Col de Menthières, Col de la Faucille, and Some SnowBy Will • Apr 4th, 2009 • Category: Climbs, Cycling, Juras, Snow
A scenic and challenging loop around and over the Jura mountains from Geneva.
We started in Bernex, near Geneva, and headed directly towards Bellegarde. From Bellegarde, the Col de Menthières is a great climb. Now that the little ski station is closed, this wide, well surfaced road is completely deserted.
At the top, to our surprise we found that the other way down hadn’t been plowed. Oh well, we have become experienced snow pushers. Perhaps 3 kms sinking into deep and wet snow.
Not being very smart, we decided to cut a couple of hairpins by descending through the woods. Not surprisingly, we got ourselves (and our bikes) into a little bit of trouble:
After finally descending into the valley, it’s then a long beautiful – slightly uphill – stretch with high mountains on each side, ending with five slightly steeper kilometres before reaching the Col de la Faucille.
It’s great having a Belgium domestique. I think Eric was so excited about tomorrow’s Tour of Flanders that he carried a beer all day and presented it to me at the top of this last climb of the day. Cheers:
My second metric century of the year, and over 2000 metres of vertical climb. Great ride and yes, I will sleep well tonite.