Beautiful passes In the Vosges Mountains

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Here, on the Ballon d'Alsace, you're literally riding the trails of history: As the first mountain pass ever biked during the Tour de France, on July 11, 1905, you'll get close to both the history of the world's most prestigious cycling competition, as well as the more tragic reminders of World War One. All of the mountain passes you'll ride here are also almost completely car-free, taking you through a diverse landscape comprising deciduous forests, luscious green meadows, and French villages. And once you have completed the rides, you can enjoy a rather more luxurious ride along the lower route of the Vins d’Alsace — and let your tongue be tickled by Pinot Blanc and friends.

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The most beautiful Passes In The Vosges Mountains

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    Ballon d'Alsace

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    Here René Pottier defeated on 11 July 1905 the first pass of the Tour de France. The balloon d'Alsace then remained unrivaled for five years - until you discovered the much tougher passes in the Pyrenees.

    At 1,247 meters, the pass is by far not the highest in the Vosges, and today nobody would put him in the list of important passes - but there is still a certain amount of magic about him.

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    Hohneck

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    The second highest of the Vosges mountains is at 1,363 meters at the same time the highest point to reach on asphalt point of the mountains. Although it is at the entrance only a short spur road that branches off from the famous route of the Crêtes. But the view from Hohneck is worth it.

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    Grand Ballon

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    When driving on this mountain in 1997 truly historic words in German racing cycling fell. At that time, the Grand Ballon was part of the Vosges stage, where this famous sentence was written:

    Udo Bölts is said to have called his teammate Jan Ullrich when he was on the verge of snatching off his yellow jersey from rival Richard Virenque. Spurred on by his colleague, he finally managed it. The rest is history. Ullrich was the first and so far only German to ride the yellow jersey over the Champs-Elysées.

    The Grand Ballon - in German "the big Belchen" - is with 1,424 meters the highest mountain of the Vosges. The summit is unfortunately not accessible by bike, as the pass bypasses the summit at 1,343 meters.

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    Col de Fréland

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    Although the Col de Fréland is rather unspectacular in terms of altitude, but he attracts with fantastic scenery and an almost car-free pleasure ride away from busy roads. It connects the Strengbach- with the Béhine valley and is alone scenic worth the detour.

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    Col de la Schlucht

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    The pass connects Munster in the east with Gerardmer in the west and lies at the apex of 1,138 meters above sea level. Also this passport is a true classic of the Tour de France with meanwhile ten journeys: 1931, 1957, 1961, 1969, 1970, 1973, 1992, 2005, 2009 and 2014 the best cyclists tormented on it. If he is not locked for the tour, he is unfortunately very busy.

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    Champ du Feu

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    The Champ du Feu has less to do with fire than one would expect: "Feu" in this case is the French corruption of the German word "cattle". Why the pass is so, you quickly realize. On a low-alpine plateau, cheerful cattle graze while one or two cyclists pedal up to the observation tower built in 1898.

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    Ballon de Servance

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    At 1,216 meters, this is certainly the least known of all balloons in the Vosges. The ride goes through a quiet mountain landscape on unfortunately not perfect asphalt. But you have to share the road with hardly a car.

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