Cycle touring network For over 15 years
Explore the unspoiled areas of the Luberon Natural Regional Park, the Pays du Luberon, the Pays de Forcalquier, the Montagne de Lure, its typical villages and little roads you’ve never dreamed of…
Press kit – summer 2013
Cycle tours in the Luberon Natural Regional Park At a point where the Alpine and Mediterranean climates converge, the Luberon range (1 125 metres at Le Mourre Nègre), is an invitation to a different sort of holiday! Steep rocks and garrigue, ridge grass, gorges, a Cedar forest, ochre cliffs... a variety of environments and atmospheres in a 60 X 30 km. Man has also left his mark here in the bories, villages of character, castles, monuments, but also humbler buildings such as wash houses, fountains, chapels, etc. Farmers’ markets or weekly markets are places for getting together and the highlight of local life. They bear witness to a life style which is also seen in arts and crafts, wines (A.O.C Côtes du Luberon and Côtes du Ventoux, Coteaux de Pierrevert) as well as in fine food (Candied fruit from Apt, goat’s cheese, honey, olive oil, fruit and vegetables). One of the objectives set by the Luberon Natural Regional Park is to protect and valorise the natural and human heritage, making it accessible to all. The Park encourages discovery tourism, and specifically encourages all forms of non-motorized travel. The development of the Cavaillon - Apt – Forcalquier – Manosque – Lourmarin – Cavaillon itinerary across the Park territory, takes you round the Luberon over 236 km. It also aims to enable the development of tourist holidays around cycle tours.
The Luberon Natural Regional Park in figures 77 communes – Main towns : Apt (12000 inhabitants), Cavaillon (26000 inhabitants), Manosque (23000 inhabitants), Pertuis (19000 inhabitants.) Date of creation : 1977 d. hectares obertreiss – 170 000 inhabitantshervé vincent 185 000 vincent thoman –-pierrerue Region : Provence Alpes - Côte d’Azur Departments : Vaucluse & Alpes de HauteProvence Maison du Parc - Place Jean Jaurès – 84400 APT – Tel. 04 90 04 42 00 – www.parcduluberon.fr
Several cycling circuits in the Luberon
365 km of signposted itineraries on quiet little tarmac roads
51 km : « Les ocres en vélo »
78 km : « Le Pays de Forcalquier et Montagne de Lure en vélo »
91 km : « Le Pays d’Aigues à vélo »
236 km : «Autour du Luberon »
28 km : the véloroute du Calavon – a secure green lane
26 other suggestions for un-signposted circuits of all levels
Who are we?
A group of 102 committed professionals who cater to the needs of cycle-tourists
A team always ready to help, make your stay easier and set it up with you Chairman : André Berger
134 offers from professionals of different categories:
Director : Sylvie Palpant
7 bicycle hire companies 1 State-approved guides 2 taxi companies 2 travel agents
Communications officer : Stéphanie Bailly Tel. 06 71 24 82 46 firstname.lastname@example.org
55 accommodation possibilities: 16 hotels / 12 camp-sites / 7 self-catering gîtes / 14 bed & breakfasts / 6 stopover gites
24 restaurants 11 cultural sites 4 leisure activity sites
Expert : Emilie Van Overbeck Our offices are not open to the general public. The office does not rent bicycles. 203 rue Oscar Roulet
9 wine cellars 2 producers’ shops
84440 ROBION Tel : +33 (0)4 90 76 48 05
The members of the network (tourism service providers) are bound by a technical charter governing
LABEL ACCUEIL VÉLO the services which are common to all : the Accueil
The Accueil vélo label Remarkable! : The members are identified outside the entrance to their establishments by a ‘Bienvenue aux cyclistes’ sign. Picnics: Provided by the hosts with a single price of €10 / head, a good way of making it easier to set off when you want the next morning. A secure bike garage: This reassuring fixture means a worry-free night for you. Washing and above all drying one’s clothes: This service is provided by all the members. You can set off for several days with not many clothes, and even if it rains, be able to leave dry the next morning Assistance: The hirers repair or replace the bike in the shortest possible time. In the case of breakdown during a ride, the members do everything they can to transfer the visitors to the accommodation on the next leg. Negotiated prices: Hiring rates are consistent from one rental point to another, and on a sliding scale for long-term rentals. For
example: Bike hire from €12 the half day. Equipment suited to all the family: Hirers have child seats, 3rd wheels or trailers for you, so the whole family can make the most of the outing!
Transport of luggage and persons….and bikes The transport costs are the same for all 2 member taxi companies.
The guides The Vélo Loisir en Luberon network guides are mobile over all of the Luberon territory and guarantee reassuring and technical guiding as well as cultural knowledge. They all have State instructor’s diplomas and can also provide bikes.
Climb the mountain of Lure with an electrically powered bike guided by a professional Come to Climb the Lure Mountain and reach bravely its summit! Immortalize this moment thanks to the mobile application, the “Challenge de Lure”. At midday, picnic or meal at the Sauvagine, then go back down with your group and discover Notre-Dame-de-Lure, with comments on the fauna and flora. In May, June and September, every Friday at 9 AM, beginning at St Etienne les Orgues. Rates : 28€, including the bike rental, the bike helmet and the smartphone with the Challenge de Lure application and its bike support. Inscription is necessary 48h before with Cycles Bachelas at the 00 33 (0)4 92 75 12 47 (minimum 3 persons and up to 10 persons).
The itinerary Géol à vélo: 90 km discovering the Geology thanks to a mobile application Let your Smartphone guide you thanks to the free app created for the bike tour to Caseneuve, Saint-Martin de Castillon and Viens villages. The Luberon Natural Regional Park presents a fun and informative app to discover the treasures of the earth, the formation of the Luberon landscapes and ochre sites. With friends or family for a loop of 9 to 30 kms, a multimedia content will surprise you at each stage.! Available in 2013 in English and French on Appstore and Android Market.
