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Ventoux to Alpe d’Huez

Ride along Serre-Poncon Lake, between Upper Provence and the Alps 6
Climbing up to Alpe d'Huez and its 21 hairpins Riding down small and quiet roads of Provence Col de l'Homme Mort, near Sault. We organise this cycling tour for groups on a guided basis This itinerary will take you to mythic climbs and lesser-known stunning roads Ride along Serre-Poncon Lake, between Upper Provence and the Alps Lunar landscape at the top of Col Izoard climb, Queyras regional park

Cyclomundo offers guided and self-guided cycling trips in Provence, click here to see the Provence regional page

  • This tour is offered on a self-guided basis on June 30th and July 19th, 2019. 
  • Ride the terrain of the pros
  • A perfect way to experience the thrill of the Tour de France
  • The June 30th trip tour can be combined with the Marmotte cyclosportive held on July 7th, 2019
  • From 830 euros per person sharing a double room

Please note: This tour can be organized for cycling clubs and private groups on a request basis for groups of 6 or more from June through September. For these, we will tailor the itinerary and provide the appropriate support based on the group's fitness level.

Ride along Serre-Poncon Lake, between Upper Provence and the Alps

Ventoux to Alpe d’Huez

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  • PriceFrom 830 euros
  • DAY5 nights / 6 days

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Description

The most famous Tour de France climbs

Experience some of the most famous Tour de France climbs in Provence and in the Southern Alps on an extraordinary 6-day cycling tour from Mont Ventoux to Alpe d’Huez. 

On our itinerary, you’ll wheel through physically challenging routes, such as the Col d’Izoard and the 21 hairpin bends to Alpe d’Huez; glimpse sunrises and sunsets, ravishing canyons, verdant pastures and fine looking vistas. The charming towns of Sault, Guilletstre, and Briançon offer a peek at he pre-Alps countryside, and the serene landscape at Lac de Serre-Ponçon offers the feeling of rest as you glide upon more pleasant paths.

This trip can be combined with the Marmotte cyclosportive, you can see the details here.

 

For travel and cycling tips to Provence, visit our "Travel and cycling tips" section.

Itinerary

D1Arrival in Mazan or Bedoin

 

Welcome to Provence! Your adventure starts in the small village of Mazan, with its old medieval center protected by a circled wall of buildings. If you’re arriving by train, Avignon is the closest city that is serviced by the TGV. In this case, we can arrange a transfer between Avignon and Mazan (note that the transfer is not part of the package). Avignon is marvelous, with tree-lined cobblestone streets leading you to the main square and the “Palais des Papes” (the Pope’s Palace). Take some time to visit the palace and its grounds.

Wherever you arrive from, remember to eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow, you ride!

D2Mazan - Orpierre 106 km / 67 miles; 3, 185 m/ 10,455 ft of climbing

 

Take on the classic Tour de France ride up Mont Ventoux via Bédoin this morning. The ever-changing gradients will challenge you until you exit the forest — when the exposure to the elements atop the “bald mountain” will keep you on your toes! Stop and pay your respects at the Tom Simpson monument, then push yourself to the summit (1,912 m/6,273 ft). Down through Sault, the ‘scenic route’ includes quintessential Provençal lavender fields. You’ll soon reach the Dauphinés, the pre-Alps where you’ll encounter minor climbs, the Col de l’Homme Mort (1,212 m/3,976 ft) and the Col de Macuègne (1,068 m/3,504 ft). Follow the twists and turns along river valleys, the ups and downs of the region until you enter the true Alpine territory.

Tonight, you’ll rest up in Orpierre, a medieval town nestled against mountain walls.

D3Orpierre - Embrun 104 km / 64 miles; 1,950 m / 6,390 ft of climbing

 

On today’s long route, you may feel sandwiched between mountains and rows upon rows of vines — not a bad thing! As you pedal on, you’ll wind your way through ravines and follow La Durance river. Once the road starts to rise, glance around for a glimpse of Chateau de Tallard and the dome-topped Ceuse in the background. Hamlets dot the valley ahead, but soon you’ll hug the mountains and pedal uphill. The vistas over Lac de Serre-Ponçon are breathtaking, and you might find it hard to believe it’s a man-made body of water!

Stop for a photo op on the Pont des Savines as you cross to the opposite shore. The lake once again becomes La Durance, and you’ll rest in the nearby commune of Embrun.

D4Embrun - Serre-Chevalier 83 km / 52 miles; 2,360 m / 7,750 ft of climbing

 

Take the path of La Durance where you will pass by the fortified town of Mont-Dauphine. You will be led to Guillestre, an authentic Alpine community where you’ll find flowers and fountains in every square. The elevated slope of Gorges de Guil will push you to climb one of the tour's highlights, the Col d’Izoard, a Tour de France climb that goes "beyond category". Here, you will be required to wind your way up hairpin turns. Views are rewarding at the summit (2,360 m/7,743 ft).

You can opt to make a stop at a small cycling museum that pays tribute to Fausto Coppi, Louison Bobet, and other great legends. Riding down is easy; take the road to Briançon, a valley city nestled beneath the protection of Fort Vauban, and stop to explore if you wish — or continue to your accommodations in Serre-Chevalier.

D5Serre-Chevalier — Alpe d’Huez 73 km / 46 miles; 2,410m / 7,905 ft of climbing

Glaciers hide amid the mountain peaks in this popular skiing destination — but you’re here for other athletic pursuits. Today’s route is technically part of the eastern climb to the Col du Lautaret, but you’ll bypass it and Galibier on your way to Bourg d’Oisans. Once you reach this unassuming town, muster your energy for the 21 hairpin bends up to Alpe d’Huez (1,860 m/6,102 ft) — let the memories of previous stage winners (whose names appear on each turn) encourage you on your ascent. The only appropriate way to celebrate tonight is with a dinner worthy of champions.

D6Departure

 

Fill your lungs with fresh mountain air while you can, because today's the day you'll descend from Alpe d'Huez and head on to your next adventure.

Booking & Pricing

  • Price details
  • This tour is available on a self-guided basis on the following dates:

    • June 30th
    • July 19th

    Note: The June 30th tour can be combined with the Marmotte cyclosportive held on July 7th, 2019.

    Please note: This tour can be organized for cycling clubs and private groups on a request basis for groups of 6 or more from June through September. For these, we will tailor the itinerary and provide the appropriate support based on the group's fitness level.

  • 830 euros. Single supplement is 285 euros

These prices include:

  • 5 nights' accommodation (1 night in a 2-star hotel, 3 nights in 3-star hotels, and 1 night in a 4-star hotel (in Mazan) or a 3-star hotel (in Bedoin))
  • Daily breakfast
  • 2 dinners (drinks are not included)
  • Meeting with our local representative
  • Luggage transfers
  • Marked maps and/or cue sheets and route notes
  • Pre-loaded GPS unit (subject to availability)
  • Assistance if necessary (you will be provided with our local rep’s mobile number)
  • All tax and service charges

These prices do not include:

  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Travel Insurance
  • Arrival and departure transfers are on request
  • Bicycle rentals. Full-carbon racing bikes are available at the rate of 190 euros per bike. This price includes the 20-euro delivery and drop-off fee.

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