The Gravel Trans Jura is a unique bikepacking adventure that will take place, for the first time, in the summer of 2024. It’s a cycling adventure where each participant sets his or her own pace and style. There are no fixed stages, it is not a race, nor a competition – the focus is solely on the experience!
True to the motto “the way is the goal”, all participants will cycle the approximately 390 kilometers from Baden to Nyon in maximum 6 days. The distance combined with the approximately 11,000 meters of altitude represents a true challenge – no matter at what pace is ridden.
To complete the extremely varied and breathtaking Gravel Trans Jura under your own steam, self-supported and with like-minded people embodies pure adventure. The natural environment, the varied weather conditions, the encounters and experiences along the way will ensure that unforgettable and priceless memories will be created.
Individuality is highly valued when participating in the Gravel Trans Jura. Nevertheless, with some fixed points and services along the way, a framework will be provided that will make the Jura crossing one of the most famous and important bikepacking events in Europe.
The Gravel Trans Jura will be held for the first time from May 30 to June 5, 2024 (Thursday-Wednesday).
A detailed program will be announced at a later date.
A provisional program is below:
Opening event with registration, briefing on the event and dinner in Baden.
The start, at 7.30 am in the heart of the city of Baden.
Friday to Wednesday:
The individual ride of 390 kilometers and 11’000 meters of altitude from Baden (AG) to Nyon (VD).
The latest finish at the ‘Place de Savoie’ in Nyon.
The route will be made available to all participants two months before the event as both a GPS track and a detailed roadmap. It is a sophisticated and lovingly designed route covering 390 kilometers and 11,000 meters of altitude which encompasses the greatest highlights in the entire Jura.
The ride starts in the spa town of Baden, at the foot of the last Jura foothills the “Lägern”. After Brugg, the route leads uphill for the first time and crosses the canton of Aargau with steep climbs and descents. The entire route was chosen to be 80% on gravel/gravel roads. A little bit of asphalt, meadow sections and a few single trails complete the route.
After crossing the Salhöhe, the border crossing between Canton Baselland and Canton Solothurn begins. The villages of Langenbruck and Mümliswil represent the last signs of civilization for quite some time. The long ridge of the Grenchnerberg marks the entry into the Bernese Jura. The section through the canton of Neuchâtel is peppered with absolute highlights….which will be revealed at a later date.
High above the Lac de Neuchâtel, the last of a total of six cantons, Vaud, is reached. At 1,100 meters above sea level, Sainte-Croix, one of the last large towns, is reached. The route then runs close to the French border to the picturesque destination of Nyon, on Lac Léman.
Since the Gravel Trans Jura is a very individual event and not a competition, the beauty of this experience is not diminished by rules.
Nevertheless, participants should adhere to a few points:
- Gravel bikes and mountain bikes are allowed, but e-bikes are not.
- Riding is from sunrise to sunset, not at night.
- There is no ranking, but there is a timing, which is needed for the finisher diploma.
- Participation in the opening event on Thursday, May 30, 2024, is mandatory.
- Food and accommodation is the responsibility of the participants.
Detailed regulations as PDF:
Gravel Trans Jura Rules 2024
Arrival and departure
For an optimal start and a nice finish of the Gravel Trans Jura, a selection of accommodation options at the start and finish (Baden and Nyon) will be presented here shortly.
For the outward and return journey, the use of public transport is recommended to all participants. There will be no official nor reduced price parking in either Baden or Nyon. There will be a luggage transport (one piece of luggage per participant) from Baden to the destination Nyon.
Click here for the public transport timetable:
Click here for parking options in Baden:
With an Opening Event on Thursday afternoon/evening (May 30, 2024) the participants start together into the adventure Gravel Trans Jura – they register on site and are briefed with the important last information about the event. Afterwards, everyone is invited to a dinner together. At this get-together the anticipation will be increased to the maximum! The event will take place at the Burghalde school in Baden.
Board and lodging
Whether participants prefer luxurious hotel stays or nights spent on the camping mat in a sleeping bag; everything is possible. Thanks to a detailed (digital) roadmap, participants will receive detailed documentation two months before the event, allowing them to change their own plans at any time and adapt them to daily conditions…. and their own state of mind.
The accommodations are pre-informed and prefer you to reservation in advance, but welcome spontaneous guests if space is available.
Bikepacking is a “new” variant of bicycle travel. It is a mix of freedom, adventure but also borderline experience. It tries to preserve the off-road capabilities of the bike by integrating the luggage more into the profile of the bike. By greatly reducing the weight of the equipment carried, the rider and bike remain agile enough to master even the most demanding routes. A gravel bike is particularly suitable for this. It combines the fun of a light bike with the fascination of bicycle travel.
In Europe, during the latest during the Corona pandemic, a real gravel boom was triggered. The gravel sector is enjoying enormous growth and this has triggered a huge demand in the bicycle industry.
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