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Mont Ventoux

Unlike other cycling climbs, the roads up the Ventoux don’t go anywhere other than down the other side. With no through traffic making it a haven for cyclists. The upper slopes are devoid of trees or vegetation, leaving a moonscape that is simultaneously desolate and breathtakingly beautiful.

Less than a kilometre from the top on the south side, the Tom Simpson memorial removes any remaining doubt that this mountain belongs to us.

Two of the three routes up Mont Ventoux, from the south and east, converge halfway up the mountain at Chalet-Reynard. From there, you enter a lunar landscape.
The road winds in and out of the folds in the mountainside as it slowly climbs upwards, creating sheltered sections where the heat intensifies as if in an oven.