Apartments available Mont Ventoux Tour de France

We have two apartments still available for the third week in July, when the Tour de France visits Bedoin and the Mont Ventoux region

Froom.Mont.Ventoux.jpgNext summer the Tour de France will once again climb the infamous Mont Ventoux in the northern Provence. Chris Froome, who won this stage the last time they climbed it in 2013, will also be looking to defend his Tour de France overall winner from 2015.

The Mont Ventoux is one of the most popular cycling spectator locations for the Tour de France and the region will expect hundreds of thousands of visitors next July.

Thanks to the beauty and climate of the area, this is a popular holiday region, with hundreds of accommodation options. However when the Tour de France comes to town, beds can sometimes be hard to find.

Here at Bike Lodging, we have just received word of a couple of bike friendly apartments close to Bedoin that are  still available.

The Chapel apartment is €900 for the week and has one double and one twin bedroom, one shower WC, one bath WC.  Large living/kitchen plus terrace and views.
The Courtyard  apartment is €600 for the week and has two double bedrooms. One shower /WC.  Large living/kitchen and outside courtyard.

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Both have wifi and satellite TV.  Plus use of a large shared pool. Both apartments are located on a working vineyard making award wining wines.
For more information on The Courtyard House contact us on or call us on +33624123849


Tring Velo Club – Bedoin Mont Ventoux – Cycling Trip

Tring Velo Club visit Bedoin for their annual cycling trip to take on the Mont Ventoux

We are just back from a successful tailor made cycling trip hosted by Bike Lodging for the Tring Velo Club at the beautiful Domaine de Pins between Crillon Le Brave and Bedoin in the shadow of the Mont Ventoux.

At the Summit of Mont Ventoux 1912m from Bedoin 1617 m elevation gain over 21,8 km

Bike Lodging recently had the pleasure of hosting a group of 28 cyclists close to Mont Ventoux this weekend, some of whom became members of the Club des Cingles, by climbing the Mont Ventoux three times in a day. The Domaine, dominated by the impressive peak of Mont Ventoux, surrounded by spectacular grounds, is a perfect location for groups of up to 30 people. It can be rented self-catered, or as in this case, Bike Lodging can arrange catering and hosting services, to take care of you during your trip. In addition the price for a group like this is considerably less that those found when using one of the local hotels.

Mont Ventoux – Tailor made cycling trip organised by Bike Lodging

This week Bike Lodging will host a group of 27 cyclists for a four day trip to Bedoin, Mont Ventoux.

This Thursday Bike Lodging will be hosting a large group of cyclists in a beautiful property in the shadows of Mont Ventoux, between Bedoin and Crillon le Brave. This trip is part of the expanded services offer by Bike Lodging into tailor made cycling holidays. Struggling to find a competitively priced catered property close to Mont Ventoux, this British cycling club turned to us for assistance in creating their perfect trip. Thanks to our vast network of contacts in the area, we were able to secure an ideal property close to Bedoin for their group size and budget and provide a catering services to come to look after the group for the duration of the stay. The group organiser has been in close contact with us and we have been able to offer advise about travel and bike rental. Bike Lodging will also provide two staff to stay with them at the property and ensure the smooth running of the trip.

15 bedroom Domaine close to Bedoin

Thanks to the Tour de France, Mont Ventoux is has become one of the most popular and well know cycling regions of France. Dominated by the impressive peak of Mont Ventoux, the region in norther Provence is perfectly suited for all levels of cyclist and mountain biker, with spectacular circular routes taking you through landscapes of lavender, sunflowers, vineyards, beautiful villages and historic towns. The last Tour de France stage finish here was in 2013 and was won by eventual tour winner Chris Froome. It is widely speculated that the Mont Ventoux will once again feature in the Tour de France in 2016.

Bedoin at the foot of the Mont Ventoux

Bike Lodging are a small company based in Le Bourg d’Oisans, close to Alpe d’Huez who help cyclists and mountain bikers find bike friendly accommodation, bike rental, guides or help arrange entire tailor made bike holidays/vacations.

Mont Ventoux trip day 2

Having spent a wonderful evening and night with the owners of the Domaine des Pins discussing the group of 25 cyclists Bike Lodging will be bringing to the property in September, I had a busy morning of meetings, after which I managed to get a short bike ride in.

Bike rentals delivered to you holiday or vacation accommodation in SE France.
Bike rentals delivered to you holiday or vacation accommodation in SE France.

Firstly I met up with Jean–Michel Hurter the manager at France Bike Rentals in Bedoin. They run a very interesting operation where you can book and pay for your bike rentals online and have them delivered to almost any location in the south east of France. Their delivery charge is calculated by taking into consideration of the number of bikes, rental day and the delivery distance. For larger groups it can even be cost effective to have bikes delivers to locations in the Alps or as far west as the Pyrenees.

Bike Lodging have now secured a partnership with the France Bike Rentals, so that our clients will soon be able search and book their bike rental with the company directly from our own bike rental pages.

Col de la Madeleine
Col de la Madeleine

After a quick visit to one of our larger businesses in Bedoin who have the capacity for very large groups. I decided to jump on the bike and head over to Malaucene via the Col de La Madeleine, which is a very popular and lower level link between the two villages. Sadly a little too much snow on the Mont Ventoux.

