Attacking Mont Ventoux through the easy route

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Paracyclist with spasticity climbing hills in Brussels

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Mt Ventoux has to be a standard for any and every cyclist

“I have climbed Mt. Ventoux three times. I took the easiest route, Sault, the shortest. It is 26 kms and it is doable. The last six kilometres are very tough. My next challenge is the ’20kms Of Brussels’ again. I do it in about 1 hour 15 minutes. It is only 20k, but it is very tough because you are almost sprinting from the very beginning.”

Photographer’s notes: This entry is the first in the Mont Ventoux series for This Is My Bike. And let’s state the obvious. I did not expect to be discussing the difficulties of climbing Mont Ventoux with this rider. Again, my biases on display.

I did Mt. Ventoux this year and the ride was, well, difficult. At the top, the sentiment is all about the achievement, not the time. Anybody who gets to the top, joins that group, the same way marathon runners share a similar bond in their accomplishment.

 

 

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