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Freewheeling France Does Ventoux (and you're invited)

A weekend for readers and friends to tackle the Giant of Provence

Offered by:
Freewheeling France

Phone number:
[email protected]

Tour length:
3 nights

Level of difficulty:
Anyone can do it, right?

Price:
€395 based on twin/double share. There is a €100 single supplement – if you are happy to share a twin room, we can match you up with another solo rider (of the same gender) so you can avoid the supplement.

Calling club riders, cycling groups, couples, singles, men, women, young, old, semi pros and weekend potterers – you're all welcome. 
Apparently 'anyone' can climb Ventoux with a bit of training. I'm putting this theory to the test May 24-27. And you're all invited, safe in the knowledge that there's no conceivable way you'll be slower than me. We've organised this group rides weekend in partnership with Gerry and John at 44-5 Cyclng Tours, local Ventoux specialists. It's a fully supported weekend: three nights' accommodation with breakfasts, a warmup ride on the Friday to size up the Giant on the horizon, and then a Ventoux climb from Bedoin on the Saturday. There's also a welcome meal on the Thursday. Single rooms, airport/station transfers and bike hire all available for a surcharge. Just bring your climbing legs**.
Email me at [email protected] to sign up or for more info.
Save the date: Thursday, May 24 to Sunday, May 27, 2018.
** You can hire an e-bike if you need help or if you're a non-cycling partner.

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1 Day in the Languedoc

Top your holiday off with a half day or day ride in the south of France

Offered by:
VéloRoo

Phone number:
+33 (0)6 65 95 30 97 or +61 (0)4 11 047 828

Tour length:
Half day or full day

Level of difficulty:
Moderate to challenging - customised to suit you

Price:
From €130 including road bike hire (discounts for groups and multi-day rides)

The perfect solution if you only have one or two days to ride on your holiday in the south of France. VéloRoo's guided day rides take all the stress out of planning – all you have to do it turn up with your shoes and pedals and ride. Routes vary from 50-60km over a half day of undulating countryside through to hillier 100-120km itineraries with elevation gains of up to 1500m, but these can be tailored to individual abilities. All rides are fully guided, with optional vehicle support. Price includes performance road bike hire, souvenir VéloRoo water bottle and helmet. This is a great way to explore the stunning scenery of the Languedoc region, taking in beautiful countryside, wine and river country.

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2018 Tour de France Cycling Holiday – Pyrenees

Climb mountains, whizz down descents and see the pros in action

Offered by:
Mountain Bug Active Holidays

Phone number:
+33 (0)5 62 42 90 50

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
£940

Mountain Bug Tour de France cycling holidays are based around the passage of the 2018 Tour de France through the French Pyrenees during the week of July 21-28. The tour is run by local cycling experts Rob and Emma, who have their own chalet base in Barèges, just below the Tourmalet. Their Tour de France package includes a week of guided rides on the Tour de France route itself, as well as a bunch of other local cols that have featured on the Tour over the years. Includes watching the passage of the Tour itself from the best local vantage points. This is a popular annual tour and early booking is recommended.

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2018 Tour de France – Carcassonne, Millau the Pyrenees, July 20-28

Follow (and ride) 4 stages of the Tour de France with this special package

Offered by:
VeloRoo

Phone number:
+33 (0)6 65 95 30 97 (April-Nov) or +61 (0)411 047 828 (Dec-March)

Tour length:
8 nights

Level of difficulty:
Challenging (non-cycling partners are welcome)

Price:
AUD$4350 (discounts for non-cycling partners)

Julia and Steve at the Franco-Australian road bike specialists VeloRoo have put together a super Tour de France trip that will take you from the turrets of Carcassonne and the Millau Viaduct through to the peaks of the Pyrenees. It's the complete package and includes 8 nights' accommodation in boutique hotels, guided riding and support car. Rides and stages include the Col de Portet, Col de Tentes, and the showcase Lourdes to Laruns stage on July 27 that features the Tourmalet. Price includes cycling bib shorts, jersey and gloves (plus daily washing), all breakfasts, all lunches and all dinners (except on the Carcassonne rest day when you will want to indulge in local specialites!) All you have to do is ride (and cheer). This is a personalised tour so numbers are limited (it sold out in 2016 and 2017). Non-cycling partners welcome (there will be a support car for you!) Price in dollars but also payable in euro.

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3 Days in the Languedoc - Come ride with me

Short break package with plenty of quiet back roads – and sunshine!

