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

Discover the south – 7/04-14/04/2018

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 2018.

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 2018 season.


The Guides

Tom – The Sous Chef

quäldich-Guide Tom Bender

After interludes in South Baden and Savoy, Swabian Tom is now based in the border area near Aachen. But from the Savoy Alps he's taken away a passion for real mountains and genuine tartiflette. In 2016 he became Holiday Manager at Epic Climbs and he's the mastermind behind our 2017 programme!

Tom – The Fashion Consultant

quäldich-Guide Tom Mutter

A loyal South Baden local with matching colour schemes who spends almost every spare minute riding the roads of the Black Forest. The youngest guide in the team, he's always up for a mountaintop sprint...

René – The GPS Guy

quäldich-Guide Rene Blind

René has been a fixture on the Tour of Germany for years. According to his application, he speaks fluent German, English, French and Cologne dialect. Masters his Garmin better than almost anyone.

Getting there

Our base of L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is around 30 kms east of Avignon.

From Germany via Freiburg - Mulhouse - Lyons on France's A7 to the Avignon-Sud exit. Then take the D900 towards Cavaillon, then the D938 to L'Isle-sur-le-Sorgue.

From southern Germany, Austria, Switzerland and via Zurich - Geneva - Valence 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 several German 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, 7th April 2018
    Travel to L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue. Prologue starts 3pm Evening meal in the hotel at 8pm.
  • Sunday, 8th April to Friday 13th April 2018
    Breakfast from 7am, rides starting at 9am from L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, return in the afternoon, evening meal at 7.30pm.
  • Saturday, 14th April 2018
    Travel home after breakfast.

Client Reviews

Steffen aus Ludwigsburg

Steady group

„Abgesehen davon, dass ich schon immer gerne in Frankreich radfahre: Der Saisonauftakt in der Provence eignet sich wirklich gut dazu, um unter frühlingshafter Sonne ein paar hundert Trainingskilometer in schönster Umgebung zu absolvieren. Die zugegebenermaßen etwas längere Anreise konnten wir durch die Bildung von Fahrgemeinschaften unterhaltsam und preiswert gestalten. Besonders begeistert haben mich (bei der Erstaustragung 2017) die wirklich sehr verkehrsarmen Sträßchen, die die Guides für die täglichen Touren herausgesucht haben. Das Highlight war die Auffahrt auf den "Gigant der Provence", den Mont Ventoux - um diese Jahreszeit konnten wir den Berg fast autofrei genießen. Auch die Fahrt entlang der landschaftlich sensationellen Gorge du Nesque konnten wir in vollen Zügen genießen: auf den 17 Kilometern mit recht gemächlicher Steigung sind uns vielleicht drei Autos entgegen gekommen. Im Städtchen L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue hat ein sehr komfortables Hotel gewählt, auch bei der Verpflegung hat alles gepasst. Die Teilnehmer waren sich einig, dass die Provence die bessere Alternative zu einer immer gleichen Mallorca-Woche ist. Für 2018 haben wir uns gleich wieder für die Provence entschieden.”

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