A feel-good novel about friendship, romance, intrigue, and treachery. And cycling.
During the summer of 1982, a group of friends—five boys and one girl—travel to French Provence to climb the legendary Mont Ventoux on their bicycles. A tragic accident claims the life of one of them, the promising young poet, Peter. Thirty years later, the old friends return to conquer the mountain and the demons of their past. Ventoux is both a hilarious and insightful portrait of a generation and a stunningly accurate depiction of male friendship. While cycling aficionados will delight in recognizing the mountain as the scene of many classic races, Ventoux is much more—a glorious tragicomedy and homage to the importance of lifelong companionship.
May 14, 2019
‘Wagendorp’s book manages to be funny, shrewd and moving, with a complex structure that never feels cumbersome, and a finale so intense that you want to read it very slowly, almost one word at a time.’ —The Guardian
‘Bert Wagendorp keeps his readers firmly in tow in this glorious tragicomedy about friendship.’ —De Morgen
‘Where the novel succeeds most is in its wonderful blend of humor, suspense and poignancy, which will appeal to non-cyclists as well as those of us who understand what it takes to scale a mountain as evocative, daunting and symbolic as Mont Ventoux.’ —FELIX LOWE, author of Climbs & Punishment
‘Hilarious, stirring, feel-good’ —NRC Handelsblad