The Fit With Purpose Cols to Cannes Challenge – 12th-15th June 2019

The Fit With Purpose Cols to Cannes Challenge – 12th-15th June 2019

  • The Fit With Purpose Cols to Cannes Challenge - 12th-15th June 2019
    June 12, 2019 - June 15, 2019
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm

A unique 3-stage Alpine endurance event designed to stretch the boundaries of fitness, teamwork and mental strength. Designed in partnership with ‘Fit With Purpose’, this is a challenging but stunning ride from Vaison la Romaine in Provence to Cannes, via Mont Ventoux, the stunning Gorges du Verdon, Col de St Arnuex , Col de Val Ferrier,  Col de Vence and then back to the sea, to end at the prestigious Cannes Advertising Festival.

Provence is known for Mont Ventoux, the Beast of Provence, and is a Mecca for cyclists. This trip allows you to choose between summiting the Beast once or attempting the Triple Ascent and joining the ‘Club des Cingles’.

In Brief:

  • Challenge Type: Road Cycling
  • Challenge Name: ‘Cols to Cannes 2019’
  • Destination: The Alps, France
  • Dates: 12th – 15th June 2019
  • Grade: Challenging

The Charity

We have committed to raise funds for WeSeeHope. For more information about the charity, WeSeeHope: see (

What’s included?

2 route options a day each of different difficulties, guided riding, support vehicles, medics, transport of bikes to France and back, a minimum of 3 food and drink stops each riding day, post ride food, excellent evening meals and accommodation along the way, finish celebrations, and, of course amazing cycling.


June 12th – 15th 2019


NB. Day 2 Classic distance and elevation is a single ascent of Mont Ventoux from Malaucene. The day 2 Ultra elevation is 150km and 4700m. The triple ascent distance will take a cab from Sault at the end of the triple to the next hotel.

Route, distance and elevation subject to change


  • Cycle from Vaison-la-Romaine to Cannes
  • 2 daily route options
  • 4 different guides so 4 different speeds
  • Opt to conquer the Beast of Provence with a single ascent or a triple?
  • Cycle through National Parks and along stunning coastlines
  • Relax each evening in great accommodation


12th June
Day 1 – Arrival Day – Vaison la Romaine
Flight to Marseilles (see below for flight details) and transfer to the start at Vaison la Romaine. The day starts with a choice of 2 warm up loops to the north of Vaison with the Ultra route including Col de La Croix Rouge, a climb to set expectations for the days ahead.

Accommodation and evening meal in Vaison la Romaine.

13th June – Stage 1
Vaison la Romaine – Gréoux-Les-Bains
This is the big one with all riders tackling one of the most iconic climbs in France. Whichever route you go up, it is still a considerable challenge. When you’ve celebrated your achievement over lunch in Sault there’s still a healthy 80kms to complete before reaching our accommodation and evening meal in Gréoux-Les-Bains

Options on Mont Ventoux are to go up once, or 3 times and join the prestigious Club des Cingles – not for the fainthearted! At the end of the Triple, there will be a cab to take you from Sault to the next hotel.

14th June – Stage 2
Gréoux-Les-Bains to Callian

Stage 2 starts with a relatively flat 30kms past lavender fields of Provence before entering the national park and today’s challenge – the Gorges du Verdon.  Those doing this route will face another day of over 2000m of climbing. Those choosing to take a slightly easier option today ride around the Gorge before joining the main route to tackle the Col de St Arnuex and reaching our finish point for the evening in Callian.

15th June -Stage 3
Callians to Cannes and celebrations
Our final day takes us up Col de Val Ferrier and Col de Vence, along some beautifully surfaced roads with stunning views and dramatic descents. Eventually we’ll drop down into Vence and carry on towards the sea. A final stretch by the side of the Mediterranean will take us into Cannes for dinner and celebrations.


Further Information

For further information, please contact Mick Buckley:

Not included

  • Individual travel insurance
  • Individual bike insurance
  • Personal expenditures such as drinks
  • Flight from Nice back to the UK


Participants are booked on the following outbound flight:

  • London Gatwick to Marseille Provence
  • EZY8723 Departure 07:55 Wed 12th Jun Arrival10:55

If you wish to book different flights and therefore miss the group transfer, you will need to make your own way to the hotel.

No flights have been booked inbound – this is up to you.

Your bikes will be collected as follows to be taken out to Provence:

  • 09.30 Monday 10th June
  • Mediacom, 124 Theobalds Rd, Holborn, London WC1X 8RX

They will be delivered back to the same location on Tuesday 18th June 13.30 for you to collect

If you choose not to take the pie bike delivery service you will need to book your bike on the flight yourself. For logistical reasons, we ask you advise us if it is your intention to take your bike on the flight ASAP so we can arrange to have space for it on the coach.

Who are pie?

pie are unique in the industry offering only bespoke guided rides for companies, charities and groups of individuals.

Looking After You

pie have do a recce and using smaller roads will make the cycling fun as well as challenging.  The Tour is fully supported with guides at a ratio of one guide to 8-10 cyclists, support vehicles, tour leaders and medic. Each day you will receive breakfast at the hotel before setting off, morning and afternoon refreshment stops while on the ride, a substantial lunch, post ride snacks, dinner and twin room accommodation each night.

pie Guides

The Cols to Cannes Tour is a guided ride with groups being led by pie guides who are familiar with the terrain and who help all abilities complete the challenge. We offer guided rides to make sure we offer the very best care to our cyclists

  • All of our guides are experienced cyclists. They range from ex-professional racers to keen amateurs and all are very used to guiding groups of differing abilities, experience and skill
  • All of our guides will navigate their small group of 8 – 10 cyclists, from start to finish
  • They are on hand to do mechanical work so there is no waiting around for a mechanic’s van
  • Many pie guides are first aid trained
  • Cyclists may be able to change groups (up or down) at any time during the day


You have been invited to participate in this ride by one of the sponsors; ESI Media, Mail Metro Media or Ocean Outdoor. They have contracted with Fit with Purpose who have sub contracted Passion in Events (pie) as the ride organiser.

To book on the Cols to Cannes Tour 2019 please register using the Registration button below. Please also carefully read and acknowledge the participant terms and conditions.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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