Welcome to quintessential Provence – blue skies, vineyards, lavender fields, historic villages. The elephant in the room is Mt Ventoux – one of cycling legends.
We’ll pick you up from Avignon TGV station then ease into riding with a quiet evening ride over a short climb that is the staple diet of local riders. The next two days are spent exploring some of the more hidden gems of the region – Gorges de la Nesque, Dentelles de Montmirial, Gigondas, Sablet. On day four we deal with the elephant – Ventoux! You can choose a single, double or triple serving of the famous moonscape. This really is a bucket list climb and te sense of achievement at the top is overwhelming. Day five has us riding the full loop around Ventoux – gazing at it with a new found respect. Our final day in Provence is spent riding the movie-set backdrop of Luberon Valley and a special lunch stop along the way. We’ll take a rest day on day six while we transfer to another mythical mountain spot – Alpe d’Huez.
Driving into the valley to access Alpe d’Huez you instantly know you’re in rugged alpine country. Our hotel is right up on Alpe d’Huez, so those with frisky legs can forgo a rest day and take the first opportunity to ride the most famous 21 hairpins of cycling. We will spend the next three days marvelling at how the Tour de France riders race so many of these climbs day after day. We’ll tick off the Alpe d’Huez climb itself, as well as the upper and lower balconies, Col du Glandon, Col de la Croix de Fer and Mt Serran. Day 10 is a transfer ride – over the Col de Lautarat, Col du Galibier and Col du Telegraphe followed by a drive to St Jean de Sixt.
Set in the mountains above Lake Annecy, our hotel gives us a great spot to head down to the lake for a spin on the cycle paths for our first ride here. On day 12, some of our group will join 14,999 other crazy cyclists to ride L’Etape – a full Tour de France stage. Such is the popularity of this event, entries sold out within a week. Those with less grand ride plans will enjoy a more leisurely cruise to a relaxed viewing spot to cheer on the crazies. Our final ride will take us over the ‘Double AA’ – Col d’Arpettaz and Col des Aravis for a stunning visual finale to this tour. Day 14 will have your mind wandering back through all that has been achieved over the last two weeks as we drop you off to your choice of Annecy train station or Geneva airport.
Each Kiwi Style Bike Tour has a full ride itinerary, which includes shorter ride options where practicable. We provide an atmosphere where no ride is compulsory and can advise which rides to shorten to ensure you enjoy all of the features of this tour. We have the experience and knowledge of the areas to make changes and adjustments to the scheduled rides based on short and long term weather conditions. We aim to accommodate the needs and abilities of all riders in each group and will recommend changes accordingly.
We have a limited amount of Scott full carbon (or equivalent) road bikes for hire.
The price for a Provence-Alps Tour bike hire is $580.00
The Provence-Alps Tour has a 4 star difficulty rating, with numerous alpine climbs – particularly on the second half of the tour. While you don’t need to be a racer you will need to have a very good standard of fitness to enjoy this tour.
This tour has one full rest day scheduled in the itinerary – but remember no rides are compulsory.
Accommodation is share twin. Excludes – airfares, travel insurance and meals unless indicated.
The Provence – Alps Tour is limited to 12 persons.
OwnerJake Rowse is the owner of Kiwi Style Bike Tours, having taken over the reigns from company founder Richard Scott in 2017. Jakes first year guiding for Kiwi Style was 2012, while he and his wife and two daughters were living in France. Jake has been a keen cyclist, racing...
Tour GuideGlenn learnt to cycle before he learnt to walk! He has been a New Zealand road cycling representative and still continues to race at a fiercely competitive level. 2018 will be Glenn's first year as a Kiwi Style guide. During 2017 he spent a significant amount of time training around...
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