Trans Provence

15 000 meters of spectacular descents from Provence to the Mediterranean - a must for every mountainbiker!

About

Six amazing days of cycling, 250 km featuring the best singletracks in Provence and the French Maritime Alps. A total of 8500 m of pedalled climbing and 15000 m of descent, on routes where you might ride all day without meeting a single soul.

  • Difficulty
    Advanced
  • Group size
    4 - 7 persons
  • Duration
    8 days
  • Price
    2050
  • Included in the price:
  • Qualified bike guide for six days
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All transport and shuttles
  • All meals
  • Minibus to/from Innsbruck at arrival and departure
  • Itinerary
  • The area
  • Practical info

Itinerary

The surrounding landscape of this tour is simply stunning, with constant views of the spectacular Maritime Alps. Riding without any race pressure, each day brings completely different experiences. The ride is hard to describe in words, but every ambitious, wildernessloving MTB rider needs to do this route at least once in her/his live.

The terrain here is particularly distinctive, with colours that meander between grey, red and brown, each giving a completely different type of grip. It’s not just the ground that changes as we ride south down to the sea, there is a distinct culinary shift as well. Rustic cooking traditions created by generations of farmers’ wives and derived from the specific farming context at high altitude gives way to a more Mediterranean cuisine, surrounded by sun, sea and sand – with lots of interesting excursions and things to see.

We will be accompanied for the whole week by two guides and a minivan. Each day, whichever guide is driving also prepares a fine midday meal based on specialities of the region. This means that we never have to ride with more than a small daysack each; all the rest of our possessions are in the van every day and therefore only ever a few hours away.

Day 1

Arrival Innsbruck and transport to the starting-point of Embrun.

Day 2

  • Biking from Embrun to Barcelonnette 1.574 m ascent and 2.292 m descent. Total length of stage 36 km.

  • Day 3

    Biking from Barcelonnette to Colmars. 1.660 m ascent and 2.716 m, descent. Total length of stage 45 km.

Day 4

  • Biking from Colmars to Valberg. 1.921 m ascent and 3.209 m descent. Total length of stage 50 km.

  • Day 5

  • Biking from Valberg to Valdeblore. 867 m ascent and 2.902 m descent. Total length of stage 34 km.

  • Day 6

  • Biking from Valdeblore to Sospel. 1.381 m ascent and 4.031 m descent. Total length of stage 63 km.

  • Day 7

  • Biking from Sospel to Menton. 1.543 m ascent and 2.257 m descent. Total length of stage 43 km. Transport back to Innsbruck.

  • Day 8

  • Transport to the airport and departure.

Changes to the itinerary are always possible as a result of weather conditions, or simply because we have discovered options that are even better still. It is also possible to meet up at different locations than Innsbruck. Please contact us if you have any questions.

The area

Provence and the maritime French Alps

The surrounding landscape of this tour is simply stunning, with constant views of the spectacular Maritime Alps. Riding without any race pressure, each day brings completely different experiences. The ride is hard to describe in words, but every ambitious, wildernessloving MTB rider needs to do this route at least once in her/his live.

The terrain here is particularly distinctive, with colours that meander between grey, red and brown, each giving a completely different type of grip. It’s not just the ground that changes as we ride south down to the sea, there is a distinct culinary shift as well. Rustic cooking traditions created by generations of farmers’ wives and derived from the specific farming context at high altitude gives way to a more Mediterranean cuisine, surrounded by sun, sea and sand – with lots of interesting excursions and things to see.

Practical info

Level of difficulty

Advanced

You are confident in all aspects of mountain biking
You can handle most technical terrain, include rocky and root trails, along with features such as switchbacks, medium logs (15 cm high), and low-level obstacles
You’re comfortable with most advanced level trails (although you may walk a few sections)

You can ride 6-8 hours a day at a steady pace over several days
You have little trouble climbing 1,000 vertical meters (3,280 ft.) in a day on fairly steep terrain

(Levels: 6-7 skill level, 7-8 fitness level.)

Click here for more info on our reference for skill and fitness levels.

Accommodation

On our tours double-rooom is the standard for almost all accommodation. On some mountain farms, huts or the like family rooms or rooms that sleep more than two might occur. If you want a single-room there might be some additional costs.

Equipment

We will issue a recommended packing list for every tour. Please note that the packing list is issued as a reference, and Urørt ski og sykkeleventyr AS is not responsible for failing to include any particular item or misspellings on this list.

Terms of payment

When the order is placed an invoice for the deposit, equaling 30 % of the total price, will be issued. Final payment is due 60 days prior to departure. The agreement between the parties is not binding until the deposit is paid in full. To read our full terms and conditions click here.

Guides

This tour is hosted by our partners at Bikefex. They will bring their own qualified guides who have many years experience of guiding and developing the trails of this area.

Weather and climate

This tour is based in the southern parts of France, and you can expect a warm and pretty dry Mediterranean climate.

Urørt ski- og sykkeleventyr AS is a member of Reisegarantifondet

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