Reddish Knob – Virginia’s Mount Ventoux
The climb up Mount Ventoux in France from Sault is 15.1 miles with an elevation gain of approximately 3,809 feet, for an average slope of 4.9%.
The climb up to Reddish Knob from the intersection of Briery Branch Road and highway 257 West, according to my trusty Garmin 305, was 11.8 miles and an elevation gain of 2,985 feet, yielding an average slope of 4.8%.
Up and Up and Up…..
The climb up Reddish Knob is a beautiful ride through the National Forest, but once you begin it’s seems like there is just one curve after another, without end. Beautiful, though.
Don’t stop at the reservoir or the flies will eat you alive. I have no idea where they come from but they are absolutely vicious – and ravenous!
False Flats and Potholes
Once you reach the top of the ridge, you turn south and descent for about 1/2 mile just before the final climb to the top. These are Forest Service roads and are not in the best of shape. Just after you gain speed on that descent there are two big potholes in the road that you do not want to hit at 30 miles on hour.
How Not to Slide Off the Road
The road is in pretty good shape but there always seems to be a bit of loose gravel on the road surface, so be mindful of your speed on the descent. There isn’t too much traffic on the road so you could be in the ditch for a long time before anyone comes by.
Where’s Fast Freddy?
I’m in Virginia so I rode my Serotta Davis Phinney but I wish I had my Formigli Classic, which fits me just a little bit better. That said, Ben (my Serotta) with the 9-speed Shimano took me up the hill just fine.
Reddish Knob Challenge
We’re creating a Prostate Cancer Awareness Challenge ride on Reddish Knob, so check back from time to time for the detail.
Just another day in Paradise!