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Cycling to the summit of the Mont Ventoux

The Mont Ventoux, dubbed the ‘Giant of Provence’ as part of a great cycling saga
  • Duration 8 days
  • Activity Biking
  • Holiday among adults
  • Theme mountain, countryside, lavenders, wineries
840€

Information : Cycling to the summit of the Mont Ventoux

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Presentation

From its lofty 1,909 metres, the massive Mont Ventoux soars above the Provençal region below. Known as the Giant of Provence, the mountain's very isolation ensures its visibility from vast distances all around. Your first outings are fairly easy, becoming gradually tougher as time goes by in order to prepare you for the final assault on the Giant at the end of your stay...
On the climb, the colours of the countryside evolve like those of an impressionist's palette.
Leaving narrow backroads that meander through a Mediterranean ambiance evoked by vineyards, olive trees, fruit orchards and lavender fields, you find yourself in a distinctly Alpine atmosphere. Once the forest is behind you, your way lies through a shining lunar desert you are unlikely ever to forget, all the way up to the high-perched weather station of Le Mont Ventoux.

You'll love

  • discovering the Valley of the Toulourenc at the foot of the impressive north face of the Mont Ventoux
  • a great stopover at Montbrun-les-Bains, one of France's prettiest villages
  • the plateau of Albion, known as the French capital of lavender growing
  • the ascent of the 'Géant de Provence' as many other great cyclists who have gone before you!

Program : Cycling to the summit of the Mont Ventoux

  • D1 Arrival in Mollans sur Ouvèze

    Pretty Provençal village through which the Ouvèze flows. Remarkable bridge and fountain.
    Dinner and night in family hotel with its own pool, in the heart of the old village.

  • D2 Ride from Mollans sur Ouvèze towards Malaucène and back

    29 km stage with total uphill 585 metres, level 2/5. Around 3hrs.
    A surprising ride that takes you through wild places where time seems to have stood still. Scenery of a thousand colours and practically untouched by visual pollution. Then the lovely little Provençal borough of Malaucène and its remarkable old town centre.

    Dinner and night in family hotel in the heart of the old village.

  • D3 Ride from Mollans sur Ouvèze towards Vaison la Romaine and back

    43 km stage with total uphill 575 metres, level 2/5. About 4hrs.
    This sally out to and around Vaison la Romaine takes you through rich and little-known territory. Each village crossed has its own little architectural treasures, and tasting (in moderation, please!) the local wines only adds to the agreable nature of the experience.
    Dinner and night in a village-centre family hotel with its own pool.

  • D4 Ride from Mollans sur Ouvèze to Sault

    36 km stage with total uphill 740 metres, level 3/5. About 4hrs30.
    Today you'll encounter the valley of the Toulourenc, a river that flows at the foot of the Mont Ventoux. The largest water course draining the mountain, its source is beside the Château d'Aulan near Montbrun les Bains. It flows full 30km down a narrow valley with deep wild gorges to gush into the Ouvèze after sweeping through several very pretty places, and thus limiting in a starkly definitive way the north face of the Mont Ventoux.
    Dinner and night in a hotel at the centre of Sault.

  • D5 Ride from Sault out towards Saint Christol and back

    52 km stage with total uphill 480metres, level 2/5. Around 4 to 5hrs.
    An easy itinerary on the boundary of the plateau of Albion, during which you will enjoy seeing fine testimony of the past of this region.
    Dinner and night in a hotel at the centre of Sault.

  • D6 Ascension of the Mont Ventoux, return to Sault

    51 km stage with total uphill 1220metres, level 5/5. Somewhere around 5 or 6 hrs.
    Variant possible: 40km with 700 m uphill, level 3/5, around 4hrs.


    The ascension of the mountain by Sault is the easiest of the 3, but also the longest.
    We can suggest a round trip which will permit you to retrace your route should you not feel up to the entire climb.
    The Mont Ventoux is of course a legendary mountain pass that has attracted thousands of both amateur and professional cyclists since the very dawn of the bicycle! In spite of all, some of the most honorable pages of the history of the Tour de France have been written along its zigzags...
    Dinner and night in a hotel at the centre of Sault.

  • D7 From Sault to Mollans sur Ouvèze

    40 km stage with total uphill 300m, level 2/5. Around 3hrs30.
    One of the pleasures of today's ride is that the profile shows that there is more downhill than uphill. (You've earned it!) You'll have time to enjoy a visit to the hilltop village of Montbrun les Bains and why not take in a little detour to see Buis-les-Baronnies, whose shady terraces lend this popular borough an undeniable charm.
    Dinner and night in family hotel at the very heart of the old village of Mollans.

  • D8 Departure

    Breakfast, then departure.

Tariffs high season

From July to August, departure everyday

In triple room

Adult : 825 €
Junior (12-17) : 825 €

In double room

Adult : 870 €
Junior (12 - 17) :  870 €

In single room

1050 €

Solo traveller

1140 €

Tariffs low season

From April to June and from september to october, departure everyday

In triple room

Adult : 800 €
Junior (12-17) : 800 €

In double room

Adult :  840 €
Junior (12 - 17) : 840 €

In single room

1020 €

Solo traveller

1110 €

What's included?

  • Accommodation is half board in 2 and 3 star hotels, one with its own pool.
  • Roadbook and detailed maps provided.
  • Technical and logistical assistance.
  • Baggage transfers assured.

Optional

  • Bike rental from :
    • Bike for adult or junior : 110 €
    • Electric power bike rental for adult or junior: 185 €

What's not included ?

  • Beverage and extra
  • Return transfer from Home to the first accomodation
  • Facultative cancellation and rapatriation insurance

Characteristics of circuits

  • Cycle tour from place to place, without accompaniment.
  • Daily stages: between 30 and 52kms, around 3 to 5hrs cycling per day.
  • Total dail uphill between 300 and 1220 metres.
  • Altitudes vary from 250m to 1,909m.
  • Road type: narrow country roads.
  • Cycle recommended: road bikes or country bikes.

Organisation

These rides are much more about relaxed exploration than athletic performance. We transport your luggage to each stopover location. A detailed roadbook will be your guide throughout your trip. We also provide the logistical and technical support necessary.

On longer holidays you change lodgings every other day, which gives you the chance to better explore your surroundings, or just take the time to rest and relax.

Accommodation is in either 2 or 3 star/'épis' guest houses or hotels, chosen for their atmosphere, warm welcome, environmental and architectural setting.

N.B : the accommodation described above is given as an indication and may have to be modified according to availability at the moment when final reservation is confirmed.

Accommodation is half-board.

Access

By car

Highway A7 exit Bollène - 50 km

By air

Marseille-Provence airport or Lyon St-Exupéry airport

By train

Orange railway station then by bus or taxi to Mollans-sur-Ouvèze. The entrance to the first accommodation with public transports is not recommended. Call the agency for more information

Comments

Global note
4.0
  • Très beau séjour, belle organisation, l'hôtel était remarquable par son accueil, sa cuisine locale et son personnel bienveillant. La Provence a de beaux paysages et ce serait magnifique de développer des pistes cyclables pour la sécurité de tous.

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