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
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
“The team at the Outfitter Bicycle Tours put together an amazing holiday that I’ll never forget. We had great places to stay/eat and we were always in the thick of the action. The tour rides catered for riders of all levels and we somehow managed to visit my favourite team on a tour ride! I’ll be back to do it all again soon.”
“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
“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
“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!”
“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