For those who like uphill climbs that work up a sweat and downhills that whiz by, this circuit is ideal. The difficulty here lies primarily in the altitude change and the percentage of certain climbs. It can be pretty rocky/gravelly at the end of the circuit. To be avoided in extreme heat. Good stamina and physical condition are required if you want this to be a fun experience.
Itinerary: (188 m) Start from the centre of Fontaine-de-Vaucluse and follow the touristic road to Gordes. Cycle out of the village, (markings GR91). (1: 160 – 1.7 km) Leave the road behind to pedal on the GR6-GR97 on the left, the path climbs steeply – not always easy on the bike – be prepared to get off and push.... It leads to the trail known as “La Pourraque“. (2: 315 m – 3.1 km) Follow this trail on the left to the end. Good calf muscles are required. Reach a first intersection, continue straight. After a short downhill, reach the “Trois luisants“ trail. Follow it on the left. (3: 634 m – 9.2 km) Continue on this trail and remain on it until you see a rest area where there is a lookout tower and some broken signs. Do not follow the GR, remain on the trail which goes down. Take the first marked trail on the left. (4: 603 m – 11 km) Continue to go down. At the intersection take the left fork. The road gets narrow. Work around the stones and steps. Reach a trail. (5: 415 m – 12.4 km) At the hairpin turn on the left go down the “Fayardes” trail and leave the trail which goes down on the right (tank) to go back up 150 m and arrive at a junction. (6: 406 m – 12.55 km) Go down on the right, the path becomes a small sloped road. Just before the slope reverses, go 50 m pas the Marculy post (344 m) and take the road on the right which goes around the Mas de la Mondote. Leave t he house on your right and go down straight. (7: 314m – 13.5 km) At the little Borie, take the path on the left and go down to the “Les Lauses” post, and follow the direction of Fontaine de Vaucluse on the right. (8: 255m– 14.7 km) Cross a little road and take the road opposite which goes up and which turns into a very chaotic path. At the bottom, go back up on the other side, opposite. This climb is very technical and physical with rocks, stairs and roots to make your way through. Once you’ve arrived at the trail, go left. (9: 314m– 16.1 km) At the “Les Soleillants” post, go right direction Fontaine de Vaucluse. Go up 100 m and go right at the trail barred by a green cable, which then turns into a path. At the following crossroads, go right and follow the yellow markings to Fontaine de Vaucluse. Circuit created by the Vaucluse Général Council and Vtopo http://vtopo.fr/vtt-vaucluse.html