What is best for organising my cycle ride or tour?
Organised stays :
The guides will take you on a trail to discover things you would never see on your own
Each leg is programmed, the accommodation booked and luggage transfer taken care of.
Self-guided : Yearly signposting and literature available, ideas for holidays
Children can do the circuits from the age of 8/10. A child can cycle 30 km per day with a number of stops. For younger children, we recommend you hire a 3rd wheel, child seat or a trailer.
We recommend hybrid bikes for these rides. However, many cyclists do the circuits on mountain-bikes or road bikes.
Self-guided cycling: 1000 signposts on the trail Guided by efficient signposting, the itineraries do share small roads with cars, but are very quiet: You will not be cycling on any main roads, just crossing them at times. The rest of the time, you will have absolute peace of mind! Enjoy the sights, sounds and the calm atmosphere!
The vĂŠloroute du Calavon: a special path: 28 km reserved for non-motorized vehicles!
Ideas for holidays: Several stays suggested for weekends, staying with the same host, with suggestions for rides and visiting cultural sites. Recommended price only; you must book each service yourself. See on website: http://www.veloloisirluberon.com/Idees-sejours
Details of signposting Two-way signposting, starting from the commune of your choice. Permanent signposting available all year round.
News ! Bike rental at the beginning of the Véloroute/greenway du Calavon, at the Beaumettes. In July and August, every Thursday, at 9.30 AM. Free departure to discover up to 28 km of green way (via the Bonnieux station, the Pont Julien or Apt : 10, 18 or 28km round trip). There is a possible alternative on bucolic and small roads on a trail of 22 km, available for download on smartphones. Bikes and equipment for the whole family (bags, bike helmets, baby seat, trailer). Booking is necessary at the 00 33 (0)4 90 90 14 62 or email@example.com
Take advantage of the ride to taste and enjoy With a direct access from the greenway, you will find: Restauration and bar at the Bistrot de Pays, Les Beaumettes : Tel 00 33(0)4 32 50 17 91 Wine tasting the Bonnieux station: Tel 00 33 (0)4 90 75 80 03 Wine tasting, exposition and gourmet meal « wine and cheese » at the Sylla cellar, at Apt : Tel 00 33 (0)4 90 04 60 37 Restauration at the Bistrot de pays, la Fontaine at Saint Martin de Castillon Tel 00 33 (0)4 90 75 24 67
Guided mountain-bike and hybrid bike rides Discover things you’d never see on your own
There are guided bike or mountain-bike outings on the various typical sites of the Luberon from April to October 2013. Hubert Fléchais (Luberon Biking) will be your Vélo Loisir en Luberon network guide and will look after everything : supplying the bike, finding a trail suited to the group’s speed. Off we go for 3 hours of pure pleasure ! Unspoiled, preserved sites, the most beautiful villages in France, landscapes highlighting the region and the cultural heritage, and several themes : the site of les Mourres near Forcalquier, the vineyards around Ménerbes, or a trip through the olive-groves of Volx?
The rides are accessible to all and there is no idea of competitiveness. Bikes can be supplied and delivered to wherever you are. €15 / head for the outing and €10 / bike
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Go wherever your fancy takes you and choose an organised formula which includes accommodation, bike hire on the spot during the stay, luggage transfer if necessary, picnic baskets, advice for warming up, and even a guide to supervise the ride.
Offers for stays with accommodation, Meals, bike, luggage transfer: Everything is included in the price!
Chemins du Sud
30 Bd Paul Floret
84124 PERTUIS cedex
Tel : 04 90 09 06 06
Tel. 04 86 65 00 20
Literature - Publications of each trail are available in all the tourist offices of the Luberon, from all the members of the network. They can also be downloaded from the website. - A guidebook with recommended addresses, organized into geographical areas, is a practical tool for designing your stay. - The interactive map on www.veloloisirluberon.com, a personalisable road book with details of each circuit selected, height difference, and recommended addresses: download it, print it out and take it with you! - The tourist map of the Luberon Natural Regional Park: This shows the signposted cycling circuits and the not-to-be-missed sites (1/60 000ème – publication 2012). Available from the Maison du Parc - The www.veloloisirluberon.com website in 3 languages (French, English, German) is an information portal with circuits, news and the addresses of ‘accueil vélo’ approved professionals. - The booklet of 26 un-signposted loops : available for download on the website
How to get to the Luberon
• By motorway A7 – Cavaillon exit A51 - Pertuis, Manosque or La Brillanne exit • By train Avignon TGV station then connexion for Cavaillon TER station Aix-en-Provence TGV station then connexion for Pertuis, Manosque, La Brillanne TER stations
Take the TGV with your bike: Take your bike with you in the TGV from Paris, Lyon, Marseille for just €10: More info: www.velo.sncf.com
Take the train with your bike A TER connection in Avignon will take you to Cavaillon. The itinerary is signposted as soon as you leave the SNCF station, so you are directly on your ride. There is a shuttle between Aix en Provence and Manosque. Other regional stations in Pertuis, La Brillanne and Manosque.
Take the bus with your bike A 6-bike cycle-rack has been installed on the Apt – Avignon coach line This line runs from Monday to Sunday and holidays, except on 1st January, 25th December and 1st May (2 each day)
Carpool with Zapt: local transport in the Pays d’Apt Carpooling, hitchhiking, bus, bike, scooter, train... Carpooling adverts with information on public transport: www.zapt.fr
A sign of the dynamic and connected nature of this territory, supported by the CBE, Comité de Bassin d’Emploi The ideal periods for a cycling holiday in the Luberon: April to June, and September to the beginning of November 14