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Cycling around Mont Ventoux

Explore villages, olive groves, vineyards, and other wonders in the Mont Ventoux region

Cycling around Mont Ventoux in Provence & French Riviera - Best Time
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Some say Mont Ventoux is the hardest of all the famous Tour de France climbs and rightly so. Mont Ventoux is an almost 2-kilometre high mountain surrounded by small hills. It rises alone and so is easily accessible without steep roads. However, the length of this inclined route and the weather conditions make it a challenge. To make your climb easier, you can rent either a hybrid or an electric-assisted bike instead of an ordinary one. There are three ways to the top of the mountain and the most famous one starts in Bédoin. This is the Tour de France route which all cycling legends ride. The second one on the southern part of the mountain is Malaucène. It isn't any easier than the first, but it can be less crowded. And then there's Sault, the third and easiest one. All the​ routes give you the opportunity to witness the beautiful hilltop villages, lavender fields, vineyards, olive groves, and river valleys. No matter what road you choose, you'll end up 1912 metres over Provence with breathtaking scenery and a sense of accomplishment.

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