The dead end to the Col du Joly
is a wonderful climb for cyclists.
There is little traffic on the narrow road
and the asphalt pavement is relatively good for such an insignificant road.
I saw quite a lot of other road bikers.
For the Alps the landscape is not particularly beautiful
but that can not be said about the magnificent view
on the Mont Blanc massif,
which suddenly appears at the pass itself.
The ride begins in Beaufort and first heads in the direction of the
Cormet de Roselend.
After approximately 500 meters the route to the Col du Joly
turns sharply left towards Hauteluce.
The next two kilometers are quite steep (8-9%).
This is followed by a long (9 km) easy section
(slope mostly less than 6%)
through a valley that has not yet been discovered by tourism.
Follow the signs to Hauteluce
and later to the Col du Joly.
At the hydroelectric power plant at an elevation of 1215 meters
the long final climb (775 elevation meters) begins.
There is hardly any shade here, so sweating is abundant on warm, sunny days.
The road leads first with eight hairpin bends
and later with fewer turns towards the pass.
Mostly the gradient in the final climb is 7-9%
but the ascent is interrupted by two short descents,
in which a total of 10
elevation meters are lost.