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May - Jun and Sep - Oct

Ride a Legend, Join the Club

Take on the Cinglés du Ventoux challenge in our 3 night break to Provence. Arrive on Thursday for a great cycling weekend. 2 guided rides including your chance to take in all 3 sides on the infamous Mt Ventoux. Trip includes airport transfers, Cingles registration, van support on Ventoux and 2 nights B&B accommodation. Available May-Jun and Sep-Oct.

Return Airport Transfers
Hotel in Bedoin
Daily supported rides
Optional Extras Bike Rental available
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Routes Details
Itinerary
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Event Info

Ride Notes

Riding in Provence is as good as it gets; the roads seem designed by cyclists, taking you from pretty village to pretty village through beautiful rolling countryside dotted with vineyards and stunning views around every corner. The focus of this short break is Mt Ventoux which rightly deserves its place on the bucket list. Taking on all 3 sides in one day is the big challenge and our on the road support will give you the best chance to become a member of the legendary Club du Cinglés du Ventoux - just make sure you have remembered to stamp your dossard in each of the 3 towns.

Real Rider Reviews

Stephen, Tour of Flanders, 2017: "Organisation was perfect and marshalling superb. Hotel was great, staff were brilliant - definitely the right move to stay in Oudernaarde and will go back. "

Ride Highlights

  • Join the Club des Cingles

    One of the big challenges in world cycling. We ride the Cingles on Saturday starting in Bedoin. Our support staff help you all the way with feed stations, mechanical help and drop offs for extra clothing.

  • Ride the stunning Gorges de la Nesque

    On the Friday we ride round the base of the Ventoux. This is many people's highlight as we go through the Gorges de la Nesque and more rugged side of the mountain.

  • Join our weekly Petanque game

    We are in Provence, that means great food, lovely wine to toast completing the Cingles and our weekly game of Petanque on Saturday night. When in Rome...

Meet the Team

Claude

Local Guide

Born and raised in Provence, our local guide has some helpful tips for climbing the Ventoux and some insights into the local culture.

John

Host

John has the tough job of living in Bedoin for half of the year helping riders scale Ventoux. He is there to help with mechanical support throughout and runs feed stations on Ventoux to help you succeed on the day.

Trip Summary

  • Overview: 3 nights
  • Dates available: Every Thurs to Sun from May to June & Sept to Oct
  • Total distance: Avg 119km per day
  • Total elevation: Avg 3,450m per day
  • Bucket List Climbs: Mont Ventoux
  • Pricing: From £439 to £499
Routes Details

Route Overview

We offer 3 night breaks to Ventoux. On the Friday we ride together at a gentle pace just to keep the legs moving. We all ride together with a local ride guide and support vehicle. We ride at 25 km/h going at your own pace on the short climbs. If you don't want to ride the full 100km, we have a shorter option available. On the Saturday, it is all about Ventoux. Three Ways. Starting early, we ride from Bedoin, then Malaucene and finally Sault.

Stage One - Stage Two

Stage One

From Bedoin to Bedoin

Ride Distance 102km
Elevation Gain 2102m

We circumnavigate Mont Ventoux, tucking into the remote Toulourenc valley on its north side. After the village of Sault 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 Bedoin through the vines and cherry orchards.

Stage Two

From Bedoin to Bedoin

Ride Distance 137km
Elevation Gain 4679m

One of the most famous cycling challenges in the world. We tackle the three sides starting with the most difficult and finishing with the "easiest". Starting from Bedoin we aim to get to the first summit before the heat kicks in, then descent down to Malaucene. After another climb we descent into Sault with just one climb left! Once we summit for the final time there is just the fun descent back to Bedoin and you've done it.


Climbs at Ventoux

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

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.

Ride Distance 20.5km
Elevation Gain 8%
KOM  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.

Ride Distance 24.2km
Elevation Gain 5%
KOM  1hr 03mins
Itinerary

Ventoux Cycling Itinerary

We offer 3 night breaks to Ventoux from Thursday to Sunday. On the Friday we start with a warm up ride around the base of Ventoux before the big day itself. The Cingles day starts early (exact times dependent on time of year) as we ride from Bedoin / Malaucene & finally Sault side up before descending back to our hotel in central Bedoin. We finish our weekend with a game of petanque and head back to Marseille on Sunday morning.

