Fire danger can close the forest and shrub lands of the south of France in summer.
A technical, physical, and wandering route designated by the French Cycling Federation.
The route, including variations, is composed of 400 signposted kilometers with a total elevation gain of 10,000 meters. It travels for days over the beautiful trails of Mont Ventoux and the Luberon. You'll discover landscapes of vineyards, lavender, ochre, and climbing cliffs, historic villages, and exceptional panoramas on this crossing of the Vaucluse Department (French administrative area roughly equivalent to a US state).
Need to Know
You'll stay in villages along the route. There are hotels, gites and restaurants, or camping if you are determined to bikepack.
If a week of riding is not enough, there are many more trail options in the Mont Ventoux and Luberon areas.
History & Background
You begin by circumnavigating Mont Ventoux, the highest and most prominent peak in Provence. Famously ascended as the first purely recreational mountain climb by Petrarch in 1336, the mountain now provides undoubtedly the most iconic stage of the Tour de France bike race.
The Vaucluse was the heart of the French Resistance in WWII. The Maquisard guerillas fled forced labor and concentration camps, hid out in the hills near Gordes, making trouble for the Nazis and earning themselves vicious reprisals.
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