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Start Sault at the foot of Ventoux. Short warm up ride through the Provencal countryside.
Start in the charming village of Sault, right at the foot of Mont Ventoux. After time to check bikes and make any final adjustments, we will do a short warm up ride south west from Sault through the Provencal countryside around Monieux. That evening there will be a welcome meeting with your leader and the opportunity to discuss the route in more detail.
Ride to Montbrun, then climb the Col de Macuegne (1068m) for views of Mont Ventoux. After an easier climb we then tackle the Col de l'Homme Mort (1213m)
For our first full day of cycling we'll take a lovely quiet route from Sault to Montbrun, before climbing the Col de Macuegne (1068m / 9.5km long / average 5%). Although far less famous than Ventoux, this is one of the 'must do' climbs of the area as it enjoys spectacular views over Mont Ventoux. After an easier 4.5km climb, we'll join the Col de l'Homme Mort (1213m) before a speedy descent overlooking at the Plateau d'Albion. Returning to Sault we pass the Provencal villages of Banon and Simiane La Rotonde, perched high above the surrounding lavender fields.
Ride through the magnificent Gorges de la Nesque to Bedoin and climb Mont Ventoux (1912m) by the most famous Tour de France rout / Ride the Gran Fondo Mont Ventoux
We can't ignore the 'Giant of Provence' any longer, so today we head to the iconic Mont Ventoux. Our ride starts on a great road that winds itself through the magnificent Gorges de la Nesque. This is a lovely ride in its own right, but only the start of today's excitement. Arriving in Bedoin we start the climb of Mont Ventoux (1912m) by the most famous and difficult Tour de France route. It is certainly a challenge as the road climbs for 21.5km at an average of 7.5% to the summit. The final 5km are tough with pitches as steep as 10.7 %, you'll have earnt a celebratory drink by the top! A scenic 30km descent takes us back to Sault, probably for another celebratory drink. Gran Fondo Mont Ventoux departure: Today is a day to test the legs! After an early breakfast we will transfer to Beaumes de Venise to collect our race numbers for the Gran Fondo Mont Ventoux. At around 8.30 am the event starts and we can challenge ourselves to either the 102km senior, or the 170km master route with 3500m of climbing on some fantastic roads around the beautiful Provence region of France and taking in one ascent of the famous Mont Ventoux climb. After the event we transfer back to Sault where we will have the evening to relax and celebrate in the picturesque old town.
Optional morning ride; transfer to Marseille Airport, fly to London.
After breakfast there is time to go for a short ride around Sault before transferring to the airport. Please note: This ride will be unsupported.