After riding the week-long Haute Route Rockies in June, the first HR event outside Europe, the Bucket Rider John Woodson decided he needed another hit of the Haute Route high and signed up for Haute Route Ventoux.
The unmistakeable Mont Ventoux, The Giant of Provence, is an iconic cycling feature and three ascents of the 6,272-foot/1,912-meter peak over three days provided a dream long-weekend of cycling.
The three-day format is new in 2017 and is designed to make the Haute Route experience more accessible in terms of physical test, time and cost. In 2018, San Francisco, Asheville, Utah and Norway will join the three-day roster.
The Haute Route Ventoux is "built from the same DNA as the full seven-day Haute Route events which are widely regarded as the pinnacle of amateur cycling in Europe," said Event Director Benjamin Chandelier.
"We are delighted to offer amateur cyclists a brand new challenge," Chandelier added. "The key difference is that the Haute Route Ventoux is based in one place for three days, hugely simplifying rider logistics."
John is a former faux pro racer enjoying life as a geriatric cyclist in search of great bucket list rides to keep him in shape and out of trouble - well, at least in shape.
He writes about his Bucket Rides in all their variety and glory for Granfondo.com. See his pieces here