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This new route will take you through the Haut Pilat, the Vercors, the Drome, the Vaucluse ( ascents of the Mont Ventoux from both the Bedoin and Malaucene sides, on separate stages), the Monts d’Ardeche, the National Park of the Cevennes and the Lozerre. A true CCC Journey.Book now
Ridden in June 2021, with a huge approval rating, this ride will take you through the following ‘massifs’:
The National park of the Haut Pilat ; the Vercors; the Drome; the Vaucluse ( ascents of the Mont Ventoux from both the Bedoin and Malaucene sides, on separate stages) ; the Monts d’Ardeche; the National Park of the Cevennes; and the Lozerre/ Haute Loire.
Start and Finish: Chasse-s-Rhone ( Lyon)
Total distance: 1,903 kms
Total climbing: 38,250m
Stage average: 190kms / 3,820m
Difficulty level: 3*** ( Less gradient than usual over 10% ; mainly steady climbs; rough road surface at times.)
Chasse-s-Rhone to Tournon-s-Rhone
207kms / 3900m
Croix de Chaubouret
A gentle intro via some gorgeously quiet roads through the Parc National du Haut Pilat.
Tournon-s-Rhone to Villard de Lans
150kms / 3800m
Pré Coquet, Romeyere, Herbouilly
After a flattish start we climb up into the Massif du Vercors and the feast of gorges, dense forest and rocky sky-scapes begins.
Villard-de-Lans to Crest
192kms / 4080m
Pra l'Etang, Machine, Rousset
Some classic climbs here in this Vercors Part Two stage. Stunning panoramas and thrilling descents.
Crest to Malaucene
179kms / 3280m
Chaudiere, Serre, Croix Rouge, Propriac, Perponcher, Fontaube,
Heading south through the barren but beautiful Drome region towards the Great Bald One of Provence. Many shorter climbs including some through the Vaucluse vineyards and olive orchards.
Malaucene to Orange
185kms / 4,040m
Mont Ventoux DOUBLE! ( North side, through the Gorges de la Nesque, then back up from Bedoin), Suzette
To wrap up our first half, a real treat : over the great Mont Ventoux TWICE. First time from the Malaucene side. Through Sault and down through the impressive Gorges de la Nesque, then back up the Mighty One from Bedoin. From there we have a bumpy ride along quiet roads taking us into the historic town of Orange. Hard to beat!
Orange, with it's Roman amphitheatre and other historic sites.
Orange to Alès
192kms / 2730m
Corniche des Cevennes, Brousses, Soulages
A wonderfully contrasting stage to introduce you to the challenging charm of the Ardeche region. Tight gorges, dense chestnut forest, steep, narrow climbs followed by vast expansive panoramic views. This stage truly sets the tone for the very different second half of this journey.
Alès to Mende
191kms / 4500m
Ugles, Sapet, Exil, Finiels, Croix Neuve ( "Jalabert Wall")
Now we head into Cevennes region with it's open landscape and infinite views. Finishes with the infamous Tour de France "Wall" in Mende. A tough but exhilarating stage.
Mende to Privas
200kms / 3880m
Meyrand, Fayolle, Croix Ste André
Described by some on our 'reconnaissance' in 2021 as " the best CCC stage ever", this cross-Cevennes stage never stops impressing us by the beauty of the landscape and the intrigue of roads that never let you know where exactly you are heading for!
Privas to St Bonnet le Froid
186kms / 3750m
Mezilhac, Croix de Boutière, Scie, Tracol
Our final stage exploring the "Monts d'Ardeche" and the Cevennes National Park. More dramatic panoramic ridges affording huge views.So quiet, so remote.
St Bonnet le Froid to Chasse-s-Rhone
168kms / 2830m
Croix de Chaubouret, Doizieux, Planil, Grenouze
Back into the Haut Pilat for another tranquil forest stage before we lunge down into the famous Rhone vineyards for a couple of final "tail-sting" climbs before our journey draws to a regretted close.