Tour de France in Provence


9th July 2020

Day 1

Today's Ride: 45km Welcome Ride Tour de France Stage 12, Chauvigny - Sarran Correze 218km

Our tour begins with a pick up in Avignon, meet us at the TGV station at 1000. If you are already in France meet us at our team hotel at 1100. After a meet and greet we will assist with your bike set up.

Our first ride, the traditional welcome ride is a sensation.  We are riding on one of the most scenic roads in France, which cuts through the Gorges de la Nesque. The Nesque River runs through the gorge dropping quite a way over a short distance and has carved a course between the Mont Ventoux to the north and the Plateau de Vaucluse to the south. A small road follows the gorge and our 70km out and back ride will traverse this very road.  Magnificent.

As is our custom we wellcome you to our little Tour de France interlude in Provence with a traditional meal.

9th July 2020

Day 2 Tour de France Stage 13, Chatel-Guyon - Puy Mary Cantal 191km

Today's Ride: 30-80km with 2000m Elevation

Today’s ride is a challenge for any cyclist, the first time or each.  The Mont Ventoux has a long history of notoriety, it claimed the life of British cyclist Tom Simpson in 1967. Eventual Tour winner Eddy Merckx also found himself in a similar situation when he passed out mid race while ascending the mountain in 1970.

We may take it a little easier though go ahead if you want to ride hard.  That said we start the day easy, pro hours with a late start and big breakfast.  There is time to climb this mountain on your terms.

Mont Ventoux does not need describing but as Phil would say, save you legs until you breach the forest that shadows you for the first half or more of the climb.  The ride starts when you reach the lunar landscape that has made the mountain famous.

10th July 2020

Day 4Tour de France Stage 15, Lyon - Grand Colombier 175km

Tour de France Spectating

This short little Provence experience just keeps giving in terms of the Tour de France.

We are packed and ready to move to our next destination but before we go we can spectate the start of Stage 16 this morning in Lyon.  What a bonus!

Today is the end of services by Phil and the Ride International Team unless you are traveling with us to the Alps.


  • Cycling Friendly Four Star & occasionally 3 Star Accommodation.
  • Daily breakfasts
  • 2 dinners
  • Sports hydration support and fuel
  • Tour Welcome pack, kit
  • Local guides for cycling and non-cyclists including former Australian Pro Rider Phil Anderson
  • Minimum of three guided ride options per day, to suit your preferred distance and amount of climbing
  • Pro mechanical support on tour
  • Support vehicle every ride
  • Web Itinerary, including daily ride maps with non -cycling options
  • Free download of our GPS Ride Routes
  • Complimentary return airport – or train station transfers
  • Daily Bike Spa including Bike Wash, Mechanical check and tune, by a Pro Mechanic
  • Cyclists Receive Our Premium Quality European Rider Pack including: Jersey, Knicks, Socks, Cycling Cap and Musette Bag
  • Non-Cyclists Receive a Spectator Pack including Polo Shirt, Socks, Cap and Musette Bag


  • Insurance
  • Visa
  • Meals other than those specified
  • Drinks other than those specified
  • Snacks
  • Bike Hire- available upon request. Contact our friendly staff at Phil Anderson Cycling for details.
  • Airfares- available upon request. Contact our friendly staff at Phil Anderson Cycling for details.

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