The Rider

September 8, 2010

The Madmen of Mont Ventoux

Filed under: Steve's Stuff — The Blog @ 12:09 PM

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been stuck in a bit of a post-Pelotonia peddling rut since the big weekend. Or maybe it’s just my annual end-of-the-summer rut. Anyway, ready or not, I’m off to Provence in Southern France tomorrow to try and become a member of the Club des Cingles du Mont-Ventoux.

Here's the top of the Ventoux

To join this exclusive club – which translated means: the club of madmen of Mont-Ventoux – all you have to do is climb this huge mountain three times in one day on your bike. And you thought the hills of Hocking Hills were tough!

The three-ascents-in-a-day deal works out to an 84-mile ride, exactly half of it uphill. The climbs total 4,443 meters – or 14,576 feet, which is the equivalent of going 2.8 miles straight up – or climbing to the top of the Empire State Building about 12 times. King Kong could only manage it once – and he’s a king.

According to Lance: 1,900 meters up there is completely different from 1,900 any place else. There’s no air, there’s no oxygen. There’s no vegetation, there’s no life. There’s no life. Rocks. Any other climb there’s vegetation, grass and trees. Not there on the Ventoux. It’s more like the moon than a mountain.

If by some amazing coincidence any other Pelotonia people will be in Provence the next few weeks, email me (swartenberg7@gmail.com) and we can meet up for a drink at a cafe in one of the base town at the bottom of Mont Ventoux. My treat.

I will try and post from Provence (if I can get internet access).

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1 Comment »

  1. Bon courage Steve!!

    Comment by Bud Abraham — September 9, 2010 @ 8:20 AM


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