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 2021. 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’ 2021 Haute Route Ventoux package will help ensure you make the most of your racing experience over the 270 km of riding and 7900 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 around 30% less distance and climbing, making it more accessible. Of course we happily accept Compact riders as well!
As an Official Tour Operator of Haute Route Ventoux 2021, 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: €1889
Price if entry fee is already paid: €1090
- Haute Route Ventoux 2021 entry fee (value of €799)
- 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, September 30: 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 1: Stage 1 – Sault (114 km; 3000+m)
Fresh legs, a great atmosphere and a relatively flat first half means it should be a fast and fun start out of Bédoin in Stage One of Haute Route Ventoux. Whatever your pace, we recommend you work together with a group of riders to tick off some of the earlier miles and taking the time to enjoy the beauty of the Provence countryside and its quiet rolling roads.
Settle in and enjoy the ascent over the Col de Pie Blanc. At 749m, this shouldn’t cause the peloton much trouble, and instead serve as a leg opener ahead of the first ascent up the famous Mont Ventoux later in the stage.
Shortly after this climb, those opting for the Compact course will take a left turn towards Sault, whilst the Original course riders will continue past Saint Saturnin-lès-Apt before getting ready to tick off their second climb of the day. With an average gradient of seven percent, settle into a rhythm up Col de Lagarde and treat it as the real warm-up before Mont Ventoux.
Easing you in ‘gently’, the first ascent up Mont Ventoux is via the ‘easier’ Sault side. Whilst it may be the easiest in terms of gradient, with the first 16km averaging around four percent, it is the longest side to climb so make sure you pace your effort to the top. After Chalet Reynard, the Compact course riders can proudly tick off Stage One whilst the Original course riders continue to wind around the side of the mountain as the road kicks up, including a final kilometre at an average of 9.5%.
The weather at the summit of Mont Ventoux is notoriously unpredictable, with a top wind speed of 200mph recorded. If the ‘bald mountain’ spoils you with a good day then make sure you take time at the top to enjoy the view before descending back down into Bédoin to recover ahead of a long stage for day two.
Dinner will be at a local restaurant.
Saturday, October 2: Stage 2 – Malaucène (153 km; +3500 m)
Riders once again leave Bédoin and head towards Villes-sur-Auzon where they will hug the mountain as they make their way up the breathtaking Gorges de la Nesque. A favourite for many of our Haute Route alumni, this beautiful balcony road offers breathtaking views of the wild canyon below and the impressive rock formations that surround you. At points you will spot Mont Ventoux lying in wait in the distance, offering a stark contrast in both scenery and magnitude, with the Gorges de la Nesque road treating your legs to an easy average gradient of 2.3% for 18.4km to start the day.
At the 50km mark, the Compact Riders will make a left turn and head for their first and only col of the day, Col des Aires. From Reilhanette, enjoy this 3.8-kilometre climb and at just under four percent average, this is a good chance to test your legs and push the pedals over this climb before a fun descent towards the finish line at Le Groseau.
Meanwhile, the Original Course riders have the Col d’Aulan (845m) and Col de Fontaube (655m) to tackle and whilst they may look easy on paper, two climbs coupled with the rolling country roads and a longer stage on day two could begin to take its toll. Make sure you pace it well and leave enough in the tank ahead of your second summit finish up the ‘Giant of Provence’.
As you turn out of the town of Malaucène, take time to re-fuel as you prepare for the 21km-long ascent ahead. With an average gradient of 7.5%, don’t be fooled into going too hard too early as at around the halfway point, the road kicks up to 11% for three kilometres. There is nowhere to hide on this straight section of road but grind through and look forward to upcoming relief, with the road flattening out to four percent for the following few kilometres. In true Mont Ventoux style, the final kilometres ramp up again, sticking above eight percent to test you on this famous climb that has pushed many Tour de France legends to their limit.
Dinner will be served at your accommodation tonight.
Sunday, October 3: 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!
Former residence of one of Napoleon’s generals, this large, stately house sits regally on the main street of the village of Malaucène, one of the two main Ventoux cycling centers. The house is spacious and comfortable and the back garden, quiet and calm. Haute Route riders are perfectly situated, since Maison Sule is right at the foot of the northern climb of Mont Ventoux. An exhilarating 22 km descent after each stage and you’re home!
Dates & Prices
Tour Dates – September 30 – October 4, 2021
Tour Availability – Places Available
Price Per Person – €1090 (€1889 with race entry included)
Single Supplement – €300
What our Guests have to say about our Sportive Packages
Great trip, very well organised by John and Gerry, beautiful accommodation and good food. Would definitely recommend.
Thanks everyone for such a memorable time and already looking forward to the next time.
Memory for life
John and Gerry made my Haute Route weekend a memory for life. Thank you very much!