Provence and Mont Ventoux

Mont Ventoux is an icon for road cyclists and the region of Provence offers a multitude of scenic routes in addition to the 3 famous summit climbs. Cycle amongst the lavendar fields, along the Gorges de la Nesque, the Sorgue river or through the many picturesque villages of the Dentelle foothills.

Provence is known for the quality of the roads and the warmth of the welcome for cyclists. It is one of our most requested destinations and is easily accessible from our base in Languedoc. Whether you are looking to come just to climb the Giant or for a more extended taster of the delights of Provence we can offer a holiday to suit your bucket list.

Cycling in Provence

Arles

Arles is a key destination in Provence, both for its historical attractions such as the Roman Amphitheatre and the Romanesque cathedral of St. Tromphime, as well as its connection to the artist Van Gogh who spent substantial time here.

The Camargue is a natural region located south of Arles which presents a stark contrast to the typical Provencal landscape. It is famous for its horses, bulls, flamingos and salt marshes and makes for an interesting day ride.

Arles is a stellar rest day location on our Taste of Provence and Languedoc tour as well as a good base for rides both in Provence and Languedoc.

Mont Ventoux

Mont Ventoux is a worthy adversary for any aspiring cyclist and merits its nickname “The Giant of Provence”.

There are 3 possible ascents, with the classic Tour de France route starting in Bedoin. The Malaucene ascent is equally challenging with some extremely steep sections. The Sault ascent, is slightly longer and less steep overall. It is considered the easiest route to the summit and is also the most picturesque as it starts off amongst the lavender fields for which Provence is famous.

We recommend a supported ride even for experienced cyclists to eliminate the need to carry extra gear. The descent can be windy and bone chilling even in the summer months.

Bedoin ascent of Mont Ventoux