France: Les Cingles du Ventoux

France: The Cingles du Ventoux

FRANCE
LES CINGLÉS DU VENTOUX
 

23 – 26 June 2019

Total distance 135km
Total height gained 4384m

One of the ultimate bucket list challenges for serious cyclists looking to reinforce their credentials, join us and become a member of the elite Club des Cinglés du Mont Ventoux and climb Mont Ventoux by the 3 traditional ways from Malaucène, Bédoin and Sault all in one day!

 

Itinerary

Day 1Sunday 23 June
Depart LHR to Marseille, 2.5hr transfer to Ventoux and hotel. Bike set up.
Day 2Monday 24 June
Guided warm up cycle/optional one climb.
Day 3Tuesday 25 June
Early start as we attempt all three climbs in one day.

Climb 1: Malaucène – a 21.5km ascent, 1535 metres of climbing and an average 7.2% gradient (the middle section is the toughest at 12%).

Climb 2: Bédoin – the most well known climb, and usually the one featured in the Tour De France. At 21.8km, with 1617 metres of climb, it’s an average 7.4% gradient.

Climb 3: Sault – the final push to the top. This is the easier of the 3 climbs, but by now you will be tired. It’s longer, at 25.7km, with 1152 metres of climb, but less steep at an average of 4.5%. You’ll be relieved to find it’s all downhill back to Malaucène.

Celebrate in style at the end of a long, tough day.

Day 4Wednesday 26 June
Optional early morning guided cycle. Depart Ventoux for Marseille.
 

What’s included

3 nights half board accommodation (twin-sharing) staying in a 3/4 star hotel in Vaison-la-Romine, 10 km from Malaucène, the start of the first Mont Ventoux climb. Limited singles available on request
Lunches and water/gels/energy powder on the support vehicle
Official entry to the Cinglés du Mont Ventoux, with a numbered medal available on completion
Ride leader support, including a paced ride for the 3 climb attempt
2 way radio communication between ride leaders and support vehicle
Vehicle support every day, including the Mont Ventoux Challenge
Guided rides in the local region
Transfers from Marseille Airport
FREE Norwood cycle jersey

What’s not included

Flights. We recommend the morning BA LHR to Marseille
Bike hire or any personal cycling equipment
Optional bike transfer from UK to Ventoux (by road) £94pp return based on 15 bikes being transferred
Travel insurance
 

How challenging is it?

This is a serious physical challenge requiring stamina, good health and a good level of aerobic fitness – plus a whole lot of willpower! The support vehicle will stay towards the rear and will keep an eye on the group. The cycling leader will be towards the front of the group. As we crest the mountain, the intention would be to regroup with set clear cut off times, in order that the team know the schedule for completing the ride. It is essential that while riders climb individually, we descend in close proximity – to offer good support in case of mechanical or other incident. The challenge day on average will take between 9 and 10 hours – 3 hours for one ascent + descent + short break + 1 hour for lunch, photos, comfort breaks.

If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, please consider carefully whether you should be joining the challenge. Please ensure you fill in the booking form accurately and honestly, this is important. In the case of serious conditions (epilepsy, diabetes, heart conditions, recent illness or operations), please discuss the challenge with your GP. Please also ensure you notify us of any allergies or similar.

 

Any questions?

Talk to Julie on 020 8420 6811 or email julie.braithwaite@norwood.org.uk

 

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