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The 5 Best Climbs In The Jura Mountains

The snow-capped peaks, reminiscent of the Alps, let you know that the Jura are not climbs to be sniffed at. As the Tour de France has tried to innovate in recent years, so they have increasingly been drawn to the Jura Mountains. Slightly North-West of the Alps, these climbs offer a great deal to cyclists, and are well worth a trip in their own right, although a couple of days could also be added on to a visit to the Alps.

We often get requests for routes, or for the best climbs in areas. Given the Tour is passing through the Jura this weekend, we thought we’d share our favourite climbs in the area.

Mont du Chat

  • The climb that really shook up the GC field at the 2017 Dauphine, and a critical part of a key stage of the 2017 Tour, this climb is quickly working itself into cycling folklore.  Once described by the French magazine Le Cycle as “one of the hardest” climbs in France. We don’t know about that, but it’s not easy…

Col du Grand Colombier

  • There are 4 different ascents to this climb. Here we look at the climb from Culoz, via the “Lacets” or the hairpins, which look so stunning on TV, and are (almost) as fun to ride. It is steep, but there are some lovely stretches through woodland. It’s an irregular climb, and a technical descent (whichever way you go), so it’s a brilliant all round challenge.

Col de la Chambotte

  • Not far from the Colombier, the Chambotte is probably the most stunning climb on this list. It’s not the hardest climb, which gives you time to enjoy climbing along cliff-edge roads over-looking the Lac du Bourget. Beautiful.


Col de la Biche

  • A giant of the Jura range, this climb rewards you with views to the Alps at the top. Not for the faint hearted though, it’s extremely steep! While you start climbing earlier, the road really kicks up in Gignez. After that, you’re regularly spinning in a (very) high gear as the road regularly climbs in the double digits. The road is good, and the views at the top make it all worth it.

Col de la Faucille

  • Not too hard – and the views are good. Gazing across to the Alps, and down to Lake Geneva, this is a well-known climb, made famous by the Tour. It is probably the busiest road in terms of traffic (the climb from the other side is a little quieter). Worth it if you want to ride some of the famous Tour climbs, but don’t be afraid to explore nearby for other good climbs.


Henry: 7th Jul 2017 15:28:00