My last two blog posts (this and La Dôle) are good reasons why I rarely cycle the much better known Col de la Faucille. Why deal with the traffic when there are several nearby, wonderful, steep, beautiful, well paved roads that are literally car-free (we did see one car descending).
Another far better nearby climb versus Faucille is the super steep road to Col de la Vattay. Again, well paved and car-free. See here.
A third very nice (and challenging) Swiss Jura climb in a row. Fellow col hunter Markus kindly invited me for a ride up to La Baudichonne. We kept a measured pace as it can be hard chatting up 11% grades.
The route runs up the Jura mountains just barely on the Swiss side of the French/Swiss border. In fact we started at a border crossing, and saw a couple of border posts going up, and at the summit.
There was still snow over the top, so we decided to cut the ride short and just turn around. But first we enjoyed the amazing distant Alps views and the great weather.
It is possible to make this into a loop by descending a little over the top and taking an unpaved road linking up with Col de la Vattay (or Col de la Faucille) for the descent.
Happiness is having someone in Swiss National kit buy me a beer. Cheers!
A wonderful, steep, quiet, well paved roads that is literally car-free (we saw one descending).
Quiet / No Traffic