​What It Takes to Climb Mont Ventoux

One of cycling’s most storied climbs—renowned for its stark moonscape summit, where strong winds can add resistance to an already taxing nearly 9 percent average grade—Mont Ventoux is located in the Provence region of southeastern France. The south approach from Bédoin is the famed ascent raced in the Tour de France, most recently in 2016. As you pedal the rolling terrain that leads to the start of the climb, you might feel like the mountain is watching you.