Col’Attitude – Cycling up a Vosges pass closed to traffic!

by | Mar 6, 2023 | Cycling | 0 comments


Would you like to cycle up a pass in the Vosges mountains without having to worry about cars? This is what Col’Attitude proposes, a free event organized on 7 Vosges passes on 7 different dates between June and September (Sundays)

Col’Attitude Concept

The concept of Col’Attitude is simple: to allow everyone to enjoy the beauty of a climb up a Vosges mountain pass by bike in complete safety, since traffic is closed to cars on that day. 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 (including families) to enjoy the winding roads of the mountain passes at their leisure: from 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. First of all, because you can choose a pass that seems adapted to your level among the 7 proposed, but also because you can choose to climb it with 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.

I liked

  • 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

  • Nothing!

My Col Attitude photos

Passes and dates 2022

  • Planche-des-belles-Filles on June 26 – 7.5km and 552m of positive elevation gain
  • Col du Calvaire – Lac Blanc on July 3rd – 10km and 650m of positive altitude difference
  • Ballon d’Alsace on July 24th – 9km and 619m of positive altitude difference
  • Col du Valsberg on July 31 – 3,4km and 173m of positive altitude difference
  • Col de Fouchy on August 28 from 9am to 6pm – 9.4km and 318m of positive altitude difference (CANCELLED)
  • Col du Hundsruck on September 4th from 9am to 5pm – 9km and 390m of positive altitude difference
  • Col Amic on September 11th from 9am to 6pm – 9,4km and 443m of positive altitude difference


Laurène est la créatrice du blog Mon week-end en Alsace. Bretonne installée en Alsace depuis 2014, elle est tombée amoureuse de sa région d'adoption au point de lui dédier un blog et d'acheter avec son mari une maison alsacienne dans un village du Kochersberg, près de Strasbourg. A pied, à vélo, sur ses chevaux ou au volant de sa voiture, elle aime partir explorer les moindres recoins de l'Alsace pour dénicher de bonnes adresses à partager sur le blog.


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