Bicycling Magazine Tour de France 2009: Mont Ventoux Preview 

The four approaches to the famed Mont Ventoux summit.


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Author: Bicycling Magazine
Date: 22 Oct 2008 4:45:37 PM
Activity: Bicycling
State: France (FRA)
Distance: 57.09 mi  (Change units)
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 62054 ft
Total Loss: 17425 ft
Net Change: 44629 ft
Difficulty: 10 / 10
Tags: France, Tour de France
Rating: Unrated   Rate it

This map details the famed climb up Mont Ventoux, offering a GPS track and elevation profile for the four summit approaches. The hardest approach (starting from Bedoin) is the classic route taken in the Tour de France. The final climb of the 2009 race, the Tour de France may likely be won or lost on Mont Ventoux.

Climbing the three paved approaches to Ventoux in one day allows one to join Les Cinglés du Mont Ventoux. The distinction of "Galérien du Ventoux" (roughly translated, "slave of Ventoux") is bestowed to those who climb Ventoux via each of these four routes, including the Massif des Cèdres, a dirt road climb.

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Sault Approach

Distance: 15.84 mi Points: 474
Total Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
Active Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi

Bedoin Approach

Distance: 13.01 mi Points: 329
Total Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
Active Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi

Malaucene Approach

Distance: 13.26 mi Points: 384
Total Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
Active Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi

Massif des Cèdres

Distance: 14.98 mi Points: 426
Total Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
Active Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi

Points of Interest

Malaucene Approach

Location: 44.172724, 5.132675
13.27 miles, 7.13% average grade.

Bedoin Approach

Location: 44.124687, 5.181084
13.09 miles, 7.42% average grade

Sault Approach

Location: 44.091900, 5.409393
14.96 miles, 4.87% average grade.

Massif des Cèdres

Location: 44.124933, 5.261507
To gain the distinction of "Galérien du Ventoux" from the local cycling club Les Cinglés du Mont Ventoux, one must climb Ventoux four times in a single day, including this dirt road ascent. 6.44% average grade, 14.98 miles.

Mont Ventoux Summit

Location: 44.172817, 5.278351


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