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Mont Ventoux - Sault

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Average grade: 4.5 %

Length: 25.7 km

Altitude start: 760 m

Altitude top: 1912 m

Ascent: 1152 m

Maximum: 11 %

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Difficulty ranking world: 1803 (all)
Ranking France: 382 (all)
Ranking Massif des Cèdres: 3(all)
Difficulty score: 95.45 what?

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This side of the Mont Ventoux is actually the little brother of Bédoin and Malaucène side. If the legs are not optimal yet, you can already practice from here. Already in trouble here, then you better train another year before you take the other sides.

Not that reaching the summit via Sault is just a piece of cake. The last six kilometers, after the Chalet Renard, are the same as those from Bédoin. The difference is that these six kilometers from Sault far the hardest, while they are considerably lighter than the forest part from Bédoin.

Still, this climb interesting. Sault is quite a nice place and you have a beautiful view on the back of the Ventoux, without seeing the top though. Just outside Sault you take left on the D164. You're definitely on the right path although the climb, which officially starts in Sault, immediately drops 65 altimeters here. You'll have to win them back later. Do not worry, because in Sault you’re already at 760 meters altitude. What follows is lethargic climbing, first between the open fields, and after a few kilometers, between the trees. It never gets really steep. At the contrary, after some 12 kilometers, the climb turns into a long piece of false flat until you reach the Chalet Renard. From there, climbing gets serious.

The Mont Ventoux is situated in Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur. This climb belongs to the Massif des Cèdres. Starting from Sault, the Mont Ventoux ascent is 25.7 km long. Over this distance, you climb 1152 heightmeters. The average percentage thus is 4.5 %. The maximum slope is 11 %.

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Story by Graham Taylor from Bracknell, United Kingdom, submitted on 22/02/2016
Cycled up from Sault in 2009, 2013 and hopefully again this year to watch Tdf. Very windy from the west in 2009 so blown onto barrier on last bend! Fab day with 2 guys from Bilbao who had walked up from camp site so fed me all day! Annoyed in 2013 as entrance to café blocked by ''hospitality vehicle''. had to walk down very steep steps! Another great day with a Dutch guy who was minding the paintings of Mark Ayr - we were on his water colour of that stage!
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Story by neil millen from exeter, United Kingdom, submitted on 15/09/2015
Lovely ride through lavender fields and vinyards on the lower slopes and a gentle ascent means you can enjoy the scenary during the ride - something I found harder on the ascent from Malaucene the same day! The only tough section was past Chalet Reynard and the last two km where freezing fog and howling winds made it a challenge staying upright!! Left Sault with temperature of 27C and reached summit at below 10C that felt like zero degrees with the wind chill!
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Story by George from Bristol, United Kingdom, submitted on 31/07/2014
Rode last month from Bedoin having ridden from Sault a few years ago. I was on a touring bike with four panniers, bar bag and a tent. Great ride up through the woods, kept in the saddle and was passed by lots of unlaiden bikes, although they weren''t going that much quicker and I still overtook quite a few. The weather was great 25-30 c and not much wind. Stopped at the Chalet for 5 minutes for a banana before doing the last bit.

Wonderful views and one of my favorite decents to Sault, a lot quieter than the other two routes.

A brillant ride, I''ll have to come back and do it some time on my road bike before I get too old.

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Story by ian arkell from koksijde, Belgium, submitted on 09/06/2014
I''m an Australian living in Belgium. My son and I drove all night from the Belgium and rode over to Bedoin to suss things out. Long story short, we ended up being a touch over enthousastic and got to within about three ks from the Chalet. So back to the caravan park near Sault to lick our wounds.

Early start next day and a (relatively) easy ride to the Chalet. Only 6ks to go and of course the phrase (''how hard can 6 k be?) came to mind. Bloody hard as it turns out. I ran out of legs and gears about two k from the top. But we hadn't driven a total of 2000 ks to give up and dug real deep and finally crawled up the 11% corner to the top. Down back to Sault was an absolute blast, pure rush. Heavy going even down hill with my old mountain bike but managed to keep up in the high forties until I hit the short but sharp climb back up into Sault. Whole thing was a buzz. Still revved up. Suggestions? Train, not on the flat which is all we have in Flanders but grab some good hills. And train, train and when you''re really fit, train some more. And don't let any bastard tell you you''re too old. I might go back next year to hit it from Bedoin. A reason to celebrate my seventieth birthday. Courage allemaal.
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Story by dragos from Pitesti, Romania, submitted on 21/05/2013
It''s a nice climb. The previous hard climb I did was a few years back and I can''t say I did a lot of cycling in between, so I''d say my level would be above couch-potato, but not more than average.

