Ever wanted to ride Mount Ventoux?
I would like to invite you along on my La Ventoux Sportive trips during 2017. This 4 day trip will allow you to ride the official La Ventoux sportive and ride up the magical Mont Ventoux and the Col de Veaux over 3 different distances of 170km, 102km or 75km. Places are limited to only 10 so book now to ensure your place (we need a minimum of 4 to go).
Climbing: Giant of Provence, Mont Ventoux (1910 m), Chalet Reynard (1419 m), St Leger du Ventoux and Col de la Chaîne (472 m). Hands on advice from Dan Bennett about pre-event preperation, how to ride the event, feeding, tactics and assistance with mental preparation.
Staying in local accomodation and close to the start line. Breakfast and dinner included from Thursday evening to Sunday morning. Transfer to Beaumes de Venise from the UK by car OR airport transfer from/to MarseilleAirport on the Thursday evening Sunday morning.
Entry to the event.
Safe bike/luggage transfer from the a UK central pickup point. Complimentary pre-event, during event and post event ride food throughout the trip. Choice of distances - 170km, 102km or 21km. Accommodation is close to the start of the event in Beaumes-de-Venise.
The 170km route includes 3000 meters of climbing -- This exceptional course in the heart of the Vaucluse department proposes a new approach by the "lace of Montmiraill" by Malaucène to make the ascent of the formidable "Giant of Provence, Mont Ventoux (1910 m), his descent into the Falls Chalet Reynard (1419 m) and circumvention by Aurel, St Leger du Ventoux, then a return by the collar of Calves. Finally Malaucène take you back over the Col de la Chaîne (472 m), the sumptuous "Laces of Montmiraill" to Beaumes-de-Venise.
Food stops on the course (run by the event organisers are at Chalet Reynard (33Km), Route de Veaux (60Km) and Chalet Reynard (129km).
Whats not included
Flights to MarseilleAirport
Alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks (apart from race drinks)
Travel Insurance (please supply us with a copy of your insurance policy)
The fee to attend the trip is £599 or £549 with the early bird discount.
One of my happy clients who have experienced these sportive trips kindly wrote these words about his experience.
‘In my experience a sportive abroad isn’t usually so stress free. So how can it be a great challenge but relaxing at the same time? Well its down to Dan’s organisational skills and advice. The whole trip was brilliantly planned and just the right pace. We knew what we were doing and when and importantly what the strategy on race day was. Dan had us thoroughly prepared for the race (reminder - I must get that training programme) relaxed, fuelled and well versed in the course. Plenty of great food on and off the bike with exactly the right amount of well crafted recovery and post race banter.‘
Simon Hughes (Gold medal winner!!)
The trip was well organised with impeccable catering and accommodation. (excluding my odd roommate ha ha)
Dan provided all participants with loads of useful tips and information. We had plenty of time for a pre event ride and recognisance of some of the tricky (both technical descents and the challenging climbs and final run in to finish) parts of the course which helped tremendously in the event itself. After a dip in the pool we had time to discuss our objectives for the next day and finalise feeding and ride strategies. We also worked out target completion times and an accurate time schedule for the course giving indicators of being up or down on the target time. This combined with the production of water proof pocket cards with distance and profile enabled me to follow my schedule and hit my target time. In fact improve it by about 10 mins. The card caused many a jealous look as I dig it out every now and then to see when the next down hill or feed would be. We had a few laughs and some great food as well.
The tip was good value and Dan is both informative from is coaching and his obvious experience as a rider and very flexible. He was able to accommodate my alternative traveling arrangements with no problem.
I would definitely go on this or similar trips again with him or his company
"I prepared for 6 months for climbing Ventoux by following a superb training plan from Dan Bennett at www.progressivecyclecoaching.co.uk. As a result of this, the climb was pretty easy and I was able to ride along quite happily, singing along to my ipod. Lots of interesting flowers en route, especially when you get to the top part of the climb. I saw tiny purple pansies growing out of the rocks, and I wasn't hallucinating! I think the keys to the climb are lots of training, lots of patience and lots of water. Good Luck!"
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