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Ventoux & Provence France Ride sleepy backroads & one legendary Geant

Ride sleepy backroads & one legendary Geant

Enjoy a 5-day, 4-night relaxed cycling holiday in Bedoin, located in the heart of Provence’s stunning countryside. On our Provence cycling holidays, we combine the epic climb of Mont Ventoux with the gloriously quiet country lanes. Our package includes 4-nights’accommodation in the centre of Bedoin with breakfast and dinner, daily guided from our expert team, mechanical support throughout and return airport transfers.

Breakfast & dinners
Hotel in Bedoin
Return airport shuttles
Daily guided rides
Optional Extras Bike Rental
Ventoux & Provence by Sportive Breaks
Routes Details
Itinerary
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Event Info

Ride Notes

Cycling in Provence

In late Spring and early Autumn Provence boasts ideal cycling temperatures, with miles of quiet, tarmacked roads and some breathtakingly beautiful rolling terrain. Most travellers head here for one reason, the mighty Mont Ventoux, but also leave with incredible memories of the tranquil, local lanes and smaller climbs.

Our 5-day, 4-night trip is ridden at a relaxed pace, aiming for 100km per day with around 5 hours of riding. Once done you will have plenty of time to enjoy your evenings in this charming area, either take on the French game of boules, explore the local markets or load-up on those essential carbs at one of Bedoin’s famous patisseries.

Our Package

The Ventoux & Provence cycling package includes two Queen Stage rides:

1. on the Friday we ride to the amazing Gorges de la Nesque

2. on the Saturday it’s time for Mont Ventoux, with a short warm up ride before the ascent, followed by a descent for lunch in Sault, finishing with a roll home.

Sportive Breaks also offer the option to climb all three sides of Mont Ventoux in a day. Once conquered you will join the most exclusive club in cycling, the Club des Cingles du Mont Ventoux.

Real Rider Reviews

Maggy, Etape du Tour, 2019: "Sportive Breaks is my favourite cycling tour company. It always delivered beyond expectations. Hassle free trip. Customer service is superb. You always find someone to help you, guide you or set up your bike. Love this company. This is my second trip with them and have already booked my third "

Ride Highlights

  • Ride the Gorges de la Nesque

    Experience the incredible one-day ride around the base of Mont Ventoux – the route rides over rolling terrain culminating in the beautiful Gorges de la Nesque.

  • Join cycling’s most exclusive club

    One of the world's most famous climbs. Ride the classic side from Bedoin, into the lunar landscape and past the Tommy Simpson memorial. For the adrenaline-mad, we offer the chance to join the Club des Cingles du Mont Ventoux and ride all three sides in a day.

  • Explore the valleys of Luberon

    Our first ride heads south out of Bedoin and into the amazing Luberon. This stunning valley is bursting with rich agricultural history and provides rolling terrain, pretty hilltop villages and exquisite views.

Trip Summary

  • 5 days / 4 nights in Provence
  • Dates available: Wednesday to Sunday for June and September
  • Total distance: Average 95km per day
  • Total elevation: Average 1,250m per day
  • Prices start from only £649 per person
Routes Details

Route Overview

Provence cycling routes

The Sportive Breaks cycling in Provence package includes three main rides, suitable for anyone who rides at 14-15mph. Our group rides together across flat and rolling terrain but allows each rider to ride at their own pace for climbs, we all regroup at the summit of each ride for a coffee and a chat.

Our rides are:
1. Luberon Explorer - 100km, 1200m of climbing
2. Gorges de la Nesque - 102km, 1800m of climbing
3. Ventoux day - 77km, 2182m of climbing or the Cingles 136km, 4659m
4. Coffee spin - 40km, 500m of climbing


Climbs at Ventoux & Provence

Ventoux (Bedoin)

The most famous side up the Ventoux. This is the side we ride or the first side if you are completing Les Cingles.

Ride Distance 20.9km
Elevation Gain 8%
KOM  1hr 00mins
Itinerary

Ventoux & Provence Cycling Itinerary

Our Ventoux & Provence package runs from Wednesday to Sunday, with three guided rides taking in the best routes this beautiful region has to offer. Each Sportive Breaks package comes with an expert ride leader, mechanical support following in our vans and daily ride briefings. Our trips provide a social and friendly atmosphere with shared dinners, breakfast and on ride coffee stops. Check out our day-by-day itinerary below.

