Punishing profile revealed for new Mont Ventoux one-day race

The new race will see riders tackle 185km and 4,400 metres of climbing

Chris Froome on Mont Ventoux, stage 15 of the 2013 Tour de France (Photo: Graham Watson)
(Image credit: Watson)

The profile of the new Mont Ventoux one-day race has been revealed.

Mont Ventoux Denivelé Challenges classic will be a new UCI 1.1 category addition to the calendar from next year.

Taking place on Sunday, June 17, the race will involve a gruelling 185km with 4,400metres climbing.

Organisers have published the profile of the new race, which features seven climbs before the dreaded and legendary Mont Ventoux.

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The race will kick off with a 5km, easy 3.7% climb, followed by Col des Aires at 3km and 5.4%.

After that comes the first real test for the peloton, the 11.6km Col de l’Homme Mort with an average of 4.9%.

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Over the next 80km there are a few smaller tests, before cycling’s most iconic test appears.

Mont Ventoux, which has featured in the Tour de France 16 times, is steeped in cycling history, both glorious and tragic.

In 1967, Brit Tom Simpson died on the slopes of the 21km climb.

The climb first featured in the Tour in 1951, but not as a summit finish.

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A Ventoux finish line first appeared in 1958, with an individual time trial from Bédoin to the top won by Charly Gaul.

There have been 10 summit finishes atop Mont Ventoux in the Tour de France’s history.

At 8.7%, it is a brutal finale to the new one-day race.

The race will take the classic ascent up Ventoux from Bédoin, with a total elevation of 1612m.

Mont Ventoux Denivelé Challenges one-day race will take place at the end of the Mont Ventoux Cycling Festival, and will follow the Santini GF Mont Ventox sportive.

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for CyclingWeekly.com. After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.