"Cycle your way to the top of Mont Ventoux" Bédoin Sports & Outdoors Tip by bicky

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  3 more kilometres to the top !
by bicky

In june 2004, after a sportive Spring, me and 2 other friends (Joost and Janus) we cycled to the top of the Mont Ventoux.
This mountain (1.912 metres/6.000 feet high) is known as the Bald Mountain' because it has almost no green on the top (just rocks) and it stand alone in the Provence.
We started in Bédoin and cycled 21 km to the top in - give or take - 2 hours.
I ended last with my mountainbike. Joost and Janus had lighter race-bikes.
Butit was no competition. We just wanted to get to the top !
And we did it !

This mountain has some strange climatic effects: major temperature variations that go from heatwaves to -30°C.
During the summer you can have snowstorms. The winds sometimes attain 250 km/h.

On the top of the Ventoux, you’ll have one of the most wonderful panoramas of Europe.
It is a remarkable natural site with huge varieties of vegetal and animal species. It has been classified "Réserve de Biosphère" by the U.N.E.S.C.O.

Equipment: A good bike, plenty of water and some energy bars.

If you can't carry everything, ask some friends to drive with the car to different resting point where they can give you the food/water.

Address: Start is normally in Bédoin
Directions: Bédoin is in the Vaucluse region of the Provence (southern France), 15 km. northeast of Carpentras by route D974
Theme: Biking
Website: http://www.lemontventoux.net/ventoux-anglais.htm

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  • Written Aug 26, 2005
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