|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.
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
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
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
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!
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
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.
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
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 we reach the end of the valley and finish our ride for today.
A short va transfer will take us to our hotel in Vence where conveniently, we will spend the last two nights of the trip.
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: La Vague de Saint Paul
After breakfast transfer by van to Nice airport (NCE). Expect to get there by 10:00, so plan your flights accordingly.
Twin room: $6,450 AUD
Single Supplement: $850 AUD
Rental bike: $800 AUD
$1000 AUD when making the booking. Balance to be paid 90 days before the trip starts.
10 nights accommodation between 2 – 4 Stars
10 lunches with a mix of picnic and plat du jour meals.
10 dinners, including wine.
- Cingles du Mount Ventoux certificate
- Zin Zins du Turini certificate.
Hotel extras: mini-bar, spa, massage.
Tips for the staff.
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.
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.