Le Geant de Provence: Ventoux challenge

Some say Mont Ventoux is the hardest of all the mythical Tour de France climbs and rightly so. The mountain achieved worldwide notoriety when it claimed the life of the great English cyclist Tom Simpson, who died here on July 13th 1967 from a combination of a stomach upset, heat exhaustion, alcohol and amphetamines.

As (almost) every year, in May 2019 I will be doing Trail des Gorges de l'Ardèche (plus some white-water canoeing and caving) and this year I will also finally take my bike with me there to tick Mont Ventoux off my bucket list the day before.

If anyone fancy joining me on the way up (and down, and energy drinks afterwards obviously too) I would be more that happy.

The plan is to do classic route from Bédoin (21.5 km, 1610 m D+)

...and if there are more adventurous amongst us, perhaps descend to Malaucène and go back up again (21 km, 1570 m D+)

...and if it is still not enough, there is always Sault side remaining (26 km, 1220 m D+)

...which would qualify such a tool for a membership in Club des Cinglés du Mont-Ventoux

More details on climbs here.

Regardless of number of climbs, this should work well as real training before l'Etape, Marmotte or any other such evil coming not that long afterwards.

Join our Paris Cycling Trips WhatsApp group to discuss details.

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