Mont Ventoux - Who's been (C&SC Team?) - Best Time?

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Red Dwarf
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The title says most of it really! I know that one or two of the C&SC
team have driven to and up Mont Ventoux and maybe others have?

It's on the agenda this year, so I wondered if anyone has recommendations
for time of year and, just as important really, time of day.

No adverse comments about cyclists required, as I'm one of those as well,
so it'll be a trip to commemorate the mountains’ history in cars and bicycles!

So obviously, as it’s a car trip, July is out, as the Tour de France will
be there then!

Ta!

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Late spring or September is my favourite time in Provence, everything looks brighter without the summer heat. Ventoux is French for windy, which is why nothing grows on the mountain above a certain level, and it gets mighty windy when the Mistral blows so best to avoid November-December too for that reason, although it can still blow through to April. For an interest in old racing there is also Miramas and Nimes in the area, and the current circuit at Ledenon is still in use, though that is more suited to Karts.

Chris M.

 

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Thanks Chris

I though May would be nice, but it's "Public Holiday City" here in May, so it makes it difficult to find a quiet, and less expensive time then!  I'm beginning to favour September.   I know it's a tall order on the mount, but I want good weather for the trip - we'll be doing the Ardeche and a few other scenic routes on the way there and back, so it's a bit tricky to set an exact  time just yet!

I'd thought of doing an early morning run up the mount, but it seems that's a popular time for cyclists, as its cooler.  Maybe try for that and then another go late in the day.....  I hasten to add that I won't be "trying for a time", but it would be good to have it relatively traffic free for photos!

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Mario Laguna
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"Ventoux is French for windy"

- It could be, Chris. Actually, "vent" is French for wind, so "venteux"  ("eux" instead of  "oux"), should be more appropriate for windy.
Perhaps a French reader can tell us more about.

"which is why nothing grows on the mountain above a certain level"
- I thought it was because of freezing temperatures in winter and snow. The mount is nearly 2.000 m high. But I don't know very well Mont Ventoux as I have been only once at the top at the wheel of my car.

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Mario Laguna wrote:

"Ventoux is French for windy"

- It could be, Chris. Actually, "vent" is French for wind, so "venteux"  ("eux" instead of  "oux"), should be more appropriate for windy.
Perhaps a French reader can tell us more about.

"which is why nothing grows on the mountain above a certain level"
- I thought it was because of freezing temperatures in winter and snow. The mount is nearly 2.000 m high. But I don't know very well Mont Ventoux as I have been only once at the top at the wheel of my car.

Thanks for the correction.  I was told the name probably came from a Provençal dialect, or the ancient 'Oc' language of the region, but there may be other meanings.  Local tourist info claims that the high winds blowing most of the year stop anything taking root, but of course freezing temperatures, exacerbated by the winds from the north, would be a contribution.

Either way, a favourite stop on any trip to Provence.

Chris M.

 

 

Mario Laguna
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"Either way, a favourite stop on any trip to Provence"

That's for sure, Chris. I plan for a second hill climb to the mountain since I've heard a Pegaso Z-102 engine is under restoration at Carpentras, just on the way to the top.

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My understanding has always been that the name was derived from "windy mountain".  It did in fact used to be tree covered to the summit, but was stripped of trees in something like the 18th century, for the wood to be used in war ships.  The harsh climate has apparently prevented re growth.  (Another "global warming" myth shatered there then!) 

It's certainly looking more like September, but early.  We were in Burgundy for the vendange a few years ago and while that's all exciting stuff, the roads were full of farmer's white vans, tractor and trailer combos and lots of mud!

I know one of the C&SC team went up a year or so ago, but don't remember who.  Onlyt hat they did it in a Twingo!   I wondered when.

I'm planning on a few stretches of scenic route on the way, but the only other "issue" will be that "while we're down there" we could just go on further into Provence, or maybe down to Avignon, or........   Not sure the fuel budget will stretch that far in the 'Vette!  

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