Col du Grand Ballon

Col du Grand Ballon

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Recommended by 191 out of 196 road cyclists


  • Jonas Wind

    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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    • May 27, 2016

  • Pius123

    If you have no idea, do not throw quotes around: this was the dog's back.

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    • May 30, 2016

  • Stefan Pittelkow

    If you know it well then correct Wiki!ölts

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    • October 22, 2016

  • Volker236a

    No matter which driveway. The Grand Ballon is always worth it. When Alsacienne (see also he is hit on the big route equal to 3 times. An event that is highly recommended. She starts in Cernay.

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    • July 1, 2019

  • Hubert Fischer

    From the top of the mountain you have a wonderful view. The blueberry cake with cream is a must !!

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    • May 22, 2017

  • Christoph

    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!).

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    • July 23, 2018

  • Mark

    highest elevation of Alsace. Not too steep. But long.

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    • July 1, 2019


    Brilliant view of the Rhine Plain-Jura-Vosges!

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    • December 20, 2019

  • Frank 'Bogie' Olsthoorn

    The highest ballon of all three, nice climb!

    • June 1, 2020

  • 🚲 joie de voyager 🏔

    On a clear day you can see the Alps

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    • December 29, 2020

  • Melinjak

    Great pass with alpine dimensions (HC), the great continuous signage with incline and height creates a real TDF feeling. The view is of course just as awesome :)

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    • January 15, 2021

  • Niels

    Nice, even increase. Good road quality, also suitable for the descent, a few curves have cobblestones, you have to be a little careful.

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    • July 2, 2019

  • Joost | valsplat cc

    Highest peak in the Vosges. Beautiful views over this rainiest - and therefore very green - area in France. An essential part of a cycling tour or holiday in this area.

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    • February 23, 2021

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Location: Linthal, Glarus, Eastern Switzerland, Switzerland


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