We did!

All six of us slayed la bête, le géant de Provence, yesterday. Thought it only too appropriate to do it on a Hillicious Thursday, although to call Le Mont Ventoux a 'hill' tends to understate its hugeness. Here's some photo evidence…

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Comment by DY on July 20, 2012 at 10:39am
Ya, wicked!
Comment by Peter Sutton on July 20, 2012 at 11:12am

Well, I'm expecting the competition on Thursday nights to heat up a bit!  Congrats!

Comment by Joseph on July 20, 2012 at 11:26am

Congratulations!! that was crazy stuff...

Comment by Steve J on July 20, 2012 at 12:09pm

Awesome!  Congratulations!

Comment by Alexx Hooper on July 20, 2012 at 5:22pm

OMG! That was the most gruelling thing I've ever done, but totally amazing! The first 16km are in the forest, and the average grade is between 7-11%. It does not let up. At all. It's relentless - no nice 4% rests, it just keeps going at the 7-11% pitch. The 1st picture is the view when you come out of the forest above the treeline and have only 6kms left. The last 6 kms are particularly steep (up to 13%), but by that time, you know you only have 6 left, so the throbbing in your legs is a lot easier to take. I actually started grinning like a maniac and thinking to myself "Holy $%*& I actually am going to do this!!!". I could see Trish on the switchback above me and we waved at each other, both grinning and waving like crazed maniacs. I was almost in tears at the top because I was SO excited and proud to have actually made it! It was gruelling, but fantastic. And you can't beat the view from the top! Woo-hoo!!! It was a very happy group of 6 at the top! WE DID IT!!!

Comment by Mel on July 20, 2012 at 5:41pm
Alexx could not have said it better!
I was the last one up from our group but certainly not the slowest rider doing the journey up (I passed a few riders :)), and I had the added treat of having my favourite guy circle back down at the 1 km mark and ride the last few meters with me. It put the icing on the cake!
It was absolutely incredible to achieve this goal with such great friends. Thanks to Jeff, Alexx, Paul, Trish and Rob for all the encouragement. What a team we make.
The whole year of getting ready, from early morning work outs to Tuesday/Wednesday night training with Greg Gannon to doing those weekly Stouffville rides was totally worth it.
This is one trip I will always keep close to my heart.
Comment by Jon Spira on July 20, 2012 at 7:50pm

Amazing!  Congratulations to all of you.  A tremendous achievement by every measure.

Comment by Leigh Berndsen on July 20, 2012 at 8:35pm

Congrats!!  Amazing experience!  Looking forward to more pics and hearing about your adventures abroad.  I had an amazing time in Switzerland (fantastic biking) and went to 2 days of the Tour.  So much fun!  See  you all soon.

Comment by DRU on July 21, 2012 at 11:58am

Great job guys!

Comment by Charles Robba on July 22, 2012 at 4:31am
I hope you stopped for a glass of rose or for the local drink "Pastis" on the way down.
Well done guys!
Hope to see you soon back home.

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