Cycling Col des Planches Martigny

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Col des Planches - Martigny (MTB)

Basic data & ranking

Average grade: 8.2 %

Length: 11.41 km

Altitude start: 492 m

Altitude top: 1432 m

Ascent: 940 m

Col des Planches rankings

Difficulty ranking world: 1232 (all)
Ranking Switzerland: 133 (all)
Ranking Jura mountains: 14(all)
Difficulty score: 109.57 what?

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The Col des Planches (which is in the Pre Alps not the Jura) starts extremely steeply from Martigny and climbs up a ramp and a spectacular concrete balcony to Chemin- Dessous where there is a restaurant with a birds eye view down on Martigny. From there it climbs steadily up past chalets and through beautiful forests to the Col des Planches at 1411m. From the top you can continue up on a dirt road via Col du Tronc to the Col de Lein or take the fast descent past Vens down towards Sembrancher.

The Col des Planches is situated in Valais. This climb belongs to the Jura mountains. Starting from Martigny, the Col des Planches ascent is 11.41 km long. Over this distance, you climb 940 heightmeters. The average percentage thus is 8.2 %.

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Story by Chris Patient from , Switzerland, submitted on 14/10/2014
I had wanted to do the Col des Planches for a long time; it being a favorite of my friend and cycling mentor Big Al. I chose to do it on my mountain bike because it is notoriously steep and since I planned to continue on to the Col du Lein.

In fact it is very good tarmac almost all the way and perfectly do able on a top road bike. The road is used by the Rally du Valais. From the roundabout at Martigny I could not believe how steep and narrow it was after crossing the railway line. It certainly is an exciting road with a concrete gallery built in to a cliff and amazing views out over the Valais and the col du Forclaz leading to Chamonix.

Apart from the odd roaring Subaru and some kids on mopeds there was very little traffic. The iconic swiss postal bus passed me twice. The Trois Limites bus stop gave an amazing view out over the Grand St Bernard valley. At Chemin Dessous I was tempted to stop at the restaurant which had a little deck with a birds eye view of Martigny. I rode on continuing up through the beautiful residential area called Chemin, where there is actually a shortcut you can take, and into the picturesque forests above. I passed a charming Buvette and false top before climbing up a last steep ramp to the col.

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