Itinerary

Day One Thursday

Bedoin

Arrive in Marseille by 4.15pm. Our host will meet you at the airport and the transfer leaves at 4.45pm for arrival at our hotel for around 6pm. We set up bikes that evening (and if time can go for a quick spin) before our welcome meeting at 7.30pm. There are lots of dinner options in town, we normally all eat together but you are free to eat wherever you want.

Day Two Friday

Gorges de la Nesque

After breakfast at 7.30am, we roll out for 8.30am for the 100km ride around the base of Mont Ventoux. The route is rolling throughout. We have our local guide leading the ride and a support vehicle behind with nutrition, spare parts and any extra clothing you need. We will stop for coffee and cake.
Our average speed will be a leisurely 25km/h as we all aim to ride together on the flat and then regrouping on summits of climbs. We aim to get back to Bedoin by 1pm.
In the evening we run through the timings for tomorrow and the details like where the feed stations will be and where to get your Cingles card stamped.

Ride Distance 102 km.
Elevation Gain 2102 m.

Day Three. Saturday

Mont Ventoux

We have an early breakfast at the hotel and then roll out between 6am and 7am depending on time of year. The first climb is from Bedoin, our support vehicle will be at various points with more drink, food and places to shed layers.
We will be at the top of Ventoux each time you summit so you can grab a jacket for the descent. You will mostly be climbing on your own or in small groups and will get food either in Malaucene ad / or Chalet Renard after the second summit.
We are normally back at the hotel for 5pm / 6pm.

Ride Distance 137 km.
Elevation Gain 4679 m.

Day Four Sunday

Bedoin

Departure day. Morning at leisure, we have some nice coffee ride routes if you want one last spin before the transfer leaves at 12.15pm for a 2pm arrival at Marseille.

Airport Transfers

Airport collections are from Marseille (MRS) and the drive to Bedoin takes just over an hour.

Arrival

We will meet you in arrivals and give you a number to call if you are delayed.

Arrival Airport
Transfer Times
Marseille (MRS)
Arrive before 4.15pm for transfer at 4.45pm

Departure

We leave Bedoin at 12.30pm with plenty of time for you to check your bike, grab a last minute gift and have a stress free return flight.

Departure Airport
Transfer Times
Marseille (MRS)
Depart after 4.30pm (transfer arrives at Marseille at 2pm)

Hotel

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3 Nights

Date Hotel Name Room Type Price  
9 - 12th May 2019 Hotel l'Escapade Single Room £479 Book Now
Twin / Double Room £849 Book Now
16 - 19th May 2019 Hotel l'Escapade Single Room £479 Book Now
Twin / Double Room £849 Book Now
23 - 26th May 2019 Hotel l'Escapade Single Room £479 Book Now
Twin / Double Room £849 Book Now
30th May - 2nd Jun 2019 Hotel l'Escapade Single Room £479 Book Now
Twin / Double Room £849 Book Now
6 - 9th Jun 2019 Hotel l'Escapade Single Room £479 Book Now
Twin / Double Room £849 Book Now
20 - 23rd Jun 2019 Hotel l'Escapade Single Room £479 Book Now
Twin / Double Room £849 Book Now
27 - 30th Jun 2019 Hotel l'Escapade Single Room £479 Book Now
Twin / Double Room £849 Book Now
5 - 8th Sep 2019 Hotel l'Escapade Single Room £479 Book Now
Twin / Double Room £849 Book Now
19 - 22nd Sep 2019 Hotel l'Escapade Single Room £479 Book Now
Twin / Double Room £849 Book Now
26 - 29th Sep 2019 Hotel l'Escapade Single Room £479 Book Now
Twin / Double Room £849 Book Now
3 - 6th Oct 2019 Hotel l'Escapade Single Room £479 Book Now
Twin / Double Room £849 Book Now
10 - 13th Oct 2019 Hotel l'Escapade Single Room £479 Book Now
Twin / Double Room £849 Book Now

Ventoux
May - Jun and Sep - Oct

3 nights

Single Room £479
Twin Room £429
  • 3 Nights Bed & Breakfast
  • Airport Transfers from Marseille
  • Guided warm up ride
  • Ride support & registration for Cingles challenge
  • Ride nutrition
  • Bike Rental
  • Flights
  • Lunch & dinners
  • Insurance

 
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