Challenge Yourself on Le Géant de Provence

Haute Route Ventoux

Overview

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 2019. Part 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.

44|5 Cycling Tours’ 2019 Haute Route Ventoux package will help ensure you make the most of your racing experience over the 268 km of riding and 7980 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 chambres d’hôtes, just minutes down the road from the start village of Bédoin, you’ll have all the necessary conveniences on hand. Comfortable rooms, relaxing indoor and outdoor spaces, 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: €1700 

Price if entry fee is already paid: €950

  • Haute Route Ventoux 2019 entry fee (value of €750)
  • 44|5’s 10+ year experience and expert knowledge of Mont Ventoux and the surrounding area
  • 4 nights accommodation at our chambres d’hôtes
  • 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 (114 km; 3100+ 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 (133 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!

Accommodation

Chambres d’Hôtes Au Brado

Your Haute Route Ventoux accommodation is a former “relais de poste”, sitting serenely at the edge of the picturesque Provençal village of Mormoiron. The village is just a few kilometers from your Race Village in Bédoin, at the southern foot of Mont Ventoux.

Non-riding spouses and friends will enjoy its central location from which to discover the best sites and activities in Provence.

Dates & Prices

Tour Dates – October 3-7, 2019

Tour Availability – Places Available

Price Per Person – €950 (€1700 with race entry included)

Single Supplement – €125

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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What our Guests have to say about our Sportive Packages

Well Organised

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