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Mountain bike FranceINTO THE WILD JURA V3 An MTB tour through one of the most beautiful areas of France

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

  • The superb Mont d'Or ridge trail
  • Panoramic views of the Alps

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.

On request we can book the previous night's accommodation for you in Pontarlier.

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! This morning we leave Pontarlier behind us and head due south to the Massif du Laverons. Right from the word go, a superb singletrack trail leads us to the end of the Saint Point Lake. The trail sets the tone for the weekend, and after a loop to the fishing village of Port Titi we join a challenging singletrack climb. Technical and physical, it's not easy, but on a good day it's all rideable... We leave the Saint Point Lake behind us, and head to Remoray Lake and its superb viewpoint. Can you feel the chill in the air? We're not far from the "Petite Sibérie" (Little Siberia)! Welcome to Mouthe, in the heart of the Jura, and famous as the coldest town in France, where the thermometer fell to minus 42°C in 1985!

Distance covered: approx. 50 km / Ascent: 1000 m

Day 2: Mouthe - L'Abbaye (Switzerland)

We've got a great day of riding ahead of us. Firstly the valley of Mouthe, where the River Doubs emerges, surrounded by peat bogs. We then head to the Risoux, one of the largest and grandest forests in France, much prized for the making of wooden instruments. The forest offers a distinct, almost cosy atmosphere, and with a bit of luck it’ll be an opportunity to appreciate its rich and diverse fauna... Our route through the forest leads us to the wonderful Vallée de Joux, home of the finest watchmakers in Switzerland.

Distance covered: approx. 40 km / Altitude gain: 900 m

Day 3: L'Abbaye - Pontarlier

This morning we head to Fort de Saint Antoine, where 40 000 "meules" of Comté cheese are maturing at any one time (40 000 should be enough to see us through the weekend!). The venue is ideal for maturing the cheese, as the moisture from the thick walls maintains a constant level of humidity all year round. We leave Fort de Saint Antoine behind us and follow a variety of tracks and trails along the Saint Point Lake. The old railroad leads us to the foot of the village of Fourgs, before we pass through a narrow passage between two mountains, once a Roman road connecting Orbe (Switzerland), Jougne, Burgundy and Italy. A military boundary marker dating back to 1838 attests to the site's historical importance. The 1300 metre summit of the Larmont offers a last panoramic view of the Jura before we descend on singletrack trails to the town of Pontarlier.

Distance covered: approx. 50 km / Altitude gain: 1100 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.

On request we can book the previous night's accommodation for you in Pontarlier.

Day 1: Pontarlier - Mouthe

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

On request we can book the previous night's accommodation for you in Pontarlier.

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! This morning we leave Pontarlier behind us and head due south to the Massif du Laverons. Right from the word go, a superb singletrack trail leads us to the end of the Saint Point Lake. The trail sets the tone for the weekend, and after a loop to the fishing village of Port Titi we join a challenging singletrack climb. Technical and physical, it's not easy, but on a good day it's all rideable... We leave the Saint Point Lake behind us, and head to Remoray Lake and its superb viewpoint. Can you feel the chill in the air? We're not far from the "Petite Sibérie" (Little Siberia)! Welcome to Mouthe, in the heart of the Jura, and famous as the coldest town in France, where the thermometer fell to minus 42°C in 1985!

Distance covered: approx. 50 km / Altitude gain: 1000 m

Day 2: Mouthe - L'Abbaye (Switzerland)

We've got a great day of riding ahead of us. Firstly the valley of Mouthe, where the River Doubs emerges, surrounded by peat bogs. We then head to the Risoux, one of the largest and grandest forests in France, much prized for the making of wooden instruments. The forest offers a distinct, almost cosy atmosphere, and with a bit of luck it'll be an opportunity to appreciate its rich and diverse fauna... Our route through the forest leads us to the wonderful Vallée de Joux, home of the finest watchmakers in Switzerland.

Distance covered: approx. 40 km / Altitude gain: 900 m

Day 3: Loop around L'Abbaye

The 4 day version of the tour offers us the chance to explore the local Swiss trails. A singletrack takes us along the eastern bank of the Lac de Joux, at 1000 metres above sea level. We then climb up from the lake on a forest track that crosses a few traditional hamlets. Little by little we approach the summit of the Mont Tendre. We reach the summit after 700 metres of climbing, mostly on wide tracks with a finish on singletrack. We're at the high point of the Swiss Jura and the views of the surrounding mountains and the Lac de Joux are superb. We descend on singletrack to the Col du Mollendruz, before tackling the second climb of the day: the Dent de Vaulion, at an altitude of almost 1500m. Once again, the summit offers magnificent views of the Jura Vaudois. A great last descent takes us back to L'Abbaye, where we spend a second night.

Distance covered: 45 km / Altitude gain: 1300 m

Day 4: L'Abbaye - Pontarlier

This morning we head to Fort de Saint Antoine, where 40 000 "meules" of Comté cheese are maturing at any one time (40 000 should be enough to see us through the weekend!). The venue is ideal for maturing the cheese, as the moisture from the thick walls maintains a constant level of humidity all year round. We leave Fort de Saint Antoine behind us and follow a variety of tracks and trails along the Saint Point Lake. The old railroad leads us to the foot of the village of Fourgs, before we pass through a narrow passage between two mountains, once a Roman road connecting Orbe (Switzerland), Jougne, Burgundy and Italy. A military boundary marker dating back to 1838 attests to the site's historical importance. The 1300 metre summit of the Larmont offers a last panoramic view of the Jura before we descend on singletrack trails to the town of Pontarlier.

Distance covered: approx. 50 km / Altitude gain: 1100 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.

On request we can book the following night's accommodation for you in Pontarlier.

GPS tracks

If you choose to book a self-guided tour, we provide the GPS tracks of the route. GPX type files will be sent to you by email.

These tracks were created with GPS mapping software. In some parts, it may be that there are slight differences between the GPS track and field reality. These tracks are a "plus" that allows you to follow our route, but it does not replace the "paper" maps and common sense when out in the field...

We ask you not to publish these GPS tracks on the internet. Their development has required many hours of work, both in the field, and in the office. Thank you in advance for your understanding...

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