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This trip is Self Guided allowing you to discover the area and explore on your own but we can arrange guiding if you prefer.
This trip is ideal for Cycling Breaks with Friends and Seasoned Cyclists.
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We can tailor this trip to meet your requirements. If you are looking for a different duration, itinerary or other services please enquire today and get a truly unique experience.

from £849.00 per person

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TRIP HIGHLIGHT WHAT WE LOVE

This is your chance to ride the Geant de Provence, the mythical climb made famous by the Tour de France and legendary riders, and stay in absolute luxury. To put it simply, if you consider yourself a cyclist but have never climbed Ventoux, it needs to go on your bucket list. Visit the shrine to Tom Simpson and leave a water bottle in memory, and ride up past Chalet Reynard where Chris Froome now famously ran up part of the mountain on the 2016 Tour.

Spend 3 nights in Provence at our fabulous boutique hotel, climb Ventoux, ride Les Gorges de la Nesque and soak up your Provencal surroundings on this truly unforgettable holiday.
Holiday Itinerary

Choose from one of Love Velo's routes, available in GPX, and explore the surrounding areas of Gorges de la Nesque and discover the Val de Sault. Spend some time on the plains and then get ready for a truly wondrous climb. 

The ascent of Ventoux from Bedoin is the classic route. 21,5km at 1912m of climbing, this is how you will conquer the legend. 

The climb is split into 3 sections with the first, a gentle gradient of around 4.5%, getting the legs warmed up as you arrive at Saint. Esteve. You will then enter the forest with no air. Lined with trees, the outlook is straight up, at an average of an unrelenting 10%, until you reach Chalet Reynard. From there, it is out of the forest and onto the barren lunar landscape. Perched boldly atop the Provencal countryside, this is the area known for buffeting winds but will you be lucky and get a good tail wind, or will you be fighting the elements to the top? The Tom Simpson memorial is just 1.5km from the top and with a final switchback to the right, you will reach the top and will have joined the greats of cycling and be able to say, I CONQUERED VENTOUX.

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With fields of lavender, rolling vineyards and quaint hilltop villages, Provence offers the ultimate escape from city life. Looming large over the countryside is Le Geant de Provence, Mont Ventoux.

Weather
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With its own climate, Ventoux offers the ultimate challenge to any cyclist. The weather on the plains often bears no resemblance to what you will experience once you are on the last 10km of Ventoux. Be prepared for winds and extreme temperatures and make sure you have clothing for every eventuality.

PACKAGE DETAILS MORE INFORMATION

Your stay will be at the stunning Crillon-le-Brave Hotel at the foot of Ventoux. Perched on top of a tiny hill village surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, this is the ultimate luxury hotel in the Provencal countryside. Let us know if you would like us to upgrade your room or require single occupancy as we can provide these subject to availability. Just ask our cycling experience team when you make your enquiry.  
You will be met and collected at Marseille airport on your arrival and be provided with a transfer back to the airport on your final day. There is also the possibility of being met at Avignon if you prefer to arrive in Provence via Eurostar.  
Your stay will be bed and breakfast but we can upgrade to half or full board on request. Just ask our cycling experience team when you make your enquiry.  
The holiday is a self guided holiday allowing you to explore Ventoux and Gorges de la Nesque at your own pace. We know the area very well and have put together some recommended routes in GPX format which allows you to download these to most GPS enabled devices, and with certain software, to your smartphone. These will be sent to you once you have booked your holiday with Love Velo and each file will be title with a short description of the ride and the distance. If you would like to see the profile of each route, we recommend that you download the files before your holiday and open them with a GPS viewer. If you would like guiding instead, please just ask our cycle experience team.  
If you choose not to have a guide, you will want to know that your bike is in great condition and that you won’t have any mechanical problems during your ride. Our bikes are extremely well serviced and maintained but in the very unlikely event there is a mechanical issue with the bike (not including basic maintenance such as slipped chains or punctures), we will provide you with an emergency number for someone to come out and repair or replace your bike.
This bike we will provide you with is a Trek Domane 4.3 or similar quality bike. The bike has a carbon frame, fork and seatpost and is equipped with aluminium wheels and Shimano components. This includes 10 speed shifters, Tiagra cassette and Shimano 105 brakes with 105 STI levers. We will also provide you with a puncture repair kit, a cycling computer, Shimano or Look Pedals, 2 water bottles and cages. You can upgrade your bicycle to a fabulous Trek Domane 5.9 or similar quality bike. If you want to upgrade to our top specification bicycle for climbing Ventoux, we can provide you with a true super bike, a Trek Madone 9.5 or similar quality bike. 
Your bike will come equipped with essential tools for you to repair a puncture, replace an inner tube or fix a slipped chain.  
Travel to Provence is not included but please ask our cycling experience team if you would like us to book flights to Marseille or the Eurostar to Avignon.  
We consider travel insurance to be essential. Accordingly, it is a condition of making a booking through us that you have suitable insurance cover for the booking you have made and any activities which you expect to take part in. This insurance as a minimum should cover cancellation, baggage loss, accidents and health issues while you are away. We also recommend that you take your policy details with you when you travel. Please ask our cycling experience team if you would like us to arrange travel insurance for you.