From Malaucene to Mont Ventoux

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Mont Ventoux, France
From Malaucene to Mont Ventoux - On the D974
From Malaucene to Mont Ventoux - On the D974
From Malaucene to Mont Ventoux - Mont Ventoux hiking path
From Malaucene to Mont Ventoux - IGN 3140 ET - map
From Malaucene to Mont Ventoux - The Mont Ventoux

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From Malaucene to Mont Ventoux Oct 03, 2014
Basically, there are three different ways to get from Malaucene to the Mont Ventoux. None of them is by public transport:

By car/motorcycle: From the Southeast of Malaucène, Road D974 leads up to the summit. The distance is 21,5 km.

By cycle: Road D974 has a cycle lane on the right hand side for those going to the Mont Ventoux. Though this is not the normal Tour de France Route (that's the one from Bédoin where the Tom Simpson memorial is), a climb on the Mont Ventoux is Tour de France – class and one of the toughest. Depending on how well you are trained, you have to calculate between 1H30 to 3H00 for the climb.

Hiking: You can use Road D974 as well (which I would recommend if you plan to climb or descend in the hours of darkness). However, there are beautiful hiking paths through villages and vineyards approaching Mont Ventoux from the North. Roughly, Follow Road D153 here until the junction to the village Les Alazards. From here on, a good map is recommended like the IGN 3140 ET.

The signs and marks on the hiking paths are not enough for orientation and sometimes may even confuse you. As a rough guide: Red and white bars means a GR – Path (like GR4), a red and white cross means that you are leaving the GR path. There are similar combinations for red and yellow and plain yellow. Depending on route, own condition and breaks you will need between five and eight hours to reach the summit.

For some more info on hiking, have a look onto my travellogue.
The Mont Ventoux
IGN 3140 ET - map
Mont Ventoux hiking path
On the D974
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