The GTJ (Grande Traversée du Jura) allows you to discover all the facets of the French Jura massif along its 415 km. The relief is certainly gentler than in the Alps, but don't be mistaken! Alternating the differences in altitude, this itinerary still presents many technical passages and sometimes long climbs. But it is also the promise of beautiful descents!
The proposed itinerary concerns the southern part of the GTJ over 240 km from Morteau in the Doubs to Culoz in the Ain, passing through the Mont d'Or and the Grand Colombier. Along the GTJ the route is never monotonous. You will go up and down (an expression that takes on its full meaning in the Haut Jura!) alternating passages through pastures, peat bogs, undergrowth and deep spruce forests. You will discover picturesque villages surrounded by their green settings, peaceful natural lakes of glacial origin, and grandiose panoramas. In the evening, at the stopover, regional dishes based on renowned regional products (Comté, Morbier, Mont d'Or, Morteau sausage, etc.) will be served to recharge your batteries.
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We take a moment to distribute the mountain bikes and explain how they work explain how they work, do a few test rides and off we go for a week of exploring the for a week of exploring the Jura mountains. This will allow us to admire the castle of Joux superbly erected on a rocky outcrop. We will cross the village of Métabief where the world mountain bike championships took place in 1993. The route will take us to the summit of the Mont d'Or (1461m) through the Morond, which offers us a superb view of the Swiss Alps. Swiss Alps. We will then head towards Mouthe (the coldest village in France coldest village in France: -41° in 1985) through the Mont d'Or through the Mont d'Or massif in the middle of spruce forests to find our gîte in the middle of the forest. Night in a comfortable gîte
This second stage will take us along forests and pastures. We admire the impressive ski jumping hill of Chaux Neuve before arriving in the ski jumping hill of Chaux Neuve before arriving in the Jura department of Foncine Le Haut. Forest tracks through the Mont Noir then lead us easily to the picturesque village of Chapelle village of Chapelle des Bois. Then we head for the lakes of Les Mortes and Bellefontaine and the village of the same name. Then comes the climb and the crossing of the majestic Risoux forest massif, which is on a very rolling "white road" before arriving at the the arrival at the resort of Les Rousses and its lake. With this day you will taste the Jura pure sugar! Night in a comfortable gîte
On the programme for this third day, high combes, meadows and always its sumptuous forests. We then move on on the territory of the Hautes Combes with a very varied relief punctuated with views of the Monts Jura and the Crêt de Chalam in the line of sight. Chalam. We won't miss a break at the "borne au Lion, a place full of history and offering a magnificent panorama of the of the Jura mountain range. We then enter the department of We then enter the Ain department and slowly reach our gîte for the night. Night in a comfortable gîte
We leave the Haut Jura for the Haut Bugey by crossing the of Nantua to St Germain de Joux. We start with a descent before We start with a descent before going up to the village of Le Poizat by road. We then continue to climb gradually, alternating between tracks and forest forest roads until we reach the Cuvery pass which marks the entrance to the the Retord plateau. We walk along this almost deserted plateau with sometimes with a view of the Alps at the bend in the wood. We finally reach crêt du Nu, the highest point of the plateau at 1351m before heading towards to Les Plans d'Hotonne, a cross-country skiing area. Night in a comfortable gîte
Les Plans d'Hotonne - Culoz Last day of our raid and we finish in beauty! It is a wild stage without any village crossed. Our first objective objective is the Chartreuse d'Arvières, a place full of serenity and of serenity and calm. We then set off to climb the Grand Colombier. Culminating at 1524m, it is the last high summit in the south of the Jura mountains and is also the highest point of our tour. From the summit, a 360° view on the Alps, the Rhône, the lake of Bourget and the Bugey. Then, 14km of descent await us 2.5 km on the road, then a path through the mountain pastures to reach the to the Fenestrez lookout and continue in the direction of Culoz Culoz on the banks of the Rhône Night in a comfortable gîte
Concerned about the quality of our services, we attach great importance before registration to understanding your technical and physical level, but also your approach to cycling and your motivation
The person who created the course will contact you to validate or not your registration, in order to constitute the most homogeneous groups possible and to ensure you a quality stay
Lucie, who knows more and more about the details of each route, then takes over the follow-up of your registration file and the organisation of your trip