Mont Ventoux is one of the biggest and most iconic climbs of
them all and the new event from Haute Route will challenge us to
ride it three times in a new three-day event. The first two days
will cover 107km and 141km respectively, culminating with a testing
22km time trial to its summit on the final day.
Each day will finish with an ascent of the mountain but we won't
be taking the same road up because rather uniquely there are three
ways to the summit. From Sault it's a quick, relatively speaking,
rolling ascent, from Maulaucène it's a wide open climb while the
toughest way up from is from Bédoin, which is just plain steep all
Hopefully, it won't just be three days of suffering, but three
days of adventure, discovery and excitement, as Nicolas Roux, who
took part in the test event, tells us.
"It's going to be three days of discovery and excitement," he
says. "Each stage is different, and fantastic in its own way.
Participants will ride through quaint French villages, beautiful
gorges and some stunning orchards and farmlands. Finishing atop the
Ventoux each day is the perfect cherry on top of the cake." Let's
hope he's right!
The appeal of the Haute Route is providing a professional
experience for amateur cyclists. It's about as close to being a pro
as you're likely to get. Haute Route has enjoyed considerable
success with the seven-day timed events through the Alps, Pyrenees
and Dolomites, each covering over 900km, and we know many Bespoke
customers have enjoyed them
But perhaps recognising the needs of time-strapped cyclists who
might struggle to arrange a week off to ride their bike, a
three-day format - essentially a long weekend - based out of the
same hotel (which makes transfers and logistics far easier) sounds
like a very good idea. And a good introduction to the main Haute
Route events as well.
Here's a stage-by-stage look at the route:
Stage 1: Bédoin - Mont Ventoux (107km, 2,770M+)
Cols: Trois Termes 574m, Liguière 985m, Ventoux 1,912m
Stage 2: Bédoin - Mont Ventoux (141km, 3,300M+)
Cols: Aulan 845m, Peyruergue 820m, Ey 718m, Ventoux 1,912m
Stage 3: Bédoin - Mont Ventoux (21,5km, 1,580M+)
Col: Ventoux 1,912m