FROM THE CEVENNES TO MOUNT VENTOUX AND ALPES MARITIMES!

 

We are pleased to introduce to you our SFIDA Southern France trip, covering the best riding in this part of the hexagonal country. We will ride through the intriguing Cevennes/Gorges du Tarn region, with its endless roads and small towns.

The Mount Ventoux has been on the top of any cyclist’s bucket list, now SFIDA Cycling is giving you the opportunity to climb it…one, two or three times. The Cingles du Mount Ventoux challenge is waiting for you! and who better than us to give you the support and advice to conquer this once in a lifetime adventure.

The end of the SFIDA Southern France trip would be the start of another amazing series of incredible rides. The landscape here changes from dry to Alpine just in a few kilometres.

This part of France host some legendary climbs like the Col de la Cayolle or the Col de la Bonette, Europe’s highest climb, along with some short but steep and little know ones like Col du Buis

Les Zinzins de Turini will be the last challenge we take you in, climbing this mythic col from its three sides is another great adventure!

Join us on the toughest SFIDA Cycling trip yet, we are here to help you!

Distance: 1,070km* 
Climbing: 26,800m* 

*(if you do the Cingles du Mount Ventoux and Les Zinzins de Turini)

Prices in Australian dollars.

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  • Destination:France
  • Duration:10 days
  • DATES : Aug 24 - Sep 03
    • HOTELS:2-4 Stars
    • MEALS:All meals included
    • ARRIVAL:Nice (NCE)
    • DEPARTURE:Nice (NCE)
    • NON RIDER:20% discount
  • PRICE :

    $6,450.00

DAY 1

Welcome to France!
Meet the SFIDA Cycling staff at Nice Airport (NCE) or at the designated hotel.

We will transfer to Le Rozier, in the very heart of the Cevennes/Gorges du Tarn where we will spend the first couple of nights of our trip.

After our orientation meeting, lunch and build up bikes we will ride to Le Truel and then descent to Les Vignes, from there we will ride and back to La Malene via some of the most spectacular parts of the Gorges du Tarn. Today’s ride is a good introduction to the amazing landscapes this region has to offer.

 

RIDE INFO: Day 1
57km / 1,340m
CLIMB: Le Truel.
HOTEL: Hotel de la Muse

DAY 2

A great loop (literally) around the Cevennes/Gorges du Tarn.

Today we start our ride along the Gorges du Tarn before starting the first climb of the day, the Causse de Sauveterre.The Causses are short climbs between 5 to 8 km that connects from the gorges up to the Cevennes plateau.

Continuing on a panoramic road we descend to La Malene, one of the many picturesque little towns that abound in the region. This is a very nice climb, with a good number of switchbacks, the higher you go the better are the views over the Gorges du Tarn and La Malene.

Now we are riding in the plateau before our descend to Florac via Col de Pierre-Plate. From Florac we start the climb up to the Col de Perjuret,

a nice and steady road that will take us to Meyrueis. Riding along the spectacular Gorges de la Jonte we arrive back to Le Rozier.

RIDE INFO: Day 2
122km / 2,535m
CLIMBS: Causes de Sauveterre (Les Vignes), Mejean (La Malene) and Montbrun, Col de Perjuret.

HOTEL: Hotel de la Muse

DAY 3

Riding through the Mont Aigoual massif.

The first of a series of big days planned for this trip.

Crossing the Cevennes from West to East, first we climb the Causse Noir from Le Meynial. From here we continue always uphill until we reach the top of the Mont Aigoual via the Col de la Serreydere. The mighty Mont Aigoual, at 1,567m, is the highest mountain in the area and can be seen from nearly all the directions.

After a great descend into Valleraugue, we climb the Col de la Tribale followed by a very scenic road before reaching the Col de l’Asclier.

Col d’Uglas, will be the last climb of the day. In Ales we will finish our ride before taking a transfer to Bedoin (2 hours). This will be our base for 3 nights, with some great riding ahead.

RIDE INFO: Day 3
150km / 3,200m
CLIMBS: Causse Noir, Col de la Serreyrede, Mont Aigoual, Col du Pas and Col d’Uglas.

HOTEL: Hotel des Pins

DAY 4

Easy ride around Malaucene.

After some great and challenging riding in the Cevennes and the transfer to Provence, today we will have an easier ride in preparation for tomorrow’s ride.

From our comfortable hotel in Bedoin today we propose a very easy and scenic ride through the Gorges de la Nesque followed by a visit to picturesque Monieux.

Monieux is a nice medieval town perfect for a coffee break. The short Montee de Saint Hubert will provide amazing views of the Mount Ventoux. all with very gentle inclinations and on quiet secondary roads. Definitely a great way to spend our first day in Provence.

RIDE INFO: Day 4
73km / 1,110m
CLIMBS: Gorges de la Nesque and Montee de Saint Hubert.

HOTEL: Hotel des Pins

DAY 5

The Cingles du Mont Ventoux, the ultimate triple climb.

Today we will climb the Giant of Provence, the Mont Ventoux. We propose to try and go for the Cingles, so, to climb this epic mountain from it three possible ways.

Starting from Bedoin (the route normally used by the TDF) and then Malaucene both sides are 21km an average 7.5% gradient.

Third and last will be the Sault side, considered the “easiest” one, it is also the longest one at 25.5km with a 4.5% gradient.

We will be supporting you during all this amazing riding day!

