Information : At the foot of the Mont Ventoux 4 days
High above us soars the Mont Ventoux (1909 metres), the “Géant de Provence” that cyclists the world over fear and respect. But there are also innumerable little roads which run hither and thither, weaving their way over the lower slopes of the mountain for the delight of cyclists whose pleasure is more about enjoying the countryside, than breaking records!
Small winding roads link vineyards, olive groves, orchards and fields of lavender. Along the way, cyclists plying their passage through the heart of this austere yet lovely limestone countryside may enjoy exploring typical little villages that surprise by their charm and character.
Every day there’s a different outing with new places and faces to see. Every evening there’s a friendly welcome and a table set with dishes of the ever-inventive Provençal cuisine.
visiting the historical town of Vaison-la-Romaine
exploring the Valley of the Toulourenc at the foot of the impressive north face of the Mont Ventoux
the delightful stopover at Montbrun-les-Bains, one of France's prettiest villages
the plateau of Albion, known as the French capital of lavender cultivation
Dinner and night in 3 star hotel with its own pool.
From Mollans sur Ouvèze to Ferrassières
42 km with total uphill 840 metres. Level 3/5. About 5hrs.
You may prefer the option of a transfer from Montbrun les Bains to Ferrassières, which means a slightly easier 28 km with total uphill 400 metres and a rating of level 2/5. It's up to you.
The valley of Toulourenc runs along the foot of the Mont Ventoux. The route takes you beneath the beautiful village of Montbrun-les-Bains, then up a fine ascent onto the Plateau of Albion, perched at more than 900 metres above sea level in a sea of lavender fields.
Dinner and night in splendid guesthouse in a partly restored château.
31 km with total uphill 280 metres. Level 1/5. About 2hrs45.
No particular difficulty on this ride by the plateau of Albon, where you'll notice a number of distinct signs of the region's past. Especially in Sault, a superb town built on a rocky outcrop overlooking the valley.
Dinner and night at the guesthouse.
From Ferrassières to Mollans sur Ouvèze
42 km with total uphill 200 metres. Level 2/5. Around 3hrs30.
One of the pleasures of this day is to enjoy a route which is more down than up! You may like, therefore, to take the time to explore the hilltop village of Montbrun les Bains and even, via a short detour, the charming village of Buis les Baronnies with its handsome and distinctive shaded terraces.
Guest houses with 3 "épis", 3 star hotel with pool
Detailed roadbook and maps
Update GPS tracks.
Technical and logistical support
Transfer possible from Montbrun to Ferrassières to shorten the climb
Bike rental from :
Bike for adult or junior : 95 €
Trailer bike : 50 €
Child seat : 8 €
Electric power bike rental for adult or junior: 140 €
What's not included?
Beverage and extra
Round trip transfer from Home to the first accomodation
Facultative cancellation and repatriation insurance
Characteristics of circuits
Cycle holiday going from place to place, unaccompanied.
Daily distances: between 30 and 42 km, around 3 to 5hrs of cycling per day.
Total daily uphill: between 190 and 840 metres.
The circuits are at altitudes between 250 and 950 m
Small, narrow country roads.
Suitable for road and country bikes.
These outings are much more about relaxed exploration than athletic performance. We transport your luggage from one lodging to another, and your roadbook will guide you throughout your stay. We provide the logistical and technical support necessary.
Accommodation is in 2 star hotels or 3 'épis' guest houses chosen for their atmosphere, warm welcome and environmental and architectural setting. You'll be in half-board accommodation. Picnics are extra ; you may like to order these at reservation.
N.B : the accommodation described above is given as an indication and may vary according to availability at the moment your reservation is finalized.
Highway A7 exit Bollène - 50 km
Marseille-Provence airport or Lyon St-Exupéry airport
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
Séjour très agréable en plein coeur de la Provence et de ses senteurs. Beau circuit, adapté pour cyclistes ayant un niveau moyen.
Secteur géographique se prêtant bien à ce type de randonnées. De beaux paysages dominés par le Ventoux.
Séjour très agréable, circuits vélo très bien adaptés. Très belles découvertes.
High above us soars the Mont Ventoux (1909 metres), the “Géant de Provence” that cyclists the world over fear and respect. But there are also innumerable little roads which run hither and thither, weaving their way over the lower…
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