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Mont Ventoux - Malaucene

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Basic data & ranking

Average grade: 7.2 %

Length: 21.2 km

Height start: 377 m

Height top: 1912 m

Elevation gain: 1535 m

Maximum: 12 %

Mont Ventoux rankings

Difficulty ranking world: 269 (all)
Ranking France: 33 (all)
Ranking Massif des Cèdres: 2 (all)
Difficulty score: 155.86 what?

Mont Ventoux ratings

(4.7) Overall

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Description

Situated as last Alpine mountain ridge before the Rhône plain, the Mont Ventoux can be seen almost from everywhere in Provence. Its isolated position gives it a gigantic and dominating feature. In all directions you'll have no higher peaks in the neighbourhood of the Mont Ventoux. The name Mont Ventoux means "windy mountain", and some bikers will know why. One of the thoughest cols to do in France...

The most difficult side up is via Bédoin (official start from the roundabout D974), though, according to some, the Malaucène side is equally heavy. Exercising can be done from Sault, by far the least heavy side.

The Mont Ventoux is situated in Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur and belongs to the Massif des Cèdres . Starting from Malaucene, the Mont Ventoux ascent is 21.2 km long. Over this distance, you climb 1535 heightmeters. The average percentage thus is 7.2 %.

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Stories, information and comments from Mont Ventoux climbers
Story by Harold Kollen from hardenberg, Overijssel, The Netherlands, submitted on 06/02/2012
At the end of september still summer we camped at vaison. There were the three of us, young god's from Holland

Middle aged and in the force of our lives

We had a few day's of acclimatising and the fourth day we went up.

Incredible 20 degrees celcius, enough water and gel's

and then the descent to Bedoin. What a speed. We were flying!

