science of pro cycling: mont ventoux tour 2020

Monday 4th November 2019

If you're looking for a training camp which offers more than a few climbs up a local mountain, this could be what you're looking for. The popular science/tech magazine New Scientist are offering cyclists an in-depth training tour designed to cover every aspect of training from nutrition to bike fitting and everything else in between. Oh and it's set around the iconic Mont Ventoux...

New Scientist is set to delve into the science behind pro-cycling with the launch of a new tour which offers an expert-led immersive training camp based around Mont Ventoux, involving challenging cycle routes, in-depth personalised scientific consultation and fascinating seminars. The tour is an exciting addition to the newly-launched series of expert-led science-inspired Discovery Tours, which incorporate a range of scientific themes including; astronomy, wildlife, volcanology, space travel, particle physics and pre-historic culture.


Science of pro cycling: Mont Ventoux, France

Five days  for £2,199pp (excluding flights), departing 21st May 2020

The five-day tour will involve a highly immersive training camp with sports scientists from Sheffield Hallam University and former Olympian and ex-Team Sky rider Phil Deignan based in Provence and near Mont Ventoux, France. The scientists have supported multiple Olympic and UCI professional cycling wins, whilst Phil has ridden in support of Chris Froome and achieved a Grand Tour stage win in his own right at the Vuelta a España.


Participants will be offered fully supported rides up the iconic Mont Ventoux and through the stunning Provence countryside, in the company of experts who will provide one-to-one consultations, a full ride itinerary, road support and recovery sessions. Distances will range from 80km to 160km to suit all abilities.


At the start of the tour, guests will experience a full 1:1 biometric bike fit to find the best position for power output versus aerodynamics using 3D imaging technology and a body composition consultation. Throughout the camp, guests will enjoy insightful seminars from the experts on sports nutrition, psychology and bike tech.  Plus, a fireside chat with Phil after spending the day riding with him up Mont Ventoux. Definitely one for the bucket-list.


The event includes many special touches enjoyed by the pros including separate bike transportation from the UK, a sports therapist to aid recovery, tailored menus and a medic on a motorbike. This unique event is the next-level up from a standard training camp. Not only will riders leave feeling fitter, faster and stronger but also more effective, efficient and enlightened cyclists.


Travellers will stay at the 4-star Chateau de Mazan and be treated to dinner each evening. Ahead of the tour, guests can drop their bikes off at a set location in London or Guildford where they will  be transported to and from the training camp:


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