CYCLING

The rolling, mountainous landscape surrounding La Verriere is a popular destination for cyclists, making the estate a fitting place to stay when the lure of a two-wheeled adventure takes you.
 
This area of southern France is synonymous with the world’s most thrilling cycle race: the Tour de France. The Mont Ventoux climbing stage is one of the tour’s most challenging, and many cycling fans who come to spectate during the race often return to take up the challenge themselves.

Bike Hire

To explore the neighbouring villages and market towns of Vaison-la-Romaine, Séguret, Gigondas, Beaumes, Malaucène, and Crestet, a few bikes are available at the property for guests’ use, but professional and semi-professional cycle hire can be arranged ahead of your visit to La Verriere.  Specify your needs at the time of booking on-line or contact housemanager@laverriere.com as soon as you’ve booked your stay.  

image courtesy of Gourmet Cycling Travel

image courtesy of Gourmet Cycling Travel

Guided Cycling Tours in the Rhone

Gourmet Cycling Travel provide tours of Provence with a multiple-day cycling trip that uses La Verriere as a base for refueling, relaxation, wine tasting, and a dip in the pool. The full route takes you through quiet hillside villages, past fragrant lavender fields, through market day at Malaucene, and includes stops along the way to enjoy Rhone valley wines and cuisine. Choose between hybrid bikes for an easier pace, or carbon road bikes if you’re keen to tackle Mont Ventoux. The Provence Luxury trip created by Gourmet Cycling Travel was chosen as One of the Best Life-Changing Trips by Travel + Leisure magazine. 
 
Bikes and wine tours through Provence can also be arranged via DuVine Cycling + Adventure Co. Their four-day cycling tour includes a night at La Verriere plus a Provençal cooking class, views of the Dentelles de Montmirail mountains, plus rides through Vaison-la-Romaine, Gordes and Luberon.

Electric Mountain Bike Tours


Can be arranged through cycling holiday experts, DuVine, Ride and More Travel, Butterfiled & Robinson and Gourmet Cycling Tours, Travel using La Verriere as a base, leisurely discover the beauty of the vineyards in Provence on an electrically-assisted bicycle, lead by local guides. After your easy morning ride, arrive at La Verriere for a cooking class and an introduction to the art of organic and natural biodynamic wine production.

image courtesy of Gourmet Cycling Travel

image courtesy of Gourmet Cycling Travel

The Best Time of Year for Cycling

Spring in southern France is blessed by clement weather conditions and abundance of natural wildlife, make cycling even more enjoyable. The quietest months on the back roads and mountain paths are April to June. July and August are both hotter and busier. Spring is also the season for many cultural events in the area. Find out what’s on  throughout the calendar. 

During September and October, the harvest begins, bringing milder, more favourable cycling conditions, quieter roads, and all the fresh menu options by our experienced chefs that any cyclist may need to recuperate.