Another of my favourite late-winter alpine cycling climbs. With the added bonus of cross-country skiing at the summit.
I may have a new hobby! Cycle up a famous mountain. Then rent cross-country skis at the summit, and explore some more.
Col de Joux Plane’s Tougher Neighbour: Plateau des Saix
A very, very fun day cycling up Col de Joux Plane and watching the Dauphiné. Photo: Vino reaches for newspaper for descent.
You know it’s a difficult loop when Col de Joux Plane is the easy climb.
Surprisingly, when the winter weather isn’t too crazy, the road is open on the famous side.
My St-Etienne friends Philippe and Xavier were in the neighbourhood and invited me to join them on a superb but challenging loop. Every climb was steep – including the famous Col de Joux Plane.