Challenge Yourself on Le Géant de Provence

Haute Route Ventoux

Overview

“The Ventoux is a god of Evil, to which sacrifices must be made. It never forgives weakness and extracts an unfair tribute of suffering.” – Roland Barthes, French philosopher

 

There are many ways for amateur cyclists to experience the glory of Mont Ventoux, but only one way for them to experience it like a pro:  Haute Route Ventoux 2019Part of a growing series of 3-day sportivesHaute Route Ventoux delivers all of the same high quality organization and service as the traditional 7-day events, but in a compact three-day racing format based in one location. Each stage will include one of the three different climbs to the summit.

Note: In 2019 the event will have 2 different courses to choose from to cater to different abilities and fitness levels, making this prestigious event more accessible. 

44|5 Cycling Tours’ 2019 Haute Route Ventoux package will help ensure you make the most of your racing experience over the …km of riding and  …meters of climbing.  The mountain and surrounding area have been our riding playground for over 10 years, so we can share our expert knowledge of roads, weather and race strategies with you.  We’ve ridden all three roads to the summit a countless number of times and know every bit of road you will be racing on in October.

Lodged in our provençal farmhouse, just minutes down the road from the start village of Bédoin, you’ll have all the necessary conveniences on hand.  Large and comfortable rooms with en-suite showers and toilets, relaxing indoor and outdoor spaces, a swimming pool, and cyclist-friendly meals mean all you have to do is focus on the riding.

Our 4-night package allows you a little extra time to acclimate before the race, and then celebrate your achievements with the group after the last stage on Sunday night.  Given the generally excellent weather in Provence in early October, some riders may even consider bringing non-riding spouses or friends, as our farmhouse is an excellent base from which to discover the heart of Provence.

INCLUDED

As an Official Tour Operator of Haute Route Ventoux 2019, 44|5 Cycling Tours is able to include the event entry fee in your tour package. However, if you have already purchased your entry from the organizers, you are still welcome on our tour! 

2019 prices are unknown at the moment. Below are the costs for the 2018 package. Once HR sets their event pricing we will update on our side.

Price with entry included: €1840 / €1890 / €1940 (depending one how early you book – based on Haute Route’s pricing schedule)

Price if entry fee is already paid: €1195

  • Haute Route Ventoux 2018 entry fee (value of €645 / €695 / €745 depending on how quickly you register)
  • 44|5’s 10+ year experience and expert knowledge of Mont Ventoux and the surrounding area
  • 4 nights accommodation at our farmhouse
  • Breakfasts, dinners split between on-site and local restaurants (geared toward performance cyclists and special dietary requirements).
  • Secure bike storage room
  • Cycling kit laundered (once)
  • Arrival/departure transfers from Marseille Airport or Avignon train station, and all transfers during stay start/finish
  • 44|5 Cycling Tours jersey and water bottle
  • Unlimited High5 bars, gels, sports powder + bottled water, and preferred salty/sugary snacks for feed stations
  • 44|5 feed station in Official Feed Zone
  • Mechanic on-call for emergency repairs at the end of each day

 

NOT INCLUDED
  • Flights
  • Lunches (3 of which are included in your race entry)
  • Alcoholic drinks and any food/drinks purchased outside of meals
  • Insurance for guest and bike.

Day to Day

Thursday, October 3: Arrival and transfer to farmhouse

Pickups at Marseille airport or Avignon train stationin the morning and transfer to our guesthouse in the vineyards. After dropping your bags and assembling bikes (if necessary) we’ll transfer you to the Race Village in Bédoin to pick up packages and bib numbers, then a short “shake-out” spin for those who want. Following some “legs up” time, we’ll take you into Bédoin again for the kick-off welcome meeting and Pasta Party.

Friday, October 4: Haute Route Ventoux: Stage 1 (107 km; 2770+ m)

Let the challenge begin! During the next three days, you’ll be racing in the morning and recovering/relaxing at the farmhouse in the afternoon. Dinner will be at a local Mazan restaurant.

Saturday, October 5: Haute Route Ventoux: Stage 2 (141 km; 3300+ m)

The challenge continues! You’ll be riding hard again today, but also ride smart. You need to conserve some energy for tomorrow’s time trial. Dinner will be served at the farmhouse tonight.

Sunday, October 6: Haute Route Ventoux: Stage 3 – Individual Time Trial (21.5 km; 1580 m)

The final challenge! It’s time to leave it all out on the road. That’s what a time trial is all about, especially on the last day of a stage race. Don’t worry, we’ll be there to carry you back to the farmhouse! Group celebratory dinner at a local restaurant.

Monday, October 7: Departure and transfer to airport or train station

Goodbyes will be exchanged over breakfast and one last French coffee shared before we transfer you to the airport or train station. Your legs will be tired and sore, but your cycling soul will be fulfilled and already yearning for the next challenge!

Accommodations

Auberge du Vin

Our accommodation is an 18th century provençal farmhouse and wine estate that has been renovated with impeccable taste. Just a few kilometers from Bédoin, the start village of each stage, the auberge is surrounded by vineyards, offering stunning views of Mont Ventoux and the nearby Dentelles de Montmirail. It will provide a peaceful and comfortable environment for you to unwind and recuperate at the end of each day’s stage.

Non-riding spouses and friends will enjoy its central location from which to discover the best sites and activities in Provence. The farmhouse is located near Carpentras, with its famous market and fine selection of restaurants.

Dates & Prices

Tour Dates – October 3-7, 2019

Tour Availability – Places Available

Price Per Person – Unknown till HR publishes their pricing. Last year was €1195

Single Supplement – €350

Not the best date for you? Contact us to create a custom trip.

Travel Details

Arrival Airport – Marseille (MRS)
Pick-up Point – Airport or Avignon TGV. Around noon.
Departure Airport – Marseille (MRS)
Flight Time – Book a flight out for early afternoon or later

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