Cycling Mont Ventoux Bédoin

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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

Elevation gain: 1639 m

Maximum: 12 %

Mont Ventoux rankings

Difficulty ranking world: 177 (all)
Ranking France: 12 (all)
Ranking Massif des Cèdres: 1 (all)
Difficulty score: 171.24 what?

Mont Ventoux ratings

(4.9) Overall

(4.6) Road

(3.9) Traffic

(4.4) Amenities

(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 %.

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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 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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Story by Michael Newnham from Bembridge IOW, United Kingdom, submitted on 02/07/2014
I am 63 years of age and a type 11 diabetic, my weight is 16.5 stone and i am only 5ft 7inches tall. I trained hard locally on our hills but nothing could prepare me for Ventoux. I am afraid to say i only made it half way up before i came to a grinding halt, i know realise that i should of spent more time loosing weight than training hard, and i offer these comments to any body really overweight who is contemplating an assault on Ventoux. every pound in weight lost I would reckon is worth about 50 hard miles training.
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Story by Shaun from Birmingham, United Kingdom, submitted on 01/07/2014
Hi everyone,

I climbed the Ventoux on June 24th 2014 and whilst it is fresh in my mind I thought I''d answer some questions that I''d considered before I went.

For context: I am 50, 5''6" and 73kg. I had never cycled outside of the UK before.

1) what gearing do you need? This was my main concern - I''d suggest watching the practise ascent by Froome, Kelly and Jonas available on you tube. There''s a lovely scene where Sean Kelly, using a 25, asks Jonas can he swap for his 27. So, if Sean Kelly needed a 27 I wanted some more! I used a 12-30 with a 34 up front and this was perfect. It''s strange that when the climb changes from 10+ to less you suddenly feel that it''s easy! On the 9+ sections I was on the 30; it was hard but always doable. I felt sorry for one chap who was working so hard that he slipped off his pedals.

2) how do you prepare? By doing lots of hills again and again. The gradient of hills where I live in South Birmingham were great for practise, some were much steeper than the Ventoux but of course they don''t last for very long. I did lots of off road (in the dark!) training in the Lickey Hill Country Park.

Climbing the Ventoux was a dream come true for me and I would recommend it to everyone.

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Story by manumartin from Haute Savoie, France, submitted on 29/06/2014
28TH June 2014

Left with Flo at 6am. Very quiet. A beautiful climb.

Wind non existent on the way up apart from last 2 km. A veritable battle with the buffeting wind ensued. Descended straight away and wind was already starting to affect the top 4km.

Descent marred by idiots coming up through the forest, riding all over the road and hardly giving way to us who were descending. I saw two cyclists throwing away empty bottles and others dropping gel wrappers etc.

Just to note that there is loads of rubbish at the sides of the road, particularly in the forest section. It''s disgusting! The small plastic bottles and gel wrappers, gel tubes clearly show that some cyclists really do not care one bit about the environment etc. Is it really that difficult to keep a few empty wrappers in back pockets? Shame really.
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Story by MikeyMoo from Exmouth, United Kingdom, submitted on 18/06/2014
I’m 47 years old, 6ft 1 and 88kgs not a natural climber. My bike is a Trek Madone 5.2, with compact gears and a 28 rear sprocket. The first ascent from Bedoin on 9 Jun, 2hrs 5mins. First few km is great. At St. Estève the challenge begins the climb relentless. Kept within the lowest 3 rings of rear sprocket, going up a gear when standing. Climb goes on through woods, small relieve around the switchbacks, Chalet Reynard for fresh bottles, last 6km the toughest IMO. Later in week we did the ascent from Maucelene, tougher, no lead in, steeper, descending to Sault, up again and down to Maucelene. The ascent from Sault was fun, until Chalet Reynard when it gets tough again. Recommend this to anyone but training is essential before, there were people dismounting and walking from early stages on all ascents - its a long walk!
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Story by whiskywheels from , United Kingdom, submitted on 06/06/2014
Did my 15th ascent for my 60th birthday, having done my first for my 50th. Bedoin to the summit in 2hr.33min this time.

It''s still an amazing adventure and a real challenge. Unfortunately, this year it was the French national holiday, ascension day, and I''ve never seen the mountain so crowded with walkers, runners, cyclists, motor vehicle rallies and general tourists. I''ve never seen so many stupid people gathered together at one time, especially some of the cylists; riding on the wrong side of the road to cut the corner, getting in my way on the descent by riding in the middle of the road, and so on. I''ll be back for my 65th though, and will expect the usual quiet roads then.
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