Col de Combe Blanche (or Vattay or Puthod?)By Will • Sep 24th, 2008 • Category: Climbs, Cycling, Juras
The sign at the top said Combe Blanche. My book says Col de Puthod and Michelin maps says Col de la Vattay. Regardless it’s a fantsatic, steep, deserted climb in the Jura mountains.
Eric’s knee was a little sore and he wanted an “easy” ride. Easy for him means tough for mere mortals like me. So the plan was a big loop from Geneva up the Jura mountains and back.
The climb itself starts in the little village of Vesancy just east of Gex. It’s a tiny road starting from the centre of the village after the Church.
A well-paved little path through the woods – yet another beautiful, traffic-free, Jura road to nowhere.
And steep! Two of the early kilometres average 12% and 12.5%.
As we reached the Col, we decided not to go to La Vattay (a great cross-country ski centre) which would mean returning via the busy Col de la Faucille. Instead we turned right on a little dirt road into Switzerland towards La Dole.
Immediately we found cows – and the road I was searching for – A smooth paved route from Petit Sonnailley then past La Baudichonne back down to the village of La Rippe in Switzerland.
I had climbed this last fall – see here. Another steep, car-free, Jura road through the woods. With a perfect surface – fine for road bikes if you start down in La Rippe.
From La Rippe, Eric found us a great route back that included long stretches of trails. All in all, a terrific loop that included crossing the Swiss / French border 6 times!