A Corallian's natural habitat is the limestone gorge, and this one was so good that Phil and I decided to do it twice. Really we were shirking Ventoux duty. After waving goodbye to the summit party at Flassan, we made a rapid descent to Villes-sur-Auzon for a leisurely coffee in the sun. The ascent of the Gorges de la Nesque is a dream: about a 3% gradient on a beautifully surfaced road which winds ever higher over the impressive gorge, with wonderful views and three short tunnels. We even had a tail wind. This was a real holiday ride. We then dropped down to Sault for an even more leisurely lunch. Phil even managed a post-prandial nap in the sunshine. Adrenaline was high in the summit party when we re-met them for a rather more energetic return journey. We stopped at the belvedere for obligatory photos, then a descent which will live long in the memory - despite most of it being into a head wind - before the final slog back to Flassan and the cars.