A permanent trail for the Transju' experience all year round
Skiers, traileurs, runners and walkers can now enjoy the historic Trans'ju route between Lamoura and Mouthe all year round. Numerous signposts have been set up in the villages along the route to help visitors understand not only the history of the race, but also the richness of the natural environment it passes through. It's also an opportunity to raise awareness of its preservation.
First run in 1980, the Tranjurassienne is part of the Jura region's heritage. With 4,000 skiers taking part, it is now France's biggest event, and one that is eagerly awaited every year. For its atmosphere and organization, but above all for its 70-kilometer route between Lamoura and Mouthe, which takes skiers into the heart of unique, unspoilt landscapes.
Thanks to an initiative by Trans'Organisation, a permanent trail has just been opened. A marvellous opportunity to extend the experience throughout the year, and to enjoy nature through the seasons. Pierre-Albert Vandel, President of Trans'Organisation, confides: "It's important for us to bring our region to life beyond the sporting events. This 'ski trail' is intended to become part of the intangible heritage of the Montagnes du Jura. The Transju' route is a benchmark. It's a fantastic playground for sports enthusiasts, but not only. It's an opportunity to discover a setting that's a little out of time, in an incredibly rich natural environment. It also represents a duty of remembrance for the local people, volunteers and participants from five continents, who for over 40 years have helped to build the myth of the Transjurassienne. This permanent route will enable everyone to enjoy the event without necessarily hanging up a bib. With the possibility of exploring different segments without having to do the whole thing.
The journey begins at the bottom of the Combe du Lac, in Lamoura, the highest lake in the Jura at 1156 m and concludes with the crossing of Chaux-Neuve and finally the arrival in Mouthe.
Several of the signs, notably at Bois d'Amont and Bellefontaine, remind us of the best practices for reconciling sport and respect for the environment in order to preserve this richness: don't be noisy, don't throw anything away, respect the tracks without leaving the pistes, respect the rules. It's essential to participate in the preservation and protection of this particularly sensitive area," explains Pierre-Albert Vandel. First and foremost, it's a question of public awareness. This issue goes beyond sporting competitions. It's a crucial issue. Everyone has to get involved. And it goes far beyond sports organizations alone. It's by acting together, united, that we can be effective and relevant. And that all visitors can continue to enjoy this unique area of the Jura Mountains.
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