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19-07-2021 | Frank Jansen

6 events around Le Mont Ventoux

Le Mont Ventoux has an incredible appeal to cyclists. Certainly not without reason! It is and remains a legendary and beastly climb, with a rich cycling history. And on top of that, there is plenty of beautiful cycling in the region. CycloWorld collected 6 events.

GF Mont Ventoux (12-6)

By far the biggest event in the region. A real gran fondo: with time measurement and classification. Beautiful course which includes, in addition to the Ventoux itself, the stunning Gorges de la Nesques. For 2022 the routes are completely renewed, the long distance will increase to 152 km with 3600m+. The organization is also seriously considering an ultra fondo.

Mon Ventoux (25-6)

Superb sportive organized by the Belgian Sporta, on the flanks of the Ventoux. Versatile event with in addition to a road bike tour also a gravel/MTB variant and even a hike. So there is something for everyone. In the longest distance of 173 km/4529m+ you go 2x to the top, and further you climb the Col d'Aulan, Col de Perty, Col St. Jean and Col de l'Homme Mort. If that is too much, there are also several shorter distances.

La Ventoux Sud

Small-scale gran fondo that does things differently: in the course there is only room for other climbs than the Ventoux itself. Among others, the Col de Macuègne and the Col de l'Homme Mort, but also the Gorges de la Nesques. There are two distances, the longest being 145 km with 2300m+. The date for 2022 is not yet known, but is usually this event is ridden in early September.

Tour du ALS (9-6)

There are several charity events around the Ventoux, the Tour du ALS is definitely one of the better known ones. Various routes, ranging from 43 km with 1652m+ to 150 km with 4706m+. Of course, the intention is to raise money for the ALS Foundation. In 2021, this was over 1.2 million euros! Start is in Malaucène.

Ventoux Xtreme MTB - Le Raid

Anyone who thinks that only road bikes can ride beautifully on and around the Ventoux will be disappointed. This two-day stage race (total 205 km / 5850m+) comes in two flavors: there is a "light" version if the regular version is too intense. You also climb the Ventoux via the unpaved side. You can participate as a duo or alone. The date for 2022 is not yet known, but probably late October.

Ventoux Gravel Classic

From the same organizer as the previous ride, there is the Ventoux Gravel Classic. A versatile event, as there is a bike packing variant and a regular one. The former is 2-day and counts 140 km / 4200m+ total. The regular versions are either 140 km/3500m+ or 60 km/1800m+. The date for 2022 is not yet known, but this event usually takes place the week before the Ventoux Xtreme MTB - Le Raid discussed above.

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