Gran Fondo Mont Ventoux - Beaumes de Venise 2013
Cyclo Sportive Event...
31st May to 3rd June 2013
The Gran Fondo Mont Ventoux Beaumes de Venise is a classic cyclo sportive event held in the Vaucluse region of Southern France. It is held over a classic route that rivals the L’Etape du Tour. (See profiles below)
There are a choice of 2 distances: the 134km Master Event and the 91km Senior Event, both starting and finishing from the town of Beaumes de Venise. (More details below)
The following day you will have another chance to climb the Giant of Provence with a 21.5km mass participation event from Bedoin to the Weather Station of Mont Ventoux. Each rider will be given their personal time.
We are offering a long weekend trip to take part in both La Ventoux and Grimpe du Ventoux events. This would be an ideal weekend for those who are preparing for the Etape du Tour or the Marmotte or for those who have already done these events and fancy another challenging cyclo sportive event that takes in a famous Tour de France mountain.
Flights will be to Marseille and we will spend 3 Nights on Half Board basis (Bed, Breakfast & evening meal) at the 3* Hotel Le Pradet located in Vacqueyras. This region produces an exceptional red wine.
There are 2 distances to choose from on the main race day which is the 1st of June 2013. You will also have the opportunity to set your personal best time on the climb of Ventoux during the Grimpee event on the day after so the 2nd of June.
Ventoux Master - 134 km
This exceptional course, in the heart of the department of the Vaucluse, alternates between 2 possible ways of climbing le"Géant de provence", le Mont Ventoux (1910 m) every 2 years. This year's edition of this iconic event passes by Malaucène before descending the Sault through le Chalet Reynard (1419 m). The course goes past the massif through Aurel and Saint Léger du Ventoux before returning past Malaucène and le Col de Veaux. The final climbs of le Col de la Chaine (472 m) and the "Dentelles de Montmirail" will give you some amazing scenery to look at before returning to Beaumes de Venise.
VERTICAL METERS: 3000 m
DEPART: 01/06/2013 - 08:30 Beaumes de Venise - Place du Marché
FINISH: Beaumes de Venise - Place du Marché
FEEDING STOPS: Mont Serein et Saint Leger du Ventoux
Ventoux Senior - 91 km
This circuit also gives you the ascent of the Mont Ventoux (1910 m) through Malaucène, but with a return through Bédoin, le Col de la Madelaine, le col de la Chaîne (472 m) and the "Dentelles de Montmirail" up to Beaumes de Venise.
VERTICAL METRES: 2500 m
START: 01/06/2013 - 08:30 Beaumes de Venise - Place du Marché
FINISH: Beaumes de Venise - Place du Marché
FEED STOPS: Mont Serein
Friday 31st of May:
Please arrange your own flight to Marseille. From the UK there are several airlines who offer direct flights to Marseille.On arrival at Marseille airport you will be met by our reps.
At 15.30hrs we will operate a coach transfer to Carpentras where you will spend 3 nights on half board basis at the 3* Hotel Le Pradet. It is approx 1hr 30mins coach transfer from Marseille to Vacqueyras.
At time of booking, please let us know your intended arrival time.
In the evening we will enjoy a meal at the hotel together and our rep will do a race briefing.
Saturday 1st of June - Gran Fondo La Ventoux 135km and 91km
The start of the event is in Beaumes de Venise (5km from our hotel in Vacqueyras) at 08.30hrs, so after an early breakfast (07.00hrs) you will be able to ride to the start. Just like the Etape du Tour and the Marmotte, there will be food & liquid stations. You will get your own personal time for the event with a classification (scratch & age) and Gold, Silver & Bronze awards.
Our rep will be waiting at the finish and you will be able to ride the 8km back at a very leisurely pace to the hotel in Vacqueyras where we will meet for drinks and an evening meal.
Sunday 2nd of June - Grimpee du Ventoux 21.5km
The start of the event is in Bedoin at 09.00hrs, so after an early breakfast (07.00hrs) you will be able to ride the 18km to Bedoin for the start to warm up. This is a mass participation 21.5km event and you will get your own personal time for climbing Mont Ventoux. After the finish you will descend and ride back to the hotel in Vacqueyras.
In the evening we will enjoy a well deserved meal together at the hotel.
Monday 3rd of June:
After breakfast we leave Vacqueyras and return to Marseille airport. We operate 1 airport transfer to Marseille airport, at 08.00hrs, arriving Marseille 09.30hrs.
Twin Room - £369 (Based on double occupancy of a twin bedded room)
Single room - £99 supplement (Based on the sole occupancy of a twin or double room)
Twin to share:
If you would like to join us as a single traveller but you want to avoid the single supplement then you can make use of our 'twin to share' option. We will pair you up with another rider (of the same sex) and you can enjoy the event without having to pay extra. Simply click on the green button and select the twin to share option.
- 3 Nights Bed & Buffet Breakfast on a Twin/Double Room share basis
- 3 Evening meals
- Bike storage at the hotel
- Airport transfers from and to Marseille at specific times for you and your bike
- Detailed tour itinerary
- Services of our guide
- Flights to and from Marseille airport
- £40 entry fee to Gran Fondo La Ventoux 01/06/13 (Available as an extra)
- £15 entry fee to Grimpee du Ventoux on 02/06/13 (Available as an extra)
- Drinks with meals
- Hotel extras (telephone, drinks, laundry)
- Travel insurance (Very important)
HOW TO BOOK:
Click on the green button below.
At time of booking we require a non-refundable deposit per person plus any applicable entry fee. The balance of your travel package must be paid, at the latest, 12 weeks before departure to avoid the cancellation of your trip.
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