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Welcome To Links Bike Tours
PROVENCE truly is a Great Place! With great people . . . great scenery . . . great outdoors . . . great accommodations . . . great dining . . . great wine . . . great companionship . . . great fun . . . great shopping . . . great biking . . . and a great time! If you have never been on a bicycle tour now is the time to consider the possibilities. If you are an experienced cyclist looking for new adventures with a fresh perspective you have come to the right place. We invite you to join us and discover bicycle touring with a unique and special group which we limit to six riders.
If you like challenges, you can ride up the steep ascent of Mt Ventoux which
is often a stage of the Tour de France. Every day will bring a new adventure.
Sipping a cafe au lait, talking to the locals, eating fresh fruit and vegetables
while shopping at the unbelievable farmers' markets, tasting the great wines
of Provence in the Cote de Rhone region, and soaking up the ambiance of
This summer will mark our thirteenth Tour of Provence so we are very familiar with the area. We feel confident you will be excited with the routes we suggest because they are the best. We focus on Provence because of its beauty and great biking venues. We will introduce you to the best farmers’ markets in the area, the Roman ruins and historical sites, the off-the-main-road wineries, and of course, the best places to enjoy the wonderful French food.
Our Guided “Provence Tour” in July, August or September, 2015
Join us for some of the greatest and most challenging cycling in your lifetime. We will meet you at the TGV train station in Avignon or Marseilles Airport and transport you to a lovely Bed and Breakfast in the Luberon for the first night. We will have time to unpack, lounge by the pool, and answer any questions that you might have before our gourmet dinner.
The next week will be spent in Malaucene which is one the three quaint villages from which to ascend Mt Ventoux. We’ll be staying at French Holiday Apartment Complex, which
is a very popular location for many nationalities. The ambience in Malaucene is unmistakably a bikers’ paradise.
We will be going through the village of Isle-sur-la-Sorgue. It is nicknamed the Venice of Provence. Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is also an antique capital of France, second only to Paris.
Another town of great interest is Orange known for its prestigious Roman public buildings. Self-guided audio tours will give you a great education about the Theatre Antique d'Orange.
opportunity to climb the famous Mt. Ventoux, a climb of 13.5 miles with 6,000 feet of
elevation. Mt. Ventoux is often featured in the Tour de France. We will make every
effort to assist you to climb the mountain if you wish. Having climbed Mt. Ventoux
over 40 times and as the oldest person in the world to complete the Triple Ascent, Link has the experience necessary to help you achieve this goal. It is a huge challenge
but a great accomplishment. Everyone who has wanted to ascend Mt. Ventoux with
Links Bike Tours has done so.
There are a great variety of rides in the area of the Vaucluse which offer different challenges for all levels of riders. Most of the rides will vary from 30 to 50 miles per day and will be held in the morning hours when the temperature is a little cooler. By riding in the morning you will have time to relax or play tourist in the afternoon.
Mt. Ventoux Profiles
These are the profiles of the ascents of Mt. Ventoux from three different villages.