Col de Joux Plane

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distance 11.93 km
start height 702 m
end height 1691 m
highest point 1691 m
ascent 989 m
distance uphill 11.6 km
average ascent percentage 8.5 %
maximum ascent percentage 8.5 %

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In 1997, Tour winner Marco Pantani up the Col de Joux Plane in 33 minutes! Three years later, the Joux Plane managed to make a victim out of Lance Armstrong. Not that surprising, because the southside of the climb, from Samoëns, is one of the steepest climbs of the Alps (most of the climb is close to 10%). But it is also one of the most beautiful!

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start point 250-252 Chemin de la Cour, 74340 Samoëns, France
end point D354, 74440 Verchaix, France

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  1. 01h 00m 00s by neo3191 on 7.10.2012

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Do not under-estimate this wonderful climb. Wiggins has it in his Top 5 most hated climbs, Armstrong famously died on it during the Tour. There are longer climbs in the Alps, there are steeper climbs in the Pyrenees, but it's the irregularity of this beauty that makes it a challenge. You can never get into a comfortable rhythm on it and it has some 14-15% stuff thrown in too. Fantastic views and a great cafe at the top to reward you when you get there. Anything sub-1 hr is an excellent ride. Enjoy ! (Chris at Chalet365)

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neo3191 (French)

Montée physique et régulière avec deux passages à 11 % qui font mal aux jambes. Le replat à 4,5 Km permet de se refaire une santé après un début de feu par le Lachat.

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