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Season opener in Provence (L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue)

Discover the south – 7/04-14/04/2018

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Provence. Lavender, olive oil, red wine Marvellous scenery, wildly romantic gorges, quiet roads, wild thyme by the roadside and, particularly, sunshine. The Comtat, the region around the papal town of Avignon, is noted for its unusually mild micro-climate, with over 300 days of sunshine per year. Reason enough for us to pay a visit to this training area in April 2017.

So we shall be basing ourselves in the “Venice of the Comtat” or, more precisely, in L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, around 25 kms east of Avignon, a pretty little town criss-crossed by canals and much loved by artists. Here you'll have access to a huge variety of training terrain, from the mighty Mont Ventoux massif in the north, through the deserted Plateau de Vaucluse in the east to the Lubéron massif in the south. As befits the time of year, the rides are not too demanding, and you can fuel up on Mediterranean sun, and then let your soul unwind in the ****-hotel and enjoy a few Provençal treats.

Bring on the 2017 season.


Impressions


The Guides


Getting there

From northern Germany and northern Europe via Frankfurt or Stuttgart - Karlsruhe - Mulhouse - Lyons on France's A7 to the Avignon-Sud exit. Then take the D900 towards Cavaillon, then the D938 to L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue.

From southern Germany, Central and Eastern Europe via Munich or Innsbruck - Zurich - Geneva - Valence on France's A7.

From Western Europe via Paris or Luxembourg - Dijon - Lyons on France's A7.

We recommend you use our internal forum to organise car-sharing.

The nearest airport is Marseilles-Provence, which has direct flights from many European airports.

From the airport, take a regional train to L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue.

By high-speed train (TGV) to the Avignon TGV station. From there, take the regional train to L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue.


The Itinerary

Guided Bike Tour 7/04-14/04/2018

  • Saturday, 1st April 2017
    Travel to L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue. Evening meal in the hotel at 8pm.
  • Sunday, 2nd April 2017 to Friday, 7th April
    Circular rides out of L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue.
  • Saturday, 8th April 2017
    Closing ride. Return to the hotel around midday, and departure.

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