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OUR RIDES FROM THE B&B:

How do I choose my rides?

Our ride directory (with its 30+ rides) is the tool that we have designed over the years to help you choose the right routes for you.

Step 1 - First you choose the zone that you would like to visit that day. We have 6 different zones around our single base B&B, all with great biking, beautiful countryside and pretty villages. And we have so much excellent cycling that there is very little repetition from one day to the next.
Step 2 - Choose how hard you want the ride to be. Our rides are categorised from: Easy, Moderate, Hard through to Hardest. The level of difficulty is a combination of the distance and the amount and type of climbing.

Once you have chosen your tour from the Directory, you simply select the ride number on your Garmin GPS and off you go!
And should you want a specific trip 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 most of us are somewhere in between the 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 the 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, on the whole, to be respectful of cyclists.

What is the terrain like?

The terrain around our farmhouse is a varied one and really does cater for all needs, as we are able to select the GPS rides that have the terrain that we want. The local terrain is best described as flat to the West (an extension of the Rhône river delta) to flat and rolling, low altitude hills to the East (along the Luberon valley) & to the South. 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 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 official Tour de France start @ 320 metres) & Sault (an easier starting point @ 760 metres). Both are an easy 50 mins' car journey from the farmhouse.
From the base, it usually takes anywhere from 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?

In the unlikely event of a breakdown, we are just a call away. We'll either mend your bike on the spot or bring you back to the B&B. So please do remember to bring a suitable mobile phone with you.

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