Mont Ventoux Challenge 2019

Mont Ventoux Challenge 2019

Published on Thursday 7th February 2019

Our 2019 Challenge is for teams of 4 to ride in relay over 4 days from Ouistreham to the top of Mont Ventoux, totalling 620 miles!

Each team has their own support vehicle and can change riders as often as they wish. The route will be arrowed by our trusty Marshalls who will also support teams during each day.

Teams will meet at Portsmouth on the evening of Tuesday 1st October 2019 to take the 22h45 ferry, arriving in Ouistreham at 07h30 the following morning. Challenge Adventure Charities will organise the ferry for teams, including cabin accommodation.

Wednesday 2 October: Ouistrehm - Orleans (190 miles)                                                                                                                     

The Mont Ventoux Challenge will start from the Port, riding mainly on quiet country roads through the Normandy countryside to arrive for our first nights stop just South of Orleans where hotel accommodation, evening meal and breakfast has been organised.

 

Thursday 3 October:  Orleans - Macon (210 miles)                                                                                                                           

With a long day ahead it will need an early start to head South along the Loire valley before heading over the Charolais hills to Macon and the Rhone valley. Here we will stay again at the Novotel Macon Nord, with wine tasting and the opportunity to buy some local wines before dinner together.

 

Friday 4 October:  Macon - Vaison- la-Romaine (200 miles)                                                                                                           

Another long day in the saddle as we skirt around Lyon heading due South along the Rhone valley to Vaison-la-Romaine, in the shadow of Mont Ventoux. There we will stay for 2 nights in a holiday village with dinner, bed and breakfast together.

 

Saturday 5 October:  the ascent of Mont Ventoux!                                                                                                                           

After a leisurely breakfast all riders can leave their support vehicle at the holiday village and ride together through Malaucene to the top of Mont Ventoux – just 18 miles but average gradient of 7.15% and max gradient of 10.9%. From there you can head back to the village for r&r or ride the other 2 routes to the summit and join the ‘Club des Cinglés du Mont Ventoux’! Details of all routes can be seen at:

http://www.veloventoux.com/?c=montVentoux                                                                                                                                                                           

When we return to the Holiday Village we have booked for all to stay a second night to celebrate our achievements together before taking the long road home early on Sunday 6th October. Teams need to organise their own Channel crossing back by ferry or tunnel.

Sponsorship

Teams are to obtain a minimum of £1000 sponsorship for their efforts from family, friends and business contacts. 50% of each team’s sponsorship can be donated to a Charity of the team’s choice, with 25% going to both Cancer Research UK and the British Heart Foundation. The average team sponsorship in 2018 was £2600 so ideally this should be your target.

100% of what is raised by teams will be donated to Charity, as your entry fee fully covers all costs so there is no dilution.

 

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