Image courtesy of: Marianne Casamance / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)
Thanks to the good folks at Bike Weekender for sharing this route with us. They run some great organised tours in this region of Frances as well as the Alps and Côte d’Azur, so be sure to check out their offerings here.
This cycling route will see you tackle two cols located in the Barronies Provençal Regional Nature Park. As well including some great climbing, you will also be treated to grand vistas and quaint villages all along the way. You may even be able to capture the ‘scent of Provence’ with many aromatic herbs growing wild on the nearby slopes. Definitely a treat for all the senses , enjoy making a day of it.
Departing from the town of Sault you will first take on the Col de Perty. From this western approach it is a long climb of 16.5kms and averages 4.5%. Whilst the first section of the climb can almost feel like a false flat with quite gentle gradients, this climb does get progressively steeper the closer you get to the top so be aware of this.
The second climb of this ride is the Col de Macuègne. It is a shorter climb which again gets steeper the closer you get to the summit. Still the average gradient is just 4% and never gets too steep.
You will pass through the small village of Montbrun les Bains twice on this route. It was the Ancient Romans who first exploited the healing properties of the thermal waters found here, and it’s a very popular, picturesque village in this area of the Drôme Provençal. Indeed, unlike other places in Provence, it can also escape the worst of the heat during summer thanks to its higher elevation. Due to its position being tucked in against the surrounding mountains, the village is also sheltered from the famous Mistral winds. This is certainly a village to stop and spend some time in.
Distance: 139km / 86.3mi
Start elevation: 764m / 2506ft
Max elevation: 1,302m / 4,271ft
Metres climbed: 2,443m / 8,015ft
Metres descended: 2,443m / 8,6015ft
Categorised climbs: 2
Image courtesy of JarnaQuais / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)
You will pass through the beautiful village of Montbrun les Bains twice along this route.
There are several options for food and water along this route. This includes:
Picturesque scenery of the Barronies and Mont Ventoux to take in on your ride.
Length: 16.5km / 10.2mi
Average gradient: 4.5%
Start point: Montguers
Elevation at top: 1,302m / 4,271ft
Length: 7.2km / 4.4mi
Average gradient: 4%
Start point: Séderon
Elevation at top: 1,068m / 3,053ft
The summit view from the Col de Perty and surrounding vistas of the Barronies.
and receive our monthly newsletter keeping you up to date with all things cycling in France and more.
Subscribe To Our Monthly Newsletter.