Riding up Mont Ventoux

 

Mont Ventoux - 1911m sign
The Summit Sign Post – Mont Ventoux

I have mentioned before that I have always wanted to ride up one of the big Tour de France climbs on my bike.  It is even on my Exercise Bucket List.   Well, I got the chance to ride the legendary climb of Mont Ventoux, not once, but twice during my summer holidays.  First, from the Bedion side (the most famous side that the Tour de France uses) and second, from the Malaucene side.  What a fantastic climb it is, and let me share a few of my photos, taken by my brother.

Relaxing at the top of Mont Ventoux
At the summit of Mont Ventoux
The road over Mont Ventoux
The famous D974 road over Mont Ventoux
Garmin 810 stats
Checking out my ride data at the summit of Mont Ventoux
Relax and descend
And relax – the ride down Mont Ventoux
Find that apex
Find that apex

My brother also took a small YouTube clip of me riding up Mont Ventoux.  Not the best quality clip, but does give you a flavour of the mountain.  And I had only had an hour’s sleep the night before in the front seat of my car as all the hotels were full!  Not ideal preparation, but good enough.  This is the YouTube link.