The Jura 3 peaks. What a challenge for the athletes ! What is the Jura 3 Peaks ? Well there are several passes in the area, but for me this consists of the Combe Blanche, the Baudichonne and the Barillette. A total climbing of more than 3000m. Not many people have attempted this, and after two days of cycling, we would really put our legs to the test !
The Combe Blanche is a very nice climb, not so steep, and with a few very nice view points on Lake Geneva. We reach the cross country skiing slopes of La Vattay and loop around the Jura and La Dôle and go back from the Col de la Givrine, descending the fast road from Saint Cergue.
From Chéserex, we then climbed the Baudichonne. It’s arguably the toughest climb in the region. With an average of 10% over 9km, and some very steep sections around 15%, it’s a gruelling climb without many resting areas. However, the views at the top are simply amazing. The Mont Blanc was standing proud, and so were all the athletes who couldn’t quite believe what they had just done.
But the final effort was yet to come, the main event, the Barillette. It’s the highest paved road in the Jura Chain, reaching 1550m elevation. The climb is tough the first 6-7km, but then it becomes easier. Overall the climb is 12.7km long, with an average at 8%. We made it to the summit, not without suffering, and the view of the whole Lake Geneva, Geneva, and the Mont Blanc and the Alps was an amazing view to finish with.
To close the camps, we celebrated with a few beers and some local cheese which we all deserved !
106km / +3200m / 6h