Alpe dHuez to Mont Ventoux Bike Picture 1
Alpe dHuez to Mont Ventoux Bike Picture 1

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Best Time of Year: April - October

Max alt:  1912m

Dist:  260km

Min age:  18

Duration:  4

Alpe d'Huez to Mont Ventoux Ride

Bike Adventure

Join us on this modern classic cycle tour taking in two of arguably the most iconic climbs to feature regularly in the Tour de France - Alpe d'Huez & Mont Ventoux. But don't imagine that's all that this tour offers...


Experience the highlights, the fame and glitz of the Tour de France, but also the secret back routes of Provence, experiencing some secret gems of our crossing between these 2 giant cols. The Col D'Ornon, the shimmering Lac du Sautet nestling amongst the towering Alps, the Col de Rioupes, the Col du Festre, and then the immaculate Gorges de la Meouge and the winding D542 to reach Sault, the calm before the storm that is the epic Windy Mountain - Le Mont Ventoux. If there's a finer ride on the backroads of rural France, we'd like to find it....

 


Itinerary

Day 1 - Outbound Day & Warm Up (40km)-

Our journey begins in Grenoble. You may either fly into Grenoble or get the direct train from Lyon airport. From Grenoble we will ride on to Bourg D'Oisans, heading off up the valley road to our evenings accommodation. Evening meal, and ride briefing.

Day 2 - The Big One - Starting Off with a Bang (130km)... we tear into the Mighty Alpe D'Huez (you may wish to take a leg stretcher first thing to warm up)... but with barely time to catch our breath, we must turn and swoop down the 21 hairpins before we begin our journey South.

We ride via the Col D'Ornon and the Lac du Sautet before a couple more cols rise up to greet us - the Souloise, the Rioupes, and the Potrachon, before we descend to join the Valley Road, and our overnight accommodation in Serres

Day 3 - The Beautiful One - Serres to Bedoin (130km)

We ride through beautiful farmland in the valley of the Beuch River, with a gently descending road to begin, before reaching Laragne, where we branch off into the wonderful Meouge Gorge, a road which emerges into ever more beautiful countryside, with little traffic, and stunning views. Passing Sederon, and the Col de Macuegne we wind our way on the unconventional approach to Mighty Mont Ventoux. Try and save those legs a little, as after our lunch, the towering beast awaits us. The gentler gradient of the lower slopes and Lavender Fields of Sault are not to be underestimated though. This climb is some 21km long, and although fairly easy going in the early section, the final stage, amongst the lunar landscape of the higher slopes of the mountain, becomes ever more draining. The photo at the top, is a moment to savour for any passionate cyclist.

All that then remains, is the descent to Bedoin, arguably the home of French Cycling, for our overnight, and celebratory dinner, prior to a transfer and return flight the following day.

Day 4 - Farewell to the Alps - breakfast, and transfer to Marseilles airport or train station, before heading home, with weary legs, but epic memories of stunning mountain roads :-)

 

Route Map


Accommodation

Three nights good quality b&b accommodation. We use 2/3 star hotels and twin rooms. Single rooms available on request. Dinners are not included, but are taken in nearby restaurants.

 

What is a Level 4.0 Cycling Challenge Like?

You are now moving into the realms of serious cycling challenges. Cycling days will be up to 10 hours (stops included), or slightly less if the event stretches over several days. You should have very good cycling fitness, with good leg strength, and you should be used to putting in regular training rides most weekends - with some good long rides. Most folks will consider these rides very long, and very challenging. Expect a mixture of length and terrain (think hilly!).

 

How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 4.0 ‘Bike Ride’?

To participate in these events you need to be in good cycling fitness. You probably are capable of riding at high speeds for 2 to 2.5 hours, around 23 - 25 km/hr. And you should be used to riding long distances and over hilly terrain. If you do not cycle regularly you must be of very high fitness level - and should think about converting as soon as possible and getting on to a bike - you will need to develop your specific strength and cycling technique. Do not come on these challenges without having spent plenty of time in the saddle. Training rides should be up to 60 or 70 miles, and you should have done a few like this. You should be getting out on your bike most weekends in the run up to your event, seeking out longer climbs to improve your climbing fitness for the event.

 

Medical Issues

Please note, it is extremely important for this physical challenge that you are in good health. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, please consider carefully whether you should be joining the challenge. Please ensure you fill in the booking form accurately and honestly, this is important. In the case of serious conditions (epilepsy, diabetes, heart conditions, recent illness or operations), please discuss the challenge with your GP. Please also ensure you notify us of any allergies or similar.

