Having spent a wonderful evening and night with the owners of the Domaine des Pins discussing the group of 25 cyclists Bike Lodging will be bringing to the property in September, I had a busy morning of meetings, after which I managed to get a short bike ride in.
Firstly I met up with Jean–Michel Hurter the manager at France Bike Rentals in Bedoin. They run a very interesting operation where you can book and pay for your bike rentals online and have them delivered to almost any location in the south east of France. Their delivery charge is calculated by taking into consideration of the number of bikes, rental day and the delivery distance. For larger groups it can even be cost effective to have bikes delivers to locations in the Alps or as far west as the Pyrenees.
Bike Lodging have now secured a partnership with the France Bike Rentals, so that our clients will soon be able search and book their bike rental with the company directly from our own bike rental pages.
After a quick visit to one of our larger businesses in Bedoin who have the capacity for very large groups. I decided to jump on the bike and head over to Malaucene via the Col de La Madeleine, which is a very popular and lower level link between the two villages. Sadly a little too much snow on the Mont Ventoux.
In Malaucene I met with the owner of the hotel Malaucene right at the start of the climb to Mont Ventoux. The hotel has a terrace which over looks the start of the climb, from which clients often cheer home their cycling friends or family after taking on the ‘Géant de Provence’. The majority of the property faces a huge beautiful and secluded garden area and terrace at the back with private swimming pool. The rooms are all individually decorated in a very modern but traditional style. The owners are a lovely English speaking French couple which a huge knowledge and the area
and the cycling. As soon as you enter the reception you can see from the images on the walls and the selections of cycling guides books, that they hugely value their cycling clients.
After an interesting chat with the owner, he recommended a fantactis cycling route back to Bedoin, via Suzette and the impressive Massif des Dentelles, Le Barroux and Corillion Le Brave.
Cant wait for my next trip back there in September, this time hosting a large group of cyclists.