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Grenoble to Avignon via Mont Ventoux - 3 Stages, the scenic route to Mont Ventoux

 

‘Vercors Ventoux Vacation’

 

Mont Ventoux is one of the most famous climbs in the road cycling world.  If you’re serious about your cycling then it’s one of those rides you must do.  Such is the history and popularity of the Giant of Provence that there is almost always a steady stream of cyclists having their own Mont Ventoux experience on the unrelenting slopes.  And the route we take from Grenoble is a great warm up - through the picturesque Vercors region and heading south to the lavender-scented fields and natural light which inspired many of the most famous artists of the 19th and 20th centuries.  This is a beautiful part of the world to cycle in.

 

See our You Tube video to view some of the stunning scenery that this route offers.

 

Currently available for bookings of 4+ riders only - Priced from £800 per person

 

Contact us for details on suitable dates

Day 3 - Gap to Sault - 100km

Today is a transitional stage to save some energy for the big day tomorrow. On the road from Gap you’ll head towards the lavender fields of Sault, which add an extra dimension to the fantastic light you get in this part of the world.  Of course, this being France there is another col to squeeze in before the end of the day.  The Col de l’Homme Mort (1213m) simply translates as ‘dead man’s pass’.  We’ll let you draw your own conclusions.  It’s followed by a descent down into Sault for the night where you’ll plan tomorrow’s ride.

 

Landmark Climb: Col de l’Homme Mort.

 

Day 4 - Mont Ventoux - 48km, and more

Today is all about the 1910m high Mont Ventoux, a true giant of the cycling world, which literally stands head and shoulders above the surrounding countryside, visible from miles around in all directions.  This is a climb like no other.  You can see that lunar landscape way before you start the climb, and you will catch glimpses of it as you ride through the trees that cover the lower slopes.  However, as you leave the forest it really is like you have been transported to another world.  The bare limestone rock creates a stark contrast to the green of the trees, and then there are the natural elements - the top of the Ventoux can be very cold or very hot, and very windy at the same time.  As if this climb wasn’t hard enough to start with!  Still, the summit does have the added incentive of 360 degree views and tasty treat stalls for those with a sweet tooth.

 

Of the the three routes to the top we recommend the following: you can start a less daunting ascent from Sault (a vertical climb of under 1200m, with an average gradient of 4.5%), or with a quick transfer you can tackle the classic climb from Bédoin (a vertical climb of 1610m, with an average gradient of 7.1%).  No matter which path you choose you’ll end up at the same place and can join the many  who every year ride up Mont Ventoux.  The descent will be into Malaucene with a transfer to the night’s accommodation in Avignon.   Transfers to Lyon airport will be arranged for the following day.

 

n.b. The Ventoux is your playground for the day with our support. If there is a particular challenge you have trained for e.g. Club des Clinglés, then please let us know and we will endeavour to accommodate it.

 

Landmark Climb: Mont Ventoux.

 

Currently available for bookings of 4+ riders only - Priced from £800 per person

 

Contact us for details on suitable dates

Sample itinerary at a glance:

 

Day 1 - Arrival

Arrive at Lyon Airport late afternoon/evening, where you’ll be met and driven to your accommodation just outside Grenoble.  If you haven’t taken advantage of our Bike Transfer service you’ll have time to unpack your bike before we get together for an informal briefing on the days ahead.

 

Day 2 - Grenoble to Gap - 105km

 Heading south from Grenoble today’s route resists the temptation to turn east towards some of the the giants of the Alps, and instead goes through the overlooked region of the Vercors. In this area of contrasts the quiet roads meander through chiseled mountains and gorgeous meadows. It provides an ideal first day, with some of the most stunning views in France, and climbs to awaken rather than trash your cycling legs. Following the ride there is a short transfer to our overnight stop in the town of Gap, a regular Tour de France stopover.

 

Landmark Climbs: Col de la Machine, Col de Rousset.

What’s included:

4 nights in 2-star (minimum) accommodation on a shared occupancy basis

Breakfast, packed lunches and four evening meals (1st night dependant on arrival time)

Luggage transfer between stopovers

Vehicle support during your rides

Transfers from and to Lyon Airport (at recommended flight times)

 

What’s not:

Travel to and from UK airport

Flights

Travel Insurance

Drinks with meals

Meals other than those specified

Subsidiary or sundry expenses

 

NB. All routes are subject to favourable weather and road conditions.

Red Lantern Cycling ascending Mt Ventoux from Malaucene