Road Cycling Highlight
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.
May 27, 2016
The Grand Ballon is a beautiful mountain, especially recommended is the varied opportunity to climb the mountain. In my experience, the following is to say: the roads from Cernay and from the landmark are a bit more traveled. Alternative climbs, such as from Willer-sur-Thur, are * still * less traffic. In general, there is not much going on in Alsace - in contrast to the Black Forest (at least my experience!).
July 23, 2018
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