Col de Joux Plane is one of the most famous Tour de France climbs in the north French alps. Surprisingly, when the winter weather isn’t too crazy, the road is open on the famous side to get to some cross country skiing trails (the side from Morzine is closed).
It’s been a cold and snowy winter, but currently it is very, very warm and the snow is starting to melt everywhere. I had my mountain bike, winter boots and two more layers than I needed. I must have sweat a couple of gallons.
I’ve written about Joux Plane several times, but simply put: It is steep and irregular – very hard to get a rhythm. But it’s a beautiful climb.