Calais to Ventoux: Day 5

24 Jun 2014

The penultimate day of the main ride saw the team setting off from Villefranche-sur-Saône early in the morning with a touch of rain still present in the air and on the road surfaces.


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By the end of the day, the seven riders will be in tantalising reach of Mount Ventoux, with Day 6 set for the relatively small distance of 117km, though most of it does involve steep ascents.

Today, the biggest challenge for the team will be when they reach the centre of Lyon, as they pass through a region which rivals only Paris in terms of its size. The city itself has some 2.9 million inhabitants and the riders will be hoping they all stay off the roads during this morning! From Lyon the route South will take the team first to Vernaison before they mark off the stops we detailed in yesterday’s blog, arriving finally for their overnight rest at Livron-sur-Drôme.

As they approach the final day of road cycling, before the mountain ascent on Day 8, the team have been reflecting on the riding so far, with Day 3’s Troyes to Dijon route proving the clear highlight. There’s another selection of photos from the team from that day below, as they continue to remember a time mid-France wasn’t blanketed with rain!


The Calais to Ventoux riders, including Jepson Holt chairman Philip Jepson, are covering 600 miles and a 6,273 ft mountain climb to raise money for The Walton Centre, the only specialist neuroscience trust in the country. If you feel able to donate, you can support them on Just Giving here. Missed their journey so far? Catch up on Day 1, Day 2, Day 3 and Day 4.