story and photos by christian chazalon
In celebration of a new Millennium, a handful of enthusiasts living near Mont Ventoux, France decided to drive up its twisting roads, stop at the very point where the snow made it impassable, and uncork some Champagne. They found this moment so memorable that they made a vow to repeat it year after year.
How long can this traditional impromptu meet carry on? Hard to tell. All’s I know is that you’d better try and make it this year before it’s busted up by the authorities…
Sometimes a good thing becomes a victim of its own success!
*Mont Ventoux (the windy mountain) peaks in the Provence region of southern France. Located some 20km northeast of Carpentas, Vaucluse, this mountain with a height of 1,912m (3,273ft) has gained its legendary fame as one of the most grueling stages in the Tour de France.
Below are the author's images of t his wonderful meet.