My last post is already 2 weeks old – Seven Secrets for Cycling In the Alps – in Winter. It seemed time I started following my own advice.
Cycling up Col de Joux Plane in winter has become an annual tradition ever since discovering that the classic west side is often cleared in winter due to the cross-country skiing at the top.
Despite much of the recent snow melting earlier in the week, it was below freezing at the bottom of the climb. I was a little nervous that we would be too cold descending. But I was well prepared with my winter boots, balaclava, several layers and double gloves.
The road was closed to cars from half way up, and – especially on shaded stretches, the upper half of the climb was a little slippery. But in general the route was fine. And with the sun and not much wind it was a beautiful day.
A short slide show: