A BRIEF INTRODUCTION
The Val-de-Travers (population 10,900) is located in the canton of Neuchâtel, Switzerland. The region is nestled in the valley of the Swiss Jura mountains and lies 30 minutes from Neuchatel ; 1 hour, 15 minutes from Geneva ; two hours from Zurich. Its most populous town is the watchmaking centre Fleurier.
The Val-de-Travers is world-renowned as the cradle of absinthe. The region counts some twenty distilleries and numerous museums dedicated to the fabled spirit which was once banned for the best part of a century throughout Switzerland and Europe.
BECOME A TRAILBLAZER
Its hard to quantify, but it exists. This is the land of the Green Fairy, of dreams, of myth and legend, of spruce-topped mountains, of waterfalls and gorges, of luscious green forests and charming streams. Its like running through a scene from the Lord of Rings. Remote, rugged, with mystery always present. The 2018 race through its K105 course offers a wider range of natural wonder from cascades to cliffs to canyons and ever more challenging terrain.
ACCOMPANYING ATHLETES, VISITORS AND STADIUM FACILITIES
Athletes coming from overseas or other cantons in Switzerland are encouraged to take advantage of visiting the area after taking part in the race.