Cyclist 100 Classic Climbs: Number #2
Cyclist magazine 5 May 2020 The Giant of Provence is a mountain of tradegy and triumph and worthy of its spot in the Cyclist 100 Classic Climbs 2 Mont Ventoux, Provence, France (21.4km, 7.5%) The Giant of Provence is a mountain of tradegy and triumph and worthy of its spot in the Cyclist 100 Classic Climbs Words Joe Robinson Photography Juan Trujillo Andrades/George Marshall A mountain of tragedy, a mountain of triumph. Mont Ventoux has seen the best of cycling and the worst of cycling. Coined the ‘Bald Mountain’ because of its lunar-like rocky peak, Ventoux’s 1,997m summit dominates the surrounding Provence countryside. It can be seen from miles away and acts as a daunting warning for any cyclist about to tackle its slopes. Starting in Bedoin, you’re lulled into a false sense of security as you tackle the first 5km at good speed. Then you hit the forest, the ...
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