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Mont Ventoux - Bédoin

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Basic data & ranking

Average grade: 7.6 %

Length: 21.4 km

Height start: 283 m

Height top: 1912 m

Ascent: 1639 m

Maximum: 12 %

Mont Ventoux rankings

Difficulty ranking world: 203 (all)
Ranking France: 29 (all)
Ranking Massif des Cèdres: 1 (all)
Difficulty score: 171.24 what?

Mont Ventoux ratings

(4.9) Overall

(4.8) Road

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(5) Surroundings

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The Mont Ventoux is situated in Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur and belongs to the Massif des Cèdres . Starting from Bédoin, the Mont Ventoux ascent is 21.4 km long. Over this distance, you climb 1639 heightmeters. The average percentage thus is 7.6 %. The maximum slope is 12 %.

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Since 2005, the Mont Ventoux will be/was climbed in the following big tour stages:
Tour de France 2013 :  Givors - Mont-Ventoux on 14/07/2013
Tour de France 2009 :  Montélimar - Mont Ventoux (Etappe du Tour 2009) on 25/07/2009

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Stories, information and comments from Mont Ventoux climbers
Story by Sean Evans from London, United Kingdom, submitted on 08/06/2015
I''m 2m tall and 90kgs, age 25, time 1hr41 from Bedoin.

We were very lucky to get a sunny, wind free day in early June 2015. The pacing is difficult to get right, I think you just have to take it very easy at the bottom and make sure you are comfortable until you get a good way into the forest.

> Once you hit the forrest it''s a world of pain, this is possibly the worst part as theres no hope of the pain ending, the km''s seem to tick by very slowly. You gasp in amazment that you have only travelled 1km since the last marker and are racking your brains, hoping it is some kind of mistake!

> Once you are out of the woods and you can see the top, you are in theory "not out of the woods yet". However the beautiful iconic views of the summit spur you on and this is where you should find your rhythm. At this point it starts to dawn on you that you might actually finish the climb.

> The last KM are difficult to enjoy but its something of a bitter sweet sensation like no other. you are going through a lot of suffering but the elation and feeling of accomplishment is almost enough to balance it out.

> A once in a lifetime climb. Whatever your age or cycling background. Thoroughly recommended.
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Story by David Statman from London, United Kingdom, submitted on 23/05/2015
The spray painted road messages for the Tour greats inspire on the relentless climb.

I shouldn''t have started out 40 km and several valleys away, nor relied on the Garmin sat nav that sent me up river beds and through cemeteries in search of the foot of the great mountain.

The forest scenery is lovely, take your time as it''s not a race, but don''t turn back once you get to the spaghetti house. Just refuel then get back on the bike and slog out the last hour to the summit up the rocky exposed last bit.

The views are worth it, shame about the pig ugly tower and postcard sellers to greet you, making it feel like any wheresville.

Tip- make sure you''ve got a big back cog set, and take a jacket if just for the descent. Doing 40mph descent for half an hour is bloody freezing. You can do it whatever the age you feel.
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Story by Matt Jenkins from oxford, United Kingdom, submitted on 04/05/2015
I went on a cycling trip with my great friend Chris Griffin in late September 2014. Our preparation consisted of a discussion in the pub followed by A one word agreement to go cycling in Provence. We used a guide book but deliberately avoided looking at the next days ride to avoid getting worried about the anticipated exertions! Neither of us had heard of Mt Ventoux before. We looked at the gradient as shown in the book over our croissants and coffee, then

got on our bikes. For the record, we took our own bikes, both hybrids, and carried our day packs with all our stuff.

The first part of the ride, through the forest was un eventful and slow going. We were encouraged by several French picnicking families who treated us as Tour de France heroes shouting "Allez allez, allez!" Very funny.We declined the wine offered by them and continued. They laughed a bit too much. They knew what we were

in for!!!

We made it to the top. Advice? Go slowly, it''s not a race. Take a few rests, no one is looking, no one cares.

Buy a "I cycled mt Ventoux" tee shirt. Wear it proudly, even though none of my friends have heard of it!! A truly bonding life experience.

BTW, we are both in mid fifties and reasonably, but not very, fit.

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Story by jan jacobs from Ossendrecht, The Netherlands, submitted on 30/04/2015
at the age of 57 being 178 cm tall and 81 kg I took on the climb with a compact crankset 50/34 and rear 12/27.

pretty soon I was at 27 but after the forest at the chalet I was able to go back to 25 and had a nice ride not exhausted and feeling quite good finishing in 121 minutes I was satisfied.

