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An MTB tour through one of the most beautiful areas of FranceRef CY37

A paradise for nature lovers, on the border between France and Switzerland, the Jura is an area of wild, green landscapes with a well preserved fauna and flora: rolling hills and forests reminiscent of Canada, lakes, deep rivers and gorges, peat land, steep cliffs, and farms and villages full of character… The Jura is also a renowned French mountain biking destination: Métabief and Prémanon are host to a variety of national and international MTB competitions and events.

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This tour is E-MTB compatible

Highlights

  • Gentle rolling hills, ideal for this level 1 circuit
  • The discovery of the salt road and its history

Description

Comments

  • This trip exists in 3 versions : V1 = 1 wheel / V2 = 2 wheels / V3 = 3 wheels.
  • Special offers for private groups. Please ask us for a quotation.

Day 1: Pontarlier - Mouthe

Itinerary start: Rendezvous on the first day is at 9am at Pontarlier SNCF railway station.

Welcome to the land of the Green Fairy! The town of Pontarlier was the Absinthe capital in the 1920's. Pontarlier is a dynamic, tourist town on the border with Switzerland, boasting a rich past and history… For mountain bikers it's the gateway to a great area for riding! An unusual beast lives in the woods around the village of Vaux et Chantegrue: the "sanglier" (wild boar)… However, this one walks on two legs, talks, and sings! The “sanglier” is the name given to craftsmen who cut strips of spruce pine bark, which are then wrapped around the famous "Mont d'Or" cheese, giving it its unique flavour! Today’s route takes us towards the Lake Remoray Nature Reserve where we discover two lakes, with the Mont d'Or (1465 m) in the background. We finish the day in the village of Mouthe.

Distance covered: approx. 40 km / Ascent: 600 m

Day 2: Mouthe - Métabief

We've got a great day of riding ahead of us. We take a last opportunity to appreciate the two lakes before we begin a climb to ride the Mont d'Or ridgelines. The alpine meadows are home to chamois and wallcreeper birds (Tichodroma), which we may be lucky enough to spot... The end of the day sees us tackle a 400 metre descent from the mountains to the town of Métabief on the downhill course that saw Nicolas Vouilloz become world champion. Welcome to Métabief!

Distance covered: approx. 30 km / Ascent: 700 m

Day 3: Métabief - Pontarlier

The beginning of the day’s ride sees us visit the village of Fourgs, high up in the Haut Doubs at 1100 metres above sea level, offering superb views of the surrounding Alps. We make a brief visit into Switzerland, where we discover an impressive peat bog that has collapsed into the earth. Our route then takes us through the narrow passage of the Château de Joux and Fort Malher, strategically placed to defend the area during the Middle Ages, before tackling a final descent that marks the end of our trip in Pontarlier.

Distance covered: approx. 30 km / Ascent: 700 m

Distances and altitude gain are an indication only and may vary.

Itinerary end: Separation on the last day is at Pontarlier SNCF railway station at around 4pm.

Accuracy

These tracks have been created using professional mapping software. There may be slight differences between the GPS track and the reality on the terrain. The GPS tracks should thus be considered a "plus" to help you find your way. However, they are by no means a substitute for orientation with the help of the highlighted map material.

The distances and altitude gain in the tour's programme remain the reference. Indeed, real-world altitude and mileages can be different and vary significantly from the data shown in GPS software applications.

Data privacy

We ask you not to publish these GPS tracks on any website, social network or anywhere else. Their elaboration required many hours of hard work, both to create the track in the field, but also in our software applications. The non-respect of this ethic would force us to remove these valuable tool from our offer.

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