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    Start in Sault at the foot of Mont Ventoux.

    Start in Sault. There will be time to build bikes and set up hire bikes before our evening meal at the hotel. Please note. If we have time we will go for a short ride in the local area to test out the bikes and stretch our legs before dinner.

  • 2

    Cycle through the Gorges de la Nesque before climbing Mont Ventoux from Bedoin on the 50th anniversary of Tom Simpson's death.

    After breakfast we get on the bikes and ride out of Sault towards the Gorges de la Nesque. After 5km of climbing we reach the top of the gorges where there is an incredible view of Ventoux in the distance and the down stunning gorges. From here we have a 25km descent on a fantastic road that literally cuts its way through the gorges as it gradually descends towards Bedoin. We will take a break in Bedoin for a coffee and to load up on any energy products or clothes that we might need for the ascent before starting the climb from the official start line in Bedoin town centre. From here it is up for the next 20km to the summit, 2km from the top we will pass the Tom Simpson memorial stone where there are guaranteed to be plenty of cyclists on the day. After reaching the summit of the climb we head back down the mountain and can stop off at the memorial to pay our respects to Mr Simpson before descending for 35km back to our hotel in Sault. Cycle approx. 105km with 2060m of ascent

  • 3

    Bastille day! Cycle through lavender fields, hill top villages and over the Col de L'homme Mort.

    Today we have a slightly easier day on the bikes as we head to the north east of Ventoux. Our ride starts with a very scenic descent out of Sault through pretty hillside towns before reaching the bottom of the Col de Macuegne, this is one of the must do climbs in the area and tops out at 1068m altitude with great views over Mont Ventoux in the distance. After a nice decent we take on the second climb of the day, the Col de L’Homme Mort (1213m). From here it is mainly downhill through small towns and vast lavender field as we make our way back to the hotel. Cycle approx. 87km with 1170m ascent

  • 4

    Ride through the Toulourec valley before climbing Ventoux from Malaucene; decend to Sault.

    Today we take on Mont Ventoux for the second time, but his time via the challenging ascent from Malaucene. Leaving our hotel we start our ride with a beautiful descent through the Toulourec valley where we can see the summit of Venotoux and the road we will shortly be climbing. After a few small undulations we reach the town of Malaucene and from here it is up for the next 20km. This ascent is broken up with plenty of switchbacks and great views through the valley though at some stages the road does kick up to over 13%! Once at the top we follow the same route down to Sault as on day 2 which means you get a second chance to enjoy one of the best descents in the area. Cycle approx. 98k with 2200m of ascent

  • 5

    Cycle over the Plateau de Vaucluse before climbing through the Gorges de la Nesque.

    After breakfast we will get on the bikes for the final time of the trip and ride out towards the small town of Methamis at the foot of the Gorges de la Nesque. This ride starts with a fantastic 25km long descent which has some great views from the south side of the gorge, once in Methamis we can stop for a coffee before climbing the gentle ascent up through the Nesque Gorges. Once back at the hotel we will have some free time to pack up bikes, clothes and kit before transferring to Marseilles airport and flying home. Cycle approx. 66km with 830m of ascent

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