Mont Ventoux can be climbed in more ways than one. The ride from Bédoin is the most famous ascent of the Ventoux, more than 21 kilometres long. In stormy weather, this is the toughest climb, because you are ascending along “moonscapes”. However, you can also depart from Sault or Malaucène.
From the top, you get to enjoy views of the area far and wide. And, of course, after the ascent comes the descent, which is very enjoyable on the Ventoux. Many cyclists have broken their personal speed record here.
Being well prepared is important: read up on this capricious, but beautiful, ‘giant of Provence’ in advance.
You will find an Office du Tourisme (Tourist Information Office) in all the places of interest around the area. They have some wonderful free leaflets with cycling routes. Be sure to pop in – their information is excellent, and this way you will ensure you don’t miss any of the beauty that the area has to offer.
There are also countless websites that offer more information about the extensive cycling opportunities in this area.
A random selection:
14 itineraries and cycling trips around Mont Ventoux – http://www.destination-ventoux.com/en/cycling-ride/
Cycle routes in Provence, Mont Ventoux – https://www.provence-cycling.co.uk/cyclingroutes/mont-ventoux/offer-101-2.html
Hiring a bicycle
Should you wish to hire a good bicycle, you will find what you need in Sault, at Albion Cycles.
Tel: 0033 4 90 64 09 32
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