RIDE INFO: Day 5
139km / 4,540m
CLIMBS: Mont Ventoux from Malaucene, Bedoin and Sault in this order.
HOTEL: Hotel des Pins

DAY 6

Transfer and recovery ride day.

After taking on such an amazing challenge like the Cingles du Mont Ventoux, today we are travelling by van to Saint Paul de Vence, in the Cote d’Azur region.

In the afternoon we plan to do a recovery ride around the Gorges du Loup and surrounding area, a great way to get ready for our Grand Finale rides in the Alpes Maritimes.

RIDE INFO: Day 6
60km / 1,270m

HOTEL: La Vague de Saint Paul

DAY 7

Five Cols and an amazing ride!

From our start in Vence to our destination for the day in Puget Theniers, we will climb five Cols and ride in some very scenic roads.

Our first climb in the Col de Vence followed by the Col de Bleine, with great views from the top. Later on, the Col du Buis, fortunately, we are climbing the easy side…

To end our ride, the Col du Trebuchet before taking a very narrow and panoramic road that will take us to the start of the Col de St.Raphael. From there is all downhill to Puget Theniers.

RIDE INFO: Day 7 
110km / 2,850m
CLIMBS:  Cols de Vence, de Bleine, du Buis, du Trebuchet, de St.Raphael.
HOTEL: Hotel Les Alizes

DAY 8

Two long climbs, amazing landscape changes!

Today we are doing “only” two climbs, but a couple of amazing ones!

After a short flat section to Pont de Cians we will start our ride up to the Gorges du Cians, part of the Valberg climb. The change of landscape from the start of the climb to the top is one of the most amazing you can experience, from hard and red coloured rock formations, narrow stretches with very vertical drops to the Alpine views on the final kilometres into Valberg.

An amazing descend will take us to Guillaumes, where the 32km long Col de la Cayolle starts. At 2,327m this is one of the highest climbs of our trip. We will end our day in Jausiers, at the bottom of another giant climb…

RIDE INFO: Day 8 
121km / 3,000m.
CLIMBS: Valberg, Col de la Cayolle.

HOTEL: Villa Morelia

DAY 9

Col de la Bonette: highest paved road in Europe.

Col de la Bonette, at 2,802m stands as the highest motorable road in Europe. From Jausiers is a 23km ride at 7% average and with 1,600m of elevation gain. Definitely a big climb!

After conquering the Bonette we will descend and ride along the Tinee valley, part of the Mercantour N.P. This is a long ride until our turn left to La Tour and up to La Madone d’Utelle, a very scenic climb on a narrow road. Descending via de Gorges de la Vesubie up Pont Durand where our longest ride of the trip will end.

A short transfer will take us to our hotel in Nice where conveniently we will spend the last two nights of the trip.

RIDE INFO: Day 9
147km / 3,320m
CLIMBS: Col de la Bonette, La Madonne d’Utelle.
HOTEL: Radisson Blu Nice

DAY 10

Gran Finale: Col de Turini….three times? are you kidding Tony?

We are ending this epic trip riding Les Zinzins de Turini, climbing the three sides that reach the top of this famous mountain in the Alpes Maritimes. Expect an endless succession of switchbacks is some of the sections!

A short transfer to L’Escarene to start our first climb of the day, this way, via Luceram and Lacets de Baisse Cabanette, is the longest, 26.6km long at 4.7%.

Second in order is the Bollene-Vesubie side, 12km long at 7%.

Third and last, the Sospel side, probably the most classic one, 24.3km long at 5.2%.

We hope this is a great end to this trip in Southern France’s most interesting regions.

 

RIDE INFO: Day 10
129km / 4,275m
CLIMBS: Col de Turini from L’Escarene (via Lacets Baisse de la Cabanette), Bollene-Vesubie and Sospel, in this order.

HOTEL: Radisson Blu Nice

DAY 11

Au revoir!

After breakfast transfer by van to Nice airport (NCE). Expect to get there by 10:00, so plan your flights accordingly.

MORE INFORMATION

PRICE:

Twin room:  $6,450 AUD
Single Supplement:  $850 AUD
Rental bike:  $800 AUD

PAYMENT TERMS:
$1000 AUD when making the booking. Balance to be paid 90 days before the trip starts.

WHAT´S INCLUDED:
10 nights accommodation between 2 – 4 Stars

ALL MEALS:

10 breakfasts.
10 lunches with a mix of picnic and trattoria meals.
10 dinners, including wine.

Other Inclusions:

  • Cingles du Mount Ventoux inscription.

NOT INCLUDED:
International flights.
Travel insurance.
Hotel extras: mini-bar, spa, massage.
Tips for the staff.

SUPPORT:
We will have ride leaders and at least one mechanic on our trip.
Our staff/client ratio is 1:4 staff.
Our passenger vans come fully equipped with all necessary to give the best support during the rides.
We carry gels, energy bars, powder mix, water, fruit, riding food, tools, pumps, spare tubes and tyres to make sure our first class support helps you through the trip.
Professional first aid kit.

CANCELLATION POLICY:
91 days before the trip starts – the return of deposit less $300 AUD cancellation fee.
61 days before the trip starts – the return of the full amount of the trip less $300 AUD cancellation fee, plus any amount that we can’t recover from our hotel and other costs that we have already incurred in the trip preparation.
31 days before the trip starts- the return of 50% of the full amount paid.
Less than 30 days before the trip starts – no amount will be refunded. We will, however, try to credit as much as possible towards a future trip. This depends on the amount that we can get back from the hotels and other costs that we have already incurred in the trip preparation.

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