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Wine, cheese and cycling – day trips in the French Jura Mountains

Laurent Cheviet

Wine, cheese and cycling – day trips in the French Jura Mountains

Bike Touring Collection by Explore France

6

Tours

21:40 h

190 mi

13,350 ft

Cycling is on the rise! More and more cyclists are daring to embark on long-distance routes and France boasts many regions that are perfect for such adventures. The Jura Mountains are a great example. But how do you decide on a route when there is so much choice?

If you are organising a bikepacking holiday in the Jura Mountains, you can embark on the Grande Traversée du Jura à VTT (261 miles / 420 km through the Jura Mountains), one of the two Tours du Jura à vélo (sport and leisure), the Grande Traversée du Jura à vélo (GTJ) or a section of EuroVelo 6, among others. We are talking about several thousand kilometres of cycle paths...

To be sure of your choice, the best thing to do is to try out bits and pieces of each route. This Collection of day rides is intended to give you a taste of various longer routes in the Jura Mountains. It is also an excellent way to get an overview of the region and its cycling possibilities. The smart choice not to choose!

Some of these routes are labelled "Vélo et Fromages", others offer you forays through vineyards or over green hills. Not only are the landscapes varied, but the sub-disciplines of cycling (mountain bike, gravel, touring bike...) are all well represented.

The cycling routes in this Collection are quite achievable for most cyclists. Some tours are round trips, so count on double the distance and elevation gain. Most start near railway stations, although for some you will need to either drive or adapt the route.

The Jura Mountains are a year-round delight for nature lovers. The best time for cyclists is spring to autumn when the snow has melted and the trails are clear. This is also when the vines show their best face, from the birth of the buds in April to the fall of the leaves in October.

All that's left to do is to choose from the long-distance routes in the Jura Mountains!

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    Vineyards on the P'tite GTJ by bike – day trips in the Jura Mountains

    Difficult
    04:04
    39.1 mi
    9.6 mph
    2,725 ft
    2,800 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Are you in the Jura with your bike? A thematic walk in the middle of the vineyards is a must! For that, nothing better than embarking on a section of the P’tite GTJ by bike, from Arbois to Lons-le-Saunier. This gives you a route of 56.2 kilometers and 780 meters of elevation to recharge your batteries

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  • Intermediate
    03:28
    33.8 mi
    9.7 mph
    1,475 ft
    1,475 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    What are nodes? This is a numbering system for intersections that allows you to create tailor-made routes. This mesh offers great freedom to cyclists who want to discover the territory.

    

    This Tour offers you a cycling loop starting from the town of Frasne, which you can reach by train. You start by linking

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  • Difficult
    01:49
    16.0 mi
    8.8 mph
    1,475 ft
    1,125 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This bike ride gives you a taste of via Salina. This cycle route is a link between France and Switzerland. Departing from Arc-et-Senans, you reach Bern, on a historic route that retraces the path of salt.

    

    The proposed Tour takes the first part of via Salina, from Arc-et-Senans to Salins-les-Bains. This

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  • Difficult
    04:50
    33.4 mi
    6.9 mph
    3,425 ft
    3,000 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    This Tour offers you a journey of 53.8 kilometers and 1040 meters of elevation gain, from Fournet-Blancheroche to La Perdrix. Following in the footsteps of the GTJ, this route crosses the Pays Horloger, around Morteau, where watchmaking has developed significantly since the 18th century.

    

    This adventure

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  • Difficult
    04:08
    42.0 mi
    10.2 mph
    1,725 ft
    1,600 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Want to enjoy an easy and pleasant cycling route? This section of EuroVelo 6 takes place in the Doubs department, in Bourgogne-Franche Comté. From east to west, it runs along the Doubs and at times the Rhône-Rhine canal.

    

    If this mythical cycle route goes to the mouth of the Loire, this Tour takes you

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  • Difficult
    03:21
    25.9 mi
    7.7 mph
    2,525 ft
    2,525 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    This Tour is part of the Jurassic Vélo Tours, a series of cycling routes that allow you to discover the natural riches of the Jura Mountains. The Grand Tour des Monts d'Ain is number 38 and is 41.6 kilometers long with 770 meters of elevation gain.

    

    Departing from Montreal La Cluse, your goal for the day

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    6
  • Distance
    190 mi
  • Duration
    21:40 h
  • Elevation
    13,350 ft

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