Provence

$7,950

Provence is the ultimate Mangia, Beve, Bici destination. Famous for its undulating fields of lavender and as a perennial fixture of the Tour de France, the roads here are just waiting to be ridden. The wine, calling out to be drank. And the food, well the food is practically begging to be devoured.

The rolling hills of southeastern France make for incredible cycling terrain in general, but throw in a climb or two to one of the region’s picturesque hilltop villages, and you have something special. If you go one step further and tackle the infamous Mont Ventoux with the legendary Eros Poli – well, then you have the ride of a lifetime.

Provence is world-renowned for their Rośe wines, but since we are inGamba, and therefore “in the know,” we can confirm that they’re also producing some amazing big reds that you should sample asap. And as for the food? Well, we think Julia Childs said it best when she said, “In France, cooking is a national sport.”

Included With Trip:

  • All lodging*
  • All food and beverages**
  • Pinarello Dogma F10 bike rental with SRAM RED eTap 11-speed WiFLi components and daily bike wash
  • One Giordana FRc custom inGamba cycling kit and one additional Giordana FRc Inline cycling kit
  • Daily post-ride massage from a professional soigneur
  • Laundry service for cycling clothing

 

*Pre/post-trip lodging is not included

**Beverages ordered by guests beyond normal amounts and away from group activities will incur additional charges

Trip at a Glance

Start Location:

Marseille

Finish Location:

Marseille

Days Riding:

7

Group Size:

8 – 12

Total Distance:

450 km

Total Elevation:

7,800 m

Longest Day:

Day 2. Lourmarin. 91km

Biggest Climbing Day:

Day 6. Mont Ventoux. 1,580m

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Day by Day Breakdown

1

Sunset Ride

Bienvenue en France! After your pick up and a short transfer to the edge of the Luberon valley, we'll visit one of the area's famous fruit markets in search of some local gold. July is the peak of the melon-growing season and the markets of Cavaillon are the epicenter of this annual cornucopia. After a light lunch, it's time to fit the bikes and take an afternoon test ride into the heart of the valley and the center of Provence. This is the time to make adjustments to your bike fit. If something isn’t quite right please talk to one of the mechanics.
2

Lourmarin

Our ride today has most of the climbing at the beginning and the main ascent is to the beautiful town of Bonnieux. After that, we reach the ridge line of the Luberon Mountains, where we'll descend the southern edge through a canyon carved by the Aigues Brun creek. Although the middle section of our ride has a bit more traffic, it's worth it for some wonderful roads with great views of the arid landscape. After our ride we will enjoy a recovery massage, or have some time to relax and enjoy the delightfully French pastime of Petanque. In the evening, there's a wonderful dinner in the adjacent town of Rousillon.
3

Malemort du Comtat

Yesterday, we explored the area on the southern side of the Luberon Valley, and today we'll discover the region between the valley and Mont Ventoux to the north. There are two main climbs to challenge you today and while they are both tough, they are also beautifully scenic and the descents are some of the best in the region. This afternoon we'll visit one of the regions lavender farms where we'll learn about the farming and the production of many of the famous lavender products. Of course, there will also be an opportunity to bring some of it home with you. And, for anyone who’s legs are angry at them, massages and a beer by the pool are always an option for the afternoon.
4

Viens

Our ride today takes us directly to Pont Julien. Built in 3BC, it has been used to span the floodwaters of the Cavalon River for two millennia. As travelers have done for centuries, we'll make the crossing and continue our journey onwards, staying within the Luberon Valley but heading east where few tourists visit. Once you've seen it, you'll wonder why, because it's beautiful. There'll be time to stop for coffee in the small town of Viens, which is barely big enough to have a café, but still charming and its tiny streets (and we mean tiny) are easy to get lost in, while every corner seems to have a surprise. For dinner this evening, we'll be going to one of our local favorites, le Petit Ecole (the little school). It is a wonderful traditional restaurant with outside garden seating, packed with all of the allure of traditional French cooking but without any of the snooty atmosphere.
5

Lioux

Our fifth ride leads us back north. The highlight will be the Senanque Abbey which, on a day with good weather and good lighting, rovides the backdrop for that classic Provencal selfie, complete with a lavender field and big stone building. Our route takes its name from a very small village with a not-so-small backdrop. The cluster of buildings of Lioux is tucked away under a massive overhanging limestone cliff. Be careful that you keep your bike on the road while craning your neck to see it all. This afternoon we'll visit the nearby town of Avignon for a short tour of the historical town, and an aperitif.
6

Bonnieux

Today we'll take it easy in preparation for tomorrow’s big ride, the grand finale of our trip. However, that doesn’t mean we have to do anything boring. This might actually be our favorites, for a couple reasons. 1: The roads are generally moderate grades with lots of twists and some great views. 2: We visit the best croissant bakery in the region. In the afternoon, we'll visit one of our favorite wineries to sip and enjoy. Mourvèdre is the most common varietal grown in this region which makes sense because it is the main component in most rosé wines, which is the type that Provence is most known for. Tonight we'll have a slightly earlier dinner in the farmhouse to prepare for tomorrow’s early departure for the assault on Mt. Ventoux.
7

Mont Ventoux

We have saved the best ride for last, one of the most famous routes in all of cycling. We'll depart early for a short drive to the base of Mt. Ventoux, and our ride will be up and over the summit just like the pros have traditionally done. At the '94 Tour, our very own Eros Poli found himself in a solo breakaway from the gun, from which he managed to build up a commanding lead and somehow stay ahead of the chasing climbers to hold his lead at the summit. The rest, as they say, is history, as he rode to one of the most famous victories in modern cycling history.
8

Depart for Home

Today is a travel day from the warm confines of the Luberon to the coastal waters of Marseille. Our drop off point will be the Marseille airport in time for your flight home. Bon voyage!

PINARELLO DOGMA F10

FRAMESET:

Pinarello Dogma F10

COCKPIT:

ZIPP Service Course SL

GRUPPO:

SRAM RED eTap 11-speed WiFLi

PEDALS:

Speedplay Zero or your own

SADDLE:

fi’zi:k Arione, Antares, Aliante, Donna, Vesta or your own

WHEELSET:

Zipp alloy 30

TIRES:

Vittoria Corsa CX

BOTTLE CAGES:

Elite Custom Race

BIDON:

Elite Corsa Team

COMPUTER:

Garmin Edge 820