Next year we''ll do it again and then 3 times at one day

malaucene, bedoin and sault. See you
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Story by Suki Chana from Gerrards Cross, United Kingdom, submitted on 15/09/2010
I would describe myself as a novice cyclist. Earlier this year a friend said he wanted to cycle this beast, so we arranged it. Five of us tackled the climb on Saturday 11 Sept. 2010. Simply put, it is unrelenting, a never ending ascending road but when you get to the top, there is no better feeling of elation! On the way, everybody I encountered was friendly and very encouraging. A word of warning from one whom found out to his cost, the descent is very quick and the corners need care to negotiate. I took a corner tooooo fast and landed the otherside of the road bloodied and badly grazed but very fortunate that there were no cars or motorbikes there at the time. I want to do it again and will look to organise a trip within the next couple of years. Highly recommended
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Story by David H from canterbury, United Kingdom, submitted on 14/09/2010
An incredible and, at times, gruelling climb. I set off at 9.35 from Malaucene on a warm, still day after several days of strong winds. The climb begins immediately and, within the first km I quickly dropped down through the gears and found a slow, steady rhythm. Each km is announced by the white, yellow tipped headstone to count down the remaining distance to the summit and the average gradient of the km ahead. I found this oddly motivating rather than disspiriting especially when I hit the 10km to go mark and I knew I was over halfway there. There was a stretch in the middle of the climb when the gradient was unrelenting but as I came out of the forest and into the moonscape of the last 3km I knew I would make it. An incredible experience and feeling of real achievement - I completed the climb in 2 hours 40 and the descent in a joyous fraction of that time. Bedoin and Sault next year!
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Story by Claire Hitchman from Canmore, Canada, submitted on 26/07/2010
For a long time I had wanted to try road biking. While staying in Malaucene with my husband it seems like the time was right. I bought a second hand bike from the super nice people at the bike store in town. I knew Ventoux would have to be a goal, it just beckons everyday. I had to get used to my bike with a few outings round and about in the area, so many great rides. After finally having the courage to have clips put on I decided it was time to ride Le Ventoux. Started out from Malaucene at about 7.30 it was pretty windy so was keeping my fingers crossed, it wouldnt be too bad on top. Its a pretty unrelenting climb but eases off part way through so you can settle into a steady pace. Theres a stretch up to Mont Serin Ski area that was a tough one for me, but I knew it wasnt much further after that. Although the last few kms make you keep up the hard work. Arriving on top was awesome lots of people welcoming you congratulating you it felt like it was quite an achievement. It didnt take long however to get dang cold, clear and sunny but windy! A really great ride and happy to have done it. My knees feel like theyre broken today though!
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Story by WillC from , United Kingdom, submitted on 17/07/2010
Did Malaucene ascent on my MTB whilst on holiday (only bike I had with me). Pumped tyres up to max (65psi) and started early. Temperature was 22C at 7am when I started with no wind, made early part an ordeal. Once up the first major climb a breeze picked up and it wasnt so bad. Middle section was a mental struggle just watching the km posts go by - slowly. Top was fantastic and the views kept me going. 3hr or thereabouts which I am pretty happy with as a non-roadie on knobblies! And the descent was a massive buzz. Overtook a car and very nearly a roadie (was out braking him with my disks). An amazing experience.
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Story by skippy from sydney(in austria at moment), Australia, submitted on 01/01/2010
find my story on www.parrabuddy.blogspot.com and follow me on www.twitter.com/skippydetour. help make a difference for the ""disabled/physically challenged. happy new year and join me on mt ventoux in 2010!
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Story by Tim Bauer from , United States, submitted on 07/02/2009
I ascended Mont Ventoux from Malaucene in June, 2008. It was very pleasant at the botton, perhaps 22 degrees, but dropped to 2 degrees at the top with the last 5 - 6 km in heavy fog and mist. I agree that there is no way to ""ease"" into this climb - it begins right from the start. There are some shallow gradients here and there as others have mentioned, and the prevailing winds can be beneficial as they were the day of my climb. I made the top in 1:45 but it seemed much slower to me - lots of out of the saddle, low cadence tempo. I rented a Merckx CHM road bike for this trip, which included 7 days of easy 45 - 60 km riding before Ventoux, but I didnt give much thought to the chainring set-up when I arranged for the rental some months prior. I would highly recommend a compact or a triple if you can arrange it. I suffered mightiliy! All in all, this was a very challenging ride. I would do it again - probably from Bedoin just for comparison.
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Story by LTK from , United States, submitted on 08/07/2008
This is very challenging. Right out of town you hit steep climbs. It then settles down a little. Then it picks up again. Kilometers 10-15 are a nasty surprise just when you think you have settled in. I thought ""geez, 6K to go, and only about 400m vertical before the final steep part. So, it looks like 6% from there but (as you can see from the chart)a couple of the ks are very shallow. The end was nasty when I did it. That last 4-5K is very steep from this side, and once you get out of the trees the wind is gusting hard (30-50 km/h. The day I did it it was beautiful and clear at 9AM when I started. By the time I got within 2k of the top it was cold, windy, and starting to rain; I actually thought I would need to abandon with 1.5K to go. However, I made it to the top and a bunch of people sat out the rain in the restaurant. I made it in 1:47, but it was a lot of work with low cadence. I would try Bedoin before this if you had the choice, as it seems more even.
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Story by mark L from , United Kingdom, submitted on 06/03/2008
I did this rid in late May 2008. It was blowing a gale in Malaucene so I nearly didnt set out. However, I got the benefit of a wind assisted ascent, particularly on the initial hard ramps, which were made significantly easier. On the whole this is a beautiful climb through sunny woodland. After a number of miles you swing to the left and, looking to your right, get your first view on the ""summit"". It looks a heck of a long way - but it is actually further than that! Its quite daunting at the time. This climb is actually unrelenting - hard but never desperate. reaching the summit is very dramatic. The mist shrouded summit itself is a bit of an anticlimax. And it was very cold. The descent is an absolute blast, made a little scary toards the bottom by the same swirling headwind which had helped my ascent. A great day out, a piece of history.
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Story by Patrick van Duin from Haarlem, Netherlands, submitted on 30/09/2007
I have no story yet. I am planning on riding the Ventoux next summer with a group. Would you have info on a campground with mobilehomes. Or a bungalow park in the area? Next year Ill have some stories to tell.

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