The Transjurassienne Race
What Is Going to Happen on this Great Trip
Thursday, February 08, 2018
You will make your own arrangements to get to Lajoux (the train station is at la Cure which is only 20 minutes away). You will take possession of your rooms at the hotel in this high mountain region. The hotel is owned by the Mermet family. A welcoming cocktail hour and our first meeting will take place that evening, followed by a dinner for everyone. You will also want to prepare your skis for the next morning.
Friday, February 09, 2018
After a copious breakfast, you will go to the start of the race to Lamoura. You will be leaving directly from the hotel. You can try out your waxing and your skis. For lunch, you are on your own either in Lajoux Village or at your hotel. In the afternoon, you will go to Morez to get your racing number. Then you will prepare your skis for the next day. We will all eat together at the hotel.
Saturday, February 10, 2018—Classic Race of either 56 km or 25 km
For those of you who are going to skate ski on Sunday, this day can be one in which you carefully prepare your skis and during which you rest. For those who are racing classic today, you will want a hardy breakfast before you departure for the Rousses (count on between 20 and 30 minutes to get there). The race course passes through le Brassus Village in Switzerland before you reach the “main dish,” which is the climb of Risoux to the Ministers’ Chalet. Then you descend to Bellefontaine and later through Chapelle des Bois, le Pré-Poncet and finally Mouthe, which will give you a 56 km superb race. In Mouthe you will recover your personal items, take advantage of the warm atmosphere among the participants, and be served a great lunch. The organizers of this race will provide buses to take you back to the departure area in Les Rousses, where you will find your car where you left it.
Sunday, February 11, 2018—Skating race for either 68km or 48km
You will want to chow down on a big breakfast before you take everything out of your room. Even though you will have been checked out later in the day, you will still be able to use the sauna and showers when you get back from the race before you leave for home.
You will take your own car to the start at Lamoura, which is only 10 minutes away. The start will be at 8:30 in the morning. Again, you will see and experience the craziness that is well known for this famous race all along the course. It is especially wild at strategic locations, such as the climb of the Opticians near Les Rousses at or the crossing of the Risoux mountain range. And, of course, it really gets wild at the finish in Mouthe, which is the town that is the coldest in the country, hence its nickname "the French Little Siberia". The race organization will provide buses to take you back to the start at Lamoura where you will find your car.