A Luberon Loop

Fresh off yesterday’s successful Marseille post I am back for at least one more ‘ride’ before I have to start to ‘train’. There is still hope for more photos though – the phlegm keeps coming up from time to time.

I have two groups of Americans coming over in a few weeks for a one-day Provence ride, so today I went over to the Luberon to reconn the roads a bit. The results will be fabulous, if I don’t say so myself, but it’s hard to screw it up in the Luberon when it comes to cycling bliss.

Both tours will start and end here, a secret, exclusive location whose only clue is the small, black bird in the ironwork on the gate. If you guess it, you: a) have been reading my blog articles in very good detail, or b) you know far too many esoteric things about a certain sport.

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The direction hasn’t been determined, but I know my clients will get this view, one way or the other. This is the village of Lacoste, looking across the valley from Bonnieux.

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This one remains to be seen, but if I can convince my groups that the climb will definitely be worth the effort, we’ll be riding up to Roussillon for sure.

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And then riding down. I doubt they’ll get the same flowers at the end of June, but I’m sure it’ll still look nice.

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They might, however, get a touch of purple, if the lavender decides to come out at the right time of the year. This much-photographed field is just outside our next village on the tour.

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Which is, of course, Gordes. One of the most beautiful villages in France, my clients will have to admire it from afar. Neither group wants too much climbing.

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Good thing it’s still got some mojo from down below, too (even with the crappy color from my phone)!

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Finally, an excellent mixed-use trail, which runs a long way through the Luberon, will take them back to their cars, a vineyard walk and some wine tasting. That doesn’t sound too bad, does it?

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12 thoughts on “A Luberon Loop

  1. Brings back memories from my first trip … it is just so beautiful there, the roads not crowded, the cycling relatively flat (don’t tell my husband I said that) … Actually, I can say the just so beautiful piece pretty much wherever your “there” is!

  2. Awesome Stuff Gerry. You are inspiring me as I am currently with head cold and no voice, which some unkind people are suggesting is not such a bad thing…

    • I’m sure you’ll come back even more ‘Stevo’ than before. Get well. If it’s anything like mine, it’ll last a week at least.

    • La Coquillade. Owned by a certain stinking rich Swiss gentleman who also owns a cycling team…and a couple of bike companies…among other things.

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