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Ventoux & Provence Weekender

4 nights in April, May or October 2024

Days

April 2024

difficulity 

Very Difficult

From

$1,719 AUD

Mont Ventoux Weekenders with Sportive Breaks

The Sportive Breaks Cycling Weekender is a four-night trip for avid amateur sports cyclists to iconic cycling destinations such as Alpe d’Huez, Mont Ventoux, Mallorca, Calpe, the Dolomites, the Stelvio and the French Alps.
This is the perfect long weekend for avid amateur cyclists and the same tried and tested formula can be expected in each destination. All weekenders are hosted by local riders and in Italy you can even ride with a former Giro d’Italia stage winner! Riders arrive on Wednesday and go on to enjoy 4 to 5 days in the saddle, taking in a combination of classic world-renowned cols and climbs made famous by the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a Espana. We also introduce some undiscovered climbs favoured by local riders.

Ventoux Weekender

Join us in beautiful Bedoin in the heart of Provence’s stunning cycling country. Ventoux is the headline but the glorious riding in the quiet country lanes around it is equally memorable. This 4-night trip is ridden at a more relaxed pace where the quality of the company and croissants are more important than KOM hunting.

Available 2024 dates

Some dates require minimum numbers for the tour to go ahead. Please read more about minimum numbers before you book this trip here.

  • 24 Apr 24 – Available to book
  • 08 May 24 – Guaranteed Departure
  • 02 Oct 24 – Guaranteed Departure
  • 16 Oct 24 – Available to book
  • 30 Oct 24 – Available to book

Make it private

This Weekender is available as a private tour for groups. If the dates don’t suit you then please contact us with your requirements and we can advise on departure dates to suit your group. Email us:  [email protected]

Ride the Gorges de la Nesque: Ride two is one of the world’s best one day rides – a journey round the base of Ventoux over rolling terrain culminating in the beautiful Gorges de la Nesque.

Climb the mighty Ventoux: One of the world’s most famous climbs. Ride the classic side from Bedoin, into the lunar landscape. For the mad, we offer the chance to join the Cingles club and ride all three sides in a day.

Exploring the Luberon: Ride one sees us head south out of Bedoin and into the amazing Luberon. This stunning valley is full of rolling terrain, pretty hilltop villages and beautiful views. An unforgettable day in the saddle.

What's Included?

Accomodation

4 nights in central Bedoin

Included Meals

All breakfast & dinners (budget €10 per day for lunch)

Guided Rides

3 fully supported, guide led rides with support van

Mechanic

Expert mechanics on-hand all weekend

Private Feed Stop

We set up feed stops approx every 35km

Transfer

Return transfers from Marseille (MRS)

Bike Rentals

Available 

Itinerary

Day To 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.

• 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.

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

• 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.

• 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 16:00 with the transfer arriving at Marseille at 14:00.

Distance 21.5km

Avg Grade 7%

Lowest Elevation 322m

Highest Elevation 1904m

Elev Difference 1582m

Climb Category HC

Distance 21.5km

Avg Grade 7%

Lowest Elevation 345m

Highest Elevation 1889m

Elev Difference 1545m

Climb Category HC

Distance 24.4km

Avg Grade 5%

Lowest Elevation 704m

Highest Elevation 1912m

Elev Difference 1209m

Climb Category HC

More About the Event

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 daily guided rides including: 1. Thursday’s ride goes to the stunning Luberon Valley 2. 


Friday’s ride to the amazing Gorges de la Nesque 3. 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.

Hotel l’Escapade

Rue Portail Olivier, 84410 Bédoin

Hotel l’Escapade

Rue Portail Olivier, 84410 Bédoin

Our base in Provence is the Hotel Escapade set right in the middle of Bedoin at the base of Mt Ventoux. The restaurant has comfy rooms and a good restaurant for breakfast & dinner. Outside the hotel is a boules court and the popular market and town centre is 1 minute away.

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We have a team of highly experienced professionals who have been organising cycling trips for over 25 years. 

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We know the routes, we know the roads. We know how the event works and the best hotels for the start and finish. We organise everything for you; transfers, bike transport, additional feed stops, rep support and more.

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