Offered by:
Vie et Vélo

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 48 08 42 00

Tour length:
3 days / 2 nights

Level of difficulty:
Flexible - can be tailored to your ability

Price:
€295

This is a lovely little package for all abilities. 'Come ride with me' is a perfect introduction to the Languedoc – an often overlooked region in the south of France that's magnificent for cycling, offering the beauty, landscapes and history of Provence but without the crowds. (Think quiet back roads, vineyards, and plenty of sunshine – great for year-round riding, with winter temperatures rarely dipping below 10 degrees). Local cyclists Denise and Bruce are keen to introduce more people to this super area. Their price includes 2 nights’ B&B accommodation, airport transfers for you and your bike (or bike rental if you need it), and personalised guided rides based on your riding level and interests.

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7 Day Tour of Corsica

Experience mountains and the wild coast

Offered by:
Cycle The Alps of Provence

Phone number:
+33(0)6 78 11 91 85

Tour length:
7 days

Level of difficulty:
Moderate to challenging

Price:
€1250

This is a 7-day tour that starts and finishes in Bastia, although this can be adjusted to accommodate different arrival points. The route includes Cap Corse which is the island’s sparsely populated and stunning northern peninsular, the mountainous Desert des Agriates, the famous Route des Artisans with stunning views of the West coast and the Col Vergio, the highest road pass on the island. The adventure is fully guided with vehicle support and the price also includes seven nights' half-board accommodation and airport transfers.

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7 Days Southern Cols Cycle Tour

Test yourself on some lovely mountain climbs in the south of France

Offered by:
Cycle the Alps of Provence

Phone number:
+33 (0)6 78 11 91 85

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Difficult

Price:
€900

Starting in Nice, head inland and upward towards the mighty Col de la Bonette. After scaling all 2860m of it, it's on to and over the border into Italy via the Col de Maddalena (1991m) and then back into France via the Lombarde (2350m). 
On the way, tackle one or two other cols such as Castillon (707m), Turini (1607m), St Martin (1500m), and Couillole (1678m). 
End the week with a ride around the gorges of the Verdon
. That's a total of around 600km with 13,021m of climbing. This is a fully supported, guided ride, with a support car never far away carrying your luggage, spares, snacks, and hot and cold drinks. Price includes half-board accommodation and transfers.

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A Bed by the Med Cycling Holiday

Take a gentle two-wheeled cruise along the Côte d’Azur

Offered by:
Fellow Velo

Phone number:
+44 (0)7811 285 021 or +44 (0)1788 568 371

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £885 (self-guided) or £1025 (guided)

Available as either guided or self-guided, this relaxed tour explores a beautiful stretch of the Provencal coast allowing you partake in the glamour of the Côte d’Azur with the option of escaping it all via quiet, secluded roads. With rides limited to between 20 and 30 kilometres each day (plus a couple of rest days), the pace of this French cycling itinerary really allows you to enjoy the region's varied landscape, its flora and fauna. The route starts and ends in Saint-Raphaël, a delightful Riviera town near Frejus with its Roman architectural heritage. But it also takes in lovely Mediterranean towns and lesser known beaches along the way, even allowing for a dip at the end of each ride before dining and falling asleep to the sound of the sea. There's also the option of using the two rest days for additional self-guided rides. The price includes a welcome briefing, 7 nights' B&B, lunches on ride days, transfers, high-quality bikes and plenty of local support.

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A Bike & Barge Holiday in the Loire Valley

Discover the Loire on this relaxing cycling/sailing barge holiday

Offered by:
HAT Tours

Phone number:
+31 (0)8 58 88 08 80

Tour length:
8 days / 7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
€895

The area of the Loire valley between Nevers and Montargis is perfect for a relaxing cycling and sailing holiday. This area, approximately 100km in length, offers a landscape with slightly rolling hills and a mild climate. During the summer, it's dry but never too warm. Here, you'll find a wonderful combination of castles and villages to explore, and of course you'll also get to enjoy the region's fine Loire wines. This tour includes accommodation in a double cabin in a barge, full board, bike rental, tour guide, city walks and a castle visit, Loire wine tastings, and transfers from Paris. Cycling distances approximately 50km a day. Mixed nationalities, maximum group size 18 – this is a great way to meet new cycling friends.

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A Female Riders' Week in the Alps

Explore the Alps and relax in the mountains

Offered by:
TAG Ride

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7191 1120

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
£645

This female-only tour is a 7-night catered and guided road cycling holiday in one of the most popular and beautiful cycling areas of the French Alps. After being collected from Geneva airport, you'll be taken straight to your chalet accommodation in the heart of the 3 Valleys. Spend then evening relaxing (or making last-minute bike preparations) before hitting the roads the next day on a fully guided ride on iconic local roads. Finish the day with an afternoon tea of fresh cake or pasta to refuel before relaxing for dinner. Daily rides can be tailored to meet the needs of the group and the route can also be tailored to take in cols of your choice. The price includes return Geneva airport transfers, local transport, chalet accommodation, breakfasts, afternoon teas, 3-course evening meals with wine, and full on-road bike and vehicle support.

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