Embark on a magnificent 6-day journey through the captivating landscapes of Provence. Our BéloVélo's road captains have crafted an experience that balances challenging rides on quiet countryside roads with the warmth of Provençal hospitality.
Mont-Ventoux will be this weeks’ milestone. Contrary to Wout Van Aert, in 2021, you will climb "The Giant of Provence" only once. After at least 2 hours of intense effort, not only, will, you enjoy an exceptional vista, but also, feel a deep sense of personal achievement. It is considered as one the toughest on the UCI world Tour circuit.
As you arrive at our charming hotel in Gordes, one of France's most beautiful villages, our road captain will lead you on a short spin. This delightful ride offers the ideal opportunity to acclimate to your bike, connect with your fellow riders, and immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of Provençal roads. You may even hear the cheerful chirping of cicadas along the way.
Daily Mileage: 22 Km, Elev 373 m
Today's profile features a circuit around "Les Gorges de La Nesque" ( 18,6 Km at 2,3 %). Beforehand we will pass by the beautiful Senanques Abbey (12th Century), its lavender fields and its challenging climb (2,2km at 7,7 %). This ride will be the perfect balance between superb sceneries, serene roads carved in the mountain.
Daily Mileage: 93 Km, Elev 1,303 m
This day takes you on a historical journey as we explore the hilltop villages of Vaucluse. Each village, perched atop a hill, presents a unique and captivating experience. Look out for Marquis de Sade's castle and a Roman bridge dating back to 3 BC. While the distance and elevation may seem deceiving, each hill climb is worth the historical wonders that await.
Daily Mileage: 58 Km, Elev 913 m
A picturesque ride takes us to our base for the final two nights: Chateau de Mazan. As we pass through Isle sur la Sorgue, renowned for its antique stores and waterwheels on the Sorgue river, you'll enjoy a superb Provençal lunch beside pristine flowing water from a nearby spring. A perfect "recovery" ride before tackling "The Giant of Provence"
Daily Mileage: 73 Km, Elev 1,054 m
Today is “Le Jour J” (D-day): The Giant of Provence awaits you. Mont Ventoux is part of the Tour de France history. It witnessed fierce batlles, in between Eddy Merckx & Poulidor, tragedy with the death of Tom Simpson in 1967. More recently you may remember Froome running the last few meters after a crash with a motorbike (2016). in 2021, Mont Ventoux was climbed twice by the peloton, with Wout Van Aert claiming the victory. Once you’ve conquered the Giant of Provence (21 Km at 7,45 %) one feels a deep sense of self-achievement. During the 2 hours + of efforts, one may meditate, while others may simply think about the non-stop 20 km of downhill that follows. Your road captain tip : breathe well, relax and ensure that your Strava is on!
Daily Mileage: 99 Km, Elev 1,939 m
After a quick espresso & croissant, we'll embark on a sunrise ride, to discover the Provençal countryside awakens. This final ride is usually a poignant conclusion to a week filled with memorable cycling memories and shared camaraderie moments. Once back to the hotel, we'll share an "Au Revoir" breakfast, before heading back to Avignon's TGV station.
Daily Mileage: 40 Km, Elev 562 m
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Flying to France: To minimize the risk of delays, recover from jet lag, we do advise you to land in Paris (CDG) on Saturday (Journey start on Sunday noon). To reach Avignon you will board a TGV (high-speed train) in Gare de Lyon, for TGV information, bookings please check https://www.raileurope.com/index.html
We will welcome you at Avignon TGV station on Sunday at 12.00 pm. While we do not handle train & plane booking we would be happy to advise on the best travel options. At the end of your journey, on Friday, we will drive you back to Avignon TGV station, to be able to board your return TGV from 12:00 pm onwards
We wish to make your journey as memorable and diverse as possible. For a year, we have hand-picked a superb collection of quality, local and authentic restaurants. All selected restaurants propose a genuine cuisine using local & seasonal products. Contrary to other Tour operators, ALL your meals are included, with matching wines and mineral water. Your Journey also includes a Michelin*dinner with matching wines. All hotels and restaurants cater to specific dietary needs, do not hesitate to inform us in advance.
We have selected one of the best bike currently on the market: TREK Domane SL7 Di2. While its features are similar to "Tour de France peloton" machines (Full Carbon, Electronic Transmission), and are appropriate for the terrain, you may also wish to upgrade to a superior bike category or wheelset Click Here. For your convenience, we will supply you with a Helmet, and desired pedal type.
Each day, your road captain will open the road, lead you through charming villages, traffic-less country roads, advise on how to tackle the next climb and all the while, ensure your safety and comfort. As experienced cyclists, we know that it is always reassuring to feel a presence along the way. This is why an assistance vehicle will follow you in case of a puncture or if one needs beverages, snacks, an extra layer or even wish to rest for a while.
Every day several mileage and speed average options will be available to suit all fitness levels. To provide a genuine, safe and personalized experience the group size will be limited to 15 guests in a week. You may also enjoy a daily BéloVélo Bike Clinic during which our Road Captains will teach you tips of the peloton, mechanical advise and much more
All year long, your Road Captains do work very hard to make your BéloVélo journey as memorable and authentic as possible. At the end of your journey, You may recognize such dedication by tipping your Road Captains Based on your level of enjoyment we advise tipping 6 to 10 % of your Journey price. Tips are shared equally within the team