756 La Siberie Bike
756 La Siberie Bike

Mountainbiking

La Sibérie Bike

La Sibérie Bike

Les Ponts-de-Martel–La Brévine–Les Ponts-de-Martel

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La Sibérie Bike

La Sibérie Bike

42 km is the length of this route. Minus 42°C is the record temperature in La Brévine, also known as Switzerland’s Siberia. This is where the name «La Sibérie Bike» comes from. And since we’re talking about numbers: about 10 km follow the Swiss border in the forest, and 15 km along the national Jura Bike route.
After the start at the train station of the watchmaking village of Ponts-de-Martel the first few kilometres of Vallée des Ponts are flat and easy. Fuel peat from the extensive peat bogs on the left was harvested far into the 20th century and high tapping edges are visible throughout the area. Today this is a strict nature reserve. After the bogs the trail turns right. A rocky ascent in the forest leads across a pass to Vallée de la Brévine on the other side. The village of the same name is known particularly for its harsh climate. The local temperature station registered minus 41.8°C in January 1987, the lowest temperature ever measured at an official Swiss weather station. Temperatures around 30 degrees below are not uncommon here and the reason why the town is called Switzerland’s Siberia. Every year the “Fête du froid” is held to celebrate the cold.

The route approaches and then follows the Swiss border on Zollweg for about 10 km. Two km or so are on the French side. The border crossing is near le Seignolet. The Zollweg section is hilly and technically a bit more challenging. Around 70 percent of it is in the forest, the rest runs across a meadow. A flat, paved road leads to the foot of Grand Sonmartel, the highest point of the tour, which is reached via a single trail and a path. The ascent is quite steep. The views from the heights of Petit and Grand Sonmartel of the La Sagne valley, the Mont Racine mountain range and the Alps are spectacular, with sprawling meadows and massive spruce trees forming the backdrop.

A long downhill ride on a dirt road passes two alpine farms, Petit-Sommartel and Petite-Joux. A flat, paved road follows after La Grande-Joux for about 2 km, but then comes a sudden very steep descent in the forest. This is only for daredevils and the pros. All others better be careful and get off the bike. The road back to the starting point is the same as in the beginning.
42 km is the length of this route. Minus 42°C is the record temperature in La Brévine, also known as Switzerland’s Siberia. This is where the name «La Sibérie Bike» comes from. And since we’re talking about numbers: about 10 km follow the Swiss border in the forest, and 15 km along the national Jura Bike route.
After the start at the train station of the watchmaking village of Ponts-de-Martel the first few kilometres of Vallée des Ponts are flat and easy. Fuel peat from the extensive peat bogs on the left was harvested far into the 20th century and high tapping edges are visible throughout the area. Today this is a strict nature reserve. After the bogs the trail turns right. A rocky ascent in the forest leads across a pass to Vallée de la Brévine on the other side. The village of the same name is known particularly for its harsh climate. The local temperature station registered minus 41.8°C in January 1987, the lowest temperature ever measured at an official Swiss weather station. Temperatures around 30 degrees below are not uncommon here and the reason why the town is called Switzerland’s Siberia. Every year the “Fête du froid” is held to celebrate the cold.

The route approaches and then follows the Swiss border on Zollweg for about 10 km. Two km or so are on the French side. The border crossing is near le Seignolet. The Zollweg section is hilly and technically a bit more challenging. Around 70 percent of it is in the forest, the rest runs across a meadow. A flat, paved road leads to the foot of Grand Sonmartel, the highest point of the tour, which is reached via a single trail and a path. The ascent is quite steep. The views from the heights of Petit and Grand Sonmartel of the La Sagne valley, the Mont Racine mountain range and the Alps are spectacular, with sprawling meadows and massive spruce trees forming the backdrop.

A long downhill ride on a dirt road passes two alpine farms, Petit-Sommartel and Petite-Joux. A flat, paved road follows after La Grande-Joux for about 2 km, but then comes a sudden very steep descent in the forest. This is only for daredevils and the pros. All others better be careful and get off the bike. The road back to the starting point is the same as in the beginning.
43 km | 1 Stage
Asphalted: 24 km
Natural surface: 19 km
of which Singletrail: 5 km
950 m | 950 m
medium | difficult

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Les Ponts-de-Martel
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Signalization

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This route is only signposted in one direction: Les Ponts-de-Martel – La Brévine – Le Prévoux – Les Ponts-de-Martel

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Note: This route goes across the border so you will need to have an ID card or a passport on you.

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Arrival / return travel Les Ponts-de-Martel
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Place du Port 2
2000 Neuchâtel
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