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Mont Ventoux - Bédoin

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Basic data & ranking

Average grade: 7.6 %

Length: 21.4 km

Height start: 283 m

Height top: 1912 m

Ascent: 1639 m

Maximum: 12 %

Mont Ventoux rankings

Difficulty ranking world: 203 (all)
Ranking France: 29 (all)
Ranking Massif des Cèdres: 1 (all)
Difficulty score: 171.24 what?

Mont Ventoux ratings

(4.9) Overall

(4.8) Road

(4.2) Traffic

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(5) Surroundings

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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 %. The maximum slope is 12 %.

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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

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Stories, information and comments from Mont Ventoux climbers
Story by Matt Jenkins from oxford, United Kingdom, submitted on 04/05/2015
I went on a cycling trip with my great friend Chris Griffin in late September 2014. Our preparation consisted of a discussion in the pub followed by A one word agreement to go cycling in Provence. We used a guide book but deliberately avoided looking at the next days ride to avoid getting worried about the anticipated exertions! Neither of us had heard of Mt Ventoux before. We looked at the gradient as shown in the book over our croissants and coffee, then

got on our bikes. For the record, we took our own bikes, both hybrids, and carried our day packs with all our stuff.

The first part of the ride, through the forest was un eventful and slow going. We were encouraged by several French picnicking families who treated us as Tour de France heroes shouting "Allez allez, allez!" Very funny.We declined the wine offered by them and continued. They laughed a bit too much. They knew what we were

in for!!!

We made it to the top. Advice? Go slowly, it''s not a race. Take a few rests, no one is looking, no one cares.

Buy a "I cycled mt Ventoux" tee shirt. Wear it proudly, even though none of my friends have heard of it!! A truly bonding life experience.

BTW, we are both in mid fifties and reasonably, but not very, fit.

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Story by jan jacobs from Ossendrecht, The Netherlands, submitted on 30/04/2015
at the age of 57 being 178 cm tall and 81 kg I took on the climb with a compact crankset 50/34 and rear 12/27.

pretty soon I was at 27 but after the forest at the chalet I was able to go back to 25 and had a nice ride not exhausted and feeling quite good finishing in 121 minutes I was satisfied.

Personally I think the Grossglockner is more challenging and also nicer
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Story by Hedley Thorne from Oxford, United Kingdom, submitted on 03/12/2014
I am overweight and struggle on hills, but I have done Tourmalet, Aubisque, several Pyrenean climbs, Welsh climbs and the odd Alp. Ventoux was the hardest. The heat was 34 degrees, the going was hard but this was an amazing thing to conquer. Many people use the word "relentless" relating to the gradient- this is definitely the case and I had to put a foot down frequently. Watch the wind on the descent and always stop at Chalet Reynard to refresh on the way up. Would I do it again? Yes. But with more training next time. Oh - and take a damn camera.
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Story by John Needham from Bakewell, United Kingdom, submitted on 28/10/2014
Age:68 , 5''10'''' , 12stone.

Bike: trek with triple front ,small ring 30, cassette 11 to 30.

Live and cycle in The Peak District, so used to hills but even so, MtVentoux is a hill and a half.

Left Bedoin at 7am on 31 July to avoid the heat of the day. It was very quiet and a good time to start.

I trained hard for 2 weeks, took advice on eating and drinking before,and on the climb,kept a steady cadence,kept a regular deep breathing,concentrated on the road just ahead of me not looking around like a tourist and was surprised to reach the top not too exhausted.

Definitely a worthy challenge, but a very satisfying one to achieve .

If you do the research ,eat and drink the right things,train hard, and never underestimate this colossal mountain you will succeed.
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Story by Steve Osborne from , United Kingdom, submitted on 20/10/2014
18th October 2014

Bright sunshine, Temp 24C

Age 65, 74kgs, compact chainset 50/34 – 11/32

Time 2.55

I have done quite a lot of riding in the Aravis area of France (Col de la Colombiere etc) but this was the toughest by a long way. I was told what to expect but when the serious climb started it was surprise. Not the actual gradient but the sheer relentlessness of it – up to Chalet Reynard there is no let up. I found it difficult to drink fluids as my breathing rhythm was disrupted by trying to drink. Taking on food or gel was out of the question without stopping.

