Thanks for the assessment: so maybe I won't look too hard right near Aix itself.
Originally Posted by bing181
(Last time we did ride a loop east around Mt Ste-Victoire which seemed decent: considering it was cloudy drizzly day and we couldn't see much.)So instead we'll start more of our rides by first driving somewhere, and take advantage Aix being intersected by some fast autoroutes: flat riding to SW on the Camargue, moderate hills with villages in various areas to the north to the E of Avignon + Orange, or even Mont Ventoux for a big + great climb. And some amazing hiking S in the Calanques.
My problem with being based instead around Nice is that most of the good riding seems to be on substantial hills -- even if I drive somewhere first. Sharon and I do like riding hills, but also like riding rolling farmland + vineyards -- and we like to have choice.