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Mark’s Mont Ventoux Challenge

HotChillee Veteran Mark Jones has set himself an incredible challenge this year! Read all about it from the man himself below:

“My name is Mark Jones, I’m 57 years young and have been riding bikes all my life, but only started riding road bikes seriously from 2012, thanks to the success of the British Olympic team and Team sky.

My wife Paula also rides and in 2013 we thought we would enter the ballot for Hotchillee London to Paris 2014, thinking that we didn’t stand a chance of getting in, but we did and it was a fantastic event. The following year, 2015 I entered the Hotchillee Alpine challenge which was by far my favourite event and fancied myself as a bit of a climber but as of yet still not had the phone call from Sir Dave Brailsford.

In 2016 we did the London to Paris again, another great event and we have made so many friends from doing these events.

In September 2017 we travelled down to Provence in the south of France for a cycling holiday. We were based just outside Bedoin with a stunning view of Mont Ventoux from our B&B. I had registered for the Cingles challenge which is all Three routes up Venuox in One day. 137 Kms with 4,400 metres of accent. It was a very hot day and I started with the Malaucene climb which is very pretty with stunning views, descended into Bedoin for the Second climb, which I found the hardest, there is a 9km section through the forest which averages 14% and it was about 37 degrees during this accent. The last climb from Sault is the easiest but the longest at 26 Kms. The whole thing took me 8 hrs 10 mins which I was very pleased with and felt surprisingly good at the final summit, really enjoyed that decent back into Bedoin. All this wouldn’t have been possible without the fantastic support from my wife Paula who drove our car up and down the mountain all day, made sure I was getting all the fuel and nutrition I needed and was head photographer. It was a fantastic feeling to have completed this challenge.

That brings me on to my mammoth challenge that I have set myself for this June. It is called Mont Ventoux Bicinglette challenge. This consists of 6 accents of Ventoux, 2from Bedoin, 2 from Malaucene and 2 from Sault inside 24 hours. This is a ride of 274 Kms with 8,800 metres of accent.

Only 262 riders worldwide have completed this challenge, with only 36 from the UK.

I am doing this challenge to raise money and awareness for the stroke association as two of our friends have suffered strokes in the last couple of years. Cheryl is now back at work but in a lesser capacity and Carolyn has had to finish work all together. The link to my just giving page is as follows.

www.justgiving.com/fundraising/markjonesventouxchallenge

We travel down to Provence on 9th June 2019 and I hope to be doing the challenge during the First week of our holiday, subject to weather conditions etc. If anyone is going to be in that area between 10th and 22nd June and would like to give me some company, it would be very much appreciated as its going to be a long day, or anyone is welcome to join Paula in the support car.

If anyone is interested and would like to get in touch with us for any questions or information I will put links below.

Email : zulu23@sky.com Twitter: @MarkZulu23 Instagram : mark_jones_zulu23 “

Good luck Mark, we’ll be cheering you on!