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Tour & expedition
edited July 2016
Tour & expedition
Heading to Provence (Vaison La Romaine), in August. Obviously Ventoux is the big one - are there any other recommended climbs/routes in that area without having to drive too far?
I quite like this for a warm up around Ventoux
but here are some of the other routes I've still got on my strava from various holidays
Ok so I only had those 2 routes left over without going back to the activity feed
Stevo 666 wrote: Come on you Scousers! 20/12/2014
That's great. Thanks.
Is a day trip to Jausiers (Col de la Bonnette) possible from the Ventoux area? I'll have a car so could conceivably drive there and back in a day?
The Gorge de la Nesque is near and a very popular route.
http://www.provence-cycling.co.uk/touri ... 113-2.html
Just had a quick look and Jauiser is about 175 km from Vaison la Romaine. If you then went over the Col/Cime de la Bonnette and looped around Saint Sauveur de Tinee to Barcelonnette and back to VLR it would be about 550 km.
literally thousands of routes available - the Nesque loop around the Ventoux is outstanding: Vaison - Bedoin - Villes sur Auzon - Nesque gorge - Montbrun - Col de la Fontaube 115km and 1400m climbing. Stunning.
Vaison - Sablet - Beaumes - Suzette - Malaucene 50km and 600m climbing
Further afield, Col de Perty, which is possible as a very long loop going through Sederon and over the col St Jean. 150km and 2600m climbing
You could ride a whole season out of Vaison and never go anywhere near the Ventoux, being on great roads every day.
Hidden gems such as col de Propriac 550m and the Baronnies climbs of Col d'Ey 750m and Soubeyrand 990m, followed by a return through the wonderful gorges de St May to Nyons. 110km and 1800m climbing
I spend three to four months a year in Vaison and never tire of the riding. It can be windy though, so choose your route accordingly. Good bike shop is Provence Cycling in Malaucene (on main street); and the Tourist Office in Vaison is excellent and will give you all sorts of helpful maps and guides.
Barcelonnette is wonderful but a long, arduous drive from Vaison and best saved for another trip altogether . Once in Vaison you shouldn't need to go anywhere else. (Best coffee and ice cream is Léone in the main square)