Long Distance Mountain Bike Trail, Stage 7 – From Saint-Saturnin-les-Apt to Vitrolles-en-Luberon
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After a few kilometres of fast cycling through vineyards and cherry trees, along roads and paths, you’ll come to the ochre massif with its unusual landscapes and autumnal colours. The sandy and gritty single-tracks of the La Bruyère mountain range contrast with the hard, rocky landscapes of Provence. The ochre mountains then give way to stony trails leading to Rustrel. You’ll cycle along the Colorado Provençal, climbing a series of forest paths up to the Pierroux mountain ridge. This lovely single-track path, which boasts a wonderful panoramic view of the Lure mountain, will eventually lead you to the lovely village of Viens with its old city walls.
The scenic route down to the valley, that you’ll hit shortly after Viens, will quickly awaken the mountain biker in you! The trail leads to the banks of the Calavon river, then through an old abandoned railway tunnel, to Céreste. After this little foray into the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department, you’ll cycle along the ridges of Montjustin and its village, renovated by Giono and friends. You’ll then climb the vast undulating hills of the Grand Luberon mountain range before racing down the western slopes to Vitrolles-en-Luberon, nestled in the southern foothills.
Distance, difficulty, parking ...
Distance: 46,00 km
Difference: 890 m
Although this section presents no real difficulties, there is one particular highlight that will take you through the Luberon’s renowned ochre massif. After a brief detour into the Alpes-Haute-Provence department, you’ll head for the Grand Luberon mountain range, along enjoyable and varied paths.