Steep: Col de l’Aiguillon and Chalet du Suchet

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Two more very steep climbs in the Juras (Swiss Juras today), on scenic, if foggy, deserted roads.

These climbs remind me a lot of several other fantastic Jura climbs a little to the west – La Barillette, La Baudichon, and Mont Tendre.

They all wind up through forests on well surfaced, steep, car-free roads for several kilometres. Then, nearing the top, the trees thin out and it is rugged pasture land filled with cows. And on clear days the views of the lakes below and the distant Alps are amazing.

Route to Chalet du Suchet Descending Col de l'Aiguillons Strange sign seen while cycling Beware of Cows Tas de Bois Chalet du Suchet

Today’s climbs are do-able with a road bike, but on both, the final two kilometres are a little rough

After seeing a couple of “beware of cows with calves” signs (green photo above) – as I approached the top of Suchet – I ran into a bunch of cows blocking the road – with no intention of moving.

Road block at Chalet du Suchet

Cows @ Chalet du Suchet

The only disappointment? No altitude sign at top of Col de l’Aiguillon!

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