Mont Ventoux and Gorge de la Nesque Tour 2017 - September
Monday 4th-8th September 2017.
There are higher mountains. There are steeper mountains. But Ventoux is just one of those places that all cyclists have to experience.
There has been so much written about Ventoux that we don't need to build this up with moody black and white photographs or an epic description.
This trip isn't just about the mountain though as we also cover the fantastic Gorge de la Nesque. Each day of riding is perfectly balanced and we have scheduled stops for lunch, coffee and maybe even an ice cream!
We have conquered Ventoux with many riders and this will be our second tour of 2017 with the first ride selling out to repeat customers. One of our favourite rider testimonials can be found HERE
You will be fully supported on your rides with our vehicles carrying everything you need from an extra layer to an emergency bag of Jelly Babies!
Based in Carpentras we have four nights in a quiet modern hotel with swimming pool, gym, steam room and jacuzzi. Massages can be arranged.
We will transfer your bike and luggage to France so there's no faffing about with bike boxes or the added expense of airline baggage fees. Bike hire is also available. Please contact us for more information.
We take plenty of photos and video each day. There is a selection from our 2016 tour HERE.
Full details can be found below and as always with any Polocini tour we limit rider numbers and our trips are always planned to ensure maximum ride time with no unnecessary transfers.
We will collect from Nimes on the 4th September and drop off on the 8th. Our transfer times are arranged around the following flights.
For riders from the North:
Outbound Ryanair FR 9816 - Departs Liverpool 11:15 - Arrives Nimes 14:20
Return Ryanair FR 9817 - Departs Nimes 18:30 - Liverpool 19:40
Current return flight cost £56.98 (21/01/2017).
For riders from the South:
Outbound Ryanair FR 8816 - Departs Stansted 09:00 - Arrives Nimes 11:55
Return Ryanair FR 8817 - Departs Nimes 11:45 - Stansted 12:40
Current return flight cost £87.98 (21/01/2017).
For riders in the North West luggage can be dropped with us before Thursday 31st August. All other luggage collections will be made Friday 1st September.
MONDAY 4th September: Collection from Nimes airport and transfer to our hotel in Carpentras. There is plenty of time to check bikes, explore the local town or sit at the pool and relax!
PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL RIDES CAN BE CHANGED SHOULD THERE BE ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS. For example if the weather is poor on Ventoux but clear in the Gorges then we will adjust our plans accordingly. You are also free to extend your rides should you wish to add a few more miles or climbs!
LES CINGLES: For those doing this we recommend the Tuesday ride as we ascend from Bedoin. We will organise support and then post ride collection from Bedoin. Visit the Les Cingles website HERE
TUESDAY 5th: Ventoux from Bedoin! Descend to Maulacene and return to Carpentras via the Col de la Chaine and Col de Suzette.
80km/50miles - Route map and profile
WEDNESDAY 6th: This is an amazing day. We climb Ventoux from Maulacene, descend to Sault and then ride the stunning Gorges de la Nesque.
120km/75miles - Route map and profile
THURSDAY 7th: Free day for a ride of your choice. We haven't scheduled a ride for this day to allow for changes to any of the previous routes although we usually plan an ascent of Ventoux from Sault.
We also know from experience that after a couple of days of climbing some riders will want a change of terrain but some will want to conquer a favoured side of Ventoux again.
There are many options for rides or just have a day in the spa and sauna!!!!
FRIDAY 8th: Transfer to Nimes airport. For those flying to Liverpool there is time for one last short ride or a chance to stock up on local wines!
Luggage return to be arranged but will be on or before Monday 11th September.
We are staying in a quiet modern three star hotel. All rooms are air conditioned and have balcony views of the swimming pool. A cyclist friendly buffet breakfast is provided and there is a spa and wellness centre where massages can be booked.
Single person occupancy can be requested at an extra cost.
Our hotel has an excellent restaurant with a varied menu. We will dine there on a couple of evenings but will also visit some of our favourite local places as well.
- Four nights of accommodation B&B only.
- Complimentary return bike and luggage transfer to France. Subject to collection point arrangement.
- Airport transfers from Nimes airport.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:
- Lunch, snacks and evening meals.
- Return flights to France
- Travel Insurance. We recommend Js Insurance who offer specific cycle insurance. Full cover is usually around £14 per weekend. Travel insurance is compulsory and we will request a copy of your documents before you travel.
COST £550 per person based on two sharing. If you are travelling alone we will room you with a fellow cyclist. Riders from the Polocini Test Team receive a £25 discount.
AT TIME OF BOOKING A DEPOSIT OF £200 IS REQUIRED TO SECURE YOUR PLACE. DEPOSITS ARE NON REFUNDABLE. To avoid cancellation the balance must be paid eight weeks before the date of your trip - 02/07/2017.
Please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07958 135 862 should you need any further information.