Mont Ventoux Cycling Route
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Challenging route beyond the Ventoux summit
Here is a challenging Mont Ventoux cycling route for you to try. First, you will take on the climb of Mont Ventoux via Bédoin. From the summit, you will enjoy the scenic descent down the mountain to Malaucéne. Once there you will then begin a scenic extended loop through the Luberon. Whilst the hardest part of the ride will be behind you, there is still a fair amount of climbing to go. No doubt this will be a long day in the saddle.
Check out our Mont Ventoux ride page for a detailed description of the climb via the Bédoin approach.
Thank you to the good folks at Bike Weekender for providing us with this detailed route. Bike Weekender runs some great tours in his area of France as well as the Alps and Côte d’Azur. You can read more about their offerings here.
Suggested cycling route
Distance: 123km / 76.5mi
Start elevation: 311m / 1020ft
Max elevation: 1,911m / 6,270ft
Metres climbed: 3,043m / 9,984ft
Metres descended: 3,043m / 9,984ft
Categorised climbs: 2
The aerial tower at the summit of Mont Ventoux
Food and water
A ride of this length and climbing will need some good planning for food and water. You will have numerous options to top up your supplies which include:
- Chalet Reynard (Ventoux Climb)
- Mont Ventoux summit
- Reaching the summit of Mont Ventoux
- The long descent to Malaucene is very scenic
- Enjoy a tour skirting the iconic lavender fields around Sault.
Vibrant purple lavender fields are a popular attraction in this region of Provence.
Mont Ventoux (Bedoin)
Length: 21.3km / 13.2mi
Average gradient: 8.3%
Start point: Bédoin
Elevation at top: 1,911m / 6,270ft
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There are numerous quaint villages on this route including that of Savoillan.
This extended Mont Ventoux cycling route is just one of many great rides you can discover whilst you stay in the Luberon and Provence regions of France. We have mapped out several other rides which you may also wish to consider and you can read more about them here.
If you are interested in a holiday in this area of France then check out our destination guide. We have listed out lots of helpful information such as traveling to and from the region, accommodation available as well as other attractions and activities to explore.