Itinerary

Day One Wednesday

Arrival Day

• The Sportive Breaks team will be waiting for you at Marseille airport for our transfer service.
• The transfer between Marseille and Bedoin will take an hour and 30 minutes.
• Once at the hotel, our mechanic will be there to fit and build your bikes.
• We will have a welcome dinner at 19:30 which will include a ride briefing from our expert guides.

Day Two Thursday

Gordes Loop

• Breakfast will be at 7:00am with roll-out at 9:00am
• Today, ride to the ancient hilltop city of Gordes for lunch, taking in some stunning Provencal scenery.
• Our route also adds in a few small climbs before we head back to the hotel.

Ride Distance 87 km.
Elevation Gain 1200 m.

Day Three Friday

Gorges de la Nesque

• Breakfast will be at 7:00am with roll-out at 9:00am
• The first of our Queen Stage days
• Today we ride a relaxed 100km and fully loop the mighty Mont Ventoux, taking it in from every side.
• Our Friday route has some longer climbs to warm up for our final Queen Stage on Saturday
• Pause and take in lunch in the sun in the town of Sault.
• Freshen up for a carb-reload dinner at 19:30

Ride Distance 101 km.
Elevation Gain 1520 m.

Day Four - Ventoux Saturday

Mont Ventoux

• Breakfast will be at 6:00am with roll-out at 7:00am
• Today is our main Queen Stage – we tackle cycling history, Mont Ventoux
• We climb the most famous side from Bedoin, a full 21km at an average incline of 8%
• We wind our way up to the weather station atop the mountain and pass the memorial to Tommy Simpson with 1km to go.
• The summit at 1,912m offers views across all of Provence and an overview of the Alps to the East.
• For those adrenaline-mad cyclists in the group, today we offer the opportunity to join the Club des Cingles du Mont Ventoux, tackling all 3 sides in a day!
• Take on the other 2 sides from Malaucene and Sault gathering stamps on your brevet card as you go.

Ride Distance 136 km.
Elevation Gain 4659 m.

Day Five Sunday

Departure Day

• Breakfast will be at 8:00am with roll-out at 9:00am.
• Today we have an option 40km Coffee spin with a gentle 500m of climbing.
• We arrive back at the hotel to pack our bikes before departing for the airport.
• Book your departure flight for after 4.30pm with the transfer arriving at Marseille for 2pm.

Airport Transfers

A Sportive Breaks package includes all airport collections from Marseille (MRS) with the drive to Bedoin taking an hour and 30 minutes. If you cannot find flight times to match, contact our team who will be able to arrange another transfer time,

Arrival

Our team will meet you in Marseille (MRS) airport arrivals, we will give you a number to call if you are delayed.

Arrival Airport
Transfer Times
Marseille (MRS)
Arrive before 16.15pm for transfer at 16.45pm

Departure

Our transfer leaves Bedoin at 2pm, leaving you with plenty of time to check your bike, grab a last-minute gift and enjoy a stress-free return flight.

Departure Airport
Transfer Times
Marseille (MRS)
Depart after 17.30pm (transfer arrives at Marseille at 15:30pm)
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Book Your Provence Cycling Holiday

Book your 5-day, 4-night cycling in Provence package with Sportive Breaks today. A bucket-list cycling holiday, which includes the classic Mont Venoux climb and the beautiful Gorges de la Nesque loop. Our package includes daily guided rides from expert leaders, mechanical support, on-ride nutrition, return airport transfer and 4-nights’ accommodation in Bedoin with breakfast and dinners provided. Prices from only £649 per person in our twin rooms or £749 for a single room.

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Date Hotel Name Room Type Price  

Summer 2020

3 - 7th Jun 2020 Hotel l'Escapade Single Room £749 Book Now
Twin / Double Room £1299 Book Now
17 - 21st Jun 2020 Hotel l'Escapade Single Room £749 Book Now
Twin / Double Room £1299 Book Now

Autumn 2020

2 - 6th Sep 2020 Hotel l'Escapade Single Room £749 Book Now
Twin / Double Room £1299 Book Now
9 - 13th Sep 2020 Hotel l'Escapade Single Room £749 Book Now
Twin / Double Room £1299 Book Now
16 - 20th Sep 2020 Hotel l'Escapade Single Room £749 Book Now
Twin / Double Room £1299 Book Now
23 - 27th Sep 2020 Hotel l'Escapade Single Room £749 Book Now
Twin / Double Room £1299 Book Now

Ventoux & Provence
June to September

4 nights

Single Room £749
Twin Room £649
  • 4 nights accommodation in Bedoin
  • All breakfast & dinners
  • Return transfers from Marseille
  • Daily guided rides with support vehicle & ride nutrition
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Drinks & lunches