Gran Fondo Provence Occitane:

Grand Fondo Provence Occitane is back for the third year, taking place on 20th and 21st April 2024! On its two itineraries (75kms and 155kms), the race will take riders through our of France’s 100 most beautiful villages, the Cèze gorges and Sautadet waterfalls as well as up Mount Bouquet.

Suggested routes, directly from the gates of the Château:

  • Goudargues-Lussans loop (ca 50km, +/- 330m altitude), visit Venice of the Cèze Valley and the spectacular Concluses de Lussans
  • Cèze Valley loop (approx. 70 km, +/- 630m altitude): discover 4 of France’s 100 most beautiful villages in one scenic cycling route
  • Orange/Rhone loop (approx. 80 km, +/- 400m altitude), includes parts of Val Rhona bike route


Discover our “Cycling through Provence Occitane” package, suitable for amateur and keen cyclists alike!

Cycling: Move over, Mont Ventoux

Château de Montcaud lies in-midst a perfect cycling region, making it the ideal home base for cycling enthusiasts of all levels. From open scenery, hills to mountains, canals to gorges, the geographic setting is spectacular, and not surprisingly, home to several UNESCO world heritage sites. Rich history has shaped the local towns and villages, providing plenty of cultural and historic points of interest along the cycling routes. To top it off, there is always a vineyard in sight, and often enough the chance to taste some local vintage.

Something to suit all tastes and skills

Routes in the vicinity are still relatively unknown, which means there are no cycling masses, and hardly any big groups. There are routes to suit all levels, which can easily be discovered individually. Major ascents/descents can be avoided or sought out. For pros, famous Tour de France étape Mont Ventoux is within reach, however, we would recommend discovering this specific area of the Provence during the low season due to mass tourism in the area in the summer.

Relax and recharge

After a day on the road, Château de Montcaud is a tranquil oasis to return to. Relax in the shade of the century-old trees, cool-off in the pool, and enjoy a well-deserved aperitif before indulging in a gourmet meal to charge the batteries. If desired, meals can be organised to suit specific diets. For tired muscles, it is also possible to book an on-site massage.

At your service

Discover the area on your own, using your own gear. Alternatively, we can organise a tour, and help you rent everything you need for a perfect cycle holiday. Guests at Château de Montcaud can also use the hotel’s e-bikes and standard bicycles free of charge (subject to availability). Château de Montcaud is labelled “Accueil Vélos” and offers a bicycle garage as well as a workshop for cycles with the necessary equipment to fix and adjust your cycling gear.