Cycling tours before and after the Luberon stage

You will find below 2 proposals for a tour around Mont-Ventoux

- An easy tour  for beginners and intermediate cyclists

- A “Luberon tour”

Luberon tour

Discover the landscapes on a tour along vineyards and orchards

>> Download the itinerary on ".kml" (64 Ko)

Tour de France Special

Cycle on the roads the Tour de France will follow on 14. July

>> Download the itinerary on ".kml" (17 Ko)

Other routes

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Mont Ventoux by bike. What you need to know.

Sault – Mont Ventoux Difficult

Distance: 25 ,6 km

Difference in level: 1210 m

Average gradient: 5% (some 10%)

Warm up: from Monieux or Villes sur Auzon (through Gorges de la Nesque)

The climb from Sault to Chalet Reynard does not present any real difficulties, but the final stretch to the summit is ranked as VERY difficult.

Time: 1 hour to 3h30


Malaucene – Mont Ventoux Very difficult

Distance: 21 km Difference in level: 1575 m

Average gradient: 7,5% (some at 15%)

Warm up from Vaison la Romaine

Time: 1 hour to 3h30


Bedoin – Mont Ventoux Extremely difficult

Distance: 21,8 km Difference in level 1598 m

Average gradient 7,5% (some 15%)

Warm up from Carpentras Mazan or Malaucene (Col de la Madeleine)

Time: 1 hour to 3h30


The Bedoin - summit itinerary is the most used, 50% of traffic: be careful, use the alternative itineraries for a safer ride.


Climbing the Ventoux by bike is not something to be taken lightly! Best to be in tip top form, and follow our advice.


How to prepare for a difficult ride:

  • have a chat with your doctor: an electrocardiogram and/or effort test is recommended for the over 35 years old.
  • training: at least 1 000 km of cycling, with regular 2 to 3 hour runs (with climbs) per week.
  • healthy diet and life style: no alcohol , no tobacco
  • use a road bike adapted to the mountain and in excellent condition (particularly breaks). Don’t forget your helmet and also a cardio meter to check your heart rate. It’s 13°C cooler on the summit, wear appropriate clothing.


Note: exhaustion, thrill of the ride, speed, and sharing the road with cars and motorbikes make the descent dangerous: most accidents take place during descent.
Be careful, chose a less frequented descent by Sault and Gorges of the Nesque, or the Col des Abeilles.


On the day!

  • Check the weather forecast: it’s recommended that you do cycle up in cases of high wind (over 80 km/h) or anticipated thunderstorms. Leave early in the morning or after 4pm to avoid high temperatures in the summer.
  • Have at least a 30 min warm up.
  • Remember to take plenty of fluids (0.5 l per hour)
  • Respect the highway code: always ride on the right. Share the road with other users.
  • Ride in single file if you are a group, with a space of 15-20m every 4 riders.
  • If you need to stop, make it clear to other road users and bike off the road.
  • Do not have a car following you as this creates traffic problems.
  • Do not throw any rubbish on the side of the road.
  • Have a rest before you start the descent, and take plenty of fluids.
  • Control your speed on the descent.