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  • Jura 

The Great Mountain Bike Crossing of the Jura

From Montbéliard to La Pesse

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640€/person

Presentation of your trip

Straddling France and Switzerland, the Jura Massif offers one of the most beautiful mountain biking routes. Let yourself be tempted by an unforgettable journey, enjoy landscapes composed of deep gorges, forests that could be straight out of Canada and magnificent green open spaces. With high plateaus that stretch from the Cluse de Santa to the Plateau du Retords. Between Montbéliard and La Pesse, you enjoy around 289km of routes, and, from the Crêts en Val, between 300 and 1500m of altitude.
With accommodation every night in hotels, or comfortable and friendly B&Bs, you will have the opportunity to taste local products, such as wine and cheese, coming from a long tradition of local dairy farming, and, in particular, Montbéliard cows. 

  • DestinationJura
  • TypeFree
  • Length of trip6 days and 5 nights
  • ActivitiesMountain Biking
  • Physical level
  • Technical level

Possible periods for this trip

  • Jan.
  • Feb.
  • March
  • Apr.
  • May
  • June
  • Jul.
  • August
  • Sep.
  • Oct.
  • Nov.
  • Dec.
Description of the tripProgramTravel conditionsDates and price

Trip details

Highlights

  • A north to south crossing of the Jura on routes which are perfect for mountain biking.
  • Enjoy the most magnificent forests and rivers of the Jura Massif.
  • Visit places known by all cyclists, such as Métabief and Prémanon

Complementary informations

  • 6 days - 5 nights including 6 days of mountain biking
  • Comfortable accommodation in a double bedroom

Program

  • Day 1

    From Montbéliard to St-Hippolyte

    • Distance : 45 km
    • Elevation gain : 1040 m
    • Negative gradient : 980 m
    • Type of accommodation : Hotel

    Departing from Montbéliard, follow the Allan, along roads and countryside tracks to reach Mandeure. During this first stage, from Montbéliard to Pont-de-Roide, you enjoy tracks and paths along the banks of the River Doubs. From Pont-de-Roide to St-Hippolyte, a slightly more challenging route, with beautiful paths through the forests and across fields. 
    Night in a hotel in a double bedroom, on a half-board basis.

  • Day 2

    From St-Hippolyte to Fournet-Blancheroche

    • Distance : 48 km
    • Elevation gain : 1480 m
    • Negative gradient : 1000 m
    • Type of accommodation : Bed & Breakfast

    Today you will meet the River Doubs and Switzerland. Setting off from St-Hippolyte, you pass through Fessevillers, the gateway to the Gorges du Doubs. You will also cross the village of Gaumois, a local Mecca for trout fishing. A pretty stage along the River Doubs, between France and Switzerland, offering you beautiful landscapes.
    Night in a hotel or B&B on a half-board basis.
     

    48km Alt: +1480m – 1000m with a shortcut of 35km Alt: +1060m – 500m
     

  • Day 3

    From Fournet-Blancheroche to Pontarlier (ou La Perdrix)

    • Distance : 51 km
    • Elevation gain : 1000 m
    • Negative gradient : 1060 m
    • Type of accommodation : Auberge

    Another beautiful stage, continuing along the River Doubs and passing by the waterfall of the same name, where the meanders of the river offer you the welcome chance to slow down. Along the way, you will pass over more than 18 barriers, without getting off your bike. Swing by Morteau, home to the famous smoked sausage. A solid and pleasingly quick stage. You arrive in the land of absinthe, on the plateaus above Pontarlier. 
    Night in a hotel or hostel in a double bedroom and on a half-board basis. 

  • Day 4

    From Pontarlier (ou La Perdrix) to Mouthe

    • Distance : 54 km
    • Elevation gain : 1170 m
    • Negative gradient : 1200 m
    • Type of accommodation : Hotel

    Under the gaze of the Château de Joux, guardian of the Doubs Valley, you cross the République de Saugeais with its frontier monitored by a border guard.
    Halfway through the day, you arrive at Métabief, mountain biking hotspot since 1993, where you can experience the descent of Mont D’or (optional). At the end of the day, a bucolic arrival at the source of the River Doubs.
    Night in a hotel in a double room, on a half-board basis. 

  • Day 5

    From Mouthe to Rousses

    • Distance : 44 km
    • Elevation gain : 890 m
    • Negative gradient : 700 m
    • Type of accommodation : Hotel

    Pass through the heart of the Upper Doubs, via a rolling route where you overlook the Lac de Bellefontaine, a Natura 2000 classified site, the most protected wetland in Franche-Comté. You can also take a moment to admire the  magic of the arctic vegetation. Next, cross the large Risoux Forest to reach Rousses.
    Night in a hotel in a double bedroom on a half-board basis.

