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Day 5    3th Sept

Carpentras /Dignes-Les-Bains

Anybody who cycled with TeamBG on this leg of the mHealth Grand Tour will remember this day for the rest of their lives. Partly for the agony that they cycled through, willing on their already tired legs to get to them the top, but mostly the overwhelming sense of achievement at having at last conquering the epic Mont Ventoux.

Distance: 161km Climb: 3295m

mhealth Grand Tour 2014

30th August to 15th September. Barcelona to Vienna. 2300km ride, 33000m of climb.

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Ventoux  is a Hors category climb (that is, it is so tough it is beyond being categorised) It has featured in the Tour de France 9 times as a summit finish and six times on the route.

The summit is 1,912m high and the fastest ascent (starting in Bedoin),  was in 55 minutes 51 seconds by Ivan Mayo (Spain)

We may not have been setting a world record on the ascent, but with an early start we were at the summit by midday.

There are some great shots of some of the Team who took the opportunity to pose for a photo in celebration. An absolutely fantastic achievement by everybody.

Tomorrow some new additions arrive to the group, and after a day of rest the team will once again set off on their epic journey onward towards Vienna.

Beyond Mont Ventoux the day continued for a further 120km - thankfully much of the first part downhill! This part of Provence is famous for growing lavender. Although the flowers had already been cut this year it was nevertheless easy to imagine how the landscape must be transformed when in season. (image above left)

This leg of the ride ended in one of Provence’s most beautiful towns; Digne Les Bains - the setting for the first few scenes of Victor Hugo’s ‘Les Miserables’.

After an incredibly tiring ride, it has been fantastic for this leg of the tour to end on such a high (literally!). The team enjoyed a relaxing dinner in the evening, and celebrated the achievements and bid a sad farewell to those of the team who will now be leaving the tour.

Stage Breakdown         Day     1    2    3    4    5    Rest1    6    7    8    9    10    Rest2    11    12    13    14    15

Images left - en-route to Mont Ventoux.

Above, Shahzad Ahmed, Andy Woolfson and mHealth organiser and tour guru Adam Denton take a break and re-fuel ready for the climb.

Image left a warning of uneven road surface and above the very last part of the ascent. Images below left to right: Sacha Manson-Smith, Miranda Phillips and Paul Morris.