The Bédoin-side is by far the most popular way to climb the Ventoux, not at least because of the fact that the Tour is usually calling this side and therefore most cycling history is written here. The location of Bédoin, in the bowl of the Mont Ventoux is probably more interesting too. But to ignore the Malaucene side if you're in the neighborhood would be a shame. Through the Madeleine, a short and easily digestible climb, you can reach Malaucène in less than half hour from Bédoin.
It is said that the Bédoin side is more difficult than the Malaucene side. The climbbybike index proves that this is indeed the case (155.86 versus 171.24). However, the difference is minimal. Where the Bédoin side has a heavy long section in the forest, the Malaucene side has an even heavier, although only half as long, section in the middle of the climb. Fortunately, this side offers more interesting views.
The Malaucène side has its own chalet, the Chalet Liotard, situated at about the same height as the opposite Chalet Renard (1427 meters). From here you can cycle up to the Mont Serein. Keep right at the Chalet, to get a short steep section. Once beyond that, you climb at around 8% on average to the top.
The Mont Ventoux is situated in Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur. This climb 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 %.
The maximum slope is 12 %.
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