September in France with Saddle Skedaddle

Another look back at the warm and sunny months; September saw me take on three back to back trips in France for Saddle Skedaddle.

Checking the weather on arrival and things were looking good!

Weather forecast: sunny!
Weather forecast: sunny!

Week 1: Provence, aka Ventoux a Velo

This week could arguably be called the jewel in the crown of the St Malo to Nice journey. From the summit of Mont Ventoux and traversing the gorges de la Nesque and Verdon, arriving just outside Nice after the spectacular Col de Vence.

Upper Verdon Gorge
Upper Verdon Gorge

Week 2: Mont Ventoux to Alpe d’Huez

A wonderful trip that begins with the giant of Provence and spirals into the alps, taking in several high mountain cols.

Descending the Col d'Allos
Descending the Col d’Allos
Stunning cycling in the high Alps
Stunning cycling in the high Alps

Weeks 3 and 4: St Malo to Nice

With no rest days and 14 days of back to back riding, this is a slightly faster paced affair than the 3 week trip. In a contrast to the heat of summer, the first signs of autumn arriving in France were prevalent: leaves on the turn; crisp, bright mornings; and shorter daylight.

Morning light through trees
Morning light through trees
Autumn flowering crocuses by the roadside
Autumn flowering crocuses by the roadside
Riding around the Ardèche
Riding around the Ardèche
Morning mist under Mont Ventoux
Morning mist under Mont Ventoux
Castellane: near the end of the journey
Castellane: near the end of the journey