Who hasn’t dreamt of being cheered on along the roads of France? Proudly leading the peloton, riding out of the saddle?
In the Vosges Mountains, we cycle like the real pros, but we also know how to stop and enjoy the panoramic views and perk up to head back out refreshed. Let’s go for a long ride, following in the tire treads of these amateur cyclists who tackle the mountains.
It’s all in the legs…
And even more in the head! We all know that sports require proper physical condition but also a mind of steel to never let up and give it all you’ve got. After a hearty breakfast to make it through the first kilometres, we headed to an iconic site of the Vosges Mountains: La Planche des Belles Filles.
Following in the tracks of famous cyclists
Here we are at the bottom of the long-anticipated climb to the resort of La Planche des Belles Filles.
The greatest racing cyclists of the Tour de France came through here during the 5th stage of the Tour de France in 2017. This 5.9-kilometre steep climb propels us into the big leagues, much to our delight.
La Planche des Belles Filles was a stage in the Tour de France in 2012, 2014 and 2017.
Passes to climb
Unforgettable climbs await on our mountain passes and slopes. For beginners or expert cyclists, there’s a wide variety of routes through the Vosges Mountains to choose from. With both peaceful gentle slopes and more extreme landscapes, all itineraries offer an unforgettable journey to the heart of nature with exceptional panoramas.
The Col du Calvaire mountain pass, at 1444 metres, is not at all an ordeal, as its name suggests, but a gentle slope.
It’s time for a well-deserved coffee break. Once high in the mountains, we take a moment to sit down and admire the surrounding landscapes. The nearby ridges instantly soothe the mind, still overcharged by the effort of the climb. The server takes the time to point out the different sights in front of us; a lovely shared moment, just how we like it.
2019 Event: The Tour de France cycling race in the Vosges Mountains
The Tour de France climbs to new heights! Change gears in the Vosges Mountains
The 2019 Tour de France will take place from 6 to 28 July 2019. The race begins with the Grand Départ in Brussels, paying tribute to the 50th anniversary of Eddy Merckx’s first win.
The Vosges Mountains and Alsace will be in the spotlight on 10 and 11 July 2019. The fifth stage, from Saint-Dié-des-Vosges to Colmar, passes through Schirmeck, the Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle, Kaysersberg and the Five Castles Road. The sixth stage, from Mulhouse to the ski resort of La Planche des Belles Filles, passes through the peaks of Le Markstein, Le Grand Ballon and Le Ballon d’Alsace as well as the Col de Chevrères mountain pass.
This 106th edition will focus on mountain stages, including five high-altitude finish lines, and will also celebrate 100 years of the yellow jersey. The iconic “maillot jaune” of the Tour de France has been worn by 266 cyclists since its first appearance in 1919. It’s “the most important jersey in cycling” according to Eddy Merckx, four-time winner of the Tour and a cycling legend.