Ahead of Stage 12 that is set to finish atop Mont Ventoux (unless high winds force a change to the finishing location), Mike Cotty of Col Collective previews the mythical climb that will surely shake up the GC.
Here’s what Mike Cotty has to say about his day on Ventoux:
Sometimes mother nature deals you a joker card and other times a handful of aces. After three days in the Pyrénées, The Col Collective was back on the road for a late night drive to Bédoin in anticipation of taming the mighty Mont Ventoux. I’d been checking the forecast continually, secretly praying to the weather gods to be kind to us, knowing that we only had one day to try and bring this mythical mountain to life. On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday torrential rain, near hurricane winds, thunder and lighting hammered the slopes of Ventoux. We arrived late on Wednesday night, I couldn’t sleep, nervous at what we may face the next day. I guess all my praying paid off as we were gifted with the best day I’ve ever seen on the mountain. Barely a breath of wind, the fresh smell of pine in the forest and high temperatures certainly helped get the legs spinning again but such is the history of Ventoux this is a climb that should never be taken lightly and needs full respect no matter what. A hard section through the forest from Saint-Estève to Chalet Reynard, barely dropping below 9% gradient, followed by a final six kilometers exposed to the elements and all whilst the summit overlooks one and all from high above. One word. Unbelievable. Four words. You must ride it!
Mont Ventoux By The Numbers
Length: 13.5 miles
Summit: 6,273 feet
Elevation gain: 5,344 feet
Average gradient: 7.4%
Max gradient: 12%