4-X (06-07-2006)  PASSO UMBRAIL - PASSO STELVIO - PASSO MORTIROLO - PASSO GAVIA
ARCALÍS DEUX ALPES PIAU ENGALY VAL LOURON RABASSA PEYRESOURDE ASPIN HOURQUETTE D'ANCIZAN PAL-CABUS
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HAUTACAM TOURMALET PLA D'ADET-PORTET LUZ ARDIDEN MONT VENTOUX GALIBIER ALPE D'HUEZ STELVIO GAVIA LAGOS COVADONGA FEDAIA PLATEAU DE BEILLE MONT CARO MADELEINE BONETTE SAMPEYRE AGNELLO FINESTRE HOCHTOR TRE CIME DI LAVAREDO PAILHERES KUHTAI
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MONT VENTOUX - 1912 m

    Start 1. Bedoin

    Access 1. Avignon - Carpentras - direction Bedoin

    Start 2. Malaucene

    Access 2. Avignon - Carpentras - direction Malaucene

Side Bedoin

In the middle of the nowhere, it appears the giant of Provence. Kilometers suroounding this area, there's no mountain like this. This is a huge climb, quite long, and not many breaks to rest. Maybe the most remarkable is the first 5km section, with an average not really tough at 5% approx. Then, it becomes steeper and the famous magnetic fields come up. The bike doesn't run.

The one and only mountain in kilometers

I think we're now starting the hardest part, because there are more than 9km at 9% average gradient, sure the firsts are tougher, crossing a forest in a clima which we can consider as dry. There are no special sections with a super gradient, but a 39x23 may result too hard. The surface is not the best, but I can't say it's horrible. So at the end we enter Chalet Reynard, where we start the last section in this famous climb, and what makes this mount special.

Overviews of the climb to Ventoux

The gradient now is easier, at 7% approx, only the last km is harder again. The worst in this part is the clima, the weather. Exposed to severe conditions, there's no vegetation, and everything tends to be extreme: the sun is asfixiant, the wind may cause a fall, the cold makes you feel frozen... The landscape is really special for a mountain which, in my opinion, is overvalued. To be honest, I did it without wind...so I suppose that a mountain called windy mount is like going to Paris and avoid visiting the Eiffel Tower. That dfay I missed something...luckily.

The top of Mont Ventoux