|Col du Chaussy|
|Height||Climbing height - length|
|1534m||1036m - 13.9 km (Pontmafrey)
1071m - 15.9 km (Hermillon)
1102m - 16.5 km (La Chambre (west))
1088m - 15.4 km (La Chambre (east))
|3-4 (5)||3-4 (5)|
|How to get there||
The serpentines up through Montvernier from Pontmafrey (498m) are fantastic. This is the way to climb this pass if you only go here once. Another nice alternative would be to start in Hermillon (523m), not far from Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne, and climb via Col du Ventour (780m) and Le Villaret d’en Bas (720m) up the same way from Montvernier to the pass.
The other side of the pass used to be gravel road until Bonvillard (or most of the stretch), but I believe it has been asphalted since I was there back in 2002 and either way it is no problem with a road bike. From La Chambre (west) (432m) or La Chambre (east) (446m) it is afairly hard climb too, but less interesting, but could be an alternative if coming down the Col de la Madeleine (1993m), but uou almost have to descend all the way to La Chambre before the long climb up to Col du Chaussy.
|Other comments||There is also a gravel road more directly connecting the Chaussy pass to Col de la Madeleine from Bonvillard (marked in red on the map). It might be too bad for a road bike and it is gravel for quite a few kilometres, so not sure I can recommend it. It is a nice pass and well worth visiting in combination with Col de la Madeleine.