Classic Climbs of France, Day 3, Blauvac Loop (recovery day)

Alan Gilbert
3 min readJun 22, 2023

This is part of a series of posts from my cycling trip to France to experience the “classic climbs” of the French Pyrénées, Alps, and Mont Ventoux.

Today’s Ride

Today’s Ride

Highlights

Today was a travel day, as we took a seven-hour bus ride from the Pyrénées region to the Provence region. Still we managed to stretch our legs and get in a short ride with a bit of climbing. The raison d’etre for being in this region is to climb Mont Ventoux (see what I did there?).

Our hotel (pictures below) is the former Château de Mazan, built in 1715, owned by the de Sade family, and frequented by the Marquis de Sade.

Today’s ride was short, just 15 miles. The climate and environment are decidedly different than in the Pyrénées region. More arid and a bit less green. The ride was nice, touring through vineyards and orchards, and finishing with a sweet 1,000 ft. descent and a tailwind, or a “tailey” as our our kiwi guide taught me today.

Our hotel, the Château de Mazan, is amazing, beautiful, and full of history
Today’s short ride featured vineyards and cherry orchards
The view from ‎⁨Blauvac⁩. The little rocky spot over my left shoulder is the peak of Mont Ventoux, looming in the background.

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