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heavymentalheavymental Posts: 2,024
edited July 2016 in Pro race
Anyone got any idea if it's feasible to park a van (transit size) on the slopes of Ventoux on the morning of the stage? I was there a few years back and we rode up without too many hassles a few hours before the finish to find lots of vehicles up towards the top but I wasn't sure how long they'd been there? Should we do it the night before?

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  • durhamwaspdurhamwasp Posts: 1,242
    Think it would be a major risk to try on the morning of the ride, pretty sure the place will be heaving with possible road closures in place from very early morning.

    Day before and you might be ok.
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  • sniper68sniper68 Posts: 2,910
    There's a programme regularly repeated on Bike Channel(Sky C456) showing the stage on Ventoux when Froome won in 2013 and they were stopping cyclists(or trying to) from riding up as they said there were too many by mid morning.
    Many of the Campervans had been there 2 or 3 days and there were spectators walking up at 4am to get a spot!
  • heavymentalheavymental Posts: 2,024
    We rode up in 2008 and were turned back at one point but we managed to skirt around through some woods and scrub and emerge further up the road. You're probably right, getting a vehicle up there even early morning might be a struggle.
  • DeVlaeminckDeVlaeminck Posts: 7,801
    I would say no chance - the amount of fans has ramped up since 2008 - I saw that programme on the bike channel too and I'm sure they were talking about a few days before to get on.
    [Castle Donington Ladies FC - going up in '22]
  • anjasolaanjasola Posts: 145
    Arrive at least a week before the stage and you might have a chance.
  • olake92olake92 Posts: 182
    No chance on the day; I remember traffic jams the day before with so many caravans/campers trying to find an ideal spot.
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  • heavymentalheavymental Posts: 2,024
    Really it's got more intense/popular since 2008? Why's that then? Anyway, sounds like I'll just try and ride up and set off early after a croissant or 3.
  • gregster04gregster04 Posts: 1,436
    From my experience, if you want to drive up to the top of Ventoux, then you will need to be there days before the peloton or queue to get as far up as you can on the night before. There will definitely be a queue then as everyone following the Tour will be arriving. I assume the earliest people must park up and ride out to the other nearby stages rather than sit on a mountain waiting for several days. It's a cracking atmosphere up there though.

    You can skirt around some roads and avoid some closures very early on the day but I would think getting onto the Ventoux will be nigh on impossible on the day.

    Even if you park down below and ride up on the day you will need to be there as early as you can be if you want to enjoy it and be relatively unmolested. Last time I went to Alpe D'Huez, for example, we got there well before breakfast and I must have grabbed the last parking spot in the whole of Bourg d'oisans.

    Despite all of that, it will still be brilliant however you do it.
  • gregster04 wrote:
    From my experience, if you want to drive up to the top of Ventoux,.

    tdf-2013-stage-15-mont-ventoux-aso-p-perreve-e1374360990378.jpg

    Don't think you are going to get anywhere near the top! - look no vans - those three will be official - They have been bringing the white vans down closer to the tree line each year . This makes it more difficult to find spaces in the forest. And don't forget you can't often park directly on the road there - you have to pull into the parking areas which fill up a week before. In 2013 you couldn't cycle past the 3km about 6 hours before the peloton

    Maybe worth thinking about going up from Sault and trying to get near to Chalet Reynard - but again this will have to be a couple of days before Unlike other mountains there is no pull over onto grass so its a pretty narrow column a lot of the way up - so nothing like the capacity of Galibier etc

    img_4949-le-mont-ventoux.jpg
  • DeVlaeminckDeVlaeminck Posts: 7,801
    What are the unpaved routes up there like on the day - I've done the well known forest road on a MTB, that route starts about a third of the way up the classic road climb - you might be able to park up there however many days before the stage and then use a MTB/cross bike to get nearer the top - there are routes to Chalet Reynard or a few km the other side of the summit from there but there are other paths and tracks on Ventoux too that might be an option.
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  • Mac9Mac9 Posts: 134
    I'm planning on watching the Ventoux stage on the mountainside and have read this thread with interest.

    My plan was to ride up to Chalet Reynard or thereabouts on the morning of the stage and watch it from there, then roll back down again and off to my hotel.

    The problem is that I'll be staying in Arles which is too far for me to ride to and from on the day, therefore I'll be looking to drive and park close by and ride from there.

    Does anyone know if it will be possible to find a parking space in Sault or Bedoin on the morning of the stage?

    Cheers.
  • Mac9 wrote:
    I'm planning on watching the Ventoux stage on the mountainside and have read this thread with interest.

