Ventoux Tumblelog

I’ve started to put together a new tumblelog on Mont Ventoux.  Early doors yet but I should be able to get more stuff on there over the coming couple of weeks in anticipation of our ‘Cingles’ attempt.

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  1. 1 Simon Roberts said at 7:31 am on May 4th, 2009:

    I rode with you a couple of months ago at the Bigfoot Saturday session. I did the Cingle a couple of years ago on a filthy day. A random few tips:

    - do the Sault ascent last, it is quite easy to get into a nice rhythm on it;
    - there is one dangerous corner midway down the descent to Malaucerne, coming after a real long straight bit, otherwise you needn’t use your brakes after the ski station;
    - I used a 39×27, but a 34×25 would be equally fine;
    - take kit for all eventualities, especially a tight fitting waterproof that you can stuff in your pocket. It is no fun being blown about by a flappy cagoule at the top;
    - check the wear on your brake blocks before you go. You can wear through some rubber if it is wet day;
    - obviously conserve your energy. You might be tempted to turn on the gas for a 1hr 20 ascent, but you may suffer later. Save the record attempts for the next day! (I was taking 1hr 40-50 on my trips, and trying to keep my HR at below 150 all day. I didn’t have a powermeter then, so no idea what that translates into. Even at that pace I was only overtaken by two riders the whole day and the next).

    Let me know if you have any questions. By a quick look at yout training programme, I don’t think you need any more help – you are pushing out some impressive numbers there.

    Simon