HIDDEN GEMS

7 NIGHTS

COMFORT

LEVEL 2-3

687 Km

14,700 m

CEVENNES MOUNTAINS CYCLE TOUR

The Cevennes Mountains are a little known region of France offering rugged, wild scenery with is nonetheless spectacular. Our journey starts in the northern, Ardeche region. We work our way south via the highlight climbs of Lozere & Aigoul. Finish in the village of Meyrueis & ride the beautiful gorges of Tarn & Dourbie.

The tough landscape of the Cevennes is remote, wild & untamed but nonetheless beautiful to explore by bike.

On an Eat Sleep Cycle tour all you have to think about is enjoying your ride. Our trip support is second to none and we pride ourselves on a high staff-guest ratio. We take care of everything so you can savour the ride of a lifetime. This is a flexible itinerary offering riders the opportunity to extend or shorten the ride depending on their fitness level.

CYCLING ITINERARY

Day 1:

Arrival in the Cevennes Mountains, Vals les Baines.
Arrive Villa Aimee (2 night stay)

Day 2:

Tour of the Ardeche, Le Creu d’Etang, 113 km, 2,700 m

Day 3:

Vals les Bains – Banne, 90 km, 1,800 m
Arrive Auberge du Banne (2 night stay)

Day 4:

Mont Lozere, 147 km, 2,900 m

Day 5:

Banne – Meyrueis, 125 km, 3,200 m
Arrive Chateau des Ayres (3 night stay)

Day 6:

Mont Aigoul, 77 km, 1,600 m

Day 7:

Gorges du Tarn & Dourbie, 135 km, 2,500 m

Day 8:

Departure from the Cevennes Mountains.

IS THIS TOUR FOR ME?

The tour is for riders of varied abilities. To be able to enjoy the rides regular cycling in the months before the tour is highly recommended.

Don’t forget our support vehicle will never be from the group should you wish to take a break. There are also options to extend your ride each day and ‘make it epic’.

We are experienced at adjusting rides to suit different rider levels within a group. Please give us a call if you have any doubts or questions.

MAP

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • THE ARDECHE
  • VALS LES BAINS
  • AUBERGE DU BANNE
  • MONT LOZERE
  • MONT AIGOUL
  • GORGES DU TARN AND DOURBIE

CEVENNES MOUNTAINS CYCLE TOUR INFORMATION

RIDE SUPPORT

Full Support

Enjoy first class guiding, vehicle & mechanical support from our dedicated team throughout the tour.

Eat Sleep Cycle ride leaders are experienced professionals from all walks of life. Fun, friendly and patient, you will never be left behind.

We’re experts at tailoring a tour to meet the needs of our guests, be that adapting rides, ride nutrition and working with our host hotels.

Expect a high staff to rider ratio, small ride groups on the road and the cycling holiday of a lifetime!

Quick Facts
  • THE MOUNTAINS ARE PROTECTED WITH NATIONAL PARK STATUS
  • THE HIGHEST POINT IS MONT LOZÈRE AT 1,699M.
  • THE REGION HAS THREE OUTSTANDING CAVES; AVEN ARMAND, DARGILAN AND BRAMABIAU.

FOOD & ACCOMMODATION

Full Board

Enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner and ride nutrition tailored especially for cyclists.

Food from Provence is fresh, vibrant and world class and includes classic dishes such as Salad Nicoise. Taste local wines Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas, and Côtes de Provence.

Start the day with a breakfast buffet at the hotel. On longer days eat a time-efficient lunch served by the support team and stay fueled all day with ride nutrition from the support vehicle.

On shorter days we’ll stop to enjoy a light lunch in local cafes.
Refuel for the next day with dinner included at our accommodation or in nearby restaurants (table wine included).

French Hospitality

Spend two nights at Villa Aimee, a 19th century mansion in the pretty village of Vals les Bains. A perfect location from which to explore the Ardeche.

Auberge de Banne**** is our home for two nights. Luxurious & classy, the hotel is situated next to a castle in village of Banne, in the heart of the Cevennes mountains.

Finish with 3 nights in Meyrueis at Chateau Ayres****, a Benedictine monastery turned four star hotel. Enjoy the indoor pools and onsite restaurant.

BIKE HIRE

Bike Hire

Benefit from a 10% discount on any Eat Sleep Cycle bike hire as part of this package.

Choose from a Ridley, designed in cycling’s heartland of Belgium, or a state-of-the-art Factor bike.  All our bikes are supplied with compact 50-34 chainsets & 11-32 cassettes. 

Our Bikes

RIDLEY FENIX SL 105

  • Carbon Frame
  • Shimano 105 11-speed
  • Forza RC23 wheelset

RIDLEY HELIUM X

  • Carbon Frame
  • Shimano Ultegra 11-speed
  • Forza RC23 wheelset

RIDLEY FENIX DISC

  • Disc Brake Road Bike
  • Carbon Frame
  • Shimano Ultegra 11-speed
  • Hydraulic disc brakes
  • DTSwiss R24 DB wheelset.

FACTOR O2

  • State-of-the-art lightweight frameset
  • Black Inc. carbon wheels & finishing kit
  • Shimano Ultegra Di2

TRIP SUMMARY

Classic Climbs of the Alps Tour Dates

Trip Dates

2nd-9th June 2019

On demand for groups

Classic Climbs of the Alps Cycling Tour Pricing

Price Per Head

€3,199*

Single Supplement €549

Travel Logistics

Meet point: Meet at 11:00, 2nd June, Avignon train station to take the group transfer to Val-Les-Bains (1 hour 45 mins)

Departure: A group transfer will return you to Montpellier Train station by 12 noon. Plan your onward travel from here.

Guests are responsible for booking their own flights and travel
insurance.

What's Included?

Cycling: Fully guided and supported.
Accommodation: 3*/ 4* Hotels
Food: Full board.
Bike Hire: Optional
Transfers: Group airport transfers included.

Group Bookings

Groups of 6 or more riders: can opt to make a tour private and choose their own dates.
Groups of 8 or more riders: can benefit from a 5% discount.

Payment

Deposit: a 50% deposit will secure your place on the tour.
Balance: the outstanding balance is due 2 months in advance of the tour.

EXTEND YOUR TOUR AND DISCOVER PROVENCE

Our Tour of Provence runs from the 26th May – 2nd June. Discover the Gorges du Verdon and tackle Mont Ventoux.

WHY EAT SLEEP CYCLE?

Classic Climbs of the Alps

EXCELLENT LOCATION

Our home in Girona, Spain, gives us unique access to remarkable people and places, allowing us to create world class cycling tours.

Classic Climbs of the Alps Expert Tour Guides

EXPERT GUIDES

Our guides are experts in cycling, travel & hosting world class tours. We recruit professionals from all walks of life who love to ride.

Classic Climbs of the Alps 5 star reviews

5 STAR REVIEWS

You’ll be back!
98% of our guests say they’ll come back to Eat Sleep Cycle for another tour.

Classic Climbs of the Alps Expert Local Knowledge

LOCAL KNOWLEDGE

Ride with Eat Sleep Cycle and enjoy the best roads, landscapes & cultural experiences thanks to our knowledge.

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The staff were very pleasant, efficient and knowledgable. This was my first experience being fully supported and they definitely did this well - an array of supplies to fuel the body [...] The accomodation, food and scenery were all excellent and I highly recommend both bike hire and tours with ESC. Thanks heaps for an awesome adventure guys. Hope to be back one day!

Richard LOutstanding experience

Excellent customer service from this enthusiastic team of people. High spec rental bikes in excellent cosmetic and mechanical condition. Will definitely use again. Thanks.

Robert Collin

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