It seems that climbing Ventoux is starting to become a recurring yearly event.
We were supposed to be there in 2020 too, but then Covid hit and all plans went haywire, so I did Cinglés virtually instead.
This year I was very close to not even giving it a try after my earlier tibia fracture, but considering that almost 3 months have already passed, and I was cleared off by my orthopaedist to slowly restart cycling, and we were in the area anyway, heck, why not try to climb it at least once and see what happens?
So I tried.
I followed the classic route, which starts with the hardest climb from Bédoin.
Easy start, then once you hit the forest after first 6 km it does not relent anymore until the summit.
Usual iconic moon landscape.
First time at the summit. Windy and cold!
Start from Bédoin: 08:37, summit: 11:12.
Climb profile suggest this side should be slightly easier.
Still the same moon landscape on the final approach.
Caught by one of the photographers hunting people close to the summit.
Start from Malaucène: 12:06, summit: 15:07.
Final climb - longer, but much easier, which makes my (already hurting) lower back happy (well, happier).
Start from Sault: 16:09, summit: 18:54.
All climbs completed, all brevet card stamps collected!
And the medal, received several weeks later, on its place on the fridge, amongst other medals.