Provence & Le Tour with Eros Poli


Eros “Monsieur Ventoux” Poli invites you to experience the 2016 Tour de France like never before, right at the heart of the action.

This trip focuses on riding the amazing roads of Provence, a region known the world over for its stunning vineyards and seemingly endless fields of lavender.

We’ll experience the excitement of cycling’s biggest race, while eating and drinking to your hearts content, before tackling the infamous Ventoux, one of the most feared climbs in the world, to give you a taste of what the pros go through.

Included With Trip:

  • All lodging*
  • All food and beverages**
  • Pinarello Dogma F8 bike rental with SRAM Red eTap 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

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Finish Location:


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Group Size:

8 – 12

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Biggest Climbing Day:

Day 4. Mont Ventoux

Longest Day:

Day 3. Oppedette Valley


Day by Day Breakdown



After a 1 hour transfer from Marseilles to the heart of Provence and our home for the week, Mas de la Tour, we will have a quick lunch before getting straight to the bikes. This is a quintessentially Provençal route that offers the perfect glimpse into the heart of this region. As the late afternoon light gives a glow to the hillsides and the shadows lengthen, we will roll along ridge tops, through small villages, and past the ancient fields that blanket these fertile hillsides.

La Coste – Gordes

Our ride today begins with the gentle ascent to Bonnieux before circling the valley to Lacoste. Lacoste’s most well-known resident, the infamous Marquis de Sade, lived here intermittently between improsonments. His writing, art and adventures have inspired the development of a small community of local thespians. The second half of our ride is more challenging climbing to the towns of Gordes and Roussillon which have been called the two most beautiful towns in Provence.

Oppedette Valley

Today we leave Mas de la Tour and ride out to the Oppedette Valley. Carved from the regions limestone over the millennia by the the Cavalon River, this series of twisting gorges and ravines is quiet and sheltered from the summer sun. We will ride the twisting road past cottonwoods and through the small coves. Our route home brings us to the ridge above the Luberon with stunning views across to Mt. Ventoux.

Mont Ventoux

In 1994 our very own Eros Poli was racing in the Tour de France and found himself in a solo breakaway from the gun. He gained 25 minutes on the peloton by the time the race reached the base of Mt. Ventoux in Bédoin. Recognizing that he would lose at least 1 minute per kilometer to Marco Pantani, during the ascent he realized that over the 19km climb to the top, he might still be in the lead, and if he could lead over the summit, he had a very real chance to win the stage. The rest, as they say, is history.

Mont Ventoux Stage Finish

The Giant of Provence has three different routes to the summit, and today we will take the road from Sault. We will ride to a spot about 3km from the summit where we will have a van parked waiting for us with a change of clothes. We will have a gloriously Italian pasta lunch roadside while reveling with all the other spectators and watch the Tour come through on the way to the finish at the summit. Today could be a big day for the General Classification and we can expect some big moves from the big players.


Today is the Idividual Time Trial for the Tour. The Race of Truth. After yesterday’s big summit finish on Mt. Ventoux, the individual TT today is the real test and separation for the GC. Being the only flat TT in this years race it will be hotly contested. We will have a short transfer to the start of our ride which will end at the start town for the ITT. We will spend the afternoon watching the stage before returning to Mas de la Tour and our last dinner together for the week.

Pont Julien

Pont Julien is final ride of the week and always reminds us how lucky we are to be able to ride here. Built in 3 BC it has been used to span the floodwaters of the Cavalon River for two millennia. Our ride will head north to the small hilltop town of Joucas. The views from the crest of the town are incredible. After cruising through Bonnieux we will descend to Pont Julien, and as travelers have been doing for centuries, make the crossing to continue our journey homewards.