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Before the Conference

Prior to the conference, a ride from Paris to Avignon on boneshakers will finish on Sunday 23 August, the day before the opening of the conference. Organiser: Association Histoire du Cycle Les Vélos de Sologne. Contact: Alain Cuvier alain.cuvier@orange.fr). The finish will be at the rond-point du vélocipède (velocipede roundabout), in the Le Pontet suburb of Avignon, in the same place that the Olivier brothers arrived. The participants will then be taken and welcomed into Entraigues.

The Conference — Monday August 24, 2015 to the evening of Thursday August, 27

We hope to give to the event the friendliness and simplicity that is characteristic of both cycling tourists and the people of Entraigues.

The conference will take place from Monday August 24, 2015 to the evening of Thursday August, 27. The conference room is in the heart of the town, opposite the town hall, about 100 yards from the bus stop, the station and one of the hotels. During the conference, there will be an exhibition of bicycles and old posters. Also, it will be possible to visit a collection of cyclotourism bicycles : René Herse, Alex Singer, Nicolas Barra, Reyhand, Sablière, Jo Routens, Charrel and so on. Two young English-speaking hostesses will be present at all times. The organisation also has a member who speaks German, and another who speaks Italian. A simultaneous French-English interpreting service is envisaged, depending on the support that we can obtain. Lunch and evening meal on Tuesday, lunch on Wednesday and lunch on Thursday will be eaten together and included in the registration fee. The closing meal on the Thursday evening at a restaurant in Entraigues will be optional. Everyone will be free to take care of their own accommodation according to their tastes. We recommend that you book your stay well in advance, as the region is very popular with tourists.

The planned visits are: 1) guided tour of the old centre of the town by Jean-Luc Barcelli, councillor for culture and local scholar, 2) the Olivier brothers’ place of arrival at the family home on the banks of the Rhone, followed by the Olivier family’s private mansion in Avignon (now the Vaucluse Chamber of Commerce and Industry), then in the evening the museum in Domazan with a meal in the château de Bosc which houses the museum, 3) excursion to Vélocio’s home town of Pernes, with the opportunity to photograph his birth certificate and visit to the Comtadin Cycle Museum, and if possible the collection of Lino Lazzerini’s racing bikes in Cavaillon. The organisers will arrange coach transport for the museum visits in Avignon Pernes and Domazan.

Register for the Conference

After the Conference

On Friday morning, maybe experienced cyclists will wish to brave the Giant of Provence – Mont Ventoux. If there are several of you, we can arrange a special climb including a commemorative medal. But beware - as Raphaël Géminiani said to Ferdi Kubler, “Ventoux is not like the other mountains!”

Provence, where the Vaucluse department is situated, is a very popular region with French people and foreign visitors alike, for its sun, its Roman and Middle Age monuments, the varied beauty of its landscapes and its regional produce: famous Côtes-du-Rhône wines, truffles, olive oil, and a variety of fruit and vegetables. Why not prolong your stay and visit the Vaucluse’s tourist hot-spots – Avignon, Vaison-la-Romaine, Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, Roussillon and its ochres, and all the pretty villages where life is good? And why not broaden your horizons by visiting other prestigious or more discreet sites in our beautiful Provence. They are sure to make you want to come back again.