Location: D465 Saint-Maurice-sur-Moselle to Giromagny (15 miles)
This col on the D465 between Saint-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, there’s a lot of overbanding on 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 hard to fathom. Also famous as being the first ever mountain stage in the Tour de France – in 1905.
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