Col du Ballon d’Alsace – 1,171m

Route: D465 St. Maurice sur Moselle to Giromagny (15 miles)

Coordinates: 47.8203306,6.8350429

Ridden: 2006 & 2008

This col on the D465 between St. Maurice sur Moselle and Giromagny, just north of Belfort – where Alstom make the TGVs (Train Grande Vitesse) – takes you over the Ballon d’Alsace. A good biking road from both sides but beware of the road surface. There’s a memorial at the top to WWII bomb disposal units and an impressive collection of old bomb casings. Why anyone should have wanted to drop a bomb around here is something we couldn’t fathom! Also famous as being the first ever mountain stage in the Tour de France – in 1905!