20 Olympic & Paralympic disciplines
Getting to Besançon
A perfect location if you want to gain time
Besançon and its surrounding area offer all the ingredients to be happy: ever-present and inspiring nature, easy rail access and sustainable mobility, well-conserved architectural heritage and a rich cultural life.
Recovery center & tailor-made medical services
Diverse range of accommodation & close by equipment
Silver Medallist at the World Championships with the French Team
“What I like about Besançon is that everything is close by: I finish my training at Palais des Sports and I can be in the town center or at University within 5 minutes!”
Twice French champion, European champion, vice World champion
“My team - Groupama-FDJ - has its headquarters and center for performance research in Besançon. It is ideal to prepare for my 2022 competitions such as Tour de l’Avenir or Liège-Bastogne-Liège Espoir. In the meantime, I stay in shape with Cyclo-Cross in winter. What with the track at the Michel Vautrot facility at La Malcombe and the Chailluz woods, there is a lot on offer...”
“The varied terrain of Besançon and its surroundings is a big advantage because it can adapt to any type of training with the flat river banks along the Doubs, the forts of Besançon with the medium-slope hills and Northern Besançon to prepare for the classics with the valleys. You can also train on more mountainous routes when you head to the Plateau!
Traffic is also relatively calm and the EuroVelo cycling route allows for a safe ride!”
Elite BMX French team
“The new BMX track in Besançon is unbelievable; it is very fast and also very challenging. It is also in a beautiful setting.”
Entre-temps climbing club / French team, French junior champion 2016
« J’habite à Besançon et, en moins de 5 minutes, je suis en pleine nature, avec l’impression d’être à la campagne.
Besançon est naturellement un territoire propice à l’entraînement. »
Goalball, Paralympic discipline for the blind and visually-impaired
“Every Tuesday afternoon, I train in a facility in Besançon. I have classes at noon with my coworkers and regular mental and physical preparation. I also go to the gym once a week. Participating in the 2024 Paris Paralympic Games would be the culmination of all those years working, an athlete’s dream and being proud to play for my country!”
between nature and culture
The University Olympic Studies and Research Center (CEROU): Besançon at the heart of olympic research
The University Olympic Studies and Research Center (CEROU) is a federation of studies and research of the University of Franche-Comté (UFC)...
A UNESCO World Heritage town: the hometown of Victor Hugo, the land of Fourier and Proudhon with its fortifications and Citadelle built by Vauban... Besançon, the birthplace of watchmaking, astonishes by its rich heritage and the refinement of its architecture...