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 2020. Part of a growing series of 3-day sportives, Haute 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’ 2020 Haute Route Ventoux package will help ensure you make the most of your racing experience over the 260 km of riding and 7800 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.
Note: There is a ‘compact’ version of Haute Route Ventoux with a total of 222 km and 5450 m of climbing, making it more accessible. Of course we happily accept Compact riders as well!
As an Official Tour Operator of Haute Route Ventoux 2020, 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!
Price with entry included: €1739
Price if entry fee is already paid: €990
- Haute Route Ventoux 2020 entry fee (value of €749)
- 44|5’s 10+ year experience and expert knowledge of Mont Ventoux and the surrounding area
- 4 nights accommodation at Auberge du Vin
- 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
- 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 1: Arrival and transfer to farmhouse
Pickups at Marseille airport or Avignon train station in 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 2: Stage 1 – Sault (118 km; 3100 m)
Heading south, the first stage of the Haute Route Ventoux will start easily with a downhill false flat until Mormoiron. Leaving the Gorges de la Nesque on your left, you will ride through the Vaucluse region and discover its charming typical villages of Provence. You will climb up Blauvac to then head toward Méthamis, which will mark the beginning of the long but easy ascent of the Collet de Morel culminating at 760 metres above sea level.
After this new ascent, you will descend for a few kilometres before riding on an uphill false flat to Aurel. You will then ride on small roads with little traffic for 20 kilometres before taking on the Col de Veaux and Col des Astauds to reach the foot of Mont Ventoux in Malaucène.
Arguably the toughest side of Mont Ventoux, the ascent from Malaucène will present a stern challenge with 21km at an average gradient of 7.5%. The first few bends are quite demanding, hovering around the 7-8% mark, but a number of flatter sections allow you to recover. However, once you reach the heart of the forest and the middle of the climb, a long portion of approximately 3km features a gradient that rarely drops below 12%, and a road that drags along in a straight line. Reaching the ski station of Mont Serein and riding past the Chalet Liotard, a flatter section will allow you to recover at this point before the final 4km of winding roads to the summit. Emerging from the trees in the final kilometers, you can make out the summit high above, and are able to countdown the turns until you reach the finish line.
Dinner will be at a local Mazan restaurant.
Saturday, October 3: Stage 2 – Malaucène (122 km; 3100 m)
Starting once again from Bédoin the second stage of the Haute Route Ventoux will head north toward the small climb of Col de la Madeleine to warm you up.
After the descent, you will ride a loop to the east through the Col de la Chaine before the quick descent to Malaucène. You will ride the next 20 kilometres on hilly terrain before taking on the regular ascent of Col de Fontaube, a first in the event’s history. At the summit, you will head to Montbrun-les-Bains to reach the now classic and challenging ascent of the Col de l’Homme Mort, from a different side than previous editions.
With the following 18-km descent, take time to recover before Sault located at the foot of Mont Ventoux. Starting from Sault, the first climb up Mont Ventoux is the easiest side of the mountain as it features an initial 19km with slopes between 3-4% before reaching Chalet Reynard and the final 6-km assault on the summit above the tree line.
Dinner will be served at the farmhouse tonight.
Sunday, October 4: Stage 3 – ITT Bédoin (21.5 km; 1600 m)
Unchanged from previous years, the third and final stage of the Haute Route Ventoux will be an uphill time trial from Bédoin to the summit of Mont Ventoux. Heading down the start ramp one-by-one, you will complete the Haute Route Ventoux with an individual effort against one of the most famous climbs in all of cycling.
The ascent can be split into three distinct sections. Firstly, a 6-km rolling start towards the hairpin bend in Saint-Estève, secondly a winding and steep road through the forest to Chalet Reynard with 9 kilometres at 9-10%, and finally the last 6km above the tree line through the emblematic barren landscape of Mont Ventoux. Reaching the summit at 1909m above sea-level, you will have conquered all three sides of the mountain throughout the weekend and will become proud Finisher of the Haute Route Ventoux.
Group celebratory dinner at a local restaurant.
Monday, October 5: 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!
Auberge du Vin
Your Haute Route Ventoux accommodation is a converted 18th century farmhouse complex that sits serenely in the middle of vast fields of vineyards. It is the perfect place to relax and recuperate after a hard day on the bike, with comfortable inside seating areas and a large pool area in clear view of Mont Ventoux itself.
Dates & Prices
Tour Dates – October 1-5, 2020
Tour Availability – Places Available
Price Per Person – €990 (€1739 with race entry included)
Single Supplement – €300
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