It requires stamina and good aerobic fitness - but good willpower will also come in handy! Failure to disclose medical conditions is a serious omission - that could have serious repercussions on any of our challenges.

 

Special Notes

Special Note 1

 

Visas / Redtape

When travelling abroad you may require a Visa. Please check the Travcour website (www.travcour.com) for up to date Visa information. Here they can advise you on the best action to take. If you require further information please don't hesitate to contact

 

Included In Trip

Route & Navigational Planning, Experienced Intl Cycle Leader, Support Vehicle, Mechanical Back Up, First Aiders, Luggagae Transfer, 3 nights Accommodation (inc Breakfast).

 

Excluded From Trip

Flights, lunches and evening meals,

 

Equipment Required

Bike Items
Road Bike / Hybrid Bike (with puncture resistant tyres) - please call us for guidance on type of bike on a trip by trip basis
2 X Water Bottles (bladder system/cycle water bottles)
Cycling Gloves, Bike Lock, Neck Scarf, Inner Tubes*, Multi-Tool (with allen keys)*
Day Bag for support vehicle, Small Holdall (for overnight gear)
Bike Lights (front and rear, head torch can be worn)
Saddle Bag (recommended - can be used to carry asterisk* items)
Puncture Repair Kit*, Spare parts for your bike (specialist parts and spokes), Pump (suitable for your valve type)

Helmet (compulsory)
Personal Medikit  Suncream, Plasters, Vaseline, Painkillers, Sunbloc, Insect Repellant

Washkit

Warm Clothing Medium Weight Softshell, Long sleeve Jersey / insulating layer Lightweight Gloves.

Cycle / Overnight Clothing
Lycra Cycling Shorts, Cotton Shorts, Long Cycling Trousers (Tights/Tracksuit Bottoms)
Cotton T-Shirts for evening
Short Sleeve Cycling T-Shirts (wicking type material) or Cycle Top with rear pockets
Cycling Shoes (approach shoes suitable), Sandals / Spare Shoes for after ride
Casual Evening Wear

Waterproof Clothing
1 Outer Fully Waterproof Jacket (gore-tex, e-vent) - comfortable to cycle in

Other
Travel Documents, EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) Credit Cards, Cash, Local Currency, Mobile Phone, Sunglasses
Snacks for Cycling Days (dried fruits, nuts, flapjacks, cereal bars etc)
Travel insurance (not included), Passport

Important
Make sure you do not ‘over pack’ - bring only what is essential for the trip 
A final kit list will be provided in your ‘Final Joining Instructions’ pre-departure

 

Safety Information

You must stay within range of either your cycling leader or the support vehicle at each stage of the ride. Briefings will be made each day. You must always wear your helmet. Your leader is First Aid Qualified - and will carry a full expedition first aid kit. There will also be a support vehicle available in case of emergency - but this is only useful if you are in contact with the vehicle / leader. The leader will attempt to ride towards the front of the group for this ride, and the support vehicle towards the back. The team will regroup at the start and end of each climb on this ride.

 

Weather

Mild warm and sunny weather. Be prepared for hot and sunny conditions - so be prepared to protect against the sun. Equally however, we could get unlucky! The higher mountain cols, even in summer can get very chilly, so pack rain jackets and warmer clothes too! Just in case!

 

Optional Extras

Optional Extras 1

 

Notes on Cycling Events

This is our standard range of Cycling Challenges in the UK, Europe and further afield. However, we offer completely tailormade itineraries to your specification. Call us to discuss! Please note that for overseas point to point cycling challenges we can transport soft cases for bike transport - but not hard cases, due to space limitations on board our support vehicles. On all our cycling events, please pack sensibly and bring a reasonably sized soft holdall type bag.

 

Adventure Cafe Booking Terms and Conditions

By booking an event with Adventure Cafe, you agree to these standard terms of booking. Please ensure that you read the appropriate document for your type of event carefully.

Adventure Cafe Terms & Conditions - For all types of event


 

 

Guide price

£549

Difficulty
Info

 

This Challenge is for exclusive group departures – please call us for more information


 

Event Location


Alpe dHuez to Mont Ventoux Bike Picture 2
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Alpe dHuez to Mont Ventoux Bike Picture 3