Like this site? Help us to make it better.


Video: riding the Mont Ventoux on Zwift

Have you done Zwift's newest, biggest climb yet?...

If you've spent any time riding indoors during lockdown you'll probably have given Zwift a go, and you may have seen some of our coverage of the Virtual Tour de France, hosted on the platform, in recent weeks. As part of that tie-in Zwift has created a new France map, and one of the climbs on that map is the biggest yet: the ascent of the Géant du Provence, the mighty Mont Ventoux.

There's three ways up to the 1,912m summit and the road on Zwift is the ascent from Bedoin, which is the one that's generally used in the Tour de France. And it's a big one: a vertical mile of ascent from bottom to top, over 21km of brutal French tarmac. The Zwift climb is an exact facsimilie of the real climb in terms of the route and the gradient, but the mesaured climb starts a bit outside the village, giving you ,1500m of climbing to do in 19km. So it's half as big again as the Alpe du Zwift, which is modelled on the Alpe d'Huez climb, and a very different beast too, majoring on just going uphill steeply for a long time rather than messing about with hairpins and such.

We sent Dave to give it a go, as he's done the real climb too, and report back. Watch the video at the top for his thoughts on the climb. And let us know what you think of it in the comments!

Add new comment


RoadYeti | 3 years ago

Yawn    Bo ring

Secret_squirrel | 3 years ago

Did this on Sunday 19th on one of the L'Etape sessions, plus a half-arsed attempt a couple of days earlier using the Discovery Event "hack".  Thats where you join one of the Stage discovery tours then immediately quit and follow your own route.

Had a plan to do the real thing last May - hence the attraction.

So did it in 1:56 with an average of 180w over the almost 2 hours.  Might have been a little quicker if I hadn't done an hour of intervals immediately beforehand.

Was almost exactly mid-table 860 ish out of ~1800 riders at the finish.

Wouldnt say its the hardest Turbo session I have ever done but the sheer quantity of sweat I produced was disturbing.  First time ever my shoe has filled with sweat.

Would probably do it again as a group ride, not sure as a solo unless I had a 2hr training session planned anyway.


dave atkinson replied to Secret_squirrel | 3 years ago

i did it on the discovery event hack, hence why it's entirely empty. was a lonely 1h45  1

i want to do it in an event now i think it'd be a lot more fun that way and it's easier to keep the gas on if there are people to chase

Secret_squirrel replied to dave atkinson | 3 years ago

There was quite a bit of txt banter for the 1st hour too - helped pass the time.  Think people started struggling / keyboards got too slippy past that.

dave atkinson replied to Secret_squirrel | 3 years ago
1 like

companion app and text to speech is your friend there!

Latest Comments