Ventoux dominates the Provençal landscape and it dominates cycling, both with its challenge and folklore. It’s a magnet for cyclists from all over the world wanting to pedal the same classic Tour de France route. This is one ride that should be on your bucket list.

Ventoux stands imposingly 1912 metres above a flat plain, which runs towards the Mediterranean in the beautiful area of Provence, southern France. Not only is the mountain famous, or infamous, but so are the wines and cuisine of the area and this trip combines the best of all three.

We’ll stay in a good hotel near Bedoin, the usual Tour de France starting place for the ascent of Ventoux. The ride is a challenging 22 kms, with a failry benign start through vineyards. After a couple of kilometres there is an 8km steep section to Chalet Reynard, averaging at 7.4% gradients with some sections of 12%.

At Chalet Reynard the woods give way to barren mountain limestone, with stunning views but also where there is no hiding from either the sun or wind. As the climb continues past the Tommy Simpson memorial, 2km from the summit, the last steep section takes you to the Observatory and summit.

The option is to do one ascent or, for the really keen, attempt Les Cingles (three times up in 24 hours).

We have two full days in the area at our cycling-friendly hotel. The second day of cycling is a superb ride around Ventoux’s northern flank through the stunning Gorges de la Nesque and the picturesque villages of Sault and Malaucene at the foothills of Ventoux.

In the evenings you will dine at some classic French restaurants and have a wine-tasting on the final evening.

Bring your own bike or we can arrange good quality hire bikes for you.

Airport/train transfers from Nimes. Please contact us if arriving at other airports or train stations in Provence.

The 3-day trip includes:

  • airport/train station transfers
  • accommodation: 3 nights including breakfast
  • two gourmet evening meals
  • on-road guide and vehicle support, with food and drinks, clothing bags etc.