Our favorite Provence rides offer something for everyone!
Our fearless leaders, Joy and Jamie, spend much of their summers in Provence. They’ve spent their time riding the roads and getting to know each climb, each sweeping turn, and each winding descent. With varied terrain for any cyclist, there are options for everyone. From conquering Mt. Ventoux to the softer Gorges De La Nesque with stunning views. We hope you’ll be inspired to visit this special region of Southern France with us and enjoy our favorite Provence rides!
#1 Luberon Loop Ride from Gordes
This is a ride for any cyclist. You’ll see Roussillon, Menerbes, Lacoste, and even Oppede. The markets are plentiful, and riding comfortable.
#2 Summit Mt. Ventoux from Sault
Known as the “easy” side of Ventoux, it is also the most quiet and peaceful. The ascent is 25km rather than the 22km from the other two western routes up to the Ventoux summit from Bedoin and Malaucene. Sault is away from the busy areas of Provence, at a higher elevation, and in a more lush and wooded area. That said, with a little high school geometry knowledge, one will see that with a higher start point and a longer ride distance, the average gradient is much lower. But if you’re looking for a challenge, don’t worry. The last 6km of the ascent is the same as the Bedoin side. The roads converge at Chalet Reynard and share the same final (and brutal) push to the summit.
#3 Loop ride through the Albion Plateaux from Sault in June or July
One word: Lavender! The quiet roads around Sault will light up with lavender in the months of June and July. The ride does have some elevation changes, but you earn several unforgettable views with the mountains in the background and oceans of lavender in the foreground. There’s no secret why this is one of our favorite Provence rides!
#4 Gorges De La Nesque
This ride features a 22km slow rise from the Rhone River valley up to the Albion plateau just south of Mt. Ventoux. This ride is easily one of the most stunning rides in Europe. The road ascends at an easy rate the whole way, with very brief pitches up to 5%. You’re rewarded with a stunning view at the top, with views of sheer cliffs on either side of the gorge.
Provence features some of the most jaw-dropping views, climbs, markets, food, flowing purple lavender fields and hospitality. We’ve learned through years of experience where to stay, the best lavender fields and the best routes. This also means we’ve experienced the bad stuff and know which areas are spotted with pot holes (literal and metaphorical)! Travel with us and we’ll show you what we’ve learned on our favorite Provence rides!
WHAT OUR GUESTS SAY
“We thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of this tour – well thought out bike routes, very good hotel accommodations (nice, clean rooms and substantial breakfasts), and excellent choice of breweries and brewery restaurants (including brewery tours when available). It was obvious that a great deal of attention to detail had been given to this tour and customer service and client satisfaction was of ut… Read more
“The support was incredible – so nice to have a car on the route for water, and so we did not have to lug gear for weather changes. With all the elevation, this was comforting. Exceptional mechanical support. We did not expect this kind of on-road support!”
“I was able to watch Tour de France action when I wanted and ride the beautiful roads and passes of France when I wanted, and the flexibility to do either was what I most appreciated. Conquering Mont Ventoux, Col d Galibier, Col d Semnoz, Col d Serene, Alpe de Huez, riding alongside Andy Schleck and Jens Voigt on their rest day, and 40+ mph descents that went on for miles are just some of the hi… Read more
“Outfitters provided high-touch, personalized service when planning our guided tour to Chianti, Italy. Our guide, Bruno, was a world class rider and knew the region like his own back yard. Road support was always minutes away, whether we needed it or not. An e-bike was magically delivered to my 11-year-old daughter on day 3, when the climbs had become too difficult for her. We had wonderful servic… Read more
“Outfitter Bicycle Tours were wonderful- Jamie Gilpin is an excellent communicator and responds quickly to questions and needs. Bruno Baldini is an excellent tour guide, responsive, on time and a skilled cyclist. We have plans to definitely do another tour. Overall, an A+++ trip full of fantastic memories!“
“Excellent in all aspects. Bikes were well setup and maintained. Lodging was just wonderful. Routes were well laid out and avoided big roads and big towns. Enough hills to remind us where we were without killing us. Responsiveness of team in California and on the ground was just excellent. We will do more tours with Outfitter Bicycle Tours.”
