Provençal Riding at its Best
The first dukedom in France, Uzès is a brimming with history. It is an ancient, lovely hilltop town with shaded squares, winding pedestrian streets and a famous twice-weekly market where you can find fresh produce from the endless fields that surround the town. For the cyclist Uzès is a hard-to-beat base, with excellent riding in all directions. Once you are out of town (very quickly) you are on small, quiet roads that can be flat, rolling or hilly.
Pont du Gard, one of the most astounding Roman Aqueducts in the world (a UNESCO Heritage Site), can easily be accessed by bike on small farmers’ roads. For more of a challenge, the hills of Nîmes are just a few kilometers south of town and to the north there are endless kilometers of long empty roads that climb through the garrigue so typical of the Mediterranean. If you want a leg burner we’ll take you to climb Mont Bouquet, our local training mountain, with stretches of 20%!
Prices depend on number of nights/rides and the level of accommodation you choose, but for a couple sharing a room in our 2-3 star option and riding together, here is what you can expect per person:
- 2 nights / 2 rides: €415
- 3 nights / 3 rides: €600
- 4 nights / 4 rides: €785
- All accommodation
- All breakfasts
- Energy bars, gels, snacks and water on your ride
- Owner-operator guides to see to your needs
- 44|5 Cycling Tours water bottle
- Transportation to France (We can arrange transfers from Nîmes train station)
- Lunches and dinners
- Hotels before and after your tour
- Personal expenses, such as mini-bar, telephone or souvenir purchases
- Bikes – bring your own or you can rent high quality road bikes
Day to Day
Your Uzès BreakAway is a custom and private cycling tour perfect for individuals, couples and groups.
You can choose the number of days you’d like to spend cycling in the south of France with us, and we make sure your guided rides are tailored-made to your expectations and abilities. Your BreakAway can be as short as two nights and as long as you’d like to stay.
Below is an example itinerary for a typical 3 day/3 night tour.
Gorges du Gardon
After a nourishing breakfast, our first ride will introduce you to the Gardon river and its gorges. Heading south out of town, our route passes over the Gardon river gorge twice and includes a gentle 6 km climb as well as a thrilling 5 km gorge descent. The caves dotting the gorge walls were home to Neolithic man as early as 5000 BC.
Now that your legs and bike are primed, this morning we’ll head northwest toward the area’s highest point, known as Mont Bouquet, at an elevation of 650 m. You may decide to challenge yourself to the top, a 5.5 km climb with ramps approaching 20%, or just half-way up, depending on your mood. Either way, the views will be magnificent and the cycling unforgettable.
Putting yesterday’s experiment with gravity behind us, today’s brisk-paced cycle through the vineyard plains of the AOP Duché Uzès will be an enjoyable change. Red Syrah and Grenache, and white Viognier and Grenache Blanc vines will escort us all along our final ride. You’ll return to the hotel in time for a quick shower before your check-out and departure.
44|5 partners the Hostellerie Provençale in the Uzès area. It is the perfect place to base yourself for a few days of beautiful riding.
The oldest hotel in Uzès, comfortable and stylish Hostellerie Provençale is housed in a 300 year old building just steps from the medieval center of town. After a morning bike ride you won’t have far to go for a great, nourishing lunch, either – the hotel has a popular restaurant that serves delicious, local fare in a convivial atmosphere.
What our Guests have to say about our BreakAway tours
My wife and I went on a group cycling weekend with 44-5 Cycling Tours in conjunction with the Freewheeling France website and blog. This included a warm-up ride followed the next day with a climb of the mighty Mont Ventoux. We hadn’t ridden road bikes prior to this trip and were understandably pretty nervous, but… Read more “Unforgettable Weekend”
After 6 days of fantastic riding in the Pyrenees, we met up with 44-5 for their Provence Breakaway 3-day. Because the riding in Spain was so great, we were wondering how the riding in Provence would measure up. All three rides were great and two were really off the charts. The routes were insanely scenic–through… Read more “Consummate Pros”
For a group of “reasonably fit flatlanders” taking on the “Giant of Provence” was a monumental challenge. However, with the help of Gerry and John we achieved everything we had set out to do. A successful week away climbing Ventoux and seeing all that the beautiful Provence countryside had to offer! The 44-5 team were… Read more “Fantastic Experience”