7 Jura Route
7 Jura Route
7 Jura Route
7 Jura Route
7 Jura Route
7 Jura Route

Cycling in Switzerland

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Jura Route

Stage 2, Courgenay (Courtemautruy)–Saignelégier

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Jura Route

On the side of the next Jura chain, medieval St. Ursanne awaits on the banks of the mysterious Doubs. Another sweat-inducing climb to the high Freiberge, wide, peaceful countryside with pastures, pine trees and grazing cattle and horses.
The lovely Gilberte de Courgenay bids you welcome at Courgenay railway station. Not in person, of course – the woman who was probably the greatest idol of Switzerland's soldiers departed this life a long time ago. Born Gilberte Montavon, she worked as a young waitress in her parents' inn during the First World War. She was adored by thousands of soldiers and officers because of her warm and friendly nature. She helped this little place to achieve considerable fame. After Courgenay, riders of e-bikes will use up quite a lot of their battery power to reach Col de la Croix pass. Other pedallers will shed even more calories as they conquer the altitude difference of about 300 meters. Despite the gradients, everything here in the Jura has the effect of slowing you down nicely. As you ride down to the river Doubs, you will pass the little farming village of Seleute, about 200 meters above the valley floor. Friendly tractor drivers can emerge grinning from side tracks at any time here – occasionally giving rise to some degree of danger.

But no danger whatsoever emanates from the graceful Jura horses that you will encounter more and more frequently after you leave St-Ursanne. This small mediaeval town on the river Doubs is in urgent need of donations to restore its lovely appearance. The centrepiece of St-Ursanne is the Collegiate Church (dating from the 12th to 14th centuries) with its pillared Romanesque basilica and a crypt, known as the undercroft (or "Unterkirche"). This picturesque little town boasts three interesting gateways and a four-arched bridge over the Doubs at "Porte Saint-Jean". The cycle route also crosses this bridge. From above the town, you have a fantastic view of the railway viaduct near St-Ursanne. Because of the difficult topography, five tunnels and several bridges has to be built for the railway line between Glovelier and Porrentruy towards the end of the 19th century.

After gaining more altitude, you will feel that you have arrived in a real paradise for hikers, equestrians and – of course – cyclists: the Franches-Montagnes (a range known as the Freiberge in German) are situated on a high plateau, at altitudes of 1,000 to 1,100 meters. Wind turbines tell you that it is often breezy up here. Kilometers of low stone walls also thread their way through the gently rolling countryside, with splendid meadows and forests that make you think you are in a park. Finally, ride through the villages of Les Enfers and Le Bémont to reach Saignelégier, the capital of the Franches-Montagnes district and the centre for horse-breeding.
On the side of the next Jura chain, medieval St. Ursanne awaits on the banks of the mysterious Doubs. Another sweat-inducing climb to the high Freiberge, wide, peaceful countryside with pastures, pine trees and grazing cattle and horses.
The lovely Gilberte de Courgenay bids you welcome at Courgenay railway station. Not in person, of course – the woman who was probably the greatest idol of Switzerland's soldiers departed this life a long time ago. Born Gilberte Montavon, she worked as a young waitress in her parents' inn during the First World War. She was adored by thousands of soldiers and officers because of her warm and friendly nature. She helped this little place to achieve considerable fame. After Courgenay, riders of e-bikes will use up quite a lot of their battery power to reach Col de la Croix pass. Other pedallers will shed even more calories as they conquer the altitude difference of about 300 meters. Despite the gradients, everything here in the Jura has the effect of slowing you down nicely. As you ride down to the river Doubs, you will pass the little farming village of Seleute, about 200 meters above the valley floor. Friendly tractor drivers can emerge grinning from side tracks at any time here – occasionally giving rise to some degree of danger.

