Ventoux is a coming of (middle) age tale by Bert Wagendorp, the Dutch journalist and author.
The story is Narrated by Bart Hoffman, one of a group of 40-something men who take a nostalgic trip to Provence, 20 years after their first visit. Their purpose there is to confront the ghosts of their past and, most importantly, to see if they still have what it takes to ride up the Mountain of Death.
It’s a great read, philosophical in places, funny at times, dark at other, and jam-packed full of cycling.
What’s not to like?
Here’s a quote to whet your appetite:
And here’s the trailer for the movie adaptation: