Col de Belleroche


Today’s 60 kilometre loop was one of those beautiful “road to nowhere” rides in the Jura mountains – I didn’t see a car until 90 minutes into the ride.

belleroche        Col de Cuvillat       Col de la Cheminee        Col de Belleroche

Starting in Nantua, the route started with the main climb – Col de Belleroche. It’s a beautiful 11 kilometre climb on a narrow, hair-pin filled road that winds up the side of the valley providing great views of Lake Nantua. The second bump in the elevation profile was a 5 kilometre climb up to Col de Cuvillat, then I looped back to ascend the Col de Belleroche again from another direction through a beautiful mountain valley, descending back to Nantua.

If you plan the right route, the Jura mountains can provide stunning rides along peaceful yet well surfaced roads.

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Here’s a link to another great Jura loop near Nantua.


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Happiest while cycling uphill. More enthusiastic than talented, my 2014 Challenge is to cycle 50 great rides, slowly.

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