Jura Mountains: France & Switzerland 11 By Will on November 15, 2013 Juras, Maps Here are all the Cols I have climbed in the Jura mountains- . Green pins = French Juras. Red pins = Swiss Juras. Click on pin for link to more details. For the ten highest paved climbs in the Juras see here. View Map In Google Earth View Larger Map Cycling Juras maps
I sent you another email via the contacts pge. This is an awesome website – thank you. Is there a town in the French Jura you would particularly recommend as a basecamp for riding (with high quality rental bikes) or would you recommend Lake Annecy or Aix-les-Bains instead (for a late September trip)? Thanks! Mike
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First, thank you for keeping this blog; I’ve discovered it a few years ago and have uset it as inspiration several times on our summer group rides. We are now going for the first time to Jura. Question: in which area would you choose to stay?
We prefer to stay in a house (we are 9 people) nearby or in a city or town for the social life, café, shopping and so on. I’m working on your map over the Jura, and we might have to settle for either the southern part, Mont du Chat, Colombier or the northern with Mont Tendre etc.
North or south? In the middle? (spotted a town, Saint Claude, which looks nice).
Thanks a lot! Jens.
PS: If you are ever going to Denmark, and need some cycling related tips – or otherwise – let me know! (TDF coming up in 2021). A bit low on the cols here though.
PPS: Just spotted your “100 Cycling Climbs Better Than Alpe d’Huez”; a wonderfull, impressive – and impossible list. Totally agree with no.1 – and even 2, 3 & 4 – but I know, when I’m at the Sella Ronda, nothing is more fulfilling. The same goes for Finestre. And Monte Grappa …
I am not great at recommending base towns for people’s trips. And fewer big towns in the Juras. But Aix-les-Bains is very nice. On Lac du Bourget. Lots of climbs nearby. Plus a nice bike path beside part of the lake as well as all the way to Chambery and beyond. https://www.cycling-challenge.com/lac-du-bourget-and-surrounding-cycling-climbs/ and just a touch north is Grand Colombier / Col de la Biche which will be in 2020 Tour de France.
Great, thanks! I’ll check Aix-les-Bains out for accommodations; maybe Lac du Bourget and surroundings will be our new discovery for this years trip.
I mean this very politely: I am a little uncomfortable when someone plans their entire vacation around my suggestions. Could I just ask that you make certain that you think Aix-les-Bains is an OK village for your needs?
All the best,
Hi Will, no sweat! We’ve been doing this for the past 11 years around the Alps, Dolomites, Appenines, Pyrenees etc. and now we wanted to try 4 days in the Vosges and 4 in Jura. I consider your site as a fine place to get ideas and inspiration, and will be no means hold you responsible for any tips or advice you may deliver. As it turns out, there are no vacant houses in Aix-Le-Bains (we do Airbnb, room for the bikes – and we like to cook). We probably go for either a stay at Corbonod, just north of Lac du Bourget, or Lavans lès Saint-Claude. Both places have a cafe, baker a mini market which will do fine.
Great. Feel free to ask for routing help. I know the area fairly well.
I might take you up on that!
We decided for staying in Corbonod/Seyssel by Le Rhône; great for exploring Colombier and the Cat.
With the accommodation in place, I will now enjoy digging into researching and route planning, which is where the first part of the journey begins. Studying cycling-challenge and maps. And looking for an alternative to gpsies.com, where I used to plan all of our tours, now obsolete.
I use http://www.routeyou.com
I have a routyou plus account (25€ / year).
The advantage is that it is free of advertisement and you can also change your route after it is saved.
Hej (danish for “hi”) Ken” I’ll check that out. Thx for the tip.