Riding up Mont Ventoux is something that most avid cyclists think about doing. We figured we would combine this with a good cause. We also thought that it would be a good test of the power of the social web. Blog readers of the world, unite and donate, and if you like come along for the ride too. (actually even if you have no idea about blogs, still donate....)
some stats from wikipedia...South from Bédoin: 22 km over 1610 m. This is the most famous and difficult ascent. The road to the summit has an average gradient of 7.6%. Until Saint-Estève, the climb is easy, but the 16 remaining kilometres have an average gradient of 10%. The last kilometres have strong, violent winds. The ride takes 2-3 hours for trained amateur individuals, and professionals can ride it in 1-1.5 hours. The fastest time so far recorded has been that of Iban Mayo in the individual climbing time trial of the 2004 Dauphiné Libéré: 55' 51". The time was measured from Bédoin for the first time in the 1958 Tour de France, in which Charly Gaul was the fastest at 1h 2' 9".
Our trip up the famed hill will be documented and blogged and so on by some a,b,c and d-list blogging types. More details to follow as this thing develops. also please see our wiki at www.thehughpage.com.
We decided on this charity before the current middle east war, but the events have meant that supporting this cause is somehow more urgent and relevant....