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Rapha Retreat Le Grand Banc is like no other riding excursion. Groups of 15 to 18 riders will stay at Le Grand Banc, a private hamlet on the edge of the Luberon valley, one of the most untouched and tranquil parts of rural Provence. The riding here is special, not just because of the quiet roads and tough climbs, but also because of the rustic scenery and local culture.
On a Rapha Retreat you get as much hard riding as you can handle, but don’t have to compromise on your surroundings and service in the process. You’ll enjoy complete peace and relaxation like any great holiday yet offset with the physical challenge of riding every day in some of the most beautifully tough terrain in Europe. You will return home a stronger rider, with a peaceful mind and lifelong memories.
- Spectacular scenery
- As much riding as you like
- Fine food and wine
- A selection of great routes
- Mechanic support
- Massage and treatments
- Other activities such as hiking and market excursions
- Non-riding companions welcome
Unforgettable. Blissful. I’ll be back next summer.
The Retreat was remarkable for so many reasons. Each detail was considered, the riding was incredible and I’ve honestly never stayed in such an amazing location as Le Grand Banc.
Rapha certainly has done their research to create a great experience - designed to make the rider feel important and well taken care of in the hands of experienced cycling enthusiasts. I could not walk away from that place without leaving a piece of myself there.
Thank you, Rapha, for creating the exact experience I was looking for. It was perfect for a cyclist like me, one who enjoys road cycling culture just as much as riding a bike as fast as possible. I hope to enjoy many more trips in the future.
The logistics were executed impeccably: every breakfast, feed-stop and dinner was well-stocked and nutritious; every hotel we reached had bike storage and room keys ready; and all our other needs, whether mechanical or personal, were also attended to. I can only guess at what goes on behind the scenes at Rapha Travel to create this appearance of perfection.
What I have achieved on this trip is something very special – and that will be an important part of me for the rest of my life.
Thank you for your encouragement and support over our 10 day journey. Best. Vacation. Ever. I truly had a blast meeting 15 complete strangers and sharing stories, experiences, laughs, agonizing miles, meals, and west coast wine. I cannot wait to go on another Rapha Travel Trip.
What a great trip. The riding was ridiculous as was the scenery!
All characters brought together sharing a passion for cycling. Much as I love to ride, I love the friendship even more. I can't wait until the next trip!
I am still buzzing about the experience of the retreat from 11-16 October. I truly am grateful for the support, encouragement and impeccable service you and the team ( Chris, Vicki, James and the LGB staff) all provided during my stay.
The retreat definitely exceeded my expectations. Your teams attention to every detail meant that all the guests had no excuse but to concentrate on riding the bikes and relaxing.
Honestly was probably the best holiday I've ever had ... My entire salary likely to go on rapha travel from now but it'll be worth it if they're all as good as LGB!
Think everyone was in agreement that everything was perfect - rides were all brilliant (even the one in the pouring rain!).. Great food (and wine!).. Ideal location... And all the hard work you guys put in behind the scenes to make the trip what it is... Thank you because it really was amazing!! Having serious rapha withdrawl now!
Le Grand Banc features a variety of rooms that can accommodate couples, singles and even triples. The total price per person varies between £2100-£2480 depending on your room selection.
A typical week will see you ride the incredible Gorges de la Nesque, Montagne de Lure, the rolling Luberon hills, and climb up to the famous white scree slopes of Mont Ventoux, arguably the most hallowed climb in the history of road racing.
Our experienced ride guides tailor each day to be different and with varying degrees of difficulty and route options, depending on how you’re feeling. An 87km loop taking in a quiet winding climb on the first day could be followed the next with a 130km journey up to the summit of Ventoux.
125km | 3365m gain
The ride that needs no real introduction, follow in the wheels of the greatest riders in world. Just because they went faster, their pain was the same. The route climbs up from Bédoin through the steep gradients of the forest before opening out to the white rock and exposed road to the summit. The descent is speedy and entertaining.
Tour de Luberon
105km | 1779m gain
This ride offers an insight into the Provence way of life. The famous relaxed uninquisitive culture is showcased on the sweeping valley roads. It is easy to see why the rich and famous choose to hideaway in the Luberon region as the route takes in sleepy villages, grapevines and picture postcard outlooks everywhere. Highlights also include the unique and colourful rock formations in Roussillon.
Called Le Grand Banc, this private hamlet overlooks 400 acres of farmland, scrub oak, lavender and cypress trees. It’s the perfect base from which to explore the region, and is serviced with outdoor dining terraces, a swimming pool, and interiors decorated with classic furniture and collectable artworks.
You’ll be picked up from the airport in a Rapha Travel support car and transported to Le Grand Banc. After a fitting for your custom Rapha Pinarello Dogma, and greeting your fellow riders, you can take a spin to open the legs, get a massage, go for a dip in the pool and unwind.
Each day begins with a breakfast made up of local produce, prepared by our inhouse cook. Then we’ll lead rides ranging from two to six hours, taking in café stops and lunch breaks, always supported by our ride guides, mechanic and soigneur, on hand for any nutritional, mechanical or biomechanics request.
Massage and laundry is taken care of upon returning to base, and your typical Provencal evening meal can be enjoyed in the open-air dining-terrace or one of the many dining rooms. We do it all over again the next day, getting into a rhythm of riding and relaxing in complete style.
For non-riding partners and guests there are activities to enjoy beyond relaxing at Le Grand Banc such as hiking and visiting local markets and villages like Simiane-la-Rotonde. We’ll also have special guests stay and ride with us, such as ex-pro and writer Tom Southam and Bart Brackez, Thor Hushovd’s personal soigneur.
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