France - Day 14 : Ventoux for the second time

We didn't wake up early because yesterday had been pretty though. Before we left I went to the desk to say we arrived yesterday night. That was fine. The way back to town seemed a lot shorter than last night. At a bakery we bought some buns and a baguette. I thought they were pudding buns, but instead they contained chocolate. Like we hadn't eaten enough of that already.


The start of the climb wasn't that steep. We also found the correct road on the first try. Before we had agreed to just get to the top, without going as fast as possible. There were also more cyclist going faster than us. After the tough time we had yesterday it wasn't easy though. We stopped along the way to eat. At chalet reynard Bram went to get some more water. The last, very steep part, went faster. That was mostly because we weren't so tired yet. We took another break and then continued to the summit. The photographer was also present again. Shortly after there was a sign of a small col, which was part of the main climb.

bram and bart climbing the mont ventoux
bart and bram climbing the mont ventoux
bart and bram climbing the mont ventoux

This time we were less tired

col des tempêtes
col des tempetes

Just before the summit of the Ventoux was another col, which was nice to add to our list.

We decided not to descend to Bedoin, but to Malaucene. That way we didn't have to climb col de la  Madeleine again. It was around 2 o'clock when we reached the top.

view from the mont ventoux

The view was much clearer than a week before

The descend to Malaucene was nice, but had less corners than the one to Bedoin. Because of that we could descend faster, I reached 80.3 km/h. In Malaucene it was time to get food. I went for groceries and Bram in search for a Ventoux mug. They didn't sell any because it wasn't as touristy. We sat in the sun to eat ice cream. Then we went in search for shade because it was so hot.

From Malaucene we cycled back to Nyons. Along the way we encountered two French guys who also seemed on cycling vacation. They were walking holding their racing bikes and carrying a big cotton backpack. They had a punctured tire so asked for a pump. We had one. This turned out their third flat tire in two days. Judging by their gear it was clear this was their first cycling trip. Jeans and an extra pair of shoes is really not something you want to carry, especially on your back. I asked where they were sleeping, they pointed to the bushes. It was the second day of their five day trip. After helping them we continued. 

We followed a river. After a few kilometers we already needed to climb another col. This one wasn't that steep, but had a long run-up.

Col de la Sausse

De col de la Sausse

Col de la Sausse

The sun had nearly set

Col de la Sausse

The sun was setting


Someone else drove up, just to take a quick picture of the sunset

The road to the campsite wasn't flat. On a different campsite we happened to pass while descending col de la Sausse we bought some ice cream and bread. Our planned campsite was in Bezaudun-sur-Bine. We considered taking another one further away, but that would involve climbing yet another large col.

At the campsite was a sign saying 'complet' meaning 'full'. We cycled a loop to see if there was a free spot. We were talking about how there were at least hundred places large enough to pitch our tents when someone suddenly said in Dutch that they might have space if we asked. So it was a campsite full of Dutch people. The desk and restaurant were on the other side of the road. We asked if there was room, the person we asked then asked someone else who started shaking their head. We decided to wait. One of the personnel said it was just for us and our bikes. Then they suddenly had more than enough space. It was a really nice campsite with only 25 official spots. It was packed with Dutch people, except for one of our neighbours, who was French. The girl there came up to ask us if we needed help pumping our mattress, but we didn't because ours inflate themselves. The showers required tokens, which was the only bad aspect. I went to buy tokens and order bread for the next morning. Everyone who passed kept staring at Bram's bivy bag and my small tent.

Bram went showering first. He was always lucky with showers. Either he had the warmest one, or the one that stayed on longest. This time he was lucky again. When I put in my token the water stayed cold. The next day I heard this was because the boiler was broken. While Bram was in the shower a group of youngsters came by. One told the other 'you will never win from him with your small tent".


First over the Ventoux coming from Sault, then a flat section before passing from Condorcet into the mountains.

Daily distance: 113 km