    My plan was to ride up to Chalet Reynard or thereabouts on the morning of the stage and watch it from there, then roll back down again and off to my hotel.

    The problem is that I'll be staying in Arles which is too far for me to ride to and from on the day, therefore I'll be looking to drive and park close by and ride from there.

    Does anyone know if it will be possible to find a parking space in Sault or Bedoin on the morning of the stage?

    Cheers.

    You will be able to find a spot in Bedoin somewhere....I would make over to the municipal campsite next to the municipal swimming pool and opposite from that is a (very) large field that becomes a free overspill campsite /car park . However there was plenty of parking in the side streets the years I have been there on Tour day . You will get much better atmosphere from Bedoin than Sault as there is a real build up in the village. There is a fountain in the square for filling bottles etc which is a tradition ...then it's off you go. Chalet Reynard gets packed - there is usually a large TREK hospitality tent around there and a large screen so you can watch the action . Good bike shop in Bedoin if needed
  • Mac9 wrote:
    Does anyone know if it will be possible to find a parking space in Sault or Bedoin on the morning of the stage?

    That's what I did the last time the Tour used Ventoux, in 2013. There was some sort of parking signposted off the main road here...

    https://goo.gl/maps/S7US6QZBcz72

    I didn't use it though, I parked a little further down.
  • Mac9Mac9 Posts: 134
    Thank you both for your very helpful replies.

    Can't wait for the day itself now, just need to get training for the climb itself!
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 61,010 Lives Here
    Really it's got more intense/popular since 2008? Why's that then? Anyway, sounds like I'll just try and ride up and set off early after a croissant or 3.

    Brits.....
  • heavymentalheavymental Posts: 2,024
    Damn Brits...
  • specialgueststarspecialgueststar Posts: 3,371
    yes but a lot less yanks :D

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  • eric_draveneric_draven Posts: 1,181
    gregster04 wrote:
    From my experience, if you want to drive up to the top of Ventoux,.

    tdf-2013-stage-15-mont-ventoux-aso-p-perreve-e1374360990378.jpg

    Don't think you are going to get anywhere near the top! - look no vans - those three will be official - They have been bringing the white vans down closer to the tree line each year . This makes it more difficult to find spaces in the forest. And don't forget you can't often park directly on the road there - you have to pull into the parking areas which fill up a week before. In 2013 you couldn't cycle past the 3km about 6 hours before the peloton

    Maybe worth thinking about going up from Sault and trying to get near to Chalet Reynard - but again this will have to be a couple of days before Unlike other mountains there is no pull over onto grass so its a pretty narrow column a lot of the way up - so nothing like the capacity of Galibier etc

    img_4949-le-mont-ventoux.jpg

    Reckon I'm in the top photo somewhere,from experience from 3 years ago,i got there the day before the stage and drove to Malaucène,and then drove up the north side about 6-7pm,you will be stopped about 4 miles from the top where the back entrance is,also ski lifts there as well,they were letting people camp on that area for free,tents and camper vans,i got up early and descended the north side and rode the race route,all i can say it was heaving,I got to the last right hand corner before I was stopped but they closed the road off at about 700m to go,the last left hand bend

    where i camped i also where the team buses wait for the riders
  • specialgueststarspecialgueststar Posts: 3,371
    gregster04 wrote:
    From my experience, if you want to drive up to the top of Ventoux,.

    tdf-2013-stage-15-mont-ventoux-aso-p-perreve-e1374360990378.jpg

    Don't think you are going to get anywhere near the top! - look no vans - those three will be official - They have been bringing the white vans down closer to the tree line each year . This makes it more difficult to find spaces in the forest. And don't forget you can't often park directly on the road there - you have to pull into the parking areas which fill up a week before. In 2013 you couldn't cycle past the 3km about 6 hours before the peloton

    Maybe worth thinking about going up from Sault and trying to get near to Chalet Reynard - but again this will have to be a couple of days before Unlike other mountains there is no pull over onto grass so its a pretty narrow column a lot of the way up - so nothing like the capacity of Galibier etc

    img_4949-le-mont-ventoux.jpg

    Reckon I'm in the top photo somewhere,from experience from 3 years ago,i got there the day before the stage and drove to Malaucène,and then drove up the north side about 6-7pm,you will be stopped about 4 miles from the top where the back entrance is,also ski lifts there as well,they were letting people camp on that area for free,tents and camper vans,i got up early and descended the north side and rode the race route,all i can say it was heaving,I got to the last right hand corner before I was stopped but they closed the road off at about 700m to go,the last left hand bend

    where i camped i also where the team buses wait for the riders

    I was there but on the second photo I got stopped at the 3km banner - it was about 2 hours before caravan
  • eric_draveneric_draven Posts: 1,181
    gregster04 wrote:
    From my experience, if you want to drive up to the top of Ventoux,.

