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Mont Ventoux - Malaucene

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Basic data & ranking

Average grade: 7.2 %

Length: 21.2 km

Altitude start: 377 m

Altitude top: 1912 m

Ascent: 1535 m

Maximum: 12 %

Mont Ventoux rankings

Difficulty ranking world: 340 (all)
Ranking France: 55 (all)
Ranking Massif des Cèdres: 2(all)
Difficulty score: 155.86 what?

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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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Since 2005, the Mont Ventoux will be/was climbed in the following big tour stages:

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Story by Marrin from Kendal, United Kingdom, submitted on 16/09/2016
We made it up from the Malaucenne side. Took it nice and easy and stopped at the Chalet Liotard for a Crepe! The section just before this are ~4ks of unrelenting climb at about 10%. At the top the cloud cleared just before we got there so got the good views. But it was cold and windy so no time to hange around. The first bit of descent down to Chalet Renard was a bit windy and cold, but from there in down was lovely all the way to Bedoin. Great day out.
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Story by neil millen from exeter, United Kingdom, submitted on 15/09/2015

This ascent was by far the hardest of the three I climbed last weekend. With little traffic, few other cyclists, roadside spectators or other distractions this was a long hard climb that seemed unrelenting! Road signs advising 11%,12%,11%.....really gave the spirit a bashing and the enthusiasm of the first climb from Bedoin faded during the last few freezing, foggy kilometers. Made it in 2hr 35 mins - half hour slower than the Bedoin and Sault climbs.
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Story by Pete Mahon from Newmarket, United Kingdom, submitted on 17/10/2014
I climbed from Bedoin and found the initial 2-3 kms comfortable. You then turn a left hand bend and climb for the next 10-11 kms working your way through a wooded area. You finally come out of the woods with approx 6kms to go and it is the first time that you see the observatory. It was very quiet on the mountain only seeing about 10 riders on the ascent although it was 0830 in the morning. Provided the wind does not blow you slowly grind your way up to the top. I was using Campag Chorus 52/36 with 12-27 at the back, I did not need all of the gears. took 1hr 25. Going to do the Bicinglette next year. Enjoy, it is worth the journey.
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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 and follow me on 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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