Jura Giant: Mont Tendre (and Risel)By Will • Sep 2nd, 2008 • Category: Climbs, Cycling, Juras
Mont Tendre is the highest point in the Swiss Jura mountains at 1,679 metres. The paved road ends at 1615 metres at the Chalet du Mont Tendre.
It’s another of those amazing, steep, deserted Jura roads climbing through the woods. A superb climb. I had stupidly tried this climb in January but ran into too much snow half way up. It was time to finally climb this great route.
I started and ended the route in the Swiss village of Bière (Beer!) – sweet!
The first two/thirds of the route is perfectly surfaced. Then – while still paved – it becomes rougher and there is just a bit too much gravel to recommend using a road bike – but definitely possible. I climbed on a hybrid.
Most of the climb is through the woods; But near the top it opens up to a typical rocky, Jura pasture – cows and all. Fantastic views of the distant Alps and Lake Geneva.
The entire route is on a single lane. Thus, while it is virtually deserted, it’s necessary to descend with caution around the numerous blind hair-pins.
On the way down, I took a turn off and climbed to Risel another quiet little road.