Personally I think the Grossglockner is more challenging and also nicer
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Story by Hedley Thorne from Oxford, United Kingdom, submitted on 03/12/2014
I am overweight and struggle on hills, but I have done Tourmalet, Aubisque, several Pyrenean climbs, Welsh climbs and the odd Alp. Ventoux was the hardest. The heat was 34 degrees, the going was hard but this was an amazing thing to conquer. Many people use the word "relentless" relating to the gradient- this is definitely the case and I had to put a foot down frequently. Watch the wind on the descent and always stop at Chalet Reynard to refresh on the way up. Would I do it again? Yes. But with more training next time. Oh - and take a damn camera.
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Story by John Needham from Bakewell, United Kingdom, submitted on 28/10/2014
Age:68 , 5''10'''' , 12stone.

Bike: trek with triple front ,small ring 30, cassette 11 to 30.

Live and cycle in The Peak District, so used to hills but even so, MtVentoux is a hill and a half.

Left Bedoin at 7am on 31 July to avoid the heat of the day. It was very quiet and a good time to start.

I trained hard for 2 weeks, took advice on eating and drinking before,and on the climb,kept a steady cadence,kept a regular deep breathing,concentrated on the road just ahead of me not looking around like a tourist and was surprised to reach the top not too exhausted.

Definitely a worthy challenge, but a very satisfying one to achieve .

If you do the research ,eat and drink the right things,train hard, and never underestimate this colossal mountain you will succeed.
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Story by Steve Osborne from , United Kingdom, submitted on 20/10/2014
18th October 2014

Bright sunshine, Temp 24C

Age 65, 74kgs, compact chainset 50/34 – 11/32

Time 2.55

I have done quite a lot of riding in the Aravis area of France (Col de la Colombiere etc) but this was the toughest by a long way. I was told what to expect but when the serious climb started it was surprise. Not the actual gradient but the sheer relentlessness of it – up to Chalet Reynard there is no let up. I found it difficult to drink fluids as my breathing rhythm was disrupted by trying to drink. Taking on food or gel was out of the question without stopping.

First stop at Chalet Reynard to eat & drink, then continued after about 5 mins to top. The first section of the de-forrested part was much easier and a welcome relief. However, it soon kicks up again. The pro photographers were a mild distraction, as they run up beside you and place their business card in your back pocket – you will have a small collection of cards by the top.

A 2 minute photo stop at the rather poingnant Tom Simpson memorial, then the gruelling last kilometer. On reaching the top, the world and his wife are there – makes it all seem worthwhile.

Watch out for sheep (and their droppings) on the descent. Buy your Ventoux strip at the bike shop in Bedoi
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Story by anthony lowther from bishop auckland, United Kingdom, submitted on 12/10/2014
I am 49, 6''2" and 14 stone. I was determined to ride Ventoux before my 50th birthday. I did the Bedoin route in late May. I had never ridden outside UK before. My training started from January (gym bike sometimes) but as the spring weather improved I did lots of early morning rides over the hills of Teesdale - excellent training. I hired a hybrid bike in Bedoin and did the ride in 2 hours 10 minutes without stopping. Weather was perfect apart from the mist kept coming in obscuring the view of the mountain top. I was assisted by partner, Gail, who kept me re-fuelled with water. The ride was tough but dooable if you train properly. Must take on water and I would make sure you have warm clothes for top and the descent. The descent was amazing. I stopped at the Tommy Simpson memorial to leave a message from a work colleague who''s mother was Tommy Simpsons cousin. The whole experience was brilliant.
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Story by Peter McDonnell from Newport, South Wales., United Kingdom, submitted on 10/09/2014
A few years since I last rode Ventoux, but since then, ruptured cruciate ligaments in the left knee, a serious illness, and now being 71, I wondered if the legs would take me to the top of the ''Giant of Provence'', once again. Thankfully the old legs did, a fraction under 1hr 30 mins, from the centre of Bedoin, July 31st 2014.
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Story by Peter McDonnell from Newport South Wales, United Kingdom, submitted on 28/09/2014
I had not ridden Mont Ventoux, for a few years, since then I had ruptured the cruciate ligaments in my left knee, has a serious illness, and at 71, was not too sure if the old legs would carry me up the ''Giant of Provence'' again. Thankfully the legs still work and I climbed it in a fraction under 1 hour 30 minutes.
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