    [img]<span%20class="skimlinks-unlinked">https://bikesandbidons.files.wordpress.com/2013/07/tdf-2013-stage-15-mont-ventoux-aso-p-perreve-e1374360990378.jpg</span>[/img]

    Don't think you are going to get anywhere near the top! - look no vans - those three will be official - They have been bringing the white vans down closer to the tree line each year . This makes it more difficult to find spaces in the forest. And don't forget you can't often park directly on the road there - you have to pull into the parking areas which fill up a week before. In 2013 you couldn't cycle past the 3km about 6 hours before the peloton

    Maybe worth thinking about going up from Sault and trying to get near to Chalet Reynard - but again this will have to be a couple of days before Unlike other mountains there is no pull over onto grass so its a pretty narrow column a lot of the way up - so nothing like the capacity of Galibier etc

    [img]<span%20class="skimlinks-unlinked">https://hopeeternal.files.wordpress.com/2013/07/img_4949-le-mont-ventoux.jpg</span>[/img]

    Reckon I'm in the top photo somewhere,from experience from 3 years ago,i got there the day before the stage and drove to Malaucène,and then drove up the north side about 6-7pm,you will be stopped about 4 miles from the top where the back entrance is,also ski lifts there as well,they were letting people camp on that area for free,tents and camper vans,i got up early and descended the north side and rode the race route,all i can say it was heaving,I got to the last right hand corner before I was stopped but they closed the road off at about 700m to go,the last left hand bend

    where i camped i also where the team buses wait for the riders

    I was there but on the second photo I got stopped at the 3km banner - it was about 2 hours before caravan

    I watched it come past at at about 800m to go,i got top the top at about 10 am,forgot to take a jacket or long sleeve jersey with me,I was a bit cold in the afternoon when the wind got up

    9576510175_eb08e6b567_c.jpgfroome by future primitive 184, on Flickr

    Ha got the photo thing sussed now
  • Mac9Mac9 Posts: 134
    Sorry to reopen such an old thread.

    Just wondering if anyone knew if it would be possible to drive up to Chalet Reynard either from Bedoin or Sault on the morning of the stage to drop friends off and then drive straight back down again?

    I'm going to be riding up on the morning of the stage but friends I'm going to be meeting there will not be able to for various reasons.

    Thanks in advance.
  • eric_draveneric_draven Posts: 1,181
    Mac9 wrote:
    Sorry to reopen such an old thread.

    Just wondering if anyone knew if it would be possible to drive up to Chalet Reynard either from Bedoin or Sault on the morning of the stage to drop friends off and then drive straight back down again?

    I'm going to be riding up on the morning of the stage but friends I'm going to be meeting there will not be able to for various reasons.

    Thanks in advance.

    If like last time i would say no,as the road had been shut off the night before,but it was the centenary year and Bastille day as well,maybe if you were to very early in the morning
  • greasedscotsmangreasedscotsman Posts: 6,962
    Mac9 wrote:
    Sorry to reopen such an old thread.

    Just wondering if anyone knew if it would be possible to drive up to Chalet Reynard either from Bedoin or Sault on the morning of the stage to drop friends off and then drive straight back down again?

    I'm going to be riding up on the morning of the stage but friends I'm going to be meeting there will not be able to for various reasons.

    Thanks in advance.

    Sault, yes. Bedoin, no.
  • MrTMrT Posts: 260
    Mac9 wrote:
    Sorry to reopen such an old thread.

    Just wondering if anyone knew if it would be possible to drive up to Chalet Reynard either from Bedoin or Sault on the morning of the stage to drop friends off and then drive straight back down again?

    I'm going to be riding up on the morning of the stage but friends I'm going to be meeting there will not be able to for various reasons.

    Thanks in advance.

    Sault, yes. Bedoin, no.

    Agree with the Scotsman ....assuming your friends will be in for a long walk down....I rode up in 08 and 13 and it was chaos coming down....even on two wheels.
  • Mac9Mac9 Posts: 134
    Thanks for all the info everybody.

    My plan had been to drive up from Sault to drop my two friends off with their bikes so they could roll back down, then drive myself to a car park around Bedoin and ride up to meet them.

    However, looking at this website it suggests that all access roads will be closed from 1pm the day before the stage so that plan is out of the window and it's back to the drawing board!

    http://www.ventoux-stage-france.co.uk/p ... -17-2.html
  • greasedscotsmangreasedscotsman Posts: 6,962
    That's really helpful, thanks for posting Mac9.
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