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Ventoux Escape

31st Mai - 3rd Juni 2018

Conquer The Giant of Provence.

Ventoux truly deserves its legendary status. The long climb through the forests to the barren, rocky summit is awe inspiring and should be on every cyclist’s bucket list. The giant looms over fragrant lavender fields and vineyards, among which we’ll stay. When we're not riding the region’s beautiful rolling roads, we'll be enjoying fresh cuisine and fine local wines.

"Provence is what road cycling is all about. It has the right terrain as, apart from Ventoux, it's mainly rolling. It has the right tarmac - perfectly smooth. The place smells right. It’s warm. The food’s good. And it has all the history and culture of France." – Simon Mottram, Rapha Founder & CEO

Single occupancy — € 1.600 per person
Double occupancy — € 1.350 per person

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Who is it for

Rapha Escapes are short getaways based around one particular mountain, col or town, which will transport you to the heart of what is special about our sport. One of the great pleasures of road cycling is how close we can get to the professional peloton and share in their experiences by riding the climbs that have become legendary in the world’s great races. Each Escape stays in accommodation very close to the slopes that have made their mark in cycling history. In just a few days’ riding you will conquer a famous road, and our expert guides will show you the best that each mountain has to offer – the amazing views and the locals-only roads that will increase your appreciation of the area. When you’re not riding, simply relax in beautiful surroundings, enjoy hearty food and local wines, and deepen the friendships forged during your day in the saddle.

How Hard is it?

Escapes showcase some of cycling’s most testing battlegrounds, that are respected even by elite athletes. However, because the trips are based in one location and are shorter in duration, Escapes are suitable for a wide range of riders, including those relatively new to road cycling who are willing to put in the time training beforehand. Whether you want bragging rights over your friends, or to conquer one of the biggest names in the sport, you’ll return home with a major boost to your appreciation of cycling.

*Please note that all routes are subject to change depending on local conditions.

All trips include

  • Expert planning and guide support from guides and vehicles
  • Pre-trip discounts on Rapha apparel
  • High guide-to-client ratios
  • Unique routes
  • Top-level mechanics

Flights, bike hire and travel insurance are not included

All Escapes include

  • All meals
  • On-road food

Double occupancy as standard

Day Distance Climbing
Day 0, Arrival Day Plateau d'Albion 37.7 KM 529 M
Day 1 Into the Drome 96.2 KM 1985 M
Day 2 Mont Ventoux 82.9 KM 2045 M
Day 3, Departure Day Ice cream ride 35 KM 550 M

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Day 0, Arrival Day

Plateau d'Albion

Take a morning flight to Marseille Airport or train to Avignon TGV station and self-transfer to the hotel to meet the Rapha Travel team. In the afternoon we will enjoy a short ride to the Plateau d’Albion, located in between three departments (Drome, Vaucluse and Alpes de Hautes Provences), famous for its now-disarmed military base in Saint Christol.


37.7 KM


529 M


Hostellerie du Val de Sault

Day 1

Into the Drome

Today we head north into the Drome department, one of the least populated but most beautiful departments of France. Our ride will take us to the Parc Naturel Regional Baronnies Provencales and through the village of Montbrun les Bains, surrounded by lavender fields typical of the Provence countryside.


96.2 KM


1985 M


Hostellerie du Val de Sault

Day 2

Mont Ventoux

Today we'll tackle France's most iconic climb, the legendary Mont Ventoux, which has featured in the Tour de France fifteen times. We'll ascend the Bédoin side, considered the most challenging of the three roads to the top.


82.9 KM


2045 M


Hostellerie du Val de Sault

Day 3, Departure Day

Ice cream ride

A morning coffee spin to the village of Sault before self-transfers back to Marseille airport or Avignon Train Station. We suggest late afternoon bookings to enjoy a relaxed end to a spectacular weekend of riding.


35 KM


550 M

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Customer Testimonials

The location was stunning and the Hotel was excellent. The rides up both Stelvio and Timmelsjoch were simply jaw dropping. I will take away many memories and photos from the trip, but one in particular that of Mattia pulling a wheelie alongside me going up the Stelvio!

— Stelvio Ascent rider, June 2016

Thank you so much for supporting us so well. The tone of the whole trip was so positive and supportive it made such a huge difference to my mental attitude to the challenge. A truly unforgettable experience.

— Ventoux Ascent rider, August 2016


What kind of assistance can riders expect on the road?

When you’re riding you’ll always have at least one ride guide on the road with the group. There will also be a mechanic with a full tool kit and spare parts not far away – usually in a support car behind the group. Your guides and mechanics will be able to help you out with ride food and drink, as well as local knowledge, first aid, a morale-boosting chat and – if necessary – a hand to push you up the hill if you’ve run out of energy. They’ll do everything they can to keep you and your bike on the road but, if for any reason you can’t make it to the end, they’ll always make sure there’s a seat in a vehicle so you get safely home.

Can I rent a bike?

We have a fleet of top-specification hire bikes available for rent on our European departures. They cost £50 per day. We ask that guests requiring a bike tell us as far as is possible in advance, so we can guarantee the right size is available, and also to send us your fit measurements, so our mechanics can set up the bike for you ready for the start of your trip. If you’re renting a bike you need to remember to bring your helmet, pedals and saddle to your trip start.

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Email: travel@rapha.cc

Telephone: +44 (0) 207 482 9175

Hours: 9.30am-6.00pm (BST)