People Cycling Rides

Haute Provence.

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Ride Info
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Ride Leader
Chris Ellison
Tour Dates
Start Location
Buis les Baronnies
End Location
Buis les Baronnies
Cost (est.)
$1250 (USD + $100.00 ride fee)
$400 (USD
Payment Due
Avg. Distance
55 mi / 89 km
Avg. Elevation
3500 ft / 1067 m
Ride Description

Haute Provence
This is the 19th year for this popular fixed-centre tour, with a mix of flat and mountainous terrain, based at a comfortable budget hotel with A/C at Buis-les-Baronnies. There will be a choice of gentle or more challenging rides with rest days and the option of 'doing your own thing'. The shorter rides will be simple to follow, though will not usually be led or guided. A support vehicle will accompany the longer rides. A limited number of non-cycling partners can be accommodated. The tour is aimed at the more independent rider(s) who may be doing other rides in Europe before or after this one.

Area Covered By The Holiday
Based at Buis-les-Baronnies (Buis pronounced 'Bwee'), sometimes described as one of the most beautiful small towns in France. Buis is just north of Mount Ventoux and the Luberon where Peter Mayle wrote A Year in Provence. The town is at about 1,500 ft altitude and overlooked by a remarkable razor-backed outcrop; La Roche St Julianne. The local hills rise to about 4,500 ft with Mont Ventoux towering over them at 6,263 ft. The scenery is interesting, with olive and apricot groves, vineyards, lavender fields and cherry orchards and often spectacular with rugged hills, gorges and cols (mountain passes). The area is also known for the Roman ruins at Vaison la Romaine and wine making. The terrain varies from flat (the plain of the Rhone) to rugged. The roads are mostly very… (Join People Cycling to read more)

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People Cycling's Ride Rating

People Cycling has four categories for our rides – Easy, Moderate, Difficult, and Challenging. It should be somewhat obvious what these categories mean, but please become familiar with the elevations and distances that define them:

Easy rides are under 30mi/48km in average distance and 1600ft/500m in average elevation
Moderate rides are over the Easy rating but under 50mi/80km and 2460ft/750m
Difficult rides are as over the Moderate rating but under 75mi/120km and 3280/1000m
Anything over the Difficult rating

NOTE: This is not a strict guideline. There could be rides that have a day or two where the average elevation or distance exceeds the values given above. These anomalies should be outlined in the ride description. It is recommended that you read it carefully.

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People Cycling is a recently launched cycling club, which you can join for free, and is led by volunteer ride leaders. We will be offering tours in the United States and overseas. Our tours are made up of a small group of participants (typically 20-30 or so) who want to ride 30 to 55 miles a day over a one or two week period in interesting regions of the world.

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