Col’Attitude 2024 – Cycling up a Vosges pass closed to traffic!

Updated on 2024-05-07

Would you like to cycle up a pass in the Vosges mountains without having to worry about cars? That's the idea behind Col'Attitude, a free event organized on 10 Vosges passes on 10 different dates between June and September 2024 (Sundays).

Laurène is the blog's creator. Originally from Brittany but now living in Alsace, she has fallen in love with her adopted region and loves exploring its every nook and cranny to unearth great ideas to share with you!

Col’Attitude Concept

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 that suits your level from among those on offer, but also because you can choose to ride 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!
  • Nothing!