Mont Ventoux from SerreDesOrmes
Mont Ventoux is often the highlight of the week and this route takes in the famous summit of Mont Ventoux, starting from Serre Des Ormes. The ride begins with a gentle spin along the valley road to Sederon before climbing to Col de l’Homme Mort and then descending through Ferrassières to the village of Sault. Enjoy a coffee and croissant before the big climb of the day.
From Sault, you will climb the “easiest” but longest of the three ascents up Mont Ventoux. The route begins by gradually climbing through the trees to reach Le Chalet Reynard. The view then opens up and you leave the shelter of the trees for the final 6.5km past the Tom Simpson memorial to the summit of this famous climb at 1910m. After posing for the obligatory summit photo and perhaps stocking up on supplies at the numerous stalls or even an ice cream at the cafe we retrace our steps back to Sault, perhaps stopping for lunch at Chalet Reynard.
From Sault descend to the thermal Spa town of Montbrun-Les-Bains before the final climb of the day. A cracking climb, with views back to Mont Ventoux, your legs will be grateful that the gradient never gets too steep. One you reach Col de Macuegene at 1068m you can relax in the knowledge that it’s all downhill from here back to Serre Des Ormes.