An iconic Tour de France road to Col de Jau
Col de Jau is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.509m (4,950ft) above the sea level, located on the boundary between the Aude and the Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France.
Set high in the eastern Pyrenees, the road to the summit is totally paved. On the northern side the road is called D84 and D14 on its southern side. The pass road is 27.1 km long, running from Mosset to Sainte Colombe sur Guette. Near the pass are the ruins of the Cistercian abbey of Sainte-Marie de Jau.
The road is pretty steep, hitting a 9.8% through some of the ramps. Starting from Mosset, the ascent is 13.6 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 806 meters. The average percentage is 5.9 %. Starting from Sainte Colombe sur Guette, the ascent is 13.4 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 896 meters. The average percentage is 6.7 %.