You may well have succumbed to the charms of Roussillon today and plump for a day off the bike. If the legs are in good shape, the Luberon loop pedals from the ochre cliffs of Roussillon, via the market town of Apt to the hilltop town of Bonnieux. Peppered with pavement cafes, Bonnieux is perfectly time lunchstop! Onwards, cycle the rise and fall of Luberon country lanes through Menerbes and Goult before returning with one last climb into Roussillon.
Leaving Rousillon cycle north west to St. Saturnin les Apt. The northern Luberon Valley boats rich red ochre landscapes and quiet roads. Unlike the previous days of cycling, this ride is punctuated with shorter hills which lead you through a series of villages as you cross from the Northern Luberon to Southern Luberon hill top villages. You will find this region has rich fertile lands and may hopefully enounter a farmers market or two at one of the many villages.
Take care when aproaching and cycling the towns today. The roads are busier than you may have been used to this week.
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 hire bike please call the office or the local bike hire on the number provided in your information pack.
Always be prepared to cycle through a change of weather conditions and do check for any local weather warnings before cycling.
Do 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. The road does narrow in parts so please take on bends and when descending, do so with caution.
Besides cycling in the kit you are used too, we'd also suggest taking the essentials of water bottle(s), nutrition, an extra layer, cash/credit cards and mobile together with emergency telephone numbers.
Always wear a helmet and pack a spare tube, puncture repair kit, tyre levers and handpump. You may also like to take a multi-tool.
This ride is available on: SGRCMVP