Continuing my sampling of beautiful, challenging, car-free roads in the Jura mountains — today I climbed up to La Baudichonne.
It’s less than 10kms but a very steep climb averaging almost 10%. The route climbs the Juras along the Swiss-French border near another great climb: La Barillette. It’s a tiny, single lane forest road, and I brought a hybrid bike in case it was bumpy – but this was Switzerland not France – so the surface was impeccable.
At the top it was below freezing and windy. I am really pushing this late season climbing thing. But I had plenty of layers and my balaclava. So the descent wasn’t too horrible. Another great Jura ride without seeing a single car.
In the Jura mountains directly North of Lake Geneva there are several fantastic climbs along well-surfaced, car-free roads. Unfortunately, many cyclists don’t seem to know about these roads and too many continue to climb the truck-filled Col de la Faucille.