Late spring is the perfect time to cycle some of the Tour de France's iconic climbs. The weather's not too hot, and you'll be one step ahead of Le Tour frenzy 2013. Last May, I did a three-stage trip from Grenoble to Avignon via the infamous Mont Ventoux, with Red Lantern Cycling. It's a stunning part of France - there's definitely something special about climbing Ventoux's lunar-like landscape (a stark contrast to the neighbouring lavender fields). Red Lantern Cycling were great too. As road cycling specialists, the support service was excellent: they transferred my bike from the UK (I won't let an airline near it!) and looked after my bike as well as they looked after me. Often on these trips you are given a map and a phone number but they offered full support to all the riders on the route.
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