A fascinating tale of two sportsmen’s quests for greatness is coming to Warrington this autumn in a exciting new show.
Warrington’s Pyramid is proud to present Ventoux – the story of a drug-fuelled cycling race that has gone down in history as one of the most exciting races of all time.
Join the astounding Nottingham-based theatre company as they restage the famous Tour de France race using a combination of breathtaking video footage and a pair of mountain bikes to ask the question – how far are we willing to go to succeed?
Ventoux is the name of the most daunting mountain encountered on the Tour de France, as well as being the scene of one of the most famous stories in cycling history – the story of Lance Armstrong and Marco Pantani battling it out to win the race.
Both champions in their own right – Pantani winning the Tour de France in 1998, and Armstrong winning in 1999 – the pair went head-to-head on Mont Ventoux in 2000, in a thrilling race that has gone down as the greatest in history.
The two cyclists crossed the finish line together, with Pantani taking the win, but their careers very quickly spiralled in different directions: Armstrong went on to win seven consecutive Tour de France titles, while Pantani died four years later from a cocaine overdose in his hotel room.
Years later, we now know that both Armstrong and Pantani were guilty of doping during their careers, but while Armstrong continued to deny, lie, and cheat his way to success, Pantani paid the ultimate price.
Described by The Scotsman as “touching and elegantly controlled”, and “a true Tour de Force” by The Reviews Hub, Ventoux is winning high praise with critics right across the UK.
So, for a chance to relive this extraordinary tale first hand, head on down to Pyramid on Saturday October 13 for an unforgettable story of rivalry and ambition.
Tickets are on sale now at www.pyramidparrhall.com or by calling Box Office on 01925 442345.