Beautiful Beaufort – home of the famous cheese – is surrounded by Alps. There are twenty or so signed cycling routes – two of which are called “Mythic”, and five of which are called “Classic.” For more about Beaufort see Five Great Cycling Climbs in Cheese Country.
Today I climbed the “Classic” Col du Joly.
It’s a quiet, beautiful climb through a long, “dead-end” valley. The final 10 kilometres climbs out of the valley up to the Col unveiling unbelievable views of nearby Mont Blanc.
The Climb: 23.1 kms (14.4 miles); Ascent: 1,260 metres (4,130 feet)
The top is part of the Les Contamines ski station. At the Col, there are literally dozens of signed hiking trails of varying degrees of difficulty. The road is a dead-end although it is possible to mountain bike up from the other side – with some pushing.