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Old 05-21-10, 07:48 AM
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Originally Posted by cyclezealot View Post
The Luberon Valley is my favorite cycling region in France . Enjoy.. Check out your routing and know what is where, because there is lots to see on a cycle tour.. Don't pass up the hill towns of the Luberon.. Lucky you.. Going to do Mt. Ventoux.. There are 3 routes up the ascent. Difficult, Impossible, and Somewhat difficult.
Apart from doing Mt. Ventoux on one of the days, I'll be riding daily from the place we've rented in Vaison. So any suggestions for 2-3 hour rides starting and ending there would be appreciated!
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Originally Posted by border reiver View Post
Apart from doing Mt. Ventoux on one of the days, I'll be riding daily from the place we've rented in Vaison. So any suggestions for 2-3 hour rides starting and ending there would be appreciated!
Hello, there are so many options from Vaison, please see what I wrote to Fogrider, For example the Montagne de Lure which is what we call the Ventoux's little sister, and many other routes around Vaison. If you enjoy cycling the same routes than the pros, you should have a look at the Paris-Nice race's website (Hosted onto www.letour.com I think, every year they cycle this region from North west to South east and use some quiet roads and passes around the Mont Ventoux, they had a finish at Mt Serein (Just below Mt Ventoux) a few years ago and on top of Pas de La Graille (Montagne de Lure) last year. This year's Dauphine also goes around there on the way to Risoul.

You have plenty of choice there, enjoy Vaison and its surroundings
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I'll be back in France this summer for a few weeks, then in October I'm moving there for good! In the Midi Pyrenees region north of Toulouse. Can't wait to get back to the good life.
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I'll be visiting Italy -- mostly staying in Cortona, Toscana -- in June/July. I plan to rent a bike in Firenze and do some mellow riding in the hills.
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Originally Posted by Surferbruce View Post
I'll be back in France this summer for a few weeks, then in October I'm moving there for good! In the Midi Pyrenees region north of Toulouse. Can't wait to get back to the good life.
How cool is that ! Well, Welcome to La Belle France, I hope you will have a wonderful time in Midi Pyrenees Happy cycling too !
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I just realized the Tour de France will be going right by where I am staying this summer... How cool is that!
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Originally Posted by ben8jam View Post
I just realized the Tour de France will be going right by where I am staying this summer... How cool is that!
Definitely worth going to Les Rousses to see the finish of stage 7 And possibly be going to Avoriaz the next day ... ?
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Originally Posted by Cedfromfrance View Post
Definitely worth going to Les Rousses to see the finish of stage 7 And possibly be going to Avoriaz the next day ... ?
definitely! Les Rousses is only 30km north from where I am staying
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definitely! Les Rousses is only 30km north from where I am staying
... In this case, nice bike ride, a good view of Le Tour for 2 or 3 hours (This includes the Caravane before the race), and then gently back home ! Sounds like a good plan don't you think ?? You might actually see me on the way !!
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I plan to go to the French Alps with 2 friends in the beginning of July. We still don't know where exactly. Last year we stayed in Bourg d'Oisans and then moved to Embrun, it was very nice but we wan't to try some different big climbs. We're from Belgium, so it's not that far...
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Originally Posted by cazeloof View Post
I plan to go to the French Alps with 2 friends in the beginning of July. We still don't know where exactly. Last year we stayed in Bourg d'Oisans and then moved to Embrun, it was very nice but we wan't to try some different big climbs. We're from Belgium, so it's not that far...
Sounds like a good move what you did Have you ever done the Col de l'Iseran, Cormet de Roselend, Saisies, Aravis, Colombiere, Joux Plane and Ramaz ? You should have a go at all these famous climbs further north Otherwise, you should head to the Pyrenees. Do you live in Mons ?
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Originally Posted by Cedfromfrance View Post
Hello Fogrider, there are so many things you can do around Mont Ventoux, have a go at the Col de Lure for exemple (1826m), this is not far and this is where Alberto Contador lost the Paris Nice this year, great climb almost as hard as the Ventoux and not as famous, you should have a go ! Col de Perty is relatively easy and a nice ride too, the Tour de France take it often as this is a nice way to commute from the Alps to the Pyrenees ! The other good thing around the Ventoux is that you can find so many quiet roads, very nice place for a familly bike ride, challenging but enjoyable You should visit Vaison La Romaine, Dentelles de Montmirail and have a wine taste around Vacqueras and Gigondas (My favorite red wines !...) Why not riding some of this years's Dauphine Libere, St Paul trois Chateaux - Risoul ... If you need more ideas, give me a shout !
thanks for the input! depending on how I feel after alp d huez and ventoux (at least try) well see if I have any legs left.
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Originally Posted by Cedfromfrance View Post
Have you ever done the Col de l'Iseran, Cormet de Roselend, Saisies, Aravis, Colombiere, Joux Plane and Ramaz ? You should have a go at all these famous climbs further north
That sounds like a very good idea. We don't know the northern side at all so there are good chances that we end up going there.
Actually I used to live in Mons but I recently moved to Brussels. It's by far more convenient for my work but riding in that city is awful!
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Not this year... think we are doing a Canadian rail trip from Vancouver to Calgary, hitting a music/film fest with a few other blogger friends of mine when we get there! No bikes, just a much needed vaca.
Okay, I know it's off the topic, but I'm too excited as we just booked this year's vaca! We officially dubbed it the The Rural Alberta Advantage Vacation Getaway!!! haha! So so excited! We are flying in, hanging out, & then going from Vancouver:




