Cycling In Provence

Jun 4th, 2012 | Outdoor Activities, Travel

No matter what time of year you visit Provence, there is a picture you can count on seeing – bike riders – sometimes in larger groups – sometimes just one or two – out enjoying the scenery and sightseeing in Provence their way.

Fun & fitness in the “Plein Air” of Provence

Since we have owned la Baume des Pelèrins in Sablet, we have come to know many more of our guests who are in Provence for one, two and sometimes three weeks to enjoy all of the spectacular scenery, charming villages and history, that a Provence bike riding vacation brings.

 Even in the middle of winter, cyclists find Provence a very attractive venue for excursions

Why after la Baume? I asked myself the same question when I noticed the trend.  It’s because la Baume has a lockable space, the “baume”  in which bicycles and all the riding equipment can be securely stored and out of harms way, which can be something of  a rarity in Provence vacation rental homes, especially in small villages where the streets are narrow and garages are not common.

Bravo! This is quite a ride and quite an achievement

The Vaucluse has a lot to offer bike riders of all capabilities. For riders like me, there’s lots of “flat land” riding, and for more ambitious riders, a mixture of flat and mildly hilly rides. For experienced riders who are ready to tackle the more arduous outing, Sablet is within close proximity to Mt. Ventoux which has been included on the Tour de France circuit more than once!

 Ready for a day on two wheels

Many of our guests have told me that they particularly enjoy planning their rides to take in sites they want to see, often stopping to visit towns and villages, sometimes on market days, to pick up supplies for picnics, visiting points of interest, and often bringing back local specialties for a delicious and relaxing evening meal, in the cool and intimate space of the baume.

Biking in Provence - such incredible scenery!

Spectacular Scenery

If a Provence Bike riding vacation is in your future … here is some information that I hope you will find helpful, about rides that you may enjoy in the Vaucluse.

For More on Bike Riding in Provence: Tour de Sablet


This cycling route is one of the many preplanned routes prepared by Tourisme en Haute Vaucluse and available at the Office de Tourisme in Sablet and those throughout the Vaucluse. These routes are centered around tourism themes such as “Landscapes of the Cote du Rhone” which gives the riders an opportunity to do some sightseeing in areas that interest them whilst enjoying the ride.

This ride will take you through the vineyards of Appellation d’Orignine Controllee Cotes du Rhone all with the backdrop of the Dentelles de Montmirail and Mt. Ventoux. You will visit many scenic villages such as Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Sablet and Beaumes de Venise

PARKING: Place du Marche – Beaumes de Venise

DISTANCE: 33 kilometers/ 20.5 miles

DURATION: 3 hours

DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY: Intermediate riding


Each route shows the distance in kilometers, the riding time, the degree of difficulty of the ride, a vertical cross section graph that shows you the hills and flat areas, a guide on where to park the car once you have reached the beginning point and stage be stage directions.


If you plan to bring your own bike, your travel agent or Airline will advise you on specific requirements for transporting it. This will include details about proper packaging, how you will have to handle your bicycle if you have connecting flights and customs regulations.

Train Travel in France: You can take your bicycle on any train in France, however if you plan to travel on the TGV (fast train), you will need to reserve a space for your bicycle as well as reserving a seat for yourself.

These bikes from “Velopop” are available for rental around certain towns and cities. They are not suitable for a riding circuit in the countryside. Avignon has 17 stations where you can rent a bike to get around the city.


You can also very easily rent bikes and other equipment at specialty Cycling stores in the area, especially if you wish to perhaps spend just a few days of your Provence vacation on two wheels.

IMPORTANT – If you plan to rent a bike, experienced riders tell me that it is advisable to bring your own REAR VISION MIRROR if you have one that you are used to using when riding.

Vaison-la-Romaine 84110


Rental and Repair

Location: 9, rue des Ormeaux

Tel: 0490 287 786

Need a break from your helmet?

Mag 2 Roues

Rental and Repair

Location: Cours Taulignan

Tel: 0490 288 046

Orange 84100

Cycles Dupont

Rental and Repair

Location: 23,avenue Frédéric-Mistral

Tel: 0490 341 560

Cycles Olivier Trousse

Rental and Repair

Location: 176, rue de l’Irlande

Tel: 0490 517 161

Cycles Picca

Rental and Repair

Location: 544, avenue de Verdun

Tel: 0490 516 953


Rental and Repair

Location: 571, boulevard ƒdouard-Daladier

Tel: 0490 341 651

Provence Rent Bike

Bike tours, journeys, rentals. Tours include Around the Ventoux, wine, olive oil, antiques, markets of Provence.

Location: Sport Aventure; 1 Place de la République

Tel: 0490 347 508



Carpentras 84200

Automne, Michel


Rental and Repair

Location: 14, rue Vieil-Hôpital

Tel: 0490 633 712

Espace Deux Roues

Rental & Repair                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Location: 258, avenue Notre-Dame-de-la-Santé

Tel: 0490 600 225


Rental and Repair

Location: 233, avenue du Mont-Ventoux

Tel: 0490 600 024

Le Route de Ventoux

Rents a limited number of high-end bikes.

Location: 293 av. Victor Hugo

Tel: 0490 670 740; Fax: 04 90 60 39 84


Thorn Bikes

Rental and Repair

Location: Chemin Saint-Gens

Tel: 0490 635 077

Gigondas 84190

Gîte d’étape de Gigondas


Tel: 0490 658 085

Bonne Route!

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