11 September 2019 by bob65

11 September 2019

Sault to Mont Ventoux ridden today. 15.2 miles of relentless climbing totalling 3763 ft in a slow 2 hours and 14 minutes. Then a decent that lasted 41 minutes. Although just as I started the decent I punctured on the steepest part. The last 6 kilometres were the hardest. Up until then it had been just a relentless bottom gear slot. After Le Chalet Reynard it just kicked up with with the hardest bit right at the end. No chance of having a drink or eating on the move during this part of the ride. I had decided that unless I did it non-stop it would not count and if I stopped I would turn back. I was so close to packing it in. Everyone told me this was the easiest way up, easiest is a relative term, I found it really hard. Moving to Bedoin tomorrow, with the option of doing the other two routes up.
There for fun or punishment ? - Enjoy tomorrow whatever it may hold !!
September 11th, 2019  
This looks like a very interesting road! Super shot
September 11th, 2019  
Well done, an achievement to be proud of. I've read about the Mont Ventoux stage in a history of the Tour de France. Your photo certainly shows how bleak the mountain is. Tom Simpson died on the Bedoin ascent so perhaps give that a miss. Mr. Rees-Mogg would be happy that you are measuring a French mountain in feet, but he might have a word to say about that 15.2 miles - that is 15 miles and one furlong in real Brexit distance !
September 11th, 2019  
@laroque The Bedoin and Sault accents share the last part of the climb, so I rode past the Tom Simpson memorial.
September 12th, 2019  
What an achievement, reaching the top must have been so special and you have been rewarded with a wonderful view!
September 12th, 2019  
Great performance and great photo!
September 16th, 2019  
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