Cycle tour program

Accès by train and on bike is possible from Besançon.

See detailed explanations

Touristic informations about the tours (Now in english as well)

(clic on pictures for maps and profiles)

Monday - Valley of la Brême affluent of la Loue. L=86km D+=1074m:

• Abbaye de la Grâce-Dieu : nice place, ideal for a pause before a climb.

• The cave of la Glacière - plan a visit if interested

• Dino-zoo - prehistoric animals reconstitution, for children.

• Bonnevaux-le-Prieuré.

• The mirror (la Loue) of Scey-en-Varey, just above the ruins of castel Saint-Denis.

• Nice point of view at Malbrans - on foot, climb to the TV antennae, or shortly after the village in Villers direction: you can see the trench dug by la Loue in the plateau.500x500

Shorter version L=42km D+=430m

Intermédite version L=72km D+=855m

Tuesday - Baume les Dames, Doubs and Cusansin valleys. L=115km D+=1450m:

• Visit of comtoise houses at Nancray's museum.

• Downhill in the Doubs valley to Baume-les-Dames

• Well preserved nature in val de Cusance (springs)

• Very nice site seeings on Haut-Doubs mountains.

• EV6 bikepath is quiet upstream from Baume-les-dames.

• Route in 8 shape. The loop can be done in any direcion and can coincide with shorter tours for gathering. 500x500

Shorter version L=45km D+=390m

Intermédiate version L=60km D+=621m

Wednesday - Quingey, Oselle and EV6. L=105km D+=1130m:

• Mirror of Scey.

• Osselle lake - swimming and bar, lots of people if weather is hot

• Nice streches of EV6 downstream of Besançon

• Visit od Osselle's caves.

• Shorter route is easier and direct to Oselle's lake. 500x500

Shorter version L=69km D+=644m

Thursday - Source of Lison. L=94km D+=1444m:

• Clairon's castle to photograph while having a rest on the bridge (trouts below).

• The Alaise-Saraz-Nans part is remarkable. Traffic is minimal.

• Source of Lison is a must see. Also have a look at le Creux-Billard

• See the toolmaking plant of Nans sous Sainte-Anne.

• Variant 1: allow you to ride near the mirror of Chatillon, then climb to Lizine (viepoint on le Lison and la Loue, nice houses.

• Variant 2: at mirror de Rurey's bridge, take D102 in direction of Cussey-sur-Lison, then Echay, Myon, and D15 until you join the other tour variants. Nice village of Cussey-sur-Lison, preserved and deserted road, not to o hilly, nice viewpoints and majestic arrival at Myon.

• Variant for families: Go down to Besançon by Champlive, Laissey, EV6 and come back to Saône via EV6 direction South, then Busy, Larnod, La Vèze (mind the traffic). 500x500

Variant 1

Friday - Valley of la Loue, Gilley and Haut Doubs. L=111km D+=1600m

• Athletic tour!

• Ornans, Courbet's homeland, deserves a halt.

• Mind the touristic and motorbike traffic on the magnificient road from Ornans to Mouthier.

• Rocher de Hautepierre.

• At Gilley visit "le tuyé de Papy Gaby"

• For "col" amateurs make the detour by Crêt-Monniot's summit

• Variant for families: see the abbaye de la Grâce-Dieu and the cave of la glacière at Chaux-les-Passavant.


Variant for families L=53km D+=542m

Saturday (depending on number of persons). Forêt de Chaux. L=170km D+=960m

• Salines royales of Arc-et-Senans

• Getting through the forest of Chaux.

• Les Baraques du 14.

• Rochefort sur Nénon.