Col du Sac is Open?By Will • Mar 20th, 2008 • Category: Climbs, Cycling, Snow
Col du Sac is open, if you don’t mind pushing your bike and hiking up through the snow.
The plan was to cycle up to Tiocan, a nice little climb of several kilometres to 860 metres. Le Tiocan is a lookout over Lake Geneva, in the Jura mountains above Thoiry.
Tiocan is an ancient nickname for the (tough) locals living in the Jura foothills. Tioquer = “Donner coup des cornes” (gives a headbutt with (cow) horns)
At Tiocan though, we eyed a little forest road going up and decided to follow it.
A beautiful deserted path that just kept going higher. At one point we turned up and reached 1295 metres (4300 feet) after pushing through the snow before the route ended and we had to descend (the 1st bump in the elevation chart).
So we returned to the main path until we came to a road I recognized – the route to Col du Sac.
I told Eric it would be impossible to reach and totally covered in snow. And he gave me a half-smile. I knew we were going up. It was such a beautiful day.
Riding up through the snow is HARD and we often fell off and had to push. When we reached the tiny parking lot at about 1200 metres, we decided to leave the bikes and hike.
Crazy friends lead to great adventures, and after 45 minutes or so, we came out to Alp-like mountain views and the Col du Sac. Woohooo.
In the woods up high, we saw a huge wild boar crossing the road. Yikes!
At this point we had been going for over four hours and the 1000 metre descent (requiring pedaling on the snow parts) was scarily freezing.
Down below, as we returned to Geneva, it was like a different world – green and warm.
Below: Col du Sac. Don’t ask me why we hiked the last kilometres with our bike helmets on.