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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: ANSWERS

OUR RIDES FROM THE B&B:

How do I choose my rides?

The ride directory (with its 30 rides) is the tool that we have designed to help you choose your bike rides.
Each ride has a page of info including a map, an altitude profile, ride data & tourist information.
You can select your ride using the following criteria:

  • Distance (Kms).
  • Time (based on different speeds - you select your normal speed).
  • Number of metres to climb & Climbing difficulty rating from 1 to 5.
  • Calories burnt (a good guide to the overall energy required for a given ride).
  • Villages & Points Of Interest along the route or nearby that you want to visit (Sights, Chateaux, Museums, Restaurants, Cafes, Drinking Fountains, etc).

Once you have chosen your ride from the Directory, you simply select the ride number on your Garmin GPS and off you go!
And should you want a specific ride that you can not find - we will use our knowledge of the roads to design it, our software to draw it, with a final upload to your GPS unit so you can ride it.

What does an average day's cycling look like?

Well, it depends!! Here are examples of 2 days cycling for the 2 extremes of cyclists (remember you may well be somewhere
in between these 2).
Of course these itineraries are not written in stone, they are just an idea of what a couple of your days riding could look like - it's up to you, and of course we will point you in the right direction so you make the most of your time.

1. Click here to see an example of a small amount of bike time with more of an accent on Tourism
2. Click here to see an example where the biking is more important.

Roads - What are they like?

We are based in the countryside, our rides use the smaller, less busy back roads and purpose built bike routes, wherever possible, making for memorable, relaxed cycling... Use of busier roads is extremely limited & really is kept to an absolute minimum.
On the car front, you should find that those that you cross tend to be fairly respectful of cyclists.

What is the terrain like?

The terrain around our farmhouse is a varied one and really does cater for all needs. It's best described as flat to the West (an extension of the Rhône river delta) to rolling, low altitude hills to the East (along the Luberon valley). There are, however, steeper, longer hills to the North where the climbing gets harder (the Vaucluse mountains) that we can take you to if that's what you want.
Our 30 rides take in all of these different terrains, so you really can find the type of ride & effort required that you want.

Mont Ventoux - Can I cycle Mont Ventoux whilst at yours?

Yes you can - there are 2 start points for Mont Ventoux that are easily accessible - the villages of Bedoin (the Tour de France start) & Sault (an easier starting point). Both are an easy 50 mins drive by hire car from the farmhouse.
From the base it usually takes between 2 & 3 hours to get up to the top @ 1912 metres.
It's important to plan for the weather, and we can help you with this. The temperature difference between the start and the summit is often 10°. Plus the Mistral wind can blow very hard in the final few kilometres, so a wind or winter jacket is a must, you'll also be glad of it on the way down - it's a long way!

Mechanical breakdowns - what happens if I get one (other than an easy on the spot puncture, dropped chain etc)?

In the unlikely event of a more serious breakdown we will come and pick you and your bike up, so please remember to bring a suitable mobile phone with you.

If you can't find the question that you want to ask here - please email or call us.

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