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

Next departure:  28/09/2018

Best Time of Year: April - October

Max alt:  1912m

Dist:  345km

Min age:  18

Duration:  4

Alpe d'Huez to Mont Ventoux With Optional Ventoux Triple

Bike Adventure

Join us on this classic cycle tour, taking in two of arguably the most iconic climbs ever to feature in professional cycling; Alpe d'Huez and Mont Ventoux. You will also have the option to complete the stunning challenge of climbing Mont Ventoux three times in one day...


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....

After our first ascent of Ventoux we'll finish in Bedoin, where you have the option of either a final meal and transfer to Marseille airport for your flight home, or the chance for an extra night and the chance to complete the Cingles Challenge; climbing all three paved ascents of Ventoux in one day. Not a challenge for the faint-hearted!

 


Itinerary

Day 0 - 28-09-2018 - Arrival Day 

The recommended flight arrives into Alps-Isere airport at 16:35. We will then transfer to nearby Voiron, to discuss the trip and prepare our bikes for the coming days.

 

Day 1 - 29-09-2018 - The Warm Up - Voiron to Bourg d'Oisans: 81km / 1000m

We begin our ride with a gentle day, slowly climbing up along the valley to Bourg d'Oisans; the home of French cycling. From here we will rest our legs and gaze up at the hairpins waiting for us on day two...

 

Day 2 - 30-09-2018 - Starting off with a bang... Bourg d'Oisans to Serres - 120km / 2500m

We leave our hotel and immediately head up the iconic 21 hairpins to Alpe d'Huez (you may wish to take a leg stretcher first thing to warm up...). With barely time to catch our breath, we must turn and swoop down the mountain to begin our journey South.

We ride via the Col D'Ornon and the Lac du Sautet before a couple more smaller 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 - 01-10-2018 - The Giant of Provence - Serres to Malaucene - 140km / 3500m

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 Malaucene for our overnight, and celebratory dinner, prior to a transfer and return flight the following day.

Day 4 - 02-10-2018 - Farewell to the mountains

Breakfast, and transfer to Marseilles airport or train station, before heading home, with weary legs, but epic memories of stunning mountain roads.

Day 4 - 02-10-2018 - (OPTIONAL EXTRA) - Mont Ventoux Triple - 135km / 4300m

We shall be on the road early - latest for about 07:30 - and into the first ascent of Mont Ventoux. We climb just under 1600m on our first ascent, and the climb starts almost immediately. We should take the first one steadily, as there are a further two to come. The support vehicle will stay towards the rear, but will try and keep an eye on the group. The cycling leader will be towards the front of the pack (depending on who is in the pack...!). Each time we crest the mountain, we shall attempt to regroup. We shall also set clear cut off times, in order that the team know the schedule for completing the ride. Each climb should take us a maximum of 2 hours, and a descent of around 1 hour. So the first cut off will be at the bottom of the first descent (in Bedoin) - at approximately 11am. Each subsequent climb will be similar. The exact cut off will be issued in the joining instructions, but the longest duration for the ride will be between 11 and 12 hours. The group will reassemble near the summit each time (in a café) and then once again at the bottom of the climb. By doing this, each rider will be guaranteed good service from the support vehicle. You will ride the climbs at your own speed however!

Day 5 - 03-10-2018 - Farewell to the mountains

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

Four nights good quality b&b accommodation (five if opting for Ventoux Triple). We use 2/3 star hotels and twin rooms. Single rooms available on request. Dinners are not included, but are taken in nearby restaurants.

 

 

 

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, Luggage Transfer, 4 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

- Single Room (subject to availability, supplement payable)

- Mont Ventoux Triple Challenge (Supplement of £150)

- Bike Hire

 

 

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

£749

Difficulty
Info

 

Trip dates


Start Date
End Date
Duration
28/09/2018
02/10/2018
3

 

Event Location


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

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