The Mont Ventoux has increasingly become a place of pilgrimage in recent years. Every cycling enthusiast “has” to tame the “Bald Mountain” once in a lifetime. How? Well just once or better of from all three sides in one day if you really want to count ... Anyone who is experiencing the challenge is associated with each fellow cyclist during the ascent.
Many bystanders offer fervent encouragement along the way. Taking on the challenge together with friends will certainly increase the holiday atmosphere. On the summit a magnificent view awaits you on a clear day as far as the Mont Blanc.
The mountain with its 1912 m is clearly visible in the wider area. The immediate surroundings of the Ventoux is hilly. Climbing the Mont Ventoux is a real challenge because of the rate of increase and inhospitable summit. The wind can blow pretty strong near the top and the last kilometers pass through a lunar landscape. In the past the Ventoux has witnessed multiple times a thrilling final of a Tour de France etappe.
The professional cycler Tom Samson let his life just above the top in a tragic way. Everyone wears all this and his personal life up on the mountain which makes for an often euphoric feeling and necessary emotions once you have reached the top.
Finally, it is just fine holidaying in the area of the Ventoux and the possibility of climbing the mountain a bonus.
We believe that anyone with a healthy condition can conquer the mountain. It is wise to have in advance the necessary mileage “in the legs”. Be sure not to start to fast and bring along sufficient water and food. Furthermore, it is useful to check the condition of you bike (by a professional) especially the brakes.
The descent is, after using al lot of energy in the climb, the most dangerous. Bring along plenty of warm clothing. It can be quit cold at the top even if it is hot down below. Check in advance the weather forecast and get an early start on a hot day. Exploring the trail in advance is recommended.
We are in southern France at 24 miles (40 km) from Avignon and 74 miles (120 km) from Marseille. It is hilly here with many forests, vineyards and olive groves and the Mont Ventoux that extends everywhere.
Judith Derksen & Frank Molenaar
1250 Chemin du Seguret