HIDDEN GEM

7 NIGHTS

LUXURY

Advanced Bike Tour of the Alps

LEVEL 3

600 KM

11,500 M

PROVENCE CYCLE TOUR

Prepare to be amazed.

Provence offers beautiful roads & stunning scenery. Start in the Gorges du Verdon & the Préalpes d’Azur head north to the little know Sisteron-Beuch region before riding east up the Gorges de la Meouge to the Giant of Provence, Mont Ventoux.

Finish the tour with a spin around the spectacular Haute Vaucluse & discover the hanging villages of Provence.

Enjoy full support from the Eat Sleep Cycle tour throughout the week.

CYCLING ITINERARY

Day 1:

Arrival in La Palud Sur Verdon
Warm up ride, Route de Cretes, 23 km, 900 m

Day 2:

Gorges du Verdon & the Préalpes d’Azur, 85 km, 2,200 m

Day 3:

La Palud – Sisteron, 110 km, 2,200 m

Day 4:

Ventavon & Col du Faye, 93 km, 1,200 m

Day 5:

Sisteron – Gorges de la Meouge – Mazan, 112 km, 1,400 m

Day 6:

Ventoux, the Giant of Provence, 75 km, 1,900 m (1 ascent)
Make it epic: Add a second or even third ascent. 

Day 7:

Haute Vaucluse, 105 km, 1,700 m

Day 8:

Departure from Mazan

IS THIS TOUR FOR ME?

This tour is for riders of abilities ranging from Intermediate to Epic. 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

  • MONT VENTOUX
  • PREALPS DE AZUR
  • THE HANGING VILLAGES
  • GORGES DU VERDON

PROVENCE TOUR INFORMATION

RIDE SUPPORT

Full Support

Rides are fully supported by our team of guides and vehicles.

The ride support vehicle is stocked with natural ride nutrition, electrolytes and water. On longer days the team will serve a roadside lunch – a time efficient pit stop with the right balance of carbohydrates, protein, fruit & veg to keep you energized and feeling healthy all week.

Eat Sleep Cycle ride leaders are experienced riders from all walks of life united by a love of Cycling who’ll help to keep the group safe, motivated and savouring the trip of a lifetime. Our Tour Leaders know the region well and speak the local language.

Mechanical support will be close by at all times.

Quick Facts
  • PROVENCE HAS PRODUCED BEAUTIFUL WINES FOR OVER 2,000 YEARS
  • THE FIRST LAVENDER IN PROVENCE ALLEGEDLY CAME FROM PERSIA
  • THE TOMMY SIMPSON MEMORIAL IS LOCATED ON MONT VENTOUX

FOOD & ACCOMMODATION

Full Board

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

Start the day with a breakfast buffet at the hotel to prepare for an epic day in the saddle. Then on the road eat a time-efficient lunch served by the support team and stay fueled all day with ride nutrition from the support vehicle.

Refuel for the next day with dinner included at our accommodation or in nearby restaurants (table wine included).

Provencial Hospitality

Rest, recover & indulge in 3 & 4* hotels. Spend 2 nights in the Verdon valley, 2 nights in the Sisteron-Buech region and 3 nights at the base of Ventoux in Mazan.

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

26th May- 2nd June 2019

On demand for groups

Classic Climbs of the Alps Cycling Tour Pricing

Price Per Head

€3,699*

Single Supplement €849

Travel Logistics

Meeting Point: The meet point for the tour is Marseilles Train Station at 10am on Day 1 of the tour.

Plan onward travel from Avignon train station. Riders will be here by 11:00 on Day 8 of the tour.

What's Included?

Cycling: Fully guided and supported.
Accommodation: 3*/4* Hotels and guesthouses.
Food: Full board.
Bike Hire: Optional (from €127)
Transfers: Return group transfer from Marseilles Train station and too Avignon Train Station.

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 RIDE THE CEVENNES & ARDECHE

Our Tour of the Cevennes Mountains runs from the 2nd – 9th June 2019 and takes in a wildly beautiful, little known region of France.

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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Absolutely brilliant service, Edward, Peter and Gethin were absolutely superb... The bikes were top class and just a totally professional outfit.. Thanks Brian.

Claire Mcgonigle

I loved traveling with ESC and would book another trip with them - for sure! The emphasis was about having fun and achieving our goals as a group. The guides were safe, easy to get to know and encouraging throughout the rides. The support was amazing! We had plenty of food, snacks and drinks along the ride and Lee and his team were totally accommodating to riders of all levels. The hotels were great and meals excellent. Really - nothing negative to say except that they are not located in the USA so I can’t use their company more frequently. I guess I have to get back to Europe! Thanks Lee and Team. What a trip!!

C.S

I just finished a bespoke trip with the crew from ESC. It was the most amazing cycling I've ever done in my life. The trip with worth every penny. Everything from the routes, support, and hotels were planned with such thought and care. Looking forward to many more trips with ESC!

Jennifer Oh

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