La Fuga is excited to announce we will continue our support of the Haute Route series across Europe. The organisers of the Haute Route expanded their range of events to include the inaugural Haute Route Ventoux in 2017. It was a great success and La Fuga supported an excellent trip to this beautiful area. We will return again in 2018 to offer riders this excellent end of season event.
Designed to be shorter and more accessible this three day event will be based in the French Provencal town of Bédoin and include two road stages and one time trial stage. Of course Mont Ventoux will remain an ever present feature looming and intimidating in the background.
For many years now the Haute Route series has offered amateur cyclists the opportunity to compete in the highest, toughest and most prestigious amateur cycling events in the world. Each event in the series gives riders the opportunity to race in timed and ranked stages, supported by medical and mechanical teams.
Our La Fuga package provides the perfect complement to all this. We offer you carefully chosen accommodation as well as your own soigneurs and mechanics, so you can avoid unnecessary queues and stay focused just racing your bike
- Small group of 8-10 riders
- Three nights single occupancy 4* accommodation with three days of riding
- Exclusive La Fuga jersey
- Tour guides with in-depth local knowledge of Ventoux and surrounding area
- La Fuga soigneurs and mechanics providing additional assistance
- Marseilles airport transfers
- Breakfast and evening meals
- Complimentary ride nutrition and hydration
- Bike hire by advanced request (additional costs apply)
Entry into the Haute Route also includes a generous package of benefits from the race organisers. Find out more here.
What's Not Included?
- Haute Route Ventoux Entry
- Massages – These are available from a La Fuga soigneur at an extra cost of €150 for 3 massages for the weekend
- Travel Insurance
- Drinks with evening meals
- Incidental expenses
- Tips & gratuities
Based in the cycling paradise of Provence in Southern France, you will face the awesome challenge of Mont Ventoux, a mountain steeped in cycling history. Known as The Giant of Provence, The Bald Mountain, nicknamed ‘Domaine des Anges’ (Domain of the Angels), Mont Ventoux was known to the Gauls as Vintur, the god of summits reckoned to live deep within the mountain The legendary mountain can be ascended from three different sides and regardless of your chosen direction, on reaching the top you will have conquered one of the toughest mountain climbs in the World. While the Haute Route race organisers have yet to publish the routes for each of the three stages it is very likely that they will make good use of each accent. Who knows they might even challenge all riders to ascend the great Mons Ventosus a number of times each day.
History of the Mountain
Ventoux is legendary as one of the most gruelling climbs of the Tour de France. Since1951 the race has ascended this mountain sixteen times. The preferred route of Le Tour passes through the town of Bédoin on its southern slopes and this is generally recognised as the hardest side to climb from. The mountains fame as the scene of many great Tour dramas, including the tragic death of Tommy Simpson and near death of the great Eddy Merckx has made it a magnet for cyclists from all around the World.
We are still waiting for the race organisers Haute Route to publish more details of the three times stages. What is known is that two roads stages (110km, 140kms) and a culminating and decisive time trial stage (21kms) will be raced. Most likely, you will climb the mountain from all three sides on consecutive days taking in the approaches from Bedoin, Sault and Malaucène with the ascent of the mountain providing the climax of the day’s stage. Who knows you might even ascend the mountain more than once each day.
The Haute Route Ventoux will feature three stages:
Stage 1: Fri 5th October
Stage 2: Saturday 6th October
Stage 3: Sunday 7th October (Time Trial)
In three days of racing riders will cover just over 270 kilometres with 7500m of climbing up one of the fiercest mountains on offer in Europe. As always La Fuga will be there every step of the way to support you on and off the bike.
Unlike previous Haute Route events that have a different race village each day, this new edition to the Haute Route series will be based in Bedoin at the southern base of Mont Ventoux, meaning less unpacking an repacking and more time to recover between race stages.
Chateau Mazan ****
La Fuga has a long standing relationship with this elegant boutique hotel. Chateau Mazan is located in the heart of the town of Mazan at the foot of Mont Ventoux and will be our base for the weekend. It is in the perfect location to relax, refuel and prepare between the race days on this action packed weekend.
The Chateau has been converted into this sophisticated 4 star hotel from an 18th century mansion house and boasts an outstanding restaurant, L’Ingébue, serving traditional Provencal cuisine. There is also a bar, outdoor pool, landscaped gardens, and free Wi-Fi. Each guest room is equipped with air conditioning, satellite TV and spacious bathrooms.