Athletes will be able to enjoy a wide range of facilities that will offer them optimum training conditions for all three disciplines, including:
- the University of Franche-Comté’s sports facility, which includes an indoor athletics stadium and a weights room;
- the athletics track at the Léo-Lagrange stadium combined with a network of paths and roads closed to traffic that run right next to the training facilities;
- road cycling routes used all year round by the Continentale Groupama-FDJ cycling team to prepare for professional competitions;
- Mallarmé swimming pool, which has a 50-metre pool with six lanes.
Para-triathletes can run here whatever the weather thanks to the exceptional indoor and outdoor facilities available. They have access to a weights room with a full range of top-quality strength and conditioning equipment (cardio, resistance, endurance). This location can also serve as a base camp for paracycling sessions.
Lastly, the Osselle outdoor centre, which is only 15 minutes away from the city centre, is ideal for combining all three disciplines. Every year it hosts the French leg of the World Triathlon Para Cup and a round of the French Division 2 team time trials. Numerous athletes taking part in this world cup series have already competed in this event in Besançon and qualified for the Paralympic Games in Rio in 2016 or in Tokyo in 2021.
If you require a personal protection service, rental transport services or access to training equipment, just ask! All the facilities are accessible to people with disabilities.
One of Besançon’s main priorities is to promote parasports disciplines, and as part of that effort, it has been organising the only event of its kind in France, the Raid Handi-Forts adventure race, since 2008. The parasports project has grown by encouraging sports clubs to set up a parasport section and making sports facilities accessible to people with disabilities. Thanks to all this work, Besançon received the 2016 Parasport City award.