This is a fantastically rewarding day with a long, steady 22km climb to the summit of Mont Ventoux through pine forests and eventually the bald moonscape last few km's to the summit. Great views at the top and then an amazing winding descent to the valley below. A classic road cycling col to test any road cycling legs.
'Beast of Provence' also known as the 'Bald Mountain', is the highest in the region at 1912m (though the sign states (1911m). Known for it's high winds, Ventoux has become one of the most testing climbs on the Tour de France circuit. averaging a a 7.5% gradient from Bedoin, the 22km climb reaches 10% on some stretches of the climb. After the 'Chalet' where the route from Sault joins, forested landscape givesway to a bald moonscape and this is where winds can add to the challenge of the ascent. On approach to the last KM you may wish to stop (if you can think you can get going again), at the Tom Simpson Memorial. One of Britains greatest professional cyclists, Simpson collapsed and died on the 13th stage of the 1967 Tour de France just 1KM from the summit of Mont Ventoux.
On arrival at the summit, take your time to enjoy the far reaching views of Bedoin and beyond. Your descent will be quick and fast as you head to Malaucene. On arrival at Malaucene take a few mins to find 'Le Teron Fountain'. Centuries old, the fountain has been rebuilt over the years to resemble the original.
Rolling back to Bedoin, there are plenty and cafes and bars to enjoy a post ride coffee with fellow riders all returning from the triumph of cycling Mont Ventoux.
Today is about experiencing a classic col, ridden by the greats of road cycling. With 10 summit finsihes in the Tour de France, victorious riders include Pantani, Merckx and Froome. Keep a steady rythym and when the summit comes into sight not long after the chalet, don't take off for a big finish. there is still a few KM's to ride after here. It's further than it looks!
Known for it's windy conditions at the summit, please always check locally for weather conditions before cycling Mont Ventoux. If neseccary, do not ride and always heed local conditions and advice. It isn't unsual (owing to the altitude), for Mont Ventoux to experience snowfall during summer months.
Besides cycling in the kit you are used too, we'd also suggest taking the essentials of water bottle(s), nutrition, an extra layer, cash/credit cards and mobile together with emergency telephone numbers.
Always wear a helmet and pack a spare tube, puncture repair kit, tyre levers and handpump. You may also like to take a multi-tool.
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