The climb took me 3h18 from the main square in Sault, for an average just over 8km/h. The start is obviously awesome with the small descent. The first 6-7km of the climb are OK, we found a good rhythm just below 10km/h. Then after some 16km from Sault it really gets easy until Challet Reynard. There''s not much vista because you''re in the forest, you just get a glimpse of the Ventoux far in front (cover by a cloud more often than not). Up from Challet Reynard it''s tough, and he last 3km are even tougher. When we climbed it was cold too and moisture from the clouds was condensing on the bike; the wind must have been below 20km/h - it was unpleasant, but not too nasty. The temperature was about 8-10°C on the last few km. From Challet Reynard it was very very crowded - cars, cyclists, joggers, bikes. I will climb the next time from Malaucene just to avoid that.

On the descent we made a solid 49mn taking it easy and looking at the amazing vista before the forest. The poor state of the road meant we couldn''t really go fast, hence 4/5 stars
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Story by andrew leckenby from Bradford, United Kingdom, submitted on 19/08/2012
Covered this route as part of a much longer tour. After reading much hype I was a little surprised at how easy the climb was. Fully loaded (40kg) tourer and I took 2hr30min with a quick stop for coffee at CR and a moment at the memorial. Look forward to going back on a lighter bike and trying the cingles.

42 yo fat bloke
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Story by mistermaumau from , France, submitted on 08/10/2012
Did this one this year, 1h27. Did it from Bédoin last year in 1h37. Anyone who''s done the two willing to give an opinion as to which would time be better?
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Story by Richard Kebell from Sheffield, United Kingdom, submitted on 16/07/2012
I climbed this at 6.30 pm in July after watching Bradley Wiggins retain his yellow jersey. My friend from Nottingham and I were the only ones on the not too difficult ride through the lavender fields and woodland up to Chalet Reynard. It got steep from there but at it was far cooler than our earlier ascent from Bedoin at midday. At the top there were people taking pictures of the sun set and two other cyclists. It was now getting fairly cold and we descended quickly back to Sault for a bowl of pasta.
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Story by Donald Craig from London, United Kingdom, submitted on 09/03/2010
Aug 10 2010 - I did the ‘sissy’ route, from Sault, as part of a 136-km round-trip with the summit of Ventoux as the mid-way point. I set off from Cabrières d’Avignon at 06.20, riding gently uphill across the beautiful plateau Vauclusien, getting up to 819 m before descending to Sault. The first 20 km from there is OK, despite a not-great road surface; I found a rhythm and steadily gained height through exquisite deciduous and coniferous woodland to Châlet Reynard, and the last 3 km or so was a blast, being almost flat. But after that, where the limestone moonscape begins, it was awesome and kind of terrible. I was in bottom gear all the way, passing some and being passed by plenty of others, stopping only to take a photo of the poignant Tommy Simpson memorial before the last 2 km, and in particular the last, brutal 1km at 11%... I went down via Malaucène, meeting almost no cars or bikes coming in the opposite direction. The D974 is wide and very smooth going down that way, so you can really let rip between the infrequent hairpins. From Malaucène, I studiously avoided any hills, breezing south through Caromb, Mazan, and back home via the flatlands east of Carpentras. It was a totally awesome day.
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Story by simon Connellan from Talygarn, United Kingdom, submitted on 16/10/2009
What a great way to do Ventoux. Starting from Sault, downhill you wind hrough the spectacular scenry, passing lavender fields to a relatively easy ascent. The view across the valley are awesome, something which you dont get from the bedoin route. After a quick expresso at Chalet Reynard from the misses, onto the second stage, the moonscape. You can see up in the distance the weather station as the road ramps up. Beware dont over do it here, as from Tommys place to the top tightens up. If its hot, this part can be crippling. Remember from here to the top, I removed my crash hat, as my head was starting to boil. Finally making the final bend you reach the top, emotional with all the history that has taken place up here, from Pantani, Armstrong and Wiggo. Best day of the year. Also there are a number of photographer taken pics to sell over the internet, look out for them as I now have a lovely framed pic of me on Ventoux with the summit in the background. A family heirloom now. Enjoy
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