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 %.
Look for other sides to climb the Mont Ventoux.
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
Profile : 43y, 73kg, 178cm, km this year 700, total km last 10 years maybe 2000 (the good days are over, for now), speciality: running
Bike, a decent 15 year old alu frame with cheap wheels, gearing 39-25, MTB shoes.
Was looking to repeat the 2nd route I started with friends 5 years ago but didn''t remember which it was so ended up alone in Bedoin after a warm up from lovely Venasque (the Abbaye de Senanque seemed too far away for my current legs).
Probably set out too fast not having read the profile or believing those 9% parts could last so long. It was pretty hot with not much wind so it didn''t take long before the handlebars were soaked with sweat.
All my rides this year bar 2 have been 10-45km and dead flat, one was 70km and with a few hills, the other 30k and hilly with 2km at 8-9% (and chain stuck on 52 cog) so knew my back would suffer as it always and after 45 minutes I had to stand every minute or 2 to relieve the pain. Breathing calmed after Chalet Renard prob. due to tiredness that set in, took me around 1h37, may try again with more training
I was using this forum to prepare myself mentally for the climb.
My passion is Mountainbiking and my toughest achievement was an western Alp crossing 2008. After that goal was reached I went slower ...,means investing less time in training for motivation, work and private issues.
The Ventoux was a new challenge to get somehow back in the mood and it did its job.( I am still cycling around 3-4000 km per year, am 44, 188cm tall and 90 kg (took some weight :-(( ) I did it in 2:20 hrs.
The climb is exactly as described before. The comments and additions of the forum posters are all correct.
So I can only add some of my personal experience:
It was a hot afternoon(31 degrees) when i started after coming back from holidays from Spain. Tired, nervous, not enough sleep etc... not the best condition.
Go steady, find your rythm and don''t ever try to go to fast..... rythm , the right cadence and your hrm are your only friends. The climb is steep, the sun burns your back, and you will get no relief till you reach Chalet Renart..... After that the climb feels becoming more steep, even that my grade meter didn''t tell so, so assume my legs getting tired. After you pass the Tom Simpson memorial,the (for me) toughest part began.
Can anyone direct me to a website? I''m after the grey Mt Ventoux T Shirt.
I think the climb has become mythological to cycling and probably partly due to the death of Tommy Simpson; myths and reality are not always coherent.
Everyone is entitled to choose their own bench marks but to suggest that anyone should climb with professional gear ratios is not realistic unless you are capable of turning the pedals at professional cadence. Watch the pros go up the Ventoux and see what they’re turning. 70,80?
To climb the Ventoux in 1 hr 49 mins (Grant Taylor with presumably with 39/25 gearing) is nothing to be ashamed of but why choose to make it harder than necessary? His cadence will have been close to 50 with the assumption that he arrived at St Esteve in a reasonable time (15 mins?). 39/23 gearing would be a cadence of +/-47
So, select your gearing to obtain a more efficient cadence 60 to 70 and the ride will be easier and probably quicker than climbing with too higher gearing for your physical ability.
Another myth buster?
Mont Ventoux from Bédoin in 3D, on Googleearth!
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