Most people know Bédoin as the animated village at the foot of Provence’s most famous climb, Mont Ventoux. It’s hard to miss the official start line for the 21 km ascent up what locals endearingly call “The Giant” as it seems to be the main attraction in town. Small cycling shops line the streets full of Ventoux jerseys, bike gear and age old advice on how to tackle this beast. Parking lots are generally packed with cyclists from all over Europe pulling their bikes from their cars and making last minute adjustments before braving the climb. The village simply oozes cycling.
But Bédoin also has another claim to fame that is a better-kept secret. Everyone knows that one of the best parts of cycling in France is the plethora of freshly baked sweet and savory snacks at every village bakery and it just happens that the bakery in Bédoin has the perfect counterpart treat to the 21 km climb before it: Le Bread Pudding at Boulangerie Olivero Ravel. Now, this isn’t any ordinary bread pudding. While they might make it with old bread in England, in Bédoin, they make it with day-old croissants! It’s simply brilliant and well worth the stop whether you just descended Ventoux or are simply on a good ride passing through the village. As they say in France, “miam! miam!”