Fly to Marseille then transfer (less than 2 hours) to 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.
Distance cycled: 38km with 520m ascent.
For our first days 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.
Distance cycled: 87km with 1170m ascent.
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.
Distance cycled: 105km with 2060m ascent.
Free morning to relax in Sault, before transferring to Marseilles airport. Fly to London.