It was amazing! It was well organized and Bruno did a very good job. He is a nice guy, we really enjoy our trip. The hotels were great, cities and routes were very very nice. Thank you, we have really enjoyed our vacation by bike!
“WOW! WHAT AN INCREDIBLE ADVENTURE!!! Jamie and Joy Gilpin – along with their staff members – created one of the most memorable bike adventures we’ve ever experienced. My husband and I have had the very good fortune of biking all over the world, which should underscore how well planned and organized Outfitter Bicycle Tours is! Every detail was considered, from the exceptional accommodations at eve… Read more
Thank you for a great trip. It might have been my favorite in Europe ever. It was totally trip that I wanted. Lars went above and beyond!
“We enjoyed so much that it is difficult to describe.”
Before booking my Best of Provence – Relaxed 7 Night solo riding tour, I had not ridden a bike for more than a couple of hours at a time let alone six days in a row! So, coming into my tour, I had no idea what I was getting myself into or whether I would be able to even complete the journey, however the itinerary that Outfitter Bicycle Tours had designed for me, gently taking me through Provence… Read more
“The countryside is every bit as lovely as we had expected, the routes offered really pleasant riding with excellent variety. We do love the self-guided style trips (this was our 3rd with your organization), with flexibility to ride at our own pace, to stop whenever and wherever we care to. The only pressure is to arrive at the evening’s destination by cocktail hour!”
My dad and I had a great trip to Asheville, NC on a self guided tour where Jamie and his staff were excellent. Not only were they super flexible with where we wanted to ride but also very helpful in recommending best spots to eat/drink around town. They took care of all the logistics and planning and we just had to show up and ride. Already thinking about another trip and would definitely recomme… Read more
We had one of the trips of a lifetime organized by Outfitter. We had originally planned to organize the trip ourselves, but we were SO glad we chose Outfitter. They planned great days of riding, put us up in charming hotels with great food, and took care of all the hassles of pickups and baggage transport, etc. We could not have been happier with our trip and will definitely use them for our next … Read more
“Fantastic tour. The routes were all exceptionally well planned. The climb up the Ventoux was epic. The descent was white knuckles and we loved every minute of it. Each day we rode a 2-3 hours in the morning and 2-3 hours in the afternoon. Lunch was usually 2-3 hours. The restaurants were recommended by our guide, Arthur. The Provencal country food was absolutely unbelievably delicious. Independen… Read more
I always had an idea that I wanted to go see the Tour de France once in my life. Well, I have now gone on three TdF trips with Outfitter Bicycle Tours as the experience was that good. Jamie and Joy’s low key, friendly and flexible approach made riding in the Alps an amazing experience. They did a great job of helping me determine what would maximize my experience. If I wanted an easier day, they h… Read more
“Bruno speaks English very well. He is extremely knowledgeable about food like where to eat and regional dishes and wines, accommodations and the roads. He asks feedback on the places we stayed and the quality of the food. He was very responsive our cycling needs too. When we needed sag help he was there quickly and no complaints.”
“The careful and excellent detailed preplanning, reservations, and auxiliary service were well done and made our trip easy and seamless!”
“We’ve returned home now and I wanted to say a big thank you for a wonderful trip. It came off without a hitch and we enjoyed many of the routes you mapped out for us. Happily, after our wives built their confidence, the only day we ended up truncating was the first day, when we rode directly from Le Thor to Fontaine de Vaucluse through Ile sur la Sorgue. We also added Oppede le Vieux on the s… Read more
“We did a relaxed bike tour around Provence, France. It was fantastic! OBT and Jamie had everything organized for us. Our self-guided tour was well mapped out, and we were able to cycle at our leisure and take in the spectacular landscape. We stopped along the way and soaked in the beautiful French countryside. We were warmly welcomed at the hotels and inns that OBT organized for our tour. We had … Read more