  • Day 6

    From Rousses to La Pesse

    • Distance : 43 km
    • Elevation gain : 990 m
    • Negative gradient : 930 m

    After admiring the Fort of Rousses, built in the 19th Century, a remnant of the battle between the Napoléonic and Austrian armies, you then have the opportunity to visit the area’s high coombs, forest meadows and sumptuous woods, with technical and playful tracks. Arrive by mountain bike in La Pesse, and the end of the trip. 

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Travel conditions

  • Formalities

    • A valid official ID.
    • We recommend travel insurance with repatriation included. 
       
  • Luggage

    You only carry the business of the day and the picnic. Luggage is carried by vehicle (or assistance vehicle). 1 piece/person and limited to 15kg/piece.

  • Food

    No question of dieting during your stay but it is rather an opportunity to taste the local cuisine. We attach great importance to the quality of food: dietary balance, energy intake and specialty of the country are the ingredients of each meal.
    Picnics (lunch) are not included.

  • Attendees

    From 2 people.

  • Options

    • Transfer back by private minibus to Montbéliard,
    • Custom program from the steps you choose yourself,
    • Additional accommodation before or after the stay,
    • Single room supplement.
    • GPS rental: 40€
       
  • DEPARTURE AND MEETING POINT

    Departure from Montbéliard (25)

    How to get there:
    By car: highway A36.
    By train: Montbéliard train station.
    By plane: Mulhouse Basel airport then train to Montbéliard.

  • Difficulty level

    Physical level: 2/3
    You have a good physical condition and regularly practice mountain biking. From 25 to 51 km per day with maximum positive gradients of 1490 m.

    Technical level: 2/3
    You master well the braking in descent and the trajectory of the bike. You will ride on paths or paths sometimes rolling, sometimes technical (steeper, with small obstacles).

  • Accommodation

    Double room formula: you sleep in comfortable rooms for 2 people in hotels or guest rooms selected.  Bed linen and towels are provided.

    A bathroom and toilet are reserved for you in the vast majority of cases.
     

  • Accompanying

    SUPERVISION: 4 formulas to choose from:

    Mountain bike in freedom with carrying luggage by taxi: From 2 people.
    Equipped with guidance material that we give you: detailed topo-guide GTJ, GPS tracks.
    You go alone to discover circuits designed by our team. The use of GPS is essential for a fluid and pleasant orientation. Possibility to rent it in LaRébenne depending on availability: 40 €

    Free ATV with assistance vehicle: From 6 people.
    The assistance vehicle joins you at different times during the day’s stage, and transports your picnic, water, extra clothes and a complete toolbox in case of mechanical problems. Enjoy your day with a light bag. The driver of the vehicle also gives you advice for each step, helps you manage your effort, and can most of the time answer your questions about the region visited.

    Mountain bike with certified instructor with luggage carrying taxi: From 6 people.
    Accompanied by a professional mountain bike certificate, you ride without worrying about the route to follow. Our instructor, specialist of the region, guides you and gives you, if you wish, the right advice to make you outstanding mountain bikers. Thanks to his knowledge of the route, he adapts to your group to manage schedules and effort throughout the day. Freed from group management, your only concern is to please you on your mountain bike.

    ATV with state certified instructor and assistance vehicle: From 8 people.

Dates and price

Information

Free departure dates: you choose your own departure dates according to your availability.
For constituted groups, we adapt the level, duration, price and program on demand.

Free departure from

Price TTC per person

Freedom package with luggage transfer by cab - hotel
Registration at 2 people790
Registration at 3 people760
Registration at 4 people695
Registration at 6 people640
Package with assistance vehicle and luggage storage - hotel
Registration at 6 people1210
Registration at 8 people1095
Formula with qualified instructor and luggage carrying by taxi - hotel double room
Registration at 6 people1010
Registration at 8 people920
Formula with state-certified instructor and assistance vehicle - double room
Registration at 8 people1380

Options

Single room supplement: +100€/pers

The price includes

- Reservation of accommodation,

- The card holder,

- The detailed guidebook of the GTJ VTT,

- GPS electronic tracks (in .gpx format),

- Half board from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 6,

- Daily luggage transport,

- Transfer from La Pesse to Bourg en Bresse train station,

- For the formula with assistance vehicle: 1 vehicle 9 places follows the group throughout the stay.

- For the formula with guide: no more orientation, the state-certified guide takes care of everything during the entire stay.

The price does not include

- accommodation the day before departure,
- Beverages,
- Picnics,
- Personal expenses,
- Personal ATV equipment (helmets, gloves),
- ATVs,
- GPS and GPS holder,
- Transportation to the meeting point,
- The train ticket from Bourg en Bresse,
- Insurance.

The destination

  • Jura

    Located between France and Switzerland, the Jura massif offers beautiful landscapes. Preserved, wild, rich in exceptional flora and fauna, the Jura mountains are above all an opportunity to admire Mother Nature in its many facets.

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