I bet when sharing this article on my blog, instantly most of you cycling die-hards and Tour de France fans will click on this link because of the word Mont Ventoux or better known here as Le Géant de Provence. Mont Ventoux is of course famous for its links to the Tour de France. An ascent of Mont Ventoux has been part of the Tour de France more than ten times and it has often been the site of the Tour’s finish line. In 1967, Tom Simpson, a British cyclist, suffering from heat exhaustion, even died on this Beast. A memorial to him has been erected on the mountain close to the spot where he died.
But when you read carefully, there are a few additional words in the title…So not too many plain facts, weather statistics or any other cycling related news items here. I leave that to my fellow Mont Ventoux bloggers. They are so much better at this ! Do continue reading though, you might still like what you see and read 🙂
As we are not cyclists (Lord have mercy! Only seeing them makes us feel the pain and exhaustion) but devoted hikers and nature lovers, we have different reasons for going up that Bald Mountain.
Not in the least due to the current heatwave. I simply loved seeing that temperature go down in the car by each 500 metres we advanced. Our dog suddenly felt like sticking his nose out the window again, simply because he felt some fresh cold air going through his flapping ears instead of the blistering hot one we’ve been having.
Don’t get me wrong, I truly admire each and every person that mounts Le Géant, whether he or she is a cyclist, hiker, runner or whatever sporting discipline I forget to mention because it is a tough one. Apparently, the cycle ride from Bedoin to Mont Ventoux is thought to be one of the most physically challenging climbs in the world.
Even our car had difficulty at times while mounting…just imagine the physical pain of each individual taking on the challenge. You must be just a bit ‘insane’ to want to do this but I guess each individual has their own reason and as long as there’s the right ‘drive’ or goal to reach…I believe anyone can do anything they set their mind to. That being said, we set our mind to the beautiful colors of yesterday evening. You can click on each image to enlarge !
It’s about the feel that goes with it, especially when you’re almost alone out there. Just the three of us and even our dog Diesel enjoyed himself. It is like he was really ‘taking in’ the sunset but I guess he simply enjoyed the cold wind. Mont Ventoux is associated with very strong winds and, at the summit where we stood, wind speeds of more than 300 kph have been recorded. The roads high up on the slopes are often closed as a result of these strong gusts. He is a dog after all and where we live it is a plain 37 degrees Celcius, already for the past 4 weeks. Totally justified he enjoyed it !
No trees, no greenery, only a gorgeous carpet of white stones that creates a feeling like you’re on Mars or something. It is bare limestone and it makes the summit of the Mont Ventoux look like it is covered with snow all year, but this is not the case. It is only snow-capped in the winter months. Now, I’ve never been to Mars of course but I guess you all know what I mean. The feeling of being on a completely different planet, that you visit for a few stolen moments and remains into your memory forever…
I end this article in beauty with one more shot…the last and latest picture I took. A very cliché sunset image but to us it stays downright pretty. I hope you like it too 🙂
Thank you again for a bit of your time and attention and please DO share this beauty around us! ♥