Take care on today's slightly busier roads, especially on the descents and on some rougher sections of road, making sure to stay in control.
Before starting your ride it’s always worth inspecting your bike for any damage. Check for any damage to the frame, components or wheels. Ensure there are no loose cables and that the tyres are inflated and the brakes are working. Always wear a helmet when cycling. If you are doubtful of the condition of your rental bike please call the office or the local bike hire on the number provided in your information pack.
Beware of traffic especially when entering and leaving towns where the traffic flow tends to be highest. Take care on the day’s descents; make the most of the downhill but don’t speed around corners where you can’t see what’s coming ahead of you on narrow single-track roads. Always treat descents with respect!
Remember to ride on the right-hand side of the road and whilst drivers in France are respectful of the 'velo', please do be mindful of other road users at all times, obeying local road signs and any change in road conditions.
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Points of interest
Classified as a Beaux Villages, Gordes is truly deserving of this accolade which you’ll see as you round the corner bringing the village into view. The stone buildings seem draped over their hilltop home and reach down to touch the valley floor below. The surrounding greenery is a welcome reprieve from the scorched landscape, particularly in the height of the summer. The village is very popular with tourists so unless you plan on shopping we recommend strolling the streets in the evening when it’s quieter and the day trippers have left.
The village centre is dominated by the castle and Saint Fermin church but there are plenty of other things to do also. If you’re unsure what to prioritise head to the Tourist Information office near the castle or check out the below web link.
Small, picturesque villages may seem like a dime a dozen in this part of the world, but Goult really is beautiful. Park up your bike and take a walk through the restored streets of stone and ochre and have a spot of lunch or a bite to eat from the bakery before you cycle onto Rousillon.
In Roussillon you can make your way slightly uphill to one of the main viewpoints of this beautiful town. Although impressive, with its huge sundial and expansive sights, there is a higher viewpoint at the very north of the town overlooking Mont Ventoux which offers perhaps an even better view to the more crowded one in the centre.
The village is situated in one of the world's largest ochre deposits, and as you wander through the village you'll pass houses of varying warm shades of red - sometimes painted in beautiful colours. Pause here to soak up the atmosphere of this iconic Luberon village, enjoy a long lunch or picnic before returning to Gordes.
Food & Drink
In Gordes you'll find some small shops and cafes along with a few restaurants where you can enjoy an evening meal. We recommend bringing a picnic lunch or snacks for the jounrey in case you miss lunchtime opening hours. There are also cafes, restaurants and small shops in Rousillon.
Always wear a helmet when cycling. Most (but not all) hire bikes come with a helmet, but taking your own can be more hygienic and is likely to be a better fit.
Always be prepared to cycle through a change of weather conditions and do check for any local weather warnings before cycling. Make sure to bring a waterproof jacket and a warm layer, as well as a small set of bike lights in case of poor visibility. Most cyclists wear [fingerless] cycle gloves for some padding on the handlebars. Don't forget a spare battery pack for an emergency charge of any navigation unit you may decide to use, and pack your suncream!