There are 3 routes up Mt. Ventoux - I rode the "easiest" one (up the east side of the mountain from the City of Sault). It's a 26 km climb that rises about 1220 meters. Pete rode with me and photographed my ascent and then he later climbed Mt. Ventoux via the most difficult route - the Tour de France route. The last 6 km of the route I did is the same as the Tour route...and it's steep.
Instead of giving all of the grueling details, I'll just provide some stats from the big day and the link to the pictures for anyone who's interested in seeing them.
- Number of Category 2 climbs: 1
- Number of Hors catégorie climbs: 1
- Miles ridden on the way to Ventoux before starting the ascent: approximately 40
- Number of other cyclists climbing Ventoux on mountain bikes: a lot (most)
- Number of men climbing Ventoux: a lot
- Number of women climbing Ventoux: about 3 (including me)
- Number of cyclists I passed on the way up Ventoux: 11 (10 men, 1 woman)
- Number of cyclists that passed me: 0 (unless you include Pete)
- Best guess at my average speed during the ascent: 7 mph
- Lowest speed I saw on my computer during the ascent: 4.9 mph
- Total miles ridden: 100
- Total time in the saddle: 7 hrs, 54 minutes (ouch)
- Total food intake along the way: 5 GUs, 1 bottle of GU2O, 3 bottles of water, 1 almond pastry, 1 espresso, 1 coke, 1 piece of bread
When Pete climbed the Tour route later in the week, I think he climbed it in around 1 hr and 15 minutes (I believe the record was set by Iban Mayo and is somewhere around 55 minutes). That was the other highlight of the trip...watching Pete get to do something he's wanted to do since he was a kid.
It was a really fun trip filled with beautiful scenery, delicious food, wonderful wine, and great riding.
And now it's time for my rest month.
Special thanks to Chadley for updating my blog while I was gone!