You’ll be flying in to Marseille. It will then be a circular four days of cycling, taking in the AWESOME and CHALLENGING Mount Ventoux.
Some say Mont Ventoux is the hardest of all the mythical Tour de France climbs and rightly so. As the name might suggest (venteux means windy in French), it can get windy at the summit, especially with the mistral; wind speeds as high as 320 km/h (200 mph) have been recorded. The top of the mountain is bare limestone without vegetation or trees, which makes the mountain’s barren peak appear from a distance to be snow-capped all year round (its snow cover actually lasts from December to April). Its isolated position overlooking the valley of the Rhône ensures that it dominates the entire region and can be seen from many miles away on a clear day.
This is a supported tour – at the start of the day, when the group sets off biking, your kit bag will be loaded into the support vehicle and transported to the next overnight halt. The van will meet you to feed and water you, but you are free to cycle at your own pace, with the support vehicle never far away. We must stress that apart from the emergency tool kit and spares that you would take on any day ride, you will not be required to carry any luggage. Stunning scenery, atmospheric overnight accommodation and a magnificent route make this an unforgettable cycling holiday experience. Average 75 tough miles per day.
• DISTANCE – Approximately 300 miles
• BIKES – Ride your own bike ! Your bike collected from your door, then delivered back to there after the tour for just £30 each way.
• FULLY SUPPORTED TOUR, with 4 days cycling, averaging approximately 70 miles a day. 5 nights accommodation. Cycling leader plus support vehicle carrying luggage.
• ACTIVITY LEVEL – 9/10 – challenging.
• FLIGHTS – Fly into Marseille on Thursday 25th July and out of Marseille on Tuesday 30th 2019
• PAYMENT– Click on ‘Book this Tour’, and go through the site to pay the deposit. Balance invoiced out 8 weeks before the tour
Marseille – Ventoux – Marseille……..but we will be cycling through the Natural Regional Park of du Leberon. Its a magnificent part of the world.
WE TRANSPORT YOUR BIKE IN A CUSTOMISED VAN SPECIALLY TRANSFORMED TO SAFELY CARRY YOUR PRIZED POSSESSION !
We recommend a road bike with 25 to 32 mm tyres. Mountain bikes are NOT suitable. The most important thing is that the bike functions properly and that you are comfortable riding it. You should make sure that your bike has suitable gears as there are some steep hills on parts of the route. You should also make sure that you are able to carry some spare food and extra clothing with you on the bike.
We believe your tour experience will be enhanced if you are able to ride a bike you are comfortable and familiar with and, with that in mind, we will transport your bike to and from the start/finish of a tour.
Our support vehicles are adapted to carry bikes in a safe and secure manner which gives you the peace of mind that you will be ready to get cycling on day one without any rebuilding of bikes required. Should collection by our support vehicle not be possible we will use the services of a specialist courier company.
You will require a passport to visit France
You are also required to have travel insurance for the duration of the holiday.
The weather on the Ventoux can change in seconds. It is often 10 degrees cooler on top, than at the bottom. Be prepared !
Click on ‘Book this Tour’, and go through the site to pay the deposit. Balance invoiced out 8 weeks before the tour
This is a unique cycling tour that will take you from one side of Italy to the other. A total of 6 days cycling. From Livorno (Pisa) to Senigallia, you’ll see some fantastic Tuscan towns and villages, towns of Umbria, then you cycle through the Natural Regional Park of Golla Della Rossa.
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