Tuesday, 10 November 2015

2016 Tour de France Returns to Mont Ventoux

It's great to hear that the Tour de France will be returning to the iconic Mont Ventoux for next year's route. Not only that, but it will be on Bastille Day, July 14th!

The Tour has ascended the 'Giant of Provence' 15 times since 1951 and was last raced in 2013, when Chris Froome won the stage (and went on to win the Tour itself).

It's a brutal climb, arguably the toughest in the Tour, up to 1909m over 21km (from Bedoin) at an average gradient of over 7%.

I've ridden the climb twice, the first time was in 2006 after cycling the length of France. It's a brutal climb, much of it in full sun on the bare slopes of the mountain.

I'll definitely be watching!