Four days riding with some of the best routes on the planet. Mont Ventoux is perhaps the most famous climb in cycling and the sight of some classic stages in the Tour de France. On this weekender you have the chance to ride the classic climb or go up all three sides in one day! There is a lot more to the region than just Ventoux and we will take in the stunning Luberon Valley and amazing Provence countryside over the four rides.
Accompanied by our expert English speaking local guides, we take in a wide variety of terrain over a long weekend. Our first ride goes around the famous mountain taking in the stunning Gorges de la Nesque. Day two is a ride into the Luberon Valley through pretty hilltop villages,
market towns and past picturesque vineyards. The big ride is day three. Choose between a ride to Bedoin and then ascend the classic side of Ventoux or ride all three sides and join the Club des Cinglés du Mont-Ventoux. On Sunday morning, we finish with a gentle 50km into the Provence countryside before heading home with a lifetime of memories.
Four nights in the top rated hotel in Sault - the Hotel d'Albion. Set in the heart of this pretty village, you can relax in the hotel or explore the village.
Group rides from the hotel taking in the highlights of the region with our experienced local guide.
Return transfers from Marseille airport for you and your bike. Please see below for transfer times so you can coordinate your flights. All our transfers are bike box friendly.
Four hearty French breakfasts to prepare you for your rides and a welcome dinner on Wednesday.
Sault - Sault
102km - 2102m
We circumnavigate Mont Ventoux, tucking into the remote Toulourenc valley on its north side. Near the start, we descend the Nesque gorge: a spectacular canyon road that hovers high above the gorge, winding through tunnels carved into the limestone.
Sault - Sault
119km - 2200m
A glorious route out from Sault and into the beautiful Luberon Valley. We take in some of the famous hilltop towns and take in some small but challenging climbs over a lumpy route.
Bedoin - Sault
139km - 4813m
The ultimate challenge in this part of the world. The Club Cingles du Mont Ventoux has been running since 1988 and is open to anyone enough crazy enough to do all three sides of France's toughest climb in one day.
Sault - Sault
52km - 974m
A short ride to finish off our weekender on Sunday. We spin for 30km to a coffee shop and then tackle one last minor climb on the way back to Sault.
The most famous side up the Ventoux. This is the side we ride or the first side if you are completing Les Cingles.
The back way up the Ventoux but no less hard than the Bedoin side.This is ride two of Les Cingles, the gradients are less regular this way up with some flats followed by long stretches of 10% ramps.
The final climb of Les Cingles is from Sault. This way up climbs gently all the way to Chalet Reynard and then we are into the famous lunar landscape and steep gradients.
The top rated hotel in Sault, the Hotel d'Albion is a friendly hotel right in the heart of town. A nice place to rest your head in the heart of a pretty Provencal town.
A really pleasant hotel in one of our favourite small towns right at the base of Ventoux. Rooms are fairly basic but comfortable. The restaurant serves nice local food and the staff are very friendly.
Town centre location, friendly staff.
You will be collected from Marseille airport and arrive in the hotel for 6.30pm. We have a dinner at the hotel with our guide at 8pm where the guide will explain what to expect from the long weekend.
After breakfast, we check bikes are ready and then roll out for our first ride. We circumnavigate Mont Ventoux, tucking into the remote Toulourenc valley on its north side. We descend the Nesque gorge: a spectacular canyon road that hovers high above the gorge, winding through tunnels carved into the limestone. We return to Sault through the vines and cherry orchards.
Today we explore the Luberon Valley. After breakfast, we roll out and head to the countryside. On the flats we will stick together at a pace of around 25km/h and then climb at our own pace. After a lunch on the road, we return back to Sault mid afternoon.
The big one. Your choice of riding to Bedoin and then climbing the Ventoux or taking on all 3 sides. For those attempting Les Cingles, we drive to Bedoin and start the first climb before 9am. Our van is located at the top of the Ventoux all day with drinks and snacks to keep you going.
A short 50km coffee spin to finish a great cycling weekend. We roll back to our hotel, pack up the bikes, grab a shower and head home with four days of amazing memories.
You will be met at Marseille airport (MRS) for the 1hr30min drive to Sault. You will be sent a transfer voucher with a meeting point and contact number for the drive. All our transfers include bike boxes.
On Wednesday, the transfer will depart from Marseille airport at 5pm. Please arrange a flight that lands before 4.30pm
On Sunday, the transfer will arrive back at Marseille airport at 3pm. Please arrange a flight that departs after 4.30pm.
We recommend you get your bike serviced a couple of weeks before departure. Our routes include some long climbs with some steep sections, rental bikes here have 28 or even 32s on the rear cassette.
The weather is consistently pleasant in Provence but it can get chilly towards the top of the Ventoux. For this reason, you will need layers and a windproof jacket is a must. We will provide nutrition (gels, bars & hydration tabs) but bring your own if you prefer. Remember to remove any gas canisters from your saddle bags - these will not be allowed on the plane.
For the non-rider, this could be as active or lazy a long weekend as you want. We are based in the town of Sault so it is easy to explore this area. There are several nice market villages within a short drive, check with our guide or at the hotel for recommended markets on each day.
This is also wine country and there are lots of vineyards to explore. One of our favourites is Châteauneuf-du-Pape, an hour drive away and a stunning spot to enjoy an afternoon wine tasting.