First stop at Chalet Reynard to eat & drink, then continued after about 5 mins to top. The first section of the de-forrested part was much easier and a welcome relief. However, it soon kicks up again. The pro photographers were a mild distraction, as they run up beside you and place their business card in your back pocket – you will have a small collection of cards by the top.

A 2 minute photo stop at the rather poingnant Tom Simpson memorial, then the gruelling last kilometer. On reaching the top, the world and his wife are there – makes it all seem worthwhile.

Watch out for sheep (and their droppings) on the descent. Buy your Ventoux strip at the bike shop in Bedoi
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Story by anthony lowther from bishop auckland, United Kingdom, submitted on 12/10/2014
I am 49, 6''2" and 14 stone. I was determined to ride Ventoux before my 50th birthday. I did the Bedoin route in late May. I had never ridden outside UK before. My training started from January (gym bike sometimes) but as the spring weather improved I did lots of early morning rides over the hills of Teesdale - excellent training. I hired a hybrid bike in Bedoin and did the ride in 2 hours 10 minutes without stopping. Weather was perfect apart from the mist kept coming in obscuring the view of the mountain top. I was assisted by partner, Gail, who kept me re-fuelled with water. The ride was tough but dooable if you train properly. Must take on water and I would make sure you have warm clothes for top and the descent. The descent was amazing. I stopped at the Tommy Simpson memorial to leave a message from a work colleague who''s mother was Tommy Simpsons cousin. The whole experience was brilliant.
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Story by Peter McDonnell from Newport, South Wales., United Kingdom, submitted on 10/09/2014
A few years since I last rode Ventoux, but since then, ruptured cruciate ligaments in the left knee, a serious illness, and now being 71, I wondered if the legs would take me to the top of the ''Giant of Provence'', once again. Thankfully the old legs did, a fraction under 1hr 30 mins, from the centre of Bedoin, July 31st 2014.
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Story by Peter McDonnell from Newport South Wales, United Kingdom, submitted on 28/09/2014
I had not ridden Mont Ventoux, for a few years, since then I had ruptured the cruciate ligaments in my left knee, has a serious illness, and at 71, was not too sure if the old legs would carry me up the ''Giant of Provence'' again. Thankfully the legs still work and I climbed it in a fraction under 1 hour 30 minutes.
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Story by Rob, Ben & Pete from London, United Kingdom, submitted on 11/09/2014
Chris, Truley, Rob, Ben and Pete left their camp site near Beziers and headed east towards the mighty Ventoux. After following a dodgy set of directions from the AA, it was decided that only Rob, Ben and Pete would make the push for the summit. The first 6kms lulled us into a false sense, but after that the real climbing began and once it began it never eased. As we left the shelter of the forest the, true heat of the day hit home and energy levels began to drop. With about 5kms to the top, we came across the base for some Dutch charity walkers who had music belting out and the support crew were giving all the cyclists a cheer which was a needed "shot in the arm" at that stage. With the hairpin to the top navigated and the finish in sight, we were greeted by a few hundred Dutch charity people, not all friendly! However, three tired but proud English lads had achieved the goal that had been planned for a year. We had a quick beer on the terrace of the restaurant and soaked up the view. Now ready for the descent, it was eyeballs out down to Bedoin. This climb is a lot harder than reports will lead you to believe, so if you are planning your first ascent of the “Beast” then be aware, the Ventoux is Viscous!
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Story by Gerard Dolan from London, United Kingdom, submitted on 29/08/2014
Must stress to any cycle fan that this is a fantastic experience you will probably appreciate more after because it is tough.. I practices on the short but ( I thought steep) hills of sth London but ventoux is something else.From about 5km to chateau Renaud it is uncompromising - there are no breaks just consistently steep and demanding so be prepared! It does ease off a little but then the wind kicks in and on the day I climbed the last km had to be walked/ crawled as the wind was gale force( Bedoin was 25 celcius beautifully sunny when I left). For all that I would love to do it again.
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