Tour de France Provence
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Watching the Tour de France in Provence

We are so lucky, living where we do, as the roads around us are often used for professional cycle races, including the Tour de France. Since buying the house here, it has passed close by twice, and we have taken every opportunity to watch the professional riders race along some …

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Riding Mont Ventoux
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Riding Mont Ventoux Wasn’t My Plan

Sitting in the north of the Vaucluse, on the border with the Drome, Mont Ventoux dominates the skyline. This mountain, with its white-scree summit, is an iconic landmark and its profile is instantly recognizable from afar, even as far away as the Camargue. Mont Ventoux can be seen from many …

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Mont Ventoux Cycling Challenge
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Mont Ventoux a Cycling Challenge: Taming the Beast

I’ve been cycling most of my life. Like everyone else, I started on training wheels, moved on to a hand-me-down single speed with coaster brakes, then upgraded to an awesome 10-speed. After that, mountain bikes were all the rage, so at 15, I bought my first bike—a Peugeot mountain bike—with …

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Tips Cycling Mont Ventoux
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Important Tips for Cycling Mont Ventoux at any Age

The iconic mountain beckons all cyclists. The giant of Provence stands 1909 metres today. As I rode up, I met a gentleman celebrating his 70th birthday and telling me it was on his bucket list! The lead photo is from Flassan looking at Mont Ventoux, a good place to park …

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Cycling Mont Ventoux Gorges de la Nesque
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Cycling Mont Ventoux and the Gorges de la Nesque in Provence

Contributor blog post by Vaucluse Dreamer: I can honestly say that cycling in Provence is always a delight, but sometimes we do a new ride that just makes my heart sing & leaves me feeling as if I’m grinning ‘from the inside out’ and that’s just how I felt after doing this route earlier this week. …

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Mont Ventoux Sign
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What Happened to the Famous Sign at the Top of Mont Ventoux?

Contributor blog post by Aixcentric: According to le Fils Aixcentric who cycles up there regularly, the Mont Ventoux sign has been taken before, and has been replaced, each time with different heights recorded.  The most recent height (see the photo) of 1911m …Continue reading here to find out about the “Ventouman” who has …

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Mont Ventoux Cyclists
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Riding Mont Ventoux “I’m Never Doing This Again!”

Contributor blog post by Cheryl Shufflebotham: As I waited with anticipation at an ancient fountain in the village of Bédoin for my husband to complete his third ride of Mont Ventoux, I spotted him. Anxiously, I asked, “How did it go?” Grinning but determined, he said, “I’m never doing this …

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Lunch at Château la Croix des Pins @ProvenceTayls
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Dine in the vines near Mont Ventoux! 

Contributor blog post by David Taylor: Head North between Mont Ventoux and the Dentilles mountains and you will find some quintessential Provençal villages surrounded by Cherry Orchards and vineyards. On the edge of Mazan, is Château la Croix des Pins, making a good selection of white, rosê and red wines – …

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Blue Sky Biking #ExploreProvence @TableenProvence
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Blue Sky Biking in Provence

Contributor blog post by Paula Kane: Well, well. This is just unbelievable really. The sky has been bright blue, the temperatures between +32 and +36 and no wind. It’s been perfect for weeks, I almost can’t believe it. This past week has been silly busy with my brother-in-law visiting, Jason …

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Venasque #Luberon @CobblestonesandVineyards
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Venasque a Village With a Views of Mont Ventoux and Lunch

Contributor blog post by Cheryl Shufflebotham: Overlooking the towering Mont Ventoux is the sleepy plus beau village of Venasque with its fountains, charming walkways, artisan shops, ancient ruins and ramparts, cherry orchards, and stunning views of the Vaucluse as well as of the Giant itself. …Continue reading here for the …

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