The route is largely on quiet country roads but when cycling please beware of traffic and cycle on the right-hand side of the road if there is no cycle lane. 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. Beware of traffic especially when entering and leaving the towns where the traffic flow tends to be highest.
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.
Tips and hints
Food & Drink
Roussillon has a small bakery to stock up on a croissant or two before your days ride. Both Gordes and Goult have a few cafes as well for a pit stop mid-ride. As always, please do carry plenty of water with you for the day.
Points of interest
Named as one of the most beautiful villages in France, the entrance into Gordes is a very steep climb, but the view from the top is worth it. If you fancy taking a look from the very heights of the village, lock up your bike and continue upwards, taking in the full views of the Luberon Valley below you.
Small, picturesque villages may seem like a dime a dozen in this part of the world, but Goult really beautiful. Park up your bike and take a walk through the restored streets or stone and ochre and have a spot of lunch or bite to eat from the bakery before you head back to Roussillon.
Abbaye de Sénanque
Abbaye de Senanque is still a Cistercian monastery, and has been since 1148. It's not a museum or a tourist site but the community of monks here do allow you to walk around the valley and the abbey grounds. There is also the opportunity to follow a guided tour, in French only, inside the 12th century buildings: you can see the church, the cloister, the chapter-hall, the warming room and the ancient dormitory. They do ask that you wear respectful clothing if you enter the buildings so no cycling gear, sleevless tops or short skirts. Bare this in mind and pack some extra clothes if you do decide to visit.
When the lavender is in bloom the photo opportunities are amazing!
EquipmentAlways 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. 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.
Basic Equipment for Bike Riding
- Cycling helmet
- Cycling gloves
- Sturdy, comfortable and preferably waterproof footwear
- Layered, moisture wicking clothing
- Rucksack (with rain cover)
- Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
Technical Equipment for Bike Riding
- Air pump or CO2 pump including cartridges
- Puncture repair kit
- Replacement inner tube
- Tire levers
- Chain tool
- Hex keys
- Phone / device holder as required
- Bike lock as required
- Where applicable, the bike must meet requirements for road use by having a bell, front and rear lamps and spoke reflectors
- The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
- For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
- Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.