It’s known for its steep gradients and stunning views from the top of the entire valley below. There are also several restaurants and cafes at the top, making it a great place to stop for a break.
There are three ways up to the Mont du Chat.
- From La Brasserie Du Lac
- From Yenne (northwest)
- From Le Campet (southwest)
Starting point : La Brasserie Du Lac
La Brasserie Du Lac is located just outside Mont du Chat. The road zigzags up towards Mont du Chat with a stunning with of the valley below.
La Brasserie Du Lac is the most popular way up Mont du Chat. It’s also the hardest, with an average gradient of 9.2% over 12.2km.
|Mont du Chat from La Brasserie Du Lac|
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Starting point : Yenne
Yenne is located to the northwest of Mont du Chat. The climb from Yenne is lesser known but worth a try if you want to experience Mont du Chat from the opposite side.
From Yenne, the climb is 17.3km long and averages 6.3%. The last 8km is steeper with gradients above 10%.
|Mont du Chat from Yenne|
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Starting point : Le Campet
Le Campet is located southwest of Mont du Chat. You’ll start the actual claim from Cremaire, 4.5km outside Le Campet.
From Le Campet, it’s 12.1km long and averages 9%.
|Mont du Chat from Le Campet|
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Mont du Chat in the Tour de France
Mont du Chat only featured in the Tour de France twice, in 1974 and 2017.
In 2017, Richie Porte crashed out of the Tour de France on the Mont du Chat, descending into Chambéry. Rigoberto Urán was the stage winner that day.
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