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Climb one of the Tour de France's most iconic mountains
Start Sault, right at the foot of Mont Ventoux. After time to check bikes and make any final adjustments, we will head out for 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. Cycle approx. 38km with 520m ascent *Comfortable hotel*
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. Cycle approx. 87km with 1170m ascent *Comfortable hotel*
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. Cycle approx. 105km with 2060m ascent *Comfortable hotel*
Free morning to go for a short ride around Sault before the trip ends here. **
* 3 days cycling (including 2 half day rides) with partial vehicle support (limited seats) * 100% tarmac roads * Climbs are long and steady (average 7%) * Group normally 7 to 16, plus leader in support vehicle. Min age 16 yrs * 3 nights in a charming family-run hotel
All continental breakfasts are included. If you are a vegetarian please advise us when you book. Lunches and dinners are not included, giving you the flexibility to select your own diet. We suggest that you bring with you your favourite snacks as the choice of energy bars available locally is fairly limited.
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