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Southeastern France's best cycling

Alpilles...Lubéron...Verdon...Nice...Col de la Madone.

Ask any cyclist where are good spots to ride in south eastern France and he’ll respond: The Alpilles, The Lubéron, The Verdon, Nice’s backcountry and the Col de la Madone.   

This new traverse of southeastern France includes all of these great cycling venues...and a few more!   You'll Discover why this region that for was the pre-season training camp venus of choice for cycling's top profesional and amateur teams for decades.

It's the perfect solution to get your cycling season off to a strong start.  Stupendous scenery. Rural roads.  And small group of cyclists focused on riding. After all, this is a bike trip.

But of course you'll also enjoy a well earned beer, and share some super French meals at the end of the day, surrounded by the beauty of Provence and the Cote d'Azur.  What better way to kick-start your cycling season?  

Trip facts (tableau)

Dates April 12-16, 2012
Start / End Trip starts either at Marseilles airport or Annecy. Trip ends at Nice airport or Annecy.
Cities/Towns Oppede,  Les Salles de Verdon, Le Mas, Nice
Rides Five (5) days riding
Difficulty Challenging.  For experienced riders capable of climbing and descending technical mountain roads.
Highlights - The moutainous backroads of the Alpilles and the Luberon.   
- The spectacular Verdon Gorges.   
- Riding the mountains and coast around Nice and the Cote D'Azur
Climbs

Col d'Eze, Col de Madone, Col de Pinpinie

Lodging 4 nights in hotels** or similar, double occupancy
Meals Three daily meals included
Support - Technical support van
- Professional mechanical support & upkeep
- Snacks, energy drinks and food for all rides
- All Ground transportation
- Bicycle storage facilities
- Culture document with trip related info
- 2 bi-lingual guides
Group Size Limited to 12 riders
Cost 960 €   ($1,260 USD)

 

Itinary

Day 1:  Thursday, April 12, 2012:  Les Alpilles 
After arriving in Marseilles, it's a 1 hour drive to base of Alpilles where we'll have lunch, build up our bikes and take an afternoon ride across les Alpilles.   We'll climb through the ancient village of Les Baux de Provence, and the quinessential Provencal towns of St. Remy and Cavaillon before riding into the Lubéron, to our destination in Oppede.

75 km, 540m climbing

Day 2:  Friday, April 13:  The Lubéron
A hearty breakfast, and it's on the road for a full day in some of the best backroad riding in Provence.  The day's ride will go through Menerbes, Bonnieux, Combe de Lourmarin, southern Lubéron, Durance valley, Valensole plateau, Moustiers Ste Marie, Lac de Ste Croix.   After the day long feast for the eyes and the legs, we'll stop for the night in Les Salles de Verdon, where hungry stomachs will also be treated to a typical Provencal feast. 

135 km, 1667m climbing

Day 3:  Saturday, April 14:  The Verdon
Passage : Corniche Sublime of Gorges de Verdon, Pont de l’Artuby, Comps sur Artuby, Col de Pinpinier, finishing with a 6km coast downhill Night in Le Mas

102 km, 1812mm climbing

Day 4: Sunday, April 15:  Backcountry to Nice 
A day full of serpentine passages : Clue d’Aiglun, Clue de Riolan, Clue de St.Auban, Col de Bleine, Gorges du Loup and Cagnes sur Mer., We'll finish along the Mediterranean coast, and spend the night in the Nice on the Cote d'Azur.  

120 km, 1521m climbing

Day 5:  Monday, Aprli 16:  Col de la Madone, Col D'Eze
A morning warmup cruise along the coast road to Menton, then we'll get to test our legs - tackling two famous climbs.  First it's up the Col de la Madone, Lance's favorite Tour training ground.   Then it's onto the famous Col d’Eze - the tradtional finish time trial route of Paris Nice.   Back to the hotel for a shower & swim, we'll return home in the afternoon from Nice.

 85 km, 1400m climbing