Tour de France’s “Outer Space” Mountain! The Tour De France Race Course Up Close!

Let’s Head To The Moon!

The Tour de France is one of the world’s most celebrated sporting events – due in part to the face that, most years it takes place on the moon!

Well, it just LOOKS like the moon – and it’s an amazing part of the race course.

In 2017, the Tour de France is bypassing this incredible mountain, but my wife Alex and I had the chance to drive up it anyway…

To get there, all you have to do is get on a plane and head to France!

Flying Over France…

France is, without a doubt, a beautiful country, as you can see – just flying overhead gets you excited for what lies ahead…today, we are going to go for the world’s most prestigious bike ride!

Welcome to Mont Ventoux!

Mont Ventoux is located in the Provence region of southern France, located a few miles northeast of Carpentras, Vaucluse. It is the largest mountain in the region and has been nicknamed the “Giant of Provence”, or “The Bald Mountain” – for reasons we will show soon. It has gained fame for its role in the world’s greatest bike race: the Tour de France.

Now, who is kidding who? I wasn’t riding up the mountain…instead, we took our rental car for a leisurely drive up a gorgeous summit. Here we are, halfway up the mountain. It’s a beautiful, relaxed drive through beautiful woods…with strategically placed markers alongside the road telling cyclists how far they are from the top!

Mont Ventoux is legendary as the scene of one of the most grueling climbs in the Tour de France race, which has used the mountain more than a dozen times since 1951. As you get near the top, you can see a great expanse below…

And then you head to the Moon!

After driving a few more miles, you suddenly come upon a completely unique and foreign-looking landscape, including the legendary “ORB”:

As you go past this, the surrounding landscape turns white, an eerieness that makes it feel like you have landed on the moon:

And We Have Landed!

It really is like landing on the moon – assuming the moon has candy for sale!

And when you finally park at the top, you are surrounded by a moonscape that is stark and yet beautiful – and you understand why they call it “The Bald Mountain”. But you get more than just a serene void: you get a funny collection of buildings, restaurants and more:

And just like they did when they landed on the moon, we pulled out our camera and started taking pictures of ourselves!

Bikers, Bikers, Bikers!

And we weren’t alone – EVERYONE takes pictures under the sign at the top of Mont Ventoux, especially the mass of bikers who have made it up to the top after an arduous ride…

There were hundreds of bikers there – all posing for pictures and embracing their successful summit – and after taking pictures, they also looked out at the beautiful, stark landscape.


Behold The Moonscape!

After you gaze upon the moon-like landscape, you are, naturally, a bit hungry…but no fear, they have a restaurant up there as well!

And, crazy enough, you can also buy bulk candy as well! Well, I guess the bikers need the energy, but what was my excuse?

After taking lots of pictures, we headed back down the mountain and let the bikers enjoy their day on the moon!



Categories: Awards, Books / Media, Exotic Travel, Food, Restaurants, Sports, Travel, Travel Adventures, Travel Memoir, Uncategorized

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

3 replies

  1. Reblogged this on johnrieber and commented:

    To celebrate this year’s Tour de France, here is the race’s outer space mountain!

    Like

  2. What stunning landscape! I liked your description of the moonscape as ‘serene void’–fits the view perfectly.

    Like

Trackbacks

  1. Tour De France’s Outer Space Mountain! Wild Bike Course! « Spinning Orbit

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Murder in Common

Passionate about crime fiction books

Shock, Schlock & Leftover Film Stock

A bloody valentine to exploitation films, cult film classics, direct to video dreck and other dirty, disreputable corners of cinema history

Wheelescapades

Tea, Tours and Escapades

Times and Tides of a Beachwriter

Drift among the scribbles of writer Janet Gogerty

THE MASTER CYLINDER

This page is dedicated to all things of the past, movies, television, books, etc collected under one page if possible.

Robbie Cheadle

Books | Poems | Reviews

Robbie's inspiration

Ideas on writing and baking

Darlene Foster's Blog

dreamer of dreams, teller of tales

Urban Suburban Girl

(adj.) cul – de – sac couture

You can always start now

exploring possibilities

Realweegiemidget Reviews Films TV Books and more

You can take the girl out of Glasgow. Entertainment Reviews from a Wee Scottish Wife and Stepmum living in Finland.

I didn't have my glasses on....

A trip through life with fingers crossed and eternal optimism.

Through the Shattered Lens

Where mainstream meets grindhouse, exploitation, otaku and gamers

The Planking Traveler

planks or it didn't happen

Laura's Books and Blogs

Writing tips, giveaways, reviews, essays, and more!

Binging on a Budget

"Help Me, I'm Poor."

Sunshine with Savannah

Writer aiming to cultivate kindness. | Exploring, learning, scribbling, finding sunshine wherever I go.

Notes from the U.K.

Exploring the spidery corners of a culture and the weird stuff that tourist brochures ignore.

Drew's Movie Reviews

Movie reviews from your average dude

The Annual Bloggers Bash

The Official Website for the Best Blogging Event of the Year!

But I Smile Anyway...

Musings and memories, words and wisdom... of a working family woman

Colline's Blog

a potpourri of thoughts and experiences

Travel with Intent

A photographer's view of the world - words and images to inspire your travels and your dreams

Movie Reviews 101

Daily Movie Reviews & ABC Film Challenge

Cindy Bruchman

Films. Travel. Photography. Books. Let's talk.

From Michigan to Germany

A family from Michigan living abroad in Germany.

Invisibly Me

Life With Chronic Invisible Illness

JR-Sploitation!

The world's wildest movies from an era of "everything goes!"

Eclectic Alli

A bit of this, a bit of that, the meandering thoughts of a dreamer.

Rust Belt Girl

reading and writing the Rust Belt

Cult Of The Cinema

Exploring Cinematic Diversity

Retired? No one told me!

Tonight I Dream. Tomorrow I Do!

beetleypete

The musings of a Londoner, now living in Norfolk

Suzie Speaks

The Adventures Of a Thirty-Something Life

Cats and Trails and Garden Tales

Musings on cats, travel, gardens and life

The BookWorm Drinketh

Give Tea to the Tillerman, But Booze to the Bookworm!

Tranquil Dreams

Watching, Reading, Cooking & Travelling

An Historian About Town

History in the Making

Susie Lindau's Wild Ride

Come for Adventure. Stay for the Ride!

a mindful traveler

explore, live, love...

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Blog magazine for lovers of health, food, books, music, humour and life in general

It Rains... You Get Wet

Still more lazy thoughts from this one...

By Hook Or By Book

Book Reviews, News, and Other Stuff

Admit One Film Addict

Psychotronic Cinema

%d bloggers like this: