in san jose, i live midway up a hill so one of my favorite things to do besides mobbing hills is torturing myself riding up them as fast as i can. not only is it great training, it's also....umm....theres no other positive spin to it. it hurts like fuck. i'm a masochist. mont ventoux is a brutal uphill that challenges even the most tame racers in the tour de france (it's kind of weird not seeing people on the sides of the road). climbing this on a bike where you have to rely on legs 24/7 is a feat. but then again, that's how it used to be in the early days of the tour. wonder what gearing was on that bike... hats off to you!