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Jura Route (route no. 7)

"We are all familiar with the pilgrim monks carrying their staffs and scallop shells who take the legendary road to Santiago de Compostela. We know the pilgrim bikers too, with their Harley-Davidsons and black helmets, who take the legendary Route 66. But perhaps less well-known is the pilgrim cyclist, with his bike and bell, who takes the legendary Route 7 through the cycling paradise known very simply as the Jurassic Arch."


The full route comprises 6 stages between Basle and Nyon.

Section 1: Basle - Courgenay
Distance: 60 km
Gradient: 840 m

Section 2: Courgenay - Saignelégier
Distance: 39 km
Gradient: 1,000 m

Section 3: Saignelégier - La Chaux-de-Fonds
Distance: 38 km
Gradient: 540 m

Section 4: La Chaux-de-Fonds - Fleurier
Distance: 40 km
Gradient: 360 m

Section 5: Fleurier - Vallorbe
Distance: 46 km
Gradient: 950 m

Technically: medium
Physically: difficult

Good to know

  • On the banks of the Doubs, don't miss the medieval town of St-Ursanne.
  • Four kilometres outside Saignelégier it is well worth stopping off to discover the Etang de la Gruère nature reserve.
  • Musée International d'Horlogerie (MIH) in La Chaux-de-Fonds: more than 4,500 exhibits to discover.


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