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Ventoux & The Luberon Weekender France Tours from £ 570

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Ventoux & The Luberon Weekender

In Partnership with
 Bcyclet

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.

 

What's Included?

Accommodation

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.

4 Guided Rides

Group rides from the hotel taking in the highlights of the region with our experienced local guide.

Airport Transfers

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.

All Breakfasts & 1 Dinner

Four hearty French breakfasts to prepare you for your rides and a welcome dinner on Wednesday.

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Tour Highlights

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Mont Ventoux

One of the most famous climbs in cycling. Visible from miles away and yours to enjoy either from the classic side or all three sides.

 

Ventoux & The Luberon Weekender

Stage One - Stage Two

Stage One

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.

Stage Two

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.


Key Climbs

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.

Distance20.9km
KOM 
Elevation 8%
L ten Dam 1hr 00mins

Ventoux (Malaucene)

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.

Distance20.5km
KOM 
Elevation 8%
L Ruffaut 1hr 06mins
 

Ventoux (Sault)

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.

Distance24.2km
KOM 
Elevation 5%
R Garcin 1hr 03mins
 

Hôtel d'Albion

Rue de l'Oratoire, 84390 Sault, France

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.

Sportive Breaks Review

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.

Highlights

Town centre location, friendly staff.

Itinerary

Arrival Day

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.

Day One

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.

Day Two

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.

Day Three

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.

Day Four

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.

Transfer Times

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.

What to Bring

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.

Explore Provence...

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.

 
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