The Barillette ChallengeBy Will • May 27th, 2010 • Category: Climbs, Cycling, Juras
My first attempt at “The Barillette Challenge”. 12.5 kilometers uphill, averaging 8% and often much steeper.
High in the Jura mountains, La Barillette overlooks lake Geneva. La Cote Wheelers cycling club members like to race up and time themselves.
The top is a Swisscom communication tower and a nearby air radar facility on La Dole. The road is perfectly surfaced and virtually car free. It’s a difficult but absolutely fantastic climb.
Primarily through the woods, the route opens up in the last couple of kilometres for panoramic views of the lake and the distant Alps.
The start is at the intersection/sign pictured at left (a left turn a 100 metres or so from center of Gingins – see map below). From the start just follow signs to La Barillette (or La Dole):
I decided to get my heart rate up high and see if I could maintain it.
I am very pleased (surprised?) with how I did. I was able to hold my heart rate at about 93% (threshold) for the better part of an hour – see graph below. I even had enough left for a really, really, (really), weak sprint at the end that brought me close to max heart rate. Sometimes it takes a challenge to feel a little extra motivation.
I am lighter and feeling fitter than I have in a long time. And the occasional tail wind didn’t hurt either.
Be careful descending, I always seem to have deer crossing the road in front of me in this area.
I was too exhausted at the top to enjoy the views behind me:
I am not the fastest cyclist, but was pleased with my time of 61 minutes – let me know how you do.
GPS time verification