France - Alps - Mont Ventoux to Alpe d'Huez - Guided Road Cycling Holiday
- Legendary Tour de France challenges every day
- ‘Warming up’ on Mont Ventoux, the ‘Giant of Provence’
- Blue skies, fresh air and snow-capped peaks
- ‘Top of the world’ sensations on the summit of the Izoard
- Ticking off lots of Tour de France classics
- Riding through Provençal lavender flelds, synonymous with the region
- Final challenge of the legendary Alpe d‘Huez
From Marseille we transfer to Bedoin, the most famous of the three Ventoux gateway villages. Bedoin is a bustling little town nestling in the shadows of the legendary mountain and is the access point to the 'classic' and most challenging route up Mont Ventoux. After first ascending this majestic mountain we make our way through typical Provençal terrain via numerous villages and towns to the start of the southern Alps. Here the landscape becomes much more dramatic and challenging with steep sided valley walls, plunging waterfalls and far reaching views of peaks rising to nearly 4,000m.
The remainder of the tour is crammed with great climbs including Vars, Glandon, Izoard, and the Galibier. Of course, no alpine cycle tour would be complete without a pilgrimage to the great Alpe d’Huez; 21 numbered hairpins, 14km and an average gradient of 8.3%, it really is a must for those who love to climb and marks a very fitting end to our journey around the legendary cols of Le Tour.
Undoubtedly we’ll be working up a healthy appetite during our rides and as always the Skedaddle team will be providing plenty of appetising food to keep you going throughout each day.
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As seen in the press...
The Tour de France will don Lycra once more between July 7 and 29 – but keen cyclists can pedal ahead of the professionals by riding some of the race’s grand peaks in June. Saddle Skedaddle has an eight-day “Mont Ventoux to Alpe D’Huez” guided jaunt scheduled for June 23-30 (with a second departure on August 18). The trip will, of course, ride the two mountain beasts in question (three weeks before the tour tackles the latter on July 19).
The Telegraph (2018), 52 amazing holidays to take in 2018
Your holidays have always surpassed expectations and this, my sixth in eight years, was no exception. Breakfasts were consistently good throughout, all buffet-style. The picnic lunches excellent as always. I also really appreciated the berry tart (Col de Vars?) and the spag bol atop the Glandon. Dinners varied quite a lot but where there was little choice, pasta and rice were available, just what was needed.
Our tour guide John worked tirelessly to ensure we all had a wonderful time and maintained a steady pace without feeling it was too hurried. The route instructions were printed, with more detail than usual, given that the group would quickly split up on the road.
Looking at the itinerary I thought this would be a tough challenge, throwing in an ascent of Ventoux on the first days riding. However the days riding were organized very well with great support from Stuart and the others and I was pleasantly surprised to cover some of the biggest cols in the Alps without (much) trouble.
Fantastic trip, highly recommended to any cyclist :-)
Everything was very well organised, with lots of info before and during the holiday. Our guides Stuart had a huge depth of knowledge of the route and cycling in general. He was mega organised all the time and managed to help everyone throughout the day.
The itinerary was exceptionally well planned...
Having optional climbs as an add-on is a brilliant idea. Our guide Stuart was supportive and encouraging at all times. He was also a great source of interesting facts and anecdotes about the Tour and the world of professional racing. It really helped to get us feeling as though we were following in the footsteps of the ‘giants of the road‘!
The trip featured a well-chosen selection of accommodation (tricky to do when accommodating a cycling itinerary), with a couple of particularly comfortable locations. Having two nights in the same location at the end of the trip was very nice as it saved having to pack stuff up again, and the Chalet was lovely.
This is one of the best adventure/holiday I have ever been on...
I would highly recommend this holiday to anyone. Great chance to meet new people and see new places!
The team were so supportive...
The Skedaddle team really do work very hard to make the whole experience as good as it can get. I cannot fault their enthusiasm and commitment It was great to have the support vehicle which was never far away even though the cyclists were well spread out, it was always on hand when needed which was a bit of an achievement in it’s self.
Favourite day was cycling Col de Vars, mostly for the spectacular scenery on the down hill which really took my breath away. Favourite moments was every single summit reached! I’m not a great hill climber and Just felt so happy to have made it.
Kathy, Trinidad and Tobago
The organisation could not have been better...
The local guides went out of their way to provide a healthy varied lunch every day, and the selection of dinner spots was also excellent. It is very clear that they researched very carefully good quality and value ahead of the trip, and have established good business relationships with restaurant and hotel owners, all to the benefit of the cyclists! Really excellent (and I don’t usually say this).
There was a real attention to details. And it is no easy task pleasing riders of all abilities all very independent and with multiple dietary needs. I also greatly appreciated Jen’s knowledge of cycling and the willingness to give coaching tips and encouragement.
Our guide leader paced me up Alp dheuz for a new PB, top tour leader! To be honest when I first booked I considered it as expensive, but you had the route I wanted and it was confirmed. My eyes opened on route to the quality and the work involved and you see its expensive but worth it.
- 8 days
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Place to place
7 nights hotels
6 days riding
Breakfast and lunch
Guided and vehicle support
Group airport transfers
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Last Updated: 21/12/2017