Col de la Biche and Col du Grand Colombier are two of the hardest unknown climbs in France. In the Jura mountains, they are both “roads to nowhere” meaning virtually no traffic (I saw 5 cars in over 3 hours on the climbs).
Eric and I took mountain bikes and decided to get muddy and search for the secret road over the Jura mountains and the savage Col du Sac down to the tiny Menthières ski station on the other side.
At the turn, I told Eric it would be impossible to reach and totally covered in snow.
He gave me a half-smile. I knew we were going up.
Col de la Faucille is one of the best know climbs in the Jura Mountains.
Riding through Hotonnes we noticed a great old “penny-farthing” bike on display.
I knew it was a stupid idea, but at least I had a backup plan.
Oh, and no parking your tank here!
Mountain Math: One Medium climb + One Medium Climb = One Big Climb
At about 1,250 meters (4200 feet) the paved road ended and I ran into snow. I wasn’t sure where the actual Col was and I hate to climb a Col and not find the sign at the top
So I decided to continue climbing the gravel path through the snow.
I knew the top was just about at the current snow line, so wearing four layers and with a balaclava for the descent I set off.