Trail, mountain bike, kayak, nature raid… four major sporting challenges you have to face!

On land, in the water or in the air, Greater Besançon offers a spacious playground for outdoor activities. The six “Grandes Heures Nature” ambassadors – all high-ranking athletes – would say otherwise. This year’s festival presents four main challenges to allow you to outdo yourself, alone or in a team, before finding yourself in a friendly atmosphere near the entertainment village.

When the marathon becomes a team sport

On Friday, June 24, the wonderful sports weekend of the Grandes Heures Nature will open with Ekiden, a discipline from Japan, thanks to which the marathon has become a team sport! In fact, a distance of 42.195 km is covered in a team relay of two to six riders. Whether with family, friends or colleagues (see box), the team can be mixed or not and can include participants of any age (from 16 years). The event is open to 150 “general” and 50 “business” teams (registration required).

path and way

For the course, whether you are a fan of roads or trails, there will be something for everyone. On the list are three loops that allow participants to cross the landscape and the center of Besançon: one of 5 km on the route with a difference in elevation of 110 m (covered three times), the second of 10 km of track with 340 m of vertical drop (twice) and a third of 7.2 km Mixed lane/road with 250m vertical landing (one time only). The start kicks off at 7:00pm, enough to enjoy the sunset over the hills and complete the race, at nightfall, at the Chamars Leisure Village. After this effort, Guinguette will prolong the evening by remembering that coexistence is also a team sport.


Sir – Territory 25: ” Ekiden allowed us to create links within the company »

In addition to the sporting and festive dimension of the event, participation in Ekiden helps strengthen the cohesion of the company, noted Fabrice Koller, Deputy General Manager of Sedia – Territoire 25.

During the first release of Ekiden, in 2019, we thought about signing up a team, and we told ourselves that some people would have to do multiple relays.he explains. Finally, we created three teams of 18 participants who trained during the weekly sessions. These outings made it possible to create a bond. Some runners have also discovered the exceptional pitch that Besançon has to offer, a stone’s throw from the city centre. For D-Day, teams were built with the goal of cohesion rather than performance. Colleagues also came to enjoy the beautiful atmosphere and support our teams. That’s why we have to be on the starting line again on June 24th. »


Big Mountain Bike Tour: on the list, 195km and 4000m of altitude increase!

There’s a new kid in the family of mountain bike rings tagged by Grand Besançon. And he is rather a beautiful child, because it is a loop that stretches 195 km and 48 towns! Grandes Heures Nature honored her with a Grand Tour VTT in two stages, on June 25 and 26. An event dedicated to experienced mountain bikers…

Temporary residence and a doctor

The first stage – 98 km – will leave Chamar, in Besançon, at 8 in the morning, towards Amagne, then Genuel for a night in a bivouac. The next day, departure will be at 7:15 am towards Busy, then back to Besançon. The event is open to mountain bikes, gravel bikes or electric mountain bikes (limited to 30 places). The registration fee, €95 per person, includes transportation of tents and bags, 3 meals, breakfast, supplies, mechanical assistance, and a physiotherapy area.

If an adventure tempts you a little longer, you can always take advantage of the summer to embark on the grand tour with family or friends over four, five or six days. Along the way, about twenty places suitable for mountain biking will allow you to prepare for your stages. For a physical therapy session, check with your teammates…


The RandO’Kayak, summer on a gentle slope

With its 12 km course between Chalèze and Chamars, RandO’Kayak will literally change your view of the Doubs Valley. An ideal opportunity to disconnect and (re)discover the landscapes whose riches are presented in a road book made available to participants. Among the lush nature and UNESCO heritage, allow yourself to immerse yourself in the rhythm of the Dobbs family…with your arms! take place
On June 26 (departure at 1:30 p.m.), the trip will be carried out in pairs with a registration fee of €40 per pair, including rental of a two-seater canoe, jackets, paddles, insurance, and shuttle bus service. Remember that sailing in a canoe can also be a good way to test your relationship with your partner…


RAIDS X’PERIENCES, a dual race with a sense of fun and sport

Kayaking, road running, mountain biking, hiking… why choose? Thanks to Raids X’Périences, kick off a multi-sport event, on June 25th, across the wide open spaces around Besançon.

Sponsored by SMCI, this duo race – which also includes surprise activities to spice up the course – will be available in two versions with all-new tracks: the Blitz Discovery Course (25km, 16-year-old) and Go Adventure (50 km, from 18 years old).

The start of the Raid Découverte will be from Chamars Park at 1.30 pm. Participants in the Raid Aventure will depart from Châtillon-le-Duc at 9 am (with shuttle and bikes from Chamars).

Registration per pair: €25 for the “Discovery” course (€40 after May 24) and €45 for the “Adventure” course (€60 after May 24).

Build your team and prepare to live a unique X’Périence experience!


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