via the Rocky Mountaineer Rail:




to Banff/Lake Louise:



Where we went just rent some bikes and have some fun!


Then down to Calgary:




To see some friends, get some press passes, and hang out at Sled Island:

https://blog.sledisland.com/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-6QWp7RBDU

then back home! WOOT! Yeah.... I'm excited! Best birthday present ever!


Okay. Sorry, back to Europe!
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Originally Posted by Tsuru View Post
Okay, I know it's off the topic, but I'm too excited as we just booked this year's vaca! We officially dubbed it the The Rural Alberta Advantage Vacation Getaway!!! haha! So so excited! We are flying in, hanging out, & then going from Vancouver:

via the Rocky Mountaineer Rail:
Where we went just rent some bikes and have some fun!

Then down to Calgary,
To see some friends, get some press passes, and hang out at Sled Island:
then back home! WOOT! Yeah.... I'm excited! Best birthday present ever!

Okay. Sorry, back to Europe!
Hello. we are so excited for you, this will be a great experience for you I am sure ! This has nothing to do with Europe and Tour de France but it's always nice to share holiday plans with people Have fun xxx
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Hello. we are so excited for you, this will be a great experience for you I am sure ! This has nothing to do with Europe and Tour de France but it's always nice to share holiday plans with people Have fun xxx
Thanks man! With the booking being kind of a pain, we almost decided to go back to Europe instead, but we get it all straightened out. Definitely going to have to take some bikes around in Banff.

Cheers & sorry again for jumping in your thread! Wasn't worth starting anything new, but wanted to get it out.

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Shame you cannot make it, it would have been wonderfull to visit Canada I am sure But glad to hear that you might finally head for Europe instead ! Where about in Europe would u be going ?
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I'm planning on a week in France and a week in either northen Italy or switzerland. I'll keep in touch!
Hi dgasmd, Sounds like a good plan, keep in touch
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Originally Posted by Cedfromfrance View Post
Hello, there are so many options from Vaison, please see what I wrote to Fogrider, For example the Montagne de Lure which is what we call the Ventoux's little sister, and many other routes around Vaison. If you enjoy cycling the same routes than the pros, you should have a look at the Paris-Nice race's website (Hosted onto www.letour.com I think, every year they cycle this region from North west to South east and use some quiet roads and passes around the Mont Ventoux, they had a finish at Mt Serein (Just below Mt Ventoux) a few years ago and on top of Pas de La Graille (Montagne de Lure) last year. This year's Dauphine also goes around there on the way to Risoul.


You have plenty of choice there, enjoy Vaison and its surroundings
Thanks for the input Ced!
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Thanks for the input Ced!
You are very welcome If you require any additional info, let me know
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I'm heading there in July to win the Tour de France. I need to sign up for the race and could use your help. Also, which company has the cheapest rental cars? I want to rent a Dacia Sandero.
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Hi Ced,

Any recommendations for a road bike hire/rental in Morzine? Most places only seem to carry mountain bikes.

Thx.
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Originally Posted by Surferbruce View Post
I'll be back in France this summer for a few weeks, then in October I'm moving there for good! In the Midi Pyrenees region north of Toulouse. Can't wait to get back to the good life.
When specifically will you be there during the summer? I am planning to come in mid to late august.
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going with the wife and kids to bike and hike on Sardinia next month. Should be fun - first time for the kids to be doing longer rides (20-40 miles) so will see if they end up in the sag van!
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Originally Posted by ibis_ti View Post
Hi Ced,

Any recommendations for a road bike hire/rental in Morzine? Most places only seem to carry mountain bikes.

Thx.
Hi, this place in Morzine definitely rents racing bikes (https://www.abcsport-skiset.com) Do not hesitate to send an email at this address: abcsport@orange.fr
If you need some help, please let me know Ced x
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