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Mont Ventoux Experience

3 nights from £395.00

Cycling Trip Highlights

  • Climb the famous Mont Ventoux
  • Explore Gorges de la Nesque and discover the Val de Sault
  • Ride past Chalet Reynard where Chris Froome famously ran up part of the mountain on the 2016 Tour
  • 3 nights in a cyclists hotel in Bedoin, surrounded by vineyards and olive groves
Mont Ventoux Experience
3 nights from £395.00
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WE LOVEThe Famous Mont Ventoux
Follow in the tracks of Tour legends and ascend the famous mountain standing at 1912 metres. The climb will push you to your limits but, once you reach the top, you will be able to proudly claim that you have peaked Ventoux.
WE LOVEThe Views
Mont Ventoux's iconic landscape offers unrivalled views over the Provence Region of Southern France. The surrounding area also offers unique beauty with the Gorges de la Nesque providing a stunning outlook over the rolling hills and rugged mountains.

What's Included

Our suggested Ventoux cycling holiday

We can tailor make this trip for you
Day 1Arrival

If you’re travelling as a group, arrive into Marseille airport and we will transfer you to Bedoin. If you’re on your own or a couple, it’s best to get the Eurostar to Paris and then the TGV to Avignon as your transfer will be cheaper.

Day 2Warm up around Gorge de la Nesque

Your trip is totally flexible so you can choose when and where you want to ride. We recommend riding Gorges de la Nesque to get a little bit of climbing in, as well as wonderful scenes, or discover the Val de Sault. Spend some time on the plains and explore the lavender fields, olive groves and vineyards.

Day 3Climb Ventoux

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.

Day 4Departure

Check out from your hotel and we will transfer you back to Avignon train station or Marseille airport.

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What to ExpectFrom famous climbs to bucket list cycling experiences

To experienced riders, Ventoux is a legendary climb. Its slopes have featured as a battleground  throughout the Tour de France history. From Tom Simpson and Lance Armstrong to Chris Froome, all cycling aficionados have a Ventoux memory etched in to their consciousness. Come to Provence and climb the Giant of Provence. With fields of lavender, rolling vineyards and quaint hilltop villages, Provence offers the ultimate escape from city life.

21.5km long at 7.5% average
Ventoux via The Bedoin Route
21.1km long at 7.5% average
Ventoux via The Malaucene Route
26km long at 4.5% average
Ventoux via The Sault Route

How's the Weather? in Mt Ventoux

The SpringMarch to May
With its own climate, Ventoux offers the ultimate challenge to any cyclist. Provence can still be cold in the early months of Spring but riding conditions become considerably better by May as you get out before the summer heat. The earliest you can really ride Ventoux is in May without the constant threat of bad weather.
The SummerJune to August
The summer can become beautifully warm but as you are climbing Ventoux, the weather can be vastly different at the summit from the plains. Be prepared for winds and extreme temperatures and make sure you have clothing for every eventuality.
The AutumnSeptember to November
Autumn is also a great time to ride as the summer sun eases off but, as mentioned, this is not always guaranteed. The later Autumn months can become very cold and so we reccomend that you don't ride up Ventoux later than early October.
The WinterDecember to February
Winter months bring snow and cold weather to the mountain and you cannot ride Ventoux during the winter.

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