While we wait for the ice and snow to melt, we can all at least dream of getting back on the road. Here are some slideshows of our favorite routes in Provence and some highlights from cycling weeks that two different groups of 12 spent in Provence and near Girona in NE Spain.
Gorges de la Nesque, Provence
One of our favorite rides. It's hyper scenic, runs through these cool tunnels and has such a gentle grade that anyone can handle it.
You can either do the full route to Sault or just take coffee at Monnieux, turn around and whiz back home.
The Mont Ventoux, Provence
Ahh, the Giant of Provence. The typical Tour de France route from Bedoin is 22km (14 miles) with a relentless 7.4% average grade.
For a real challenge try a Mont Ventoux Triple (ascending from each of the three entry villages.)
Route de Suzette, Provence
This is an oft-overlooked but splendid route over the Dentelles, a jagged mountain range in the middle of Provence. It's short (only about 45km/28miles) but sweet (and almost car free except for a few slow moving sightseers.)
Bastide de Ventoux Stay. September 2013
We hosted a group of 6 couples of mixed cycling levels at one of our prestige villas, Bastide de Ventoux. They kindly allowed us to share some of their pictures.