Elevation of the stage
Grande Traversée du Jura by mountain bike from Fournet-Blancheroche to La Perdrix
This long stage offers some easy cycling. The first part goes through high meadows where you have to negotiate a good number of fences, with a way to pass provided for mountain bikes. Before Le Pissoux, take care cycling along the slippery descent at the level of Gourdavi. Between Le Pissoux and the Saut du Doubs, the high-perched route is often wet. From here, the stage becomes easier, the main challenge being the shift in altitude between Grand Combe Châteleu and La Perdrix.
Three portions of ‘GTJ Light’ alternatives are described in the Carto Guide of the "GTJ à VTT", enabling you to bypass the main technically difficult parts on this stage. There’s also a more technically and physically challenging alternative stretch you can opt for between Morteau and Combe Benoît.
- Viewing points (belvédères), farms topped by typical tuyé chimneys, with local charcuterie drying outside, and Comtois carthorses in the fields
- Saut du Doubs, a waterfall almost 100ft in height
- Morteau: Musée de l'Horlogerie (on clock-making); local charcuterie-makers; the bell foundry
- Grand'Combe Chateleu: farm-museum on popular traditions and arts; Comté cheese ageing cellars (caves d’affinage)
SNCF train station
Morteau train station