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.
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.
A once in a lifetime day in the saddle taking in all 3 ascents of the Ventoux and joining the Club des Cingles du Mont Ventoux.
There's way more to riding in Provence than just the Ventoux. The stunning Luberon valley is full of rolling terrain, pretty hilltop villages and beautiful views.
Chat the day away with new friends on the quiet lanes of Provence. We ride at a leisurely 25km/h on the flats to take in the sights and smells and just enjoy riding in this stunning part of the world.
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, we have two pick up times. The first transfer will depart from Marseille airport at 11.30am and the second departs at 5pm. Please arrange a flight that lands before 11am & 4.30pm respectively.
On Sunday, the first transfer will arrive back at Marseille airport at 3pm & the second at 7.15pm. Please arrange a flights that depart two hours after either transfer.
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.
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.
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.
From Sault to Sault
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.
From Sault to Sault
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.
From Bedoin to Sault
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.
From Sault to Sault
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.