Forest'Cime 2023, on the roads of the Tour de France
The 8th edition of the Forest’cime will take place from the June 23 to the 25 of June 2023. During 3 days you will ride a 450 kilometre route through the landscapes of the Ain and the Jura. A course with 8500 meters of cumulative altitude gain. The Forest’cime will welcome you as it should in these landscapes of small mountains and plains. In the middle of the course, to “spice up” the stages, we propose to times somes of the climbs. Thanks to a classification established by category, you will be able to wear the bib of the leader of the performance challenge.
STAGE 2: BELLECIN-BELLECIN
Travel to the land of yellow wine and Pasteur
On the way back from Salins-les-Bains we will pass through the village of Arbois, a gastronomic Mecca containing a large part of the famous Jura vineyards. The village of origin of Jean-Paul Jeunet, a starred chef who has set up his gastronomic restaurant in this beautiful village, as well as a certain chocolate maker Edouard Hirsinger, Meilleur Ouvrier de France. But Arbois owes its fame above all to Louis Pasteur who lived in the heart of the village. It is in this village, that Pasteur developed the pasteurisation and vaccine against rabies. Arbois celebrated the bicentenary of the birth of this famous scientist in 2022.
On June 24 2023, the route will take part of the stage of the 2023 Tour de France between Moirans-en-Montagne to Poligny. This is a very steep stage offering 2505 metres of cumulative altitude gain on a course with a wide variety of landscapes. At kilometre 52, the first aid station of the day will take place in Valempoulières, a small village north of Champagnole. This route heads towards Salins-les-Bains, a charming village of 2,500 inhabitants known for its Grande Saline, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Before the French revolution, Salins-les-Bains was the second largest town in the Franche-Comté region, with 8,500 inhabitants. This city of character is also famous for the Fort Saint-André, built by Vauban in the 17th century. This fortress dominates the village of Salins-les-Bains with a breathtaking view of the Jura plain.
After passing through Arbois, we will ride to Poligny via Pupillin, a winegrowing village where we will have our second refreshment of the day and enjoy a wine tasting at a Pupillin winery. We continue our 165 kilometre ride towards Château-Chalon and Baume-les-Messieurs. Classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France, Château-Chalon is a village of character overlooking the vineyards. Renowned for its Appellation d’Origine Controlée (AOC) Château-Chalon. It is also the birthplace of Vin Jaune, a traditional dry wine from the Jura. Every year since 1997, the “Percée du Vin Jaune” is organised in one of the Jura wine villages. This is the largest wine festival in France with a record of 60,000 visitors over a single weekend. The last refreshment of the day will take place in the heart of the remote areas of Baume-les-Messieurs. This remarkable natural site, bordered by cliffs, is known throughout France for its magnificent Tufs waterfall.
The second stage will end with 35 hilly kilometres with two climbs and a gradients up to 9%. Finally, a wine tasting and sale will take place at our base camp in Bellecin for the pleasure of wine lovers who would like to bring back a souvenir of their visit to the Forest’cime.