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 Bike Hotel Malaucene

Hotel Malaucenne - Mont Ventoux
Hotel Malaucenne – Mont Ventoux

Introducing one of our most popular hotels in the Mont Ventoux region. The hotel sits right in the heart of Mauaucene at the start of the climb to Mont Ventoux. It’s so close, that from the hotels breakfast terrace, you can watch other cyclists set off on their climb up this famous mountain.

The hotel 18th century former silk farm has been lovingly converted into the beautiful hotel you see today. Each of the nineteen rooms has an en-suite bath or shower room and toilet. They are all individually designed with vintage furniture and items sourced from local favourite second hand dealers. The hotel most recent additions for 2015 are two modern and stylish self-catering lodges both sleeping up to 4 people, built in the expansive grounds.

The 12’000 meters gardens are sheltered from the outside world by ancient stone walls, with plenty of shaded seating beneath well established trees. There are plenty or secluded and private areas to relax and a large swimming pool to cool off in after a hot day.

Mont Ventoux

Not only does the hotel sit at the foot of the Mont Ventoux, one of the Tour de France’s most famous stages, but the region is blessed by the variety of cycling and mountain biking for all levels for all levels. Unlike some locations in the high Alps and Pyrenees, where every day on the bike is a mammoth day in the saddle,  this region has the benefit of a vast variety of cycling and mountain biking. Aside form the obvious three challenging climbs up the Mont Ventoux, there are also more gentle days trips such as passing through vast selection of fantastic wineries, the Massif des Dentelles, beautiful medieval villages such as Le Barroux and Crillon le Brave and the stunning river valley of Le Toulourene.

Louis Saint Joire and Florence, the French ‘parton’ speak perfect English and thoroughly welcomes cyclists to his hotel. They have a great knowledge of cycling and are usually on hand to offer advice for the perfect days ride.

For information about this or any other properties in the area, do please contact us on enquiries@bikelodging.com

 

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.

La Corima – Provence Drôme Montelimar

Corima Drôme Provence
Corima Drôme Provence

The Corima Drôme Provençale is an individual timed road cycle race/event taking place on Saturday 21 and Sunday, March 22, 2015. The start and finish are in Montelemar close to the banks of the La Rhone. Competetors have the choice of the flowing events.

La Corima – 141km,  2016m climbing

La Jollywear – 111km, 1371 climbing

La Sesame – 76km, 600m climbing

Montilienne – 38km, 391m climbing (hikers only)

The event organised by the is Montelimar St James Cycling Club is limited to 1500 cyclists and 500 hikers.

The entry list will be available on the www.kms.fr site.

Registered competitors will receive a hot meal on arrival, a souvenir jersey “Corima Drôme Provençale”, a batch of local nougat and an energy product.

The awards ceremony will be at 15: 30pm.

Cycling Accommodation in Provence and around Mont Ventoux.

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.

Podiumcafe.com
From Podiumcafe.com

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