Jon Conquers Mont Ventoux!
Mont Ventoux is a mountain in the Provence region of southern France, located some 20 km northeast of Carpentras, Vaucluse. It is the largest mountain in the region and has been nicknamed the “Beast of Provence” and has gained fame through its use in the Tour de France cycling race.
As the name might suggest (venteux means windy in French), it can get windy at the summit, especially with the mistral; wind speeds as high as 320 km/h (200 mph) have been recorded. The wind blows at 90+ km/h (56+ mph) 240 days a year. The road over the mountain is often closed due to high winds. Especially just before the summit, which is known for its strong winds.
Mont Ventoux has become legendary as the scene of one of the most gruelling climbs in the Tour de France bicycle race, which has ascended the mountain fifteen times since 1951. The followed trail mostly passes through Bédoin. Its fame as a scene of great Tour dramas has made it a magnet for cyclists around the world and so was of course irresistible to Jon Carter, managing director of JC Polishing and hard core cycling enthusiast!
In September this year Jon conquered the gruelling climb and is pictured here near the summit.
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“The Ventoux is a god of Evil, to which sacrifices must be made. It never forgives weakness and extracts an unfair tribute of suffering.”
Roland Barthes, French philosopher and bicycle racing fan