I did it

6 07 2008

Today I posted the letter containing my application for entrance into the (I like to think) very select Club des Cinglés du Mont Ventoux. Now it is only my application and I still have a long way (literally) to go before I make a real member. But it is a first step.

For anyone that does not read french very well, there is also a Dutch version and a blog in english of a group of dutch cyclists that completed the tour this spring.

So in the last week of august I will be trying to climb the Mont Ventoux on my bicycle three times in one day by three different routes. The distance of 136km is not the problem , I ride that kind of distance about once a week during training. The problem is there are no mountains here in Holland and I will have to climb 4443m. The nearest hill is about 200km away from my home and the highest is 395m, which is lower than the start of the climb of the Mont Ventoux. My wife came up with a nice solution for all this. She proposed to make our holiday this summer into a preparation for the Ventoux. So on the first of august (as my birthday present as I considerate it) we will leave home near Amsterdam on our bikes to arrive about 2 or 3 weeks later in the vicinity of the Mont Ventoux. A perfect preparation and we will pass a lot of mountains where I can practice my climbing skills. Although I must say we will not be climbing too much with all the camping gear on our bikes. We found a perfect route that skirts all the mountain ranges in France but hardly ever enters them. On the days we do not travel, I can climb some mountain nearby and my wife can train for the Marathon van Amsterdam she has planned in the fall.

I’m looking forward to it all and I know I am a little bit crazy to even try it, but that’s just me.

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