Cycling Mont Ventoux

Ventoux1I took a few days off recently, to go to Provence for three days of cycling with a friend from the Geography department at Durham, John Thompson. We stayed in Bédoin and did a 45 mile ride the first day as a kind of warm-up – and also so I could get used to my hire bike – up to St Hubert and back through the Gorges de la Nesque. The second day we climbed the famous Mont Ventoux, taking the long route round to Sault and up to the summit via Chalet Reynard, before descending to Malaucène, and up the Col de la Madeleine on the way back to Bédoin – 61 miles in total, with the high point on Ventoux at 1911 metres. Ventoux was tough, and we were not fast, but we did manage it. Descending was terrifying though – steep inclines, hairpin bends, and often no guard-rail. The third day we drove to Mollans sur Ouvèze and did a shorter ride of 28 miles to Cost, up Col de Fontaube, to Savoillan, Toulourenc, St Léger du Ventoux and back to Mollans. Great weather, wine and food, and lots of fun as well as hard work. The Tour de France used some of these same roads on stage 15 this year – the stage won by Chris Froome – though they took the direct route from Bédoin to Chalet Reynard. Many thanks to John for arranging this, and his friends Roger and Su for the loan of their apartment.

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