Ventoux Legacy Organic T-Shirt

Upon leaving the village of Bédoin, as you start your assault on the famous southern slopes of the Ventoux, you’d be forgiven for questioning the fabled climb's fearsome reputation. As you roll through pleasant vineyards and olive groves at a very manageable 4-5% average gradient, you’re feeling like a champion. You picture yourself as the almighty Ventoux slaying, yellow jersey-wearing hero as you pedal with surprising fluidity.

 

But, after around five of these easy kilometres, everything becomes a little sour. At this point, you reach “Le Virage Saint-Estève”, which acts as the gateway into the famous forested section of the ascent. Unfortunately, as you round this bend, the gradient changes very much for the worst. The pleasant circles you have been pedalling since Bédoin suddenly morph into somewhat choppy squares, your shoulders become tense and hunch, and your head slants to one side, with all these mannerisms combining to enforce a Quasimodo-like appearance upon your silhouette.

 

At this stage, you take your last glimpse of the observatory tower that sits waiting at the summit. Until now, it has been a ghoulish companion, constantly watching over you, searching for any weakness, but at Saint-Estève, it disappears as you vanish into the forest. For the next nine and a half kilometres to the Chalet Reynard restaurant, the gradient is a relentless 9 - 10 %; it never lets up, it never forgives, it never allows a period of respite. As your sinews strain and your hopes start to drain, you begin to wonder if you’ll ever see the observatory tower again or if your fate is to be consumed by the demons of Ventoux.

Ventoux Legacy Organic T-Shirt

£29.99Price
  • A black t-shirt in 100% organic ring-spun combed cotton, hand screen printed with designs inspired by Mont Ventoux.

    Regular fitting, the super soft cotton construction is finished with a 1x1 ribbed collar with twin needle topstitch, herringbone back neck tape, wide double topstitch hems and full side seams to ensure elevated levels of post ride comfort.