In Malaucene I met with the owner of the hotel Malaucene right at the start of the climb to Mont Ventoux. The hotel has a terrace which over looks the start of the climb, from which clients often cheer home their cycling friends or family after taking on the ‘Géant de Provence’. The majority of the property faces a huge beautiful and secluded garden area and terrace at the back with private swimming pool. The rooms are all individually decorated in a very modern but traditional style. The owners are a lovely English speaking French couple which a huge knowledge and the area

Hotel Malaucene
Hotel Malauceneand the cycling. As soon as you enter the reception you see that they are very happy to welcome cycling guests, with cycling pictures on the walls, plus various guide books and brochures of the various routes in the area.

and the cycling. As soon as you enter the reception you can see from the images on the walls and the selections of cycling guides books, that they hugely value their cycling clients.

After an interesting chat with the owner, he recommended a fantactis cycling route back to Bedoin, via Suzette and the impressive Massif des Dentelles, Le Barroux and Corillion Le Brave.

Cant wait for my next trip back there in September, this time hosting a large group of cyclists.

Bike Lodging trip to Bedoin Mont Ventoux

Domaine des Pins17/03/2015 – Enjoying an over night trip down to visit a number of properties and businesses in the Mont Ventoux region. I set of yesterday from the Alps in warm spring sunshine. The weather remained beautiful all the way on the 3 hour trip up until about 10km from Bedoin, when a bit of rain came in. I parked up at my first property just outside Crillion le Brave, a beautiful medieval village clustered together on the a hill top overlooking the Mont Ventoux. The property that I have come to visit and spend the night in is owned by an interesting and charming Hungarian/German couple who moved to France over 50 years ago.  They brought the property 25 years ago and since then it has been used to offer under privileged children and summer holiday house and more recently a romantic location for weddings. Their plans are now to offer the house for groups of cyclist. Despite the inclement weather, the

View of Mont Ventoux from the property
View of Mont Ventoux from the property

property is stunning and set in huge grounds with a swimming pool fed from an old Roman well filled from waters sourced direct from the Mont Ventoux. The 15 guest bedrooms which sleep up to 30 are basic but with good beds. Meals taken under in a canopy of trees in a beautiful court yard and on chilly nights in a beautifully converted barn. This property will generally be rented on a self-catered basis, but there is a catering service in the local village who are able to come in and provide meals for large groups.

This September, Bike Lodging, who also offer an outside catering service, will be hosting a group of 24 cyclists at this property.

Ventoux Night Session

Ventoux Night Sessions 2015
Ventoux Night Sessions 2015

On the night of the 13/14th June 2015, Malaucene will host the fourth edition of the Ventoux Night Session, an event which aims to get over 200 road cyclists to the summit of Mont Ventoux in time for the sunrise. This year Malaucene will be the host and point of departure town and see riders climbing up the north side of the famous mountain.

During the evening leading up to the event the town hosts a pasta party for competitors, family and support staff. Pasta, bread, cheese, desserts, coffee and of course wine are all served, before some dash off for a couple of hours’ sleep.

The start is staggered, with the expected slowest setting off at around 2.30am and progressively faster groups setting off at half-hour intervals. This is not a race, but a social event with the aim to get everyone to the summit for sunrise. The roads are closed to all but cyclists and support motorcyclists who patrol the route. A van transports competitors’ warm clothing to the summit for the group sunrise photo and for the chilly descent back to the valley.

Solidagri - Event chality
Solidagri – Event chality

Back in Malaucene, local pastries are served for breakfast with hot drinks, followed by a short ceremony and raffle.

Single rider €31

Tandem team €51

Pasta Party €10

Registration link

Event official charity Solid’ Agri

Cycling and wine tasting holidays around Mont Ventoux


ImageThe Region surrounding the iconic cycling peak of Mont Ventoux known as the Vaucluse includes the famous cycling towns of Bédoin and Malaucène. These towns provide two of the starting points to attempt the climb accessible from three different directions. Mont Ventoux sticking out at 1912 meters is visible from miles around and has earned the nickname as the ‘Beast of Provence’ The name Mont Ventoux derives from the French word for windy, which suitably describes the ‘Mistral’ wind that frequently blows down the Rhone Valley.
However the region provides a host of other cycling and mountain bike routes to explore such as the Baronnies Hills or the Toulourenc Valley with climbs such as the Col d’Ey at 718m, the Col de Soubeyrand at 996m, the Col de Perty at 1330m, or regions second highest mountain, Montagne de Lure at 1800m. 
Of course, the region is also famous for the wines of the Rhone Valley, which is the second largest quality wine producing area of France. It is also the oldest since there has been winemaking here since 500BC. Probably the best known wine village is Chateauneuf du Pape, the wine of the Popes when they lived here in medieval times. Many of the same families are still making fabulous wine here today.

Winemaking not only provides more jobs than any other industry in the Rhone, but the extensive vineyards on undulating hills and valleys make for a visual delight when cycling the area. There are over 6000 wine growers in the region making red, white and rose wines from predominantly Grenache and Syrah grapes.  

Should you dream of combining a cycling holiday to the region with the chance to taste and learn about the different wines of the region Gite du Vin is the perfect option.

ImageHere surrounded by fields of vineyards with spectacular views over the Mont Ventoux, the Gite provides the perfect location to explore the region by bike and unwind at the end of the day in their large pool and immaculate gardens. Linda Field the Gite owner and qualified wine teacher can help you make sense of it all while you taste some of the regions best wines. Over 2-3 hours you will understand more about the geography, the history and the wines of the region, and taste several different examples of the wine styles the region offers.

For more details about this property, or others in the region, visit us at Bike Lodging.