The CIC - Mont Ventoux Dénivelé Challenge – Compare your Time to the Pros!
SportActive’s 2020 Mont Ventoux Challenge (2nd-9th August 2020) just went up a gear and got even better. Due to lockdown the pro race CIC - Mont Ventoux Dénivelé Challenge now takes place on Thursday, the 6th August 2020. Initially scheduled for June, this epic race will see the pros cover 182 kms as they climb Ventoux twice, with the second ‘lap’ seeing a summit finish on the ‘Beast of Provence’.
Join us on our Ventoux cycling tour (2nd-9th August 2020), and you can do the same; the day before the pros you will be riding the same course without doing the second loop of Ventoux. You will ride 101 km total distance (with shorter options) instead of the 182 km of the pro course.
As the pros attack Ventoux to the finish you will be there, live, at the road side watching them and compare their performance to your own the previous day.
The CIC - Mont Ventoux Dénivelé Challenge
The pro challenge will be in its second year come August. This year the route is slightly different from the first edition. The pros begin at Vaison-la-Romaine and essentially do two laps of the great mountain following Sault, Villes sur Auzon, Bédoin, Chalet Reynard route. The second lap sees the pros pushing on to the summit. You can see the map and route profile below.
Last year’s race was won by Jesus Herrada (Cofidis), with Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) finishing second and Rein Taramae (Total Direct Energie) coming third. Several UCI World Tour teams will be competing in the second edition in August. Don’t miss your opportunity to see this fantastic event.
Mont Ventoux the 'Beast of Provence'
Mont Ventoux is a legendary, mythic mountain in Provence, France. It has been the scene of controversy, and exciting summit finishes especially when Lance Armstrong who seemed to have a win in the bag gifted it to Marco Pantani. It has seen tragedy in the form of Tom Simpson who died while riding it.
Mont Ventoux at a Glance:
- Mont Ventoux has appeared in the Tour de France. The last appearance was in 2016.
- The great mountain is famed for its final six kilometres. Due to its barren limescale appearance it has been likened to riding on the moon.
- The top pros can climb Ventoux in 1 hour.
- The mountain has its own microclimate. A bright sunny day at the bottom can be radically different when you break the tree line at Chalet Reynard.
- The Mont Ventoux ascent is 22kms and 1909m altitude.
- Gradients of 10%+.
- Bédoin to Mont Ventoux Summit is the hardest climb.
- Mont Ventoux descent is incredibly fast. For your safety limit your speed to 50 kilometres per hour.
The sense of achievement after riding Mont Ventoux is like no other.
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