Mont Ventoux – Malaucene sideBy Will • May 19th, 2007 • Category: Climbs, Cycling, Favorites
Friday I cycled up the legendary volcano Le Mont Ventoux. I have cycled ventoux before but never from the Malaucene side. This route is almost exactly the same difficulty as the more classic Bedoin route (21 kms, 1550 metres ascent) – this is a giant climb!
Ventoux is a cycling mecca and there were bikers everywhere. It was hot and this was steep, but I felt pretty good, and the only person to pass me (at the very beginning) – I actually caught about 18 kilometres later – which was fun. With Doreen as a photographer and handing me spare water bottles I was the envy of the road.
There are long very steep stretches – hard work!
With About 7 kms to go, the tree line begins to end and the lunar top of the volcano begins.
The final kilometre – amazing environment.