Probably the second
most famous climb after Alpe d'Huez, Mont Ventoux is a magnet for the
cyclist. Situated in the province region of southern France, Mont
Ventoux with its limestone white mountain top and weather tower
dominates the skyline for miles. It is the largest mountain in the
region and is often referred to as the 'Giant of Provence' or 'The Bald
Ventoux was last climbed in the Tour de France in 2009 with Juan Manuel
Gárate winning the stage. Mont Ventoux is probably most famous among
British cycling fans as the place that their only world cycling champion
Tom Simpson died in the 1967 while competing in the Tour de France.
There is a small monument to Tom Simpson towards the top of the mountain
which is usually covered with flowers and other cycling memorabilia.
the Sault and Bedoin climb share the same last 7km from Chalet Reynard.
Ventoux in French means windy so the mountain does have a reputation for
being a little windy at the top !