CyclingUp: Col du Joly

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Region: French Alps
Climbing effort: 920 points
Elevation meters: 1284
Steepest kilometer: 9.4%

Steepest 250 m: 11%
Foot: 740 m    Top: 1989 m
Mean slope: 5.9%
Length: 21.6 km

From: Beaufort
Road conditions (2016): average
Other race bikers: 10-25 per hour
Motor vehicles: 10-30 per hour
Scenerie and road: (3/5)
Restaurant or bar near top: no



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.

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