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Mont Ventoux

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by TheDoctor, 11 Dec 2007.

  1. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Man-Machine Staff Member

    Location:
    Stevenage
    I already have a feeling I'm going to regret this, but anyway...
    I'm planning a short trip to Provence next May to do the big scary thing. Probably staying in Sault and taking the (comparatively) easy way up. Well, you still get the hard bit after the chalet. Has anyone here done this climb? I've done the Colombiere (a couple of years ago) and didn't walk too much. Or would I be best off scrapping this idea now?
    Before anyone asks, I plan on losing a couple of stone (!) beforehand and could probably stand to lose another couple. I'm currently fit enough for 75 hilly miles without losing the will to live.
     
  2. Jacomus-rides-Gen

    Jacomus-rides-Gen New Member

    Location:
    Guildford / London
    You gotta aask yourself one question, punk... Do you have a tripple? Well do ya?
     
  3. Cycling Naturalist

    Cycling Naturalist Legendary Member

    Location:
    Llangollen
    Let's get the killer post in early.

    "I'm 74, and took up cycling last year. I'm 5'5" and weigh 23 stone. I did Ventoux without difficulty on a fixie once I'd disconnected the caravan."
     
  4. rich p

    rich p ridiculous old lush

    Location:
    Brighton
    You're thinking of Mont Ventilator, I think:biggrin:
     
  5. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    I went to ride it under the 100F midday sun with a 30x25 triple and lightweight bike...I got plenty of practice the week before on other big steep long climbs, but not under the same heat and humidity. From Bedoin I managed to get almost to Chalet Reynard before the wife decided I was not looking too good, and I agreed. The heat and the 3.5 hour drive to get there killed it for me.

    It is a long slog, but not too steep, in cooler conditions it would have been a good climb, in the high mid-day windless heat, and humidity I found it a nightmare.

    Still, wifey drove me to the top where I descended th mountain at an average of 40mph and hitting 49mph on the straights....good brakes required.
    Gonna go and do it again!
     
  6. Stick on a Giant

    Stick on a Giant New Member

    FF - only 49? Descending to Maulacene I touched 50mph for the first time ever (on a bike).
    Doctor, you've got to go up from Bedoin 'cos that's the TdF route. It's not easy but it is do-able - I'd agree with Jacomus though.
    Get the card from the Tourist office in Bedoin, and stamp it in the machine there and at the top for a record of your time and a souvenir. And don't worry if your wife beats you by 2 minutes!
     
  7. Do it! It's the most amazing thing!;)

    Some links on my website.............
     
  8. Crackle

    Crackle Pah Staff Member

    Location:
    Wirral
    What's the gradient up the Ventoux then?
     
  9. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    I got held up by some plonker in a 4x4 who seemed determined not to let me by...for a while, but once past had missed some of the best straights for top speed. I'll settle for 49 for now!

    It's a great hill, I'm still pissed that the heat beat me-up so badly, the only consolation was all the other beaten-up riders I saw.
    I'm planning my return.
     
  10. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    It averages around 10% IIRC. So not mega steep, but it is relentless!
     
  11. Tim Bennet.

    Tim Bennet. Entirely Average Member

    Location:
    S of Kendal
    You'll be fine from Sault. In May, the weather can be anything so you will have to gauge start times / clothing etc on a day by day basis. Don't stint on clothes for the descent if it is at all cool - it's a long way back down.

    The only other thing to watch is the small rise back up into the town of Sault. It's only short, but when when your legs are empty and have been idle for the entire freewheel down, that 200 metres can catch you out!
     
  12. Cathryn

    Cathryn California Correspondant

    I'm going to Sault next summer on the big trip (although not trying Ventoux) so let me know what you think of the village and any hotel/food recommendations!!
     
  13. Jacomus-rides-Gen

    Jacomus-rides-Gen New Member

    Location:
    Guildford / London
    What is the common wisdom on letting a little bit or air out of the tyres for the descent? I hear it bandied about a lot, but have never come across anyone who has done this!!
     
  14. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

  15. papercorn2000

    papercorn2000 Senior Member

    Never heard that! Although, getting a blow out due to excess heat from braking tends to stick in my mind as I get older!