Simon’s Ventoux Triple

I normally don’t put up photos of Cycling Languedoc’s tours here, but Shoko bought a new camera when she was in Japan this summer and I got to use it a few days ago. Some of the photos just need to be shared. Also, I haven’t been doing much myself, so other people’s triumphs are a good 2nd best.

This was CL’s first supported Ventoux Triple and, if you have ever done one of these things (or done the math at least), you’ll know that it’s a long day. I left home at 5am to pick Simon up in Gordes at 7. Gordes looks nice even in the dark.

IMG_1907 Kilometer Zero. When everyone is still happy.

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John gave me the idea for this shot (he took the same one a few days earlier on another tour), which is of one of the only hairpins you will find on the Bédoin climb.

IMG_1924 Further up, past Chalet Reynard. It was an eerily quiet day on the mountain. I could hear heavy breathing from a couple hundred meters away.

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The Cycling Languedoc Mobile, even equipped with spare bike. How pro is that…?

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Hiking is apparently also an activity people do on Mont Ventoux. Maybe they don’t have a bike. It’s the only explanation.

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Little-known Col des Tempêtes, just a few hundred meters from the summit.

IMG_1943 IMG_1950 I yelled at Simon to get ‘dancing’ on this last hairpin, but he was already there.

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Coming up the Malaucène side. This is where the reality of the Triple usually hits home…hard. And it did.

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But he made it, still smiling. A gorgeous, newly-paved 26km descent to Sault followed, then some ice-cream, a chat and it was on the road for the last push.

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The route from Sault meets the main one at Chalet Reynard and the last 6 km are the same. They don’t feel the same, mind you (after around 3800 meters of climbing), but they are.

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Here is what ensued at the top of Simon’s last ascent.

IMG_1986 IMG_1987 IMG_1988 IMG_1989 He was understandably wrecked, but as you can see from the photo below, made a quick recovery. IMG_1991Then there was one more descent, a rental bike drop-off, a bit of kit shopping, and the drive back to Gordes in time for dinner. Me? Made it home at around 8pm, which meant a 15-hour day. Trade it for any other job? Other than Ernesto Colnago’s bike-ride tester…not a chance!

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10 thoughts on “Simon’s Ventoux Triple

  1. Simon, welcome to the club! Gerry told me you put in a yeoman’s effort. Hope to have you back for some more mountain romping one day.
    John – CL

  2. Hi Gerry, 27 Paris 2 Nice Cyclists and myself successfully climbed Ventoux this day last week, makes our efforts look small , compared to Simon’s 🙂

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