- Single room supplement(s) if applicable
- Upgrade 4* Chateau Mazan
- Bike hire
- Additional nights(s) in Bedoin
- Transfer to / from Avignon
We are often asked the following questions and I hope that you will find the answers useful. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any further queries.
How fit do I need to be?
This trip is graded challenging. Daily distances can be up to 100km with up to 2000m+ of ascent when cycling Mont Ventoux and is perfectly suit for regular road cyclists that are used to spending several hours in the saddle and are ready to tackle long climbs. With a number of routes available, there are options to satisfy the most avid of road cyclists but being France, in the morning you can ride and in the afternoon you can always relax by the pool or explore a local vineyard.
How far in advance do I need to book?
We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as this region is extremely popular especially in the summer months. Please note you can start this tripy on any day of the week. It doesn't have to be a long weekend!
Can I bring my own bike?
Of course! We understand the relationship between rider and bike and know many cyclists would never consider riding another steed, especially on the classic climb of Mont Ventoux. On collection in Avignon we are happy to transfer you and your bike to Bedoin. If you are unsure, we are happy to discuss bike hire options with you.
When is the best time of year?
May, June and September offer superbly sunny, warm days across the lower routes, but Mt 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 much busier.
Non-cyclists would like to join, is this possible?
Many groups of friends or couples enjoy a short active break but don't always share the same interests. We'd suggest if you're with non-cyclists then why not upgrade to the Chateau Mazan., a grand 18th century manor house. With a poolside very hard to tear yourself away from and an excellent traditional Provencal restaurant a visit to the rustic hilltop town of Gordes or Roman town of Vaison la Romaine can also be arranged.