Would you like to cycle up a pass in the Vosges mountains without having to worry about cars? That’s what Col’Attitude is all about, a free event organized on 8 Vosges passes on 8 different dates between June and September (Sundays).
The Col’Attitude concept is simple: allow everyone to enjoy the beauty of a climb up a Vosges pass by bike, in complete safety, as traffic is closed to cars for the entire morning. The event is free of charge and requires no prior registration.
I say to all, because this is not a question of sporting achievement. Well, you can look at it that way if you feel like it, but the idea is to have a friendly event allowing everyone to enjoy the winding roads of the mountain passes at their leisure: from the slow tourismto enjoy the calm of the mountains and the beauty of the landscape at your own pace! There is no timer, you can set the time you want.
You don’t have to be a great cyclist to participate in Col’Attitude. Firstly, because you can choose a pass from the 8 on offer that suits your level, but also because you can choose to climb it on an electric bike. There is no “right” way to participate in Col’Attitude, the rule is to just enjoy it!
It is possible to rent bicycles (including electric bikes) in some villages: go to the website Col’Attitude for all the information on each pass.
Gifts to be won
At the start or finish of a pass, you can collect a booklet (a credential) to be stamped at each pass arrival. Depending on the number of passes climbed, you will participate in a draw to potentially win very nice gifts such as a water bottle, a cycling jersey with the effigy of the Vosges Massif, a cup, a cap… A little extra motivation to pedal (even) more! 😉
I tested Col Attitude!
I tested Col Attitude at the Col du Hundsruck, in the valley of Thann, in the south of Alsace. It was really a great experience! I really liked the fact that I could climb the pass without having to worry about cars. We are more relaxed and we benefit from a quiet environment, it’s very pleasant… We pedal while enjoying the beauty of the landscape and the serenity of the Vosges mountains.
The Hundsruck Pass, which I discovered on this occasion, is a pleasant and easy pass. It is short (5/6km), with about 400m of positive elevation gain. Overall, it goes up nicely, only towards the end is it steeper. Moreover, the road is of very good quality (a very smooth asphalt, which is appreciable on the way up and even more so on the way down!) and there are very beautiful panoramas to admire, as you can see on my pictures.
When arriving at the pass, there were some stands to get information aboutAlsace by bike and the Vosges Massif, and possibility to eat as well.
- Climbing a mountain pass by bike without a car
- Discover a beautiful place
- Good atmosphere with the other participants
- No pressure, everyone does it at their own pace and with the bike they want!
I liked a little less
My Col Attitude photos
Passes and dates 2023
- Lac Blanc on June 11 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. – 10km and 550m ascent
- Planche-des-belles-Filles June 25, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – 7.5km and 552m ascent
- Ballon d’Alsace July 9 from 9am to 2pm – 9km and 619m ascent
- Geisweg July 23 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – 3km and 211m ascent
- Vieil Armand – HWK September 2 from 8am to 12pm – 9.3km and 555m ascent
- Col Amic September 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – 9.4km and 443m ascent
- Col du Petit Ballon September 17 from 8am to 12pm – 9.3km and 548m ascent
- Col d’Oderen September 24 from 8:30am to 12pm – 5km and 249m ascent