Ventoux Club des Cinglés Challenge

Road Cycling Holidays in Provence

• Official Ventoux Club des Cinglés challenge: 3 ascents of Ventoux in a day.
• 2.5 days cycling: The Challenge day PLUS a fabulous Tour around base of Ventoux (choosing the best weather for the challenge day)
• Exceptional support from 2 experienced guides in customised vehicles.
• Lovely 3* hotel in its own grounds, with swimming pool
• Included transfers from Marseille Airport or Avignon station (Eurostar)
• Package available for non-cycling partners

Days on the bike

2.5 days

Personally I cannot convey how absolutely excellent everything was ! Helen and kev were just amazing , either giving us advice or geeing us up for the next climb , seeing one of the vans instantly brought a smile and some relief to us !!  The whole logistics and the way they ran that tour was so calm and friendly it instantly put us at rest . Pleased to say that all four of our party completed the 3 climbs and personally the elation at the end was overwhelming!

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Mont Ventoux has been stirring things up in the Tour de France world since it was first introduced over 60 years ago. It became infamous when it claimed the life of the British rider Tom Simpson in 1967 and has since become a Mecca for cyclists from all over the world wanting to battle this iconic moonscape of a climb.

The ‘Club des Cinglés de Mont Ventoux’ translates as the ‘brotherhood of the Ventoux nutters’ – very apt for anyone that cycles up Mont Ventoux three times in a day – 4443m of ascent in 136km! At Marmot Tours we love supporting you on a challenge and this three-day trip is a fantastic addition to our portfolio. As usual, we follow the official route so you get awarded a certificate and substantial trophy if you make all 3 climbs. Remember though that there is no pressure to take part in the challenge if you prefer to just climb the mountain once or twice!

In order to give you the best chance of success on your Ventoux challenge, this mini-break has 2 days of cycling (plus an additional warm up ride on arrival day). This allows us to choose the day with the best weather for your triple ascent.  The other full day on the bike offers a beautiful circuit through Provence, around the base of Mont Ventoux, with optional extras so you can choose how far you want to go.  We stay in the perfectly located and very relaxing 3* Domaine des Tilleuls hotel with swimming pool, and eat dinner in the town of Malaucene, a short walk away.  Non cycling partners are welcome to book too – to grab a couple of days R & R in great surroundings.

It is important to us that you book the correct holiday so do download and read the Trip Notes for all you need on how this holiday works, food, accommodation & travel.

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Departure Dates & Prices

Single Room Supplement
28th May - 31st May
Single Room Sup. £195.00

We are pleased to offer some tempting discounts off the basic trip cost (not including extras such as single rooms or bike hire):

  • Book & pay your deposit more than 6 months in advance of the start of your holiday for our 5% early bookers discount
  • Get a group of 10+ people together for a 7.5% group discount and, as the group organiser, receive a £150 voucher for your next holiday
  • Be rewarded for your loyalty by receiving a 10% discount from your 3rd Marmot trip onwards

Please note that there is a maximum 10% discount on any holiday (15% for a non-cycling companion).



Day 0: Arrival day

We offer included transfers from Marseille Airport to Malaucene, at the base of Ventoux.

Full travel advice (essential reading before booking your flights) can be found in our Trip Notes.

Meet your guides, assemble bikes and go for an afternoon ride in the hills to the west of Malaucene. We suggest a 52km route through vineyards and rural villages, with 700m of ascent. You may even get time for a quick dip in the pool before the evening meal!

Day 1: Tour of Ventoux

See Mont Ventoux from all angles, on a ride around the base of the mountain. We offer two supported routes, allowing you to choose how much cycling you do today. This area of Provence has an extensive network of quiet roads, pretty villages, gorges and cheeky little climbs so whichever route you choose, it’s a beautiful ride.

Option 1: 103km with 1400m ascent [ride profile]
Undulate on the road flanking Ventoux up to the Cote de Bluye (578m) from where you can see the weather station at the summit high up above you. Continue to Sault for a cafe stop before joining a narrow cliff hugging road to the Gorges de la Nesque. The descent towards Bedoin is a highlight. Head back to the hotel over the Col de la Madeleine (451m).

Option 2: 122km with 1900m ascent [ride profile]
Branch off from Option 1 at Montbrun les Bains to climb up the Col de Macuegne (1068m).  This leads you into the Col de l’Homme Mort (1213m), a very pleasant climb offering amazing views of Mont Ventoux.  Descend into Sault for lunch and to rejoin Option 1.

Day 2: Club de Cinglés Challenge

The rules for today’s challenge are simple: ride all three roads up Mont Ventoux (1911m) in a single day, getting your route card stamped each time at the base and at the summit! The ascent from Sault is the easiest so this will be the third and final ascent. The jury is out as to which of the other two climbs (from Bedoin or from Malaucene) is toughest!

With our two customised Marmot vans we will be there to support you regardless of your speed and would like to emphasise that there is no pressure to complete the challenge. Climbing Ventoux just once is already an achievement and this is an opportunity to meet your own personal goals.

Challenge route: 136km with 4443m ascent [ride profile]

Day 3: Departure day

Our included transfers drop you back at Marseille Airport.

Full travel advice (essential reading before booking your flights) can be found in our Trip Notes.