Over the last month we’ve seen some spectacular images of Mont Ventoux – today is July 1st and the Tour de France starts tomorrow. It’s often difficult to find words to describe this beautiful, yet dominating mountain in the Provence region. The landscape helps to define an atmosphere so entrenching, that one must visit the place to truly experience the unique magic the mountain offers to all adventurers alike. We’ve selected our favorite images from last month’s four part series to keep you inspired during the next three weeks as the 103rd annual Tour de France rolls on.

Make sure to watch Stage 12 (Tuesday, July 14th) starting in Montpellier and finishing atop Mont Ventoux, a massive route on France’s national Bastille Day. At 15.7 kilometers, accumulating 1,912 meters and averaging a gradient of 8.8 percent, the ascent of this mythical Beast of Provence is sure to be a pivotal and decisive day, as Chris Froome won here last time in 2013

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Part One – The Suffering: Mont Ventoux is a special climb, highlighted by the lack of life as you approach the summit from the valley below. We showcase images from Marshall Kappel presented by Zipp, to take you on a unique journey of this majestic mountain in the South of France.

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Part Two – The AdventureFor most cyclists, climbing a fabled mountain such as Mont Ventoux just once in a lifetime is a dream. The opportunity to conquer the beast a second, even third time is a privilege not to be taken lightly – a multitude of features, both near and far, can come to light that where missed during round one.

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Part Three – The Challenge: South to Mont Ventoux are the Gorges de la Nesque, located in the Vaucluse Mountains and part of a narrow, winding road en route to Provence. It’s all part of the challenge of reaching the base of the Bald Mountain in the distance. 

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Part Four – The Sacrifice: Standing atop the summit of Mont Ventoux the views are endless. With every challenging ascent comes an equally spectacular descent that requires its own set of skills to conquer. The elements push every rider to their limit and require special packing attention for the trip back down, especially when reaching elevations above 6,000 feet.

Explore the entire four part story on our microsite: Peloton x Zipp – Mont Ventoux.

Photos by @marshallkappel for @pelotonmagazine and @zippspeed. #ZippSpeed #ventoux