fall, spring & summer
Physical & technical
This alternative route from Beaumont-du-Ventoux is much easier to climb the Mont Ventoux with your gravel bike. Most of the climb is on a large gravel trail that is gradually climbing. Once you’ll be on top of Mont Serein, there will be the last 6 kilometers on the main road. These are usually the hardest as you’ve already been climbing most of the ride elevation gain.
There are no technical parts compared to the gravel route from Malaucène which requires you to climb some parts in big rocks. Make sure you take enough water and food as there are no refuel possible in the trails. During the fall, wear some bright colors during the hunting season. This year, in the Vaucluse, the season is from September 10th 2023 until February 29th 2024.
Either you climb in the warmest day during summer or during the fall, I would highly recommend to take a pair of changing clothes a windbreaker, rain jacket, and warm clothes to dress up on top as it can be really cold at the summit with a lot wind.
The descent is beautiful throughout, with stunning mountain landscapes along the upper part. Halfway down, during the summer, you’ll find the warm Provençal air that will warm you up and allow you to fully enjoy this magical descent.
For this ride
Culinary Specialties / Local Products
- Candied fruits d'Apt
- Nougat from Sault
- Papalines from Avignon
- Berlingot from Carpentras
- Quince paste
- The macarons of Sault
- Provence honey
- La fougasse (a type of French bread, similar to focaccia)
- Le melon de Cavaillon
- The strawberries from Carpentras
- Thyme from Provence
- The Nyons olive