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Vaison la Romain to Bedoin

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Stretching the legs in anticipation of Mont Ventoux, today is a testing ride deep into the heart of rural Provence.
Distance 81.9 km
7:30 h
1,439 m
1,322 m
A superb day of cycling country lanes to the west and south west of Mont Ventoux. The day begins with a steady climb for around 18km. as you follow the  L’Ouveze River before swinging climbing to Merindol les Oliviers (worthy of a café stop). By now, you’re north of Mont Ventoux before the route turns south east and rolls via the town of Malaucene descending through Beaumes de Venise and via Crillon le Brave. A shallow ascent finishes the day at the cyclists' town of Bedoin. 

Author’s recommendation

Do ensure you start the day with a big breakfast. You are cycling through small villages all day, be prepared to be self sufficient and have plenty of snacks with you.
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Kirsten Ogden
Update: August 03, 2018
Highest point
528 m
Lowest point
89 m
Best time of year

Safety information

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.

Tips and hints

Pierrelonge is a very worthwhile break stop and photo oppertunity. ...wikipedia entry....not much!

This ride is available on: SGRCMVP


Fountain on the edge of the medieval town, V. Romaine. (202 m)
44.238915, 5.072635
44°14'20.1"N 5°04'21.5"E
31T 665504 4900498


Covered fountain, Bedoin.

Turn-by-turn directions

0.00km -  Starting at the Place du Poids in the old town (please refer to the map), just outside the walled fortress of the Medieval town, by the font. With your back to the walls and font TURN RIGHT down the cobbles towards the Pont Romaine.

0.15km - At the bottom of the slope follow the cobbles STRAIGHT ON over the bridge, then immediately to follow St. Marcellin.

0.90km - Continue STRAIGHT ON over a small bridge.

1.30km - At the T junction TURN RIGHT and follow the main road for 300m then TURN LEFT for St. Marcellin les Vaison.

2.40km - BEAR RIGHT at the small roundabout following Faucon. Continue on this road for the next 3.6km. As you skirt the village of St. Marcellin.

6.00km - TURN LEFT up the hill continue to follow Faucon for 4.5km

10.40km - Go STRAIGHT ON at the staggered cross road heading up towards the castle on your right.

10.80km - After 400m at the top of the village BEAR LEFT for Mairie on Rue Maquis. Continue down hill passing a small chapel and toilets on you left. Continue for 100m, TURN LEFT at the carpark then after 20m TURN RIGHT towards and through Merindol Les Oliviers.

13.60km - At the junction passed Merindol TURN RIGHT for Propiac les Bains. Follow the road over the col (526m) and down the switchbacks for 3km, also signed for Buis les Baronnies.

18.50km - Pass through Propiac continuing towards Baronnies for 7km.

25.10km - TURN RIGHT at the T junction towards Mollans. After 200m go STRAIGHT ON at the roundabout.

29.00km - Just passed the building supplies on your right TURN RIGHT on to a small road Route du Tunnel. This avoids the main road, rejoining it after 1.5km

30.50km - TURN LEFT back onto the main road.

31.20km - TURN LEFT into the extraordinary village of Pierrelongue with its chapel perched on top of a rock! Worthwhile spending a few minutes exploring. Continue through the village and TURN LEFT back onto the main D5

33.00km - BEAR LEFT into Mollans s/ Ouveze. After 800m, at the tiny cobbled junction by the chapel BEAR LEFT over the bridge towards the fountain. Keeping the fountain on your left go STRAIGHT ON passing a boulangerie and cafe, nice place for a break. After 1km you arrive at a T junction, TURN LEFT following Pas du Ventoux. After 300m TURN LEFT for Pas du Ventoux.

36.20km - Just before the pass summit TURN RIGHT onto the D40A for Pas du Ventoux. Continue on this road for 15km as it winds it's way in and out of the valley and beautiful countryside.

51.90km - You will come to the village of Malaucene, stay on the main route until you arrive at a T junction close to the centre. TURN RIGHT. After 100m TURN RIGHT at the roundabout and then immediately TURN LEFT for Suzette. Continue for 8km.

59.90km - Riding into Suzette you have the opportunity to take in your location at the Table d'Orientation on your left. There's also drinking water on your right! To continue TURN RIGHT for Lafare and Beaumes de Venise. Keep STRAIGHT ON through Lafare to Beaumes, 7km.

67.00km - Follow signs for Beaumes's centre until you arrive at a giveway. TURN LEFT for Caromb. After 100m at the roundabout TURN LEFT onto Chemin de Roquefiguier. Continuing for 800m until a stop sign. TURN LEFT. After 200m TURN LEFT onto Chemin des Vigneaux Nord.

Keep STRAIGHT ON to Chemin de Rocalinaud. Continuing for 700m.

69.50km - TURN LEFT onto a bigger road that immediately sweeps right over a stone bridge. Continue on to, and through St. Hippolyte le Graveyron. The name is bigger than the village!

72.50km - After passing through St. Hippolyte you arrive at a newly built roundabout (construction was in process on writing) go STRAIGHT ON.

74.60km - Arriving into Caromb, at the stop sign go STRAIGHT ON signed Bedoin, passed the pinnacle fountain but not through the stone arch. In 100m TURN RIGHT signed Bedoin. Follow the road round to the left out of the village for 300m.

75.00km - TURN RIGHT off the Bedoin road onto Chemin de Crochan, then after 150m TURN RIGHT onto Chemin de Crillon. Keep STRAIGHT ON, the road name changes to Chemin du Combeau and climbs a little before reaching Crillon le Brave.

78.00km - Having kept the village on your right you'll arrive at a giveway. TURN LEFT. Continue on the road as it turns right down the hill and out of the village. Continue on this road as it leads you into Bedoin.

82.20km - Coming into Bedoin you arrive at a junction with a covered drinking fountain and trough on your right. You have arrived!




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44.238915, 5.072635
44°14'20.1"N 5°04'21.5"E
31T 665504 4900498
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


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.

Basic Equipment for Road Cycling

  • Cycling helmet
  • Cycling gloves
  • Cycling shoes
  • Padded shorts and jersey
  • Sunglasses


  • Water bottle and cage
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • Air pump or CO2 pump including cartridges
  • Puncture repair kit
  • 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.

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81.9 km
7:30 h
1,439 m
1,322 m
Multi-stage route Scenic Refreshment stops available


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