After spending a week of no riding the day finally came where I got to have a casual ride with mates. That was the plan. Our meeting point, the nearby medieval village of Roujan. The route was the circuit of the following weekends Roujan GP, a 75 k, 1,000 m elevation gain loop taking us through the Avant Monts, it’s vineyards and it’s many pretty villages. 3 of us were registered to compete in, so it was a nice way to check the course again.
Duly met, we departed, a tight knit peloton chatting comfortably in the morning sunlight rolling along the superb roads. Then co-incidentally as we arrived into our home village of St Genies my phone rang. An American friend needed a guide urgently as his guide had a problem with his leg. Could I help? Yeeees, when? “This afternoon, I need you in Provence, the tour starts tomorrow! There is a Mont Ventoux included” …OK, I’m in (always a sucker for any opportunity to visit Le Geant of Provence). So with no photo’s of the ride, I bid the peloton farewell and U-turned for home to get ready!
Jon had a great group of Americans and English, 8 in total and a photographer to boot! Chateaux accommodation, Gourmet food and wine, great weather a group with a mixture of riding experience, all equally enthusiastic and full of fun, in Provence with a Mt Ventoux finalé! What was there not to like about the coming week!
The week was a massive success, every single person in the group inspired me with some amazing feats of endurance, humour and even tenacity, it was great to have had the opportunity to have met them all. After our goodbyes (the hardest part) it was time to head home and prepare for the Avant Monts Grand Prix weekend of racing.
Being away for the whole week I had to forego the Saturday Afternoon road race, to catch up with visiting family. It did mean I had nice fresh legs to participate in the Individual Time Trial and the Sunday afternoon Road Race!
After recovering from the Avant Monts GP and the trip to Mt Ventoux and Provence, we were delighted to host Connor for a couple of days accompanied riding, while his family took time out at the beach where they were staying. Don’t get me wrong, Provence and Mt Ventoux are great, it is just that we find our immediate area perfect for cycling for all levels. Telling me his growing business ( www.purepurplestudios.com ) didn’t allow him the time he wanted on the bike, he was still very keen to get out and discover the region. I had two very nice routes that would tick all the boxes for him and return him for the all important family beach time!
Connor, thanks for a fantastic couple of days! For me it is such a thrill when our guests express in their own words their experiences of spending time within our regions cycling awesomeness. We treat it as a real privilege to share what we love, and get the word out about the Next Big Thing in Cycling Destinations.
We look forward to welcoming all out guests and friends back and doing some more exploring!
Until next time,
Live, Laugh, Ride….
Steve and Julia