It is still too early for the high Alps roads to be open. But I thought I’d climb some beautiful roads and see how high I could get.
Col du Joly is a perfect example of the many challenging, beautiful and quiet climbs that cyclotourists bypass while riding the Route des Grandes Alpes.
September in the Alps can be beautiful ….. and much quieter now that the tourist season is over.
If you’re touring the RGA it’s worth stopping for a day in Beaufort and taking a detour up to Col du Joly.
In 1967 a local farmer – Jean Poncet – joined two mountain forestry roads, one from Queige the other from Venthon creating this fantastic “Col.”
Two superb and challenging cycling climbs above Beaufort on a perfect day.
I am not sure why it has taken me this long to cycle up to Signal de Bisanne. Perhaps fear!
Famous for the eponymous cheese, Beaufort is one of the best bases for fabulous climbs in the north French Alps.