Conquering the Giant of Provence “Mont-Ventoux” will definitely be the highlight of your weekend. However, you will not be expected to finish on foot as Froome did in Tour De France 2016! After at least 2 hours of intense effort, not only will you enjoy an exceptional vista up to the Alps, but also a deep sense of personal achievement. Mont Ventoux is considered one of the hardest climbs from Tour de France, hence its nickname.
Throughout this weekend you will explore the beautiful sun-drenched countryside roads, enjoy the cicada songs, ride through hilltop terracotta villages, witness the lavender fields in full blossom and experience the slow pace of Provence and its world-famous cuisine and hospitality.
Shortly after arriving at your charming hotel in Mazan, your road captain will lead you on a short loop around the area, to get accustomed to your bike & get to know your fellow riders. On this introductory ride, you will also discover a few Provençal hills : the perfect warm up try out before tomorrow' Giant
Daily Mileage: 57 Km / 902 m
Today is “Le Jour J” (D-day): The Giant of Provence awaits your visit. This Hors-Categorie climb (21,6 Km at 7,5%) is part of the Tour de France's mythology since 1912. Once at the top, you will be submerged an amazing feeling of self-achievement and personal victory. During the 2 hours of efforts, one may reflect, while others may simply think of the non-stop 20 km of downhill that follows. Denis Roux's tip: breath well, relax, picture yourself at the top... ensure that your Strava is on!
Daily Mileage: 74,6 Km/ 1,949 m
A very early ride, to admire the sunrise over the "Provençale" countryside, an opportunity to witness the nature waking up. We will pass by one of France most beautiful village and admire one of the oldest Monastery in the region (1148). Let's not forget that you will still to push on the pedals. 2 major climbs await you : Col de Murs (Cat 3 , 10 Km at 4 % ) & Col des 3 Termes (Cat 3, 2,3 Km at 8 % ). We will head back to the hotel for an "Au Revoir" breakfast, before driving you back to Avignon TGV station,
Daily Mileage: 58.6 Km / 1,095 m
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