Mont Ventoux Cinglès Weekend 13-16 June 2019

Dates: 13-16 June 2019


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Is this trip for you?

YES:   if you want to become a “cinglé” and complete the famous triple ascent of Mont Ventoux in one day.

YES:   if you want support from expert cycling coachs while you tackle the challenge.

YES:   if you want to make friends and have fun with other like-minded people.

NO:   if you don’t like climbing and can’t think of anything worse than climbing Mont Ventoux three times.

NO  if you want to do the ride for the lowest possible cost.

Here is the programme for the weekend, including the plan for each day, the major climbs and the distance/elevation you can expect to ride.

Date Programme Climbs Distance & Elevation
Thu June 13 Arrival day - -
Fri June 14 Calibration Ride Short and easy! 64km / 1,080m+
Sat Jun 15 Mont Ventoux: one, twice or thrice! Mont Ventoux 138km/ 4,400m+
Sun Jun 16 The Gorges de la Nesque Gorges de la Nesque 68km/ 1,030m

Thursday: Arrival day

We will pick you up at the airport and bring you to the Hôtel des Pins 3* in Bédoin.

We’ll help you set up your bike before a briefing for the weekend and an excellent dinner in the hotel’s restaurant.


Friday: Calibration and Check-out Ride

We begin the weekend with a warm-up calibration ride around the western side of Mont Ventoux. The goals of this ride are to ensure you are totally ready for tomorrow’s 3 summit attempts. Today you will check out the bike, spin your legs, do some short climbs and do some short descents, all without going too far or too deep.

The coaches will ride with you and, if desired, will give you feedback and tips on your technique.

If you want to do more (or indeed less) we will accompany you on one of several options for a longer (or shorter) route back to the hotel.


Saturday: Mont Ventoux once, twice or three times!

This is it, time to become a cinglé (or certified nutter!)

We start from Bédoin and make the first of our three ascents direct to the summit. Sometimes if the weather is kind people like to start before dawn in order to be on top as the sun comes up: this is truly a magical moment.

A fast descent brings us to Malaucène where we enjoy a coffee stop before the second climb. Many people find this one the hardest: there are 3 leg-breaking kilometres in the middle at a constant 11-12%.

Again at the summit, we descend to Sault and after another coffee and a short break we start up again for the third and final time. The feeling when you summit again for the third time is indescribable.

Celebrations back at the hotel!


Sunday: the Gorges de la Nesque

After yesterday’s exertions few people are likely to want to see the summit of Mont Ventoux again for a while (although the option is always there…)

Instead, we will do a wonderfully scenic ride to the south of the Giant of Provence, through the Gorges de la Nesque.

This is truly a stunning ride through an area of outstanding natural beauty. It is not particularly difficult so a great opportunity to ride comfortably and enjoy the view.

On the way back we cross over the flank of the southern side of the mountain and enjoy great views on the far-off summit.

A final lunch at the hotel and it will be time to say goodbye!

Acommodation wil be at the excellent Hôtel des Pins 3*.

The hotel is set amongst the pine trees a kilometre or so from the centre of Bédoin.  It is a charming “boutique” style hotel, tastefully decorated by the owners and run with discernment.

The rooms are spacious and comfortable, the gardens heavy with the scent of lavender, rosemary and thyme and enlivened by the chirping of cicadas.

There is an outdoor swimming pool for post-ride relaxation on a hot afternoon.

We will enjoy most of our meals al fresco on the terrace, Provençale style.

The restaurant serves only the finest ingredients, sourced locally. The chef is used to cooking for groups of cyclists and provides perfect meals for us.


Thanks very much to you and Emmanuelle for hosting a delightful event.  Great hotel; superb logistics; you assembled a terrific group of people; and the two of you made it all appear effortless.  (Richard, UK)


I am writing to say a big thank you for a wonderful week. With the considerable help from the entire Alpine Cols crew, not only did I achieve my objectives, but I had great fun with a wonderful group of people.(Katrina, Australia)


Firstly thank you for the wonderful week. Both you and Stephane were great coaches on the bike and the balance between the freedom of riding at my own pace and having your advice in the group’s was great. Also having the vanwas a great help and a real added security when in the mountains. Hire bikes were flawless and the fact that everything went to plan showed the level of professionalism within the company. (Sam, UK)


Thank you so much for a fantastic week. I truly enjoyed myself every single day. Despite the fact that I was overly defensive descending, I feel as though I learned a lot and gained confidence by the end of the week. Although I have been riding for years, I never had any type of instruction or guidance previously. On my first ride back today, I could feel a difference in descending and ascending. The week did wonders for me. I loved cycling prior to the trip, but love it even more now. You all did a first rate job organizing and planning for all of us.(David, USA)


Thank you for the photos and a great week.  The organisation, on road support, the hotel and all other aspects were great.  I really did enjoy myself and despite my nerves and the weather I will definitely go another alpine cycling holiday. (Diana, UK)

13 – 16 June 2019

Package price (twin-share): €1,190

Single supplement: €135

What’s included

  • Airport transfers (to and from Marseille, at a fixed time only)
  • Accommodation and meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • On-the-bike coaching
  • On-the-road support vehicle with free energy drinks and snacks
  • Mechanical assistance
  • Coach’s Corner evening sessions on cycling performance
  • Photographs (digital copies)

Not included

  • Travel to/from Marseille
  • Hotels in Marseille
  • Bicycle hire
  • Minibar or drinks at the hotel bar
  • Coffee or snacks during café stops
  • Massage (optional extra)