About Mountain Biking in Provence
For information on individual itineraries and bike parks, see our mountain biking routes.
The diverse landscapes of the Provence region ensure that every ride will be a memorable experience with stunning views, possibly some lung-busting technical ascents, lots of wooded and open rocky single track, downhill specific tracks with tricky descents, cross country way-marked loops and a bit of lift access for those not keen on pedalling uphill.
Provence's geographical location and fantastic climate allows for biking all year round. The dry trails and winter sun ensure that it is the place to head if you aren't drawn to the snow and mountains but prefer to continue mountain biking when everyone else hits the slopes!.
There are several 'Grandes Traversees' for those who want to take on the challenge of one of these greulling week long itineraries - the Trans Verdon, a mere 260km of beautiful but technical riding, or the Trans Provence which goes from Sisteron to Menton and has been turned into an endurance race each year in late September.
Provence can certainly be technically challenging with such varied terrain, from sweeping single track to limestone rocks and dust, wooded rooty areas to steep mountains and seriously scary ridges, some of the trails are definitely not for the faint hearted.
If you're looking for an easy level of riding, there are plenty of low level cross country trails and graded trails through small villages that have been checked and way-marked by the FFC (Federation Francaise de Cyclisme). Most routes can easily be follow on a map, or with the multitude of signs along the trails.