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Important Tips for Cycling Mont Ventoux at any Age

The iconic mountain beckons all cyclists. The giant of Provence stands 1909 metres today. As I rode up, I met a gentleman celebrating his 70th birthday and telling me it was on his bucket list!

The lead photo is from Flassan looking at Mont Ventoux, a good place to park for the Bédoin route…Continue reading here.

Tips Cycling Mont Ventoux

Mont Ventoux Ascents

There are three routes up this impressive mountain, often featured in the Tour de France. Starting in Sault, Bédoin or Malaucène all three roads lead to the Mont Ventoux summit at 1909m, a peak that is considered by many riders to be one of the hardest climbs they ever do.

The route from Sault is considered the easiest, but at 26km it is also the longest of the three rides. The total elevation is 1147m at an average grade of 4.7%. Riders on this route merge with cyclists climbing from Bédoin at Chalet Reynard.

The Bédoin start is the prefered route for the Tour de France circuit, most likely because of the ability to organise media, emergency and other services at Chalet Reynard. Also, the bald, rocky top of the mountain from this side provides a striking background for the TV coverage. The town is located at 300m above sea level, from there to the top is 21.5 km a total climb of 1609m at an average grade of 7.5%.

The climb from Malaucène is technically slightly shorter and a bit less steep than the route from Bédoin. However, there is no break at Chalet Reynard and no visibility of the summit, so essentially it is a heads-down climb for 21km, 1535m and over an average grade of 7.3%.

There are some cyclists who are crazy enough, and fit enough, to complete all three ascents in a day.

Other Mont Ventoux Biking Tips

Before you ride, check the weather, you do not want to ride this mountain on a windy day. Here is a good weather website.

Even on a hot summer day, the temperature at the summit will be cooler. Take an extra layer or jacket, just in case.

There are snacks, meals, drinks and washrooms available at Chalet Reynard.

Be careful on the descent; no matter which route you choose, there is always car and bus traffic.

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David Taylor

David Taylor

It took just one holiday in the Luberon in 2003 for David and Karen Taylor to fall in love with Provence. This lead to owning a village house in Saint Saturnin les Apt - a holiday home. However, after just a few visits they took the radical step of leaving home and work in Surrey, England.

The plan was to take a year off to explore Provence and learn French. However, after just a few months a challenge of a different sort presented itself - property. It was a piece of land in a wonderful authentic Provencal village in the Luberon and they set about planning and building two houses and gites over a two year period.

Today David and Karen have a three bedroom villa with private pool, two gites and a chambre d'hôte room with a shared pool. Now (2015) they are approaching their 7th season with 50% repeat guests, for a season that starts at Easter and runs to mid-October.

Details on the different accommodation options can be found here.

When not carrying out work duties the couple continues to explore the endless beautiful Provencal villages and towns. Recording their visits in photographs and sampling great food & scenery.

Their blog began in 2006 as a way for friends and family to follow our adventures it is now a great resource for anyone interested in Provence.

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