THE CYCLOMONTAGNARDE OF THE SOUTHERN VOSGES: A FIRST
In the Vosges, a cyclomotagnarde (mountain ride) is nothing new. Many have been organised, for many years, and in several sectors, on the Alsace side of the Haut-Rhin, in the northern part of the Bas-Rhin and even in the heart of the department from St.Dié-des-Vosges.
Located within the southern limits of the Vosges department, the town of Remiremont, nicknamed ‘The Beauty of the Vosges‘, nestles in a hollow of the hills of the Vosges Piedmont at nearly 400m of altitude. It is the gateway to the Regional Natural Park of the Vosges Ballons, of the Saone plateau of 1000 lakes and the nearby high peaks of the Vosges.
Ten or so cols of the Vosges (FR-88) and the Haut-Saone (FR-70) are proposed, as well as the famous climb of the Planche des Belles Filles as an option.
The organisers are offering a number of alternatives.
Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 July
The cyclomontagnarde in 2 days (starting and finishing in Remiremont) with or without the Planche des Belles Filles on the second day.
1st day : 104 km and 1898 m of climbing.
2nd day: 115 km and 2187 m of climbing or 127 km and 2682 m of climbing.
Sunday 9 July
The cyclomontagnarde in 1 day, with or without the Planche des Belles Filles : 218km and 4183m of climbing or 232km and 4738m of climbing
Some ‘discovery’ circuits will also be offered, with some on gravel.
Amongst the members of the CODEP88 (departmental committee of the Vosges) are several Club des Cent Cols members (Christophe Badonnel, Francois Liénard, Jean-Philippe Grandadam and Jean-Marie Duluard). Numerous Club members have already applied and been registered. Drinks for Club members will be organised on Saturday evening in Remiremont.
Information on the routes and booking on line here