I’ve been wanting to ride the Col de l’Aiguillon for some time. Yesterday, I drew up a route using Strava’s route builder and today I had the silly idea to head out that way. I drove to the foot of the climb and parked my car near the train station in Baulmes. A few pedal strokes up the village, a sign said “Col Fermé”. I thought okay, this may end up being a short ride. At the top of the climb, I stopped to take a few pictures when a car stopped saying that the mountain pass was impassable. They tried driving and had to turn around. Thanks for the heads-up I replied and checked it out myself. Yes, it didn’t look good. I turned around and climbed towards La Gittaz. It was rideable at first, followed by a short hike on frozen snow. To get back into the pedals, I had to pull out my multi-tool and yank the snow out of the cleats under my road-cycling shoes. Back on the bike I headed towards L’Auberson with a few more walking sections due to snow, then looked for a way to La Côte-aux-Fées. From there, I carefully descended into Les Verrières. On a wet road at low temperatures, I had to be ready for ice so better not be bombing at summer speeds. I headed to Môtiers to reach the next climb that would get me across the mountain to Bullet and Sainte-Croix. The single lane road was a real climber’s treat. Currently quite messy, wet, dirty and littered with lots of branches I often had to stay in the saddle to keep enough traction on the rear wheel. Unfortunately, riding ended just after Vuissens and only resumed near Mauborget. Due to the time lost hiking across snow, I cut my ride short and hit the descent to Vuiteboeuf to get back to my car.
Despite less than ideal road cycling conditions, it was a great, little adventure that will have me return to that corner of Switzerland for road rides in the spring and summer and likely sooner for some fat-bike riding to the Creux du Van. The cross country ski runs all have snow-hiking trails running parallel. Perfect for fat-biking. Definitely a sweet hidden spot for anyone travelling on two wheels.
|Distance:||83.0 km (51.6 miles)|
|Elevation:||2’109 m (6’919 feet)|
|Speed (avg/max):||17.6/61.9 kph (10.9/38.5 mph)|