But no danger whatsoever emanates from the graceful Jura horses that you will encounter more and more frequently after you leave St-Ursanne. This small mediaeval town on the river Doubs is in urgent need of donations to restore its lovely appearance. The centrepiece of St-Ursanne is the Collegiate Church (dating from the 12th to 14th centuries) with its pillared Romanesque basilica and a crypt, known as the undercroft (or "Unterkirche"). This picturesque little town boasts three interesting gateways and a four-arched bridge over the Doubs at "Porte Saint-Jean". The cycle route also crosses this bridge. From above the town, you have a fantastic view of the railway viaduct near St-Ursanne. Because of the difficult topography, five tunnels and several bridges has to be built for the railway line between Glovelier and Porrentruy towards the end of the 19th century.

After gaining more altitude, you will feel that you have arrived in a real paradise for hikers, equestrians and – of course – cyclists: the Franches-Montagnes (a range known as the Freiberge in German) are situated on a high plateau, at altitudes of 1,000 to 1,100 meters. Wind turbines tell you that it is often breezy up here. Kilometers of low stone walls also thread their way through the gently rolling countryside, with splendid meadows and forests that make you think you are in a park. Finally, ride through the villages of Les Enfers and Le Bémont to reach Saignelégier, the capital of the Franches-Montagnes district and the centre for horse-breeding.
36 km
Asphalted: 33 km
Natural surface: 3 km
1100 m | 640 m
difficult

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Courgenay
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Bypass Sur la Croix
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Bypass Sur la Croix
Rail, bus, boat recommendation
Courgenay–St-Ursanne
or
St-Ursanne–Courgenay
Reason: metres in height saved Courgenay–St-Ursanne 280m, St-Ursanne–Courgenay 390m.
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Ascent Saignelégier
58
Ascent Saignelégier
Rail, bus, boat recommendation
St-Ursanne–Saignelégier via Glovelier
Reason: metres in height saved approx. 720m.
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Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Saignelégier
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Services

Accommodation

Hôtel Restaurant La Caquerelle
Hôtel Restaurant La Caquerelle
Col des Rangiers
Ferme le Pécal
Ferme le Pécal
Cornol
Hôtel du Boeuf
Hôtel du Boeuf
Courgenay
Eco-Chalet
Eco-Chalet
St-Ursanne
La Couronne
La Couronne
St-Ursanne
Le Chandelier et Camping de St-Ursanne
Le Chandelier et Camping de St-Ursanne
St-Ursanne
Ma Petite Fontaine
Ma Petite Fontaine
Seleute
Hotel et Camping de Tariche
Hotel et Camping de Tariche
St-Ursanne
Auberge de la Gare
Auberge de la Gare
Montfaucon
Hôtel du Cerf
Hôtel du Cerf
Soubey
Auberge de Jeunesse Le Bémont
Auberge de Jeunesse Le Bémont
Le Bémont JU
Centre de Loisirs des Franches-Montagnes
Centre de Loisirs des Franches-Montagnes
Saignelégier
Ferme de Belfond
Ferme de Belfond
Goumois
Gîte Chez Toinette
Gîte Chez Toinette
Saignelégier
Hôtel Cristal
Hôtel Cristal
Saignelégier
Logis des Sommêtres
Logis des Sommêtres
Le Noirmont
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Bookable offers

7 Jura Route Basel - Nyon
7 Jura Route Basel - Nyon
La Route Verte
La Route Verte
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Places

Courgenay
Courgenay
St-Ursanne
St-Ursanne
Glovelier
Glovelier
Soubey
Soubey
Goumois
Goumois
Saignelégier
Saignelégier
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Places of interest

Swin Golf
Swin Golf
Saint-Ursanne on the Doubs
Saint-Ursanne on the Doubs
St-Ursanne bridge
St-Ursanne bridge
Autruches Aventure
Autruches Aventure
Scooter-biking in the Franches-Montagnes
Scooter-biking in the Franches-Montagnes
A rare cattle droving track
A rare cattle droving track
Centre Nature, Les Cerlatez
Centre Nature, Les Cerlatez
Doubs Canoë
Doubs Nature Park
Doubs Nature Park
Lake Etang de la Gruère
Lake Etang de la Gruère
Fondation pour le Cheval
Fondation pour le Cheval
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