Old Roman road lined with Plane trees.
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RIDE SELECTION AT THE B&B

The various zones you can visit

The riding and weather, that we have in the Luberon valley, Provence, is excellent. Everyday we get to cycle along beautiful, calm back roads through outstanding landscapes and countryside, with many world famous, Provencal villages as our destination.

Over the years of running bike tours, it became very clear to us that not all cyclists are the same. Some prefer a short, gentle ride with an emphasis on sight seeing, visiting & cafe stops. Whereas others, prefer a longer, hillier ride where the effort is more important. So what works for one group, will not necessarily work for another.

So in order to make the most of all this great cycling, for the different types of bikers that visit, we have developed, and adapted over time a Ride Directory of more than 30 self guided routes . The main focus of which is flexibility.

Here's how it works...

Step 1 - Choose a zone to visit for the day:

From whichever direction you go out of our single base Bed and Breakfast, you're in for great cycling. So we have created 6 different geographic zones around the farmhouse, A through to E. By choosing any given zone, you'll have a full, different day's cycling tour and sights each day, with very little repetition from one day to the next.

And we can give you help as to which zone is best for any given day; When are the best market days? When are best restaurants open? Museum closing days... When are the villages busiest, and best avoided?

You'll get to see beautiful old Luberon villages, countryside and some amazing sights on each day's ride (chateaux, museums, lavender fields, churches, provençal markets, restaurants, vineyards, cafés etc).

Here are our 6 different geographic zones:

  • Zone A - Along the waterways. This is a lovely, very flat route along the beautiful Sorgue river with just 35 kms / 21 miles and only 150m of climbing, where you can visit the famous villages of L'Isle sur la Sorgue & Fontaine de Vaucluse along with Lagnes. A longer trip visits these villages plus St Didier & Pernes les Fontaines for approx 65 kms / 40 miles.
  • Zone B - 2 of the most Beautiful Villages in France. A superb, rolling ride with just 39 kms / 24 miles and 500m of climbing, we can take you the easiest, and a very picturesque way through the lavender fields to two of France's "Most beautiful villages" Gordes & Roussillon. With a longer ride you can visit these villages plus Murs, Lioux & St Saturnin for approx 65 kms / 40 miles.
  • Zone C - "A Year in Provence" country. With a trip of just 37 kms / 23 miles and only 350m of climbing, we travel the superb winding bike route visiting the archetypal Luberon villages of Menerbes, Oppede le Vieux, Maubec, Robion & Les Taillades. With a longer ride you can visit these villages plus Vidauque & Cheval Blanc for approx 52 kms / 32 miles.
  • Zone D - Rail bike track to Bonnieux. With a minimum of 33 kms / 21 miles and only 324m of climbing you can visit the excellent rail bike track, ride through beautiful vineyards and visit picture perfect Bonnieux. A slightly longer, but easy 51k will also take you over the ancient Roman Bridge and to the excellent market at Apt. A longer, harder tour visits these villages plus Saignon & Lacoste for approx 65 kms / 40 miles.
  • Zone E - Around the Petit Luberon Hills. With 76 kms / 47 kms and a 800m of climbing you can cycle around the Luberon hills visiting Vidauque, river orchards, Merindol, Lauris, Lourmarin & Bonnieux.
  • Zone F - Unknown treasures. With just 35 kms / 21 miles and 450m of climbing we can take you the easiest way to visit Goult & Lacoste. A longer route visits these villages plus Joucas & Gargas for approx 65 kms / 40 miles.

STEP 2 - Choose the difficulty of your ride:

Use our Ride Directory, along with help from us, if you need it, to choose the right ride for you.

For simplicity, we have divided our self guided rides into 4 levels of difficulty:
Easy,
Moderate,
Hard,
& Hardest.

The level of ride difficulty is a combination of both the Mileage and the amount & difficulty of the Climbing during the ride.

So, for example an Easy category ride will feature low mileage along with limited climbing, and any climbing will be the easiest possible to get you to the places of interest. And at the other end of the scale a Hardest category ride will have high mileage mixed with potentially lots of climbing that will feature some high gradient climbing.

Minimum distances & Moderate rides - We have designed our Ride Directory so that every zone has a Moderate ride of between just 33 and 39 kms (21/24 miles) of cycling for the whole day. And importantly, any climbing takes the easiest possible routes, thus making for a leisurely ride. And although these moderate rides have a relatively low mileage, they have nonetheless been designed with a full day's touring and entertainment in mind.

And remember if you want more Kms than you see above (step 1), that really isn't a problem. We'll just sit down with you, listen to what you want, and draw you a GPS route using our knowledge of the terrain and the backroad network. It takes just 10 mins, all in, to draw and upload the route to your GPS. We'll also give you a paper map overview and info on all the best sites along the way.

So, once your zone and ride chosen, simply select the ride number on your Gar min GPS and off you go! Please note that all rides start and finish at the farmhouse, this is single base cycling.

Our GPS systems - easy to use.

SOME OF OUR TRIPADVISOR B&B BASED TOUR REVIEWS:

As first time cyclists we knew nothing about organising a cycling vacation. We didn't need to worry as Neil took care of everything. A huge selection of self-guided tours all pre-programmed into a GPS that attaches to your bike.
Sarah - US - July 13.

The cycling is easy to moderate, though can be made a bit challenging by increasing the distance to as much as you would like. The GPS guidance is truly splendid and the Luberon scenery is first-class.
D. July 12.

"Choose from 60+ routes that accommodate a spectrum of skill and fitness levels, all programmed into a bar-mount Garmin instrument that guides you along the back roads of Provence. "
P. Sanders - US - May 12.

Our cycling vacation couldn't have been better. Neil was able to customized our daily rides and knew just where to send us for a day of riding through lavender fields, olive and cherry orchards to hill top castles with fabulous views of the Luberon region.
Nancy - US - July 11.

"Multiple rides with really wide ranging lengths/climbs/variations, and really good information to accompany each ride, i.e. maps, climbs, sights of interest along the way and ideas for how to make the most of the ride. We didn't miss anything."
Richard & Annette - UK - June 2010.

"Neil has a complete menu of different self guided rides to choose from (cycling for softies through to fast bikers), depending on the kind of challenge you want. Or he can create a route for you right on the spot."
Donna - US - June 2010.

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