The Mont Ventoux : A legend in the sports world

Mont Ventoux 100 years of history

The Mont Ventoux, «The Giant of Provence», rises up to 1 912 metres and dominates the Vaucluse landscape in the heart of Provence.

An uncontested myth amongst sports-lovers, it remains one of the most difficult mountain passes in France. No rest is possible for the cyclist or the runner who climbs its 20 kilometres to the top This difficulty has made the Mont Ventoux become a legend. Arriving at the top is a genuine exploit which the professional or amateur athlete will relish while contemplating one of the most beautiful viewpoints in Provence.

Mount Ventoux in numbers :

22.7 kilometers ascent

1314 meters level difference

7.5% average slope

11.5%: for some of the steepest slopes

1912 meters: altitude at the top

More than 7500 pushes on the pedal to reach the top

More than 2500 strides to reach the top

In 2006, local runners JP ROUX and Stéphane Rubio established the record for the number of ascents in 24 hours with 11 ascents! (from Bédoin, the most difficult side)

 

 

Climbing Mount Ventoux

"It’s not madness to climb the Mont Ventoux,
it’s madness to go back”
(a Provençal proverb)

Climbing from Bédoin: The 9 highlights

1. Departure from a typical village of Provence

2. Names painted on the road, encouraging the
greatest champions

3. 7 famous bends

4. The chalet Reynard

5. The notorious wind

6. Simpson’s monument

7. Arriving in a lunar landscape

8. Incredible view from the top

9. Sensation of having accomplished a real sporting performance

 

 

Climbing from Malaucène: The 8 highlights

1. Departure from a typical village of Provence

2. Names painted on the road, encouraging the

greatest champions

3. The long endless straight line

4. The Mont Serein Station

5. Arriving in a lunar landscape

6. The notorious wind

7. Incredible view from the top

8. Sensation of having accomplished a real sporting performance

 

Climbing from Sault: The 8 highlights

1. Departure from a typical village of Provence

2. Lavender fields

3. Names painted on the road, encouraging the

greatest champions

4. The chalet Reynard

5. Arriving in a lunar landscape

6. The notorious wind

7. Incredible view from the top

8. Sensation of having accomplished a real sporting performance

 

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Tour de France winners at
the top of the Mont Ventoux.

1958
Bedoin – Mont Ventoux  21,5 km
Charly  Gaul (Luxembourg)

1965
Montpellier – Mont Ventoux 173 km
Raymond Poulidor (France)

1970

Gap – Mont Ventoux 170 km

Eddy Merckx (Belgique)

 

1972

Carnon plage – Mont Ventoux 207 km
Bernard Thevenet (France)

 

1987

Carpentras – Mont Ventoux 36,5 km
Jean François Bernard (France)

 

2000

Carpentras – Mont Ventoux 149 km
Marco Pantani (Italie)

 

2002

Lodève – Mont Ventoux  221 km
Richard Virenque (France)

 

2009

 Montélimar - Mont Ventoux 167 km
Juan Manuel Garate (Espagne)

 

2013

Givors - Mont Ventoux  242,5 km
Christopher Froome (G Bretagne)

The Tour de France race also went over the  Mont Ventoux in : 1951, 1952, 1955, 1967, 1974, 1994

 

In addition, every year Mont Ventoux is a part of other big sporting events like:

Paris-Nice,

Le Dauphiné,

GNFY Mont Ventoux

Trail du Ventoux

Triathlon du Ventoux

 

The 3 fastest times to reach

the top of Mont Ventoux from Bédoin are :

• 2004 : 55:51
Iban Mayo 23,10 km/h lors du contre la montre du Critérium

du Dauphiné Libéré

• 2004 : 56:26
Tyler Hamilton 22,86 km/h

• 1999 : 56:50
Jonathan Vaughters 22,70 km/h