12 Jan Open Event – Ventoux³ Ways, September 22nd – 24th 2017
- Ventoux 3 Ways 2017
September 22, 2017 - September 24, 2017
5:00 am - 10:00 pm
The notorious Mont Ventoux stands proud in Provence, southern France. Famous for its barren landscape and unrelenting heat, this is truly one of the great ‘classic climbs’. We attack the mountain on day two of a three day ride with the aim of joining the Club des Cingles du Mont-Ventoux, climbing all three routes in one day.
- Challenge Type: Road Cycling
- Challenge Name: Ventoux 3 Ways 2017
- Destination: Ventoux, France
- Date: 22nd – 24th September 2017
- Grade: Hard
This guided itinerary is structured to allow cyclists of different levels to summit the Beast of Provence, Mont Ventoux. Over the 3 days you can summit it once a day using a different route each time, or 3 times in the same day each from a different location, including Bedoin, the hardest route and used by the Tour de France. Doing the latter will mean you become a member of the exclusive Club des Cinglés du Mont Ventoux
- Join the elite club of people who have summited Mont Ventoux 3 times in a day, Club des Cinglés du Mont Ventoux
- Follow in the footsteps of the great Tour de France riders
- Fully supported & guided ride
- Stunning scenery
- All inclusive food and accommodation in 3 star hotel
Daily Mileage Options (numbers dependent)
|3 Ascents in Day||One Ascent per Day|
Itinerary – 3 Ascents in a day:
(subject to change)
Day 1 Travel – 47km, 789m
Fly from UK to Marseille Airport, with a transfer to the town of Vaison-la-Romaine where we will be based for the next few days. Flight times permitting, a warm up ride follows in the afternoon, before heading back for dinner and a good night’s sleep.
Day 2 – 157km, 4675m Elevation
After an early breakfast, briefing and the ceremonial handing over of the cingle brevet card and plate to affix to your bicycle, you will be heading to the start at the base of Mont Ventoux. The first climb starts off from Malaucène which has an average gradient of 7.2% over 21km ascending to 1550m. Once your first ascent has been completed it is down to Sault to attempt the second ascent. This side is regarded as the easier ascent because over the first 20km there is an average gradient of 3.6%. With every uphill there is a downhill, and we are soon on our way back down. The third and final route up is regarded as the classic way up the mountain from Bedouin. With an average gradient of 7.5% over 21.5km, you will be hoping for a tail wind to get you over the last few kilometres as you pass the Simpson Memorial. Once you have reached the top for a third and final time you will be able to take in the view and appreciate your exertions and achievements. The final descent is down to the base at Malaucene and the short journey back to the hotel, where you can toast your achievements.
Day 3 – 63km, 596m Elevation
For a warm down after yesterday’s exertions we head south, towards the town of Carpentras. The route will look familiar to some as you enter the towns of Malaucène. The rolling hills at the foot of Ventoux act as reminder of yesterday’s achievements. The route crosses back and forth over the L’Ouveze river with amazing views throughout of the Beast of Ventoux. We arrive back to our hotel for a well-earned shower and meal before the transfer back to Marseille airport.
3 Days with an Ascent Each Day:
Fly from UK to Marseille Airport, with a transfer to the town of Vaison-la-Romaine where we will be based for the next few days. Bike assembly over lunch with the help of our guides followed by a climb briefing, and then we’re off to clock our first ascent up Mont Ventoux via Malaucène. The roads are wide until we get to the town and then start to narrow the higher we go. Soon we break out of the forests and are on the bleak climb up that will become so familiar in the next 3 days. 61k later we are back at the hotel for a good meal having got one ascent in the bag.
We have all day to do what Contador and Armstrong did in under 50 minutes – the summit of Mont Ventoux from the Bedoin side. After a suitable breakfast, we head off along the foot hills to the village of Bedoin, the true home of the Tour de France on Mont Ventoux. From here, we once again start up the rough Provencal road with fields on either side and wild flowers on the verges. As the road steepens we head into the forests which cover the lower levels of the mountain. We pass the names of the greats like Marco Pantani scrawled in chalk on the road, and the chalk “cheers” to international teams get more numerous as the trees thin out at the famous Chalet Reynard.
From here we are once again totally exposed to the elements as we make our bid to the top. After photos with backdrops that stretch for miles around we head back down the Beast via Malaucene, the most direct route to the hotel, a shower and a final dinner.
Our last attempt at the summit bid is via Sault. For this we take the most intimidating of roads to the north of Mont Ventoux to get to the eastern side and Sault. The fields of lavender that Provence is so famous for are very evident here. Leaving the little village of Sault behind we head up the west flank of the Beast on gentle uphills until we hit Chalet Reynard again. After we have summited Mont Ventoux for the 3rd and final time in 3 days we take the same route down as the day before, direct through Malaucene to our hotel, a meal and the transfer back to Marseille for the flight home.
NB. All ascents will include the correct Strava start and finish points.
£995 – per person. Includes:
- Dedicated event manager in charge
- Guides at a ratio of 10 cyclists : 1 guide
- All food for the 3 days cycling including breakfast x2, lunch x 3, and dinner x 2
- 1 snack stop on Day 2, 2 x snack stops on day 2 and one on day 3
- post ride snacks
- Return group transfer airport to hotel
- 1 evening tutorials on specialist subjects
- Accommodation in twin rooms x 2 nights
- Support vehicles during the event
- Bikes taken to / from Ventoux
- Luggage labels
- If booking a group (10 people or more) pre-event booking and logistics support for your group – risk assessments, fully insured operator, contracts, online registration and payment, kit lists, pre-event briefing sessions
- Personal travel and bike insurance
- Single supplement costs
- Drinks with meals
- Travel to the start of the ride or back from the finish
Looking After You
Both routes are fully supported with guides at a ratio of one guide to 10 cyclists, support vehicles, tour leaders/drivers. Each day you will get breakfast at the hotel before setting off, morning and afternoon refreshment stops while on the ride, a substantial lunch plus dinner and twin room accommodation each night. While riding water, gels and electrolytes are available from the support vehicles.