Mont Ventoux

In addition to the regular organised rides this year, I’m organising a trip to Mont Ventoux.

The plan is to join the Club des Cinglés du Mont-Ventoux.  This translates, I’m reliably told, to the ‘club of the madmen of Mont Ventoux’ and, to join the club, the mountain needs to be climbed 3 times in one day.  The climbs start in the towns of Bedoin, Malaucene and Sault and in total the ride is 138km and consists of 4,300 metres of climbing.  That’s enough to get half-way up Everest!

It should be an interesting day in the saddle as

  • We’re planning to do the ride in the second weekend of May.  This is a full 2 months before the Marmotte so getting the fitness right is going to be tricky.
  • Mont Ventoux is a tough climb, even to do once.  It’s widely considered to be the toughest climb featured in the Tour de France.
  • The weather is notoriously changeable and difficult.  ‘Ventoux’ means windy or thereabouts and legend has the maximum recorded wind speed of 193 mph.
  • The mountain has witnessed much action in the Tour de France, not least the death of Tom Simpson in 1967.
  • Two of the three climbs are properly hard

The climbs breakdown like this

Bedoin 21.4km, 1,600m climb, average 7.5%

Malaucene 21.5km, 1,570m climb, average 7.3%

Sault 26km, 1,210m climb, 4.7%

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