Vosges

How does traversing the Vosges Massif north to south sound to you ? We’ll spend 7 days loosely following the official Traverse of the Massif de Vosges, but getting off the beaten track to explore the richness and variety of this lesser-known corner of France.

HURRY UP!

Book now your stay for the 2023 season and take advantage of the "Early Bird" rate of 2490 € (instead of 2750 €) valid until December 1st 2022.

Join a group of 10 people to live a strong experience in the discovery of a territory. Come with your best smile and we will take care of the rest! 

Possibility to rent our top-of-the-range gravel bikes for an extra charge:

  • 330 euros for a muscular gravel bike

Possibility to privatise the group from 8 people - contact us for more information.

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Are you ready to take up the challenge of the Vosges Pathfinder?

From North to South, discover the thousand and one facets of the massif. This is a big challenge that will surprise more than one person, as this territory is full of fascinating and fantastic places. To accompany you, our professional guides will take you to the heart of this medium mountain range. But don't be mistaken, the psoitive incline will be there!

An intense week on the program, both physically and emotionally, which will start on Monday evening at the edge of the wooded areas dotted with medieval castles in northern Alsace. A first excursion into this little-known part of the region, rich in tales and legends. 

It's up to you to write your own story through this adventure leading you to the "eye of Alsace" and an immersion in the dense spruce and fir forests near the Pays des Lacs. Your Gravel bike will take you to the places of memory of the massif for a descent through the picturesque villages of the wine road. 

At the foot of the Vosges balloons, you will still need to keep your strength up to face the last hills. For this, your hosts will be at your service to prepare typical dishes of the region in a warm environment. Moments of well-being - yoga, meditation, relaxation - will allow you to disconnect to better reconnect and make the most of this unique experience in a splendid setting.

(Re)discover the richness of this territory on a Gravel bike, a real human adventure to share on the Vosges mountains!

Date range:
April - Juin 2023
Duration:
7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS
Daily distance:
70 - 100+ km
Daily elevation:
1500 M+
Difficulty:
10 / 10

Gravel Up benefits

This is included

At the camp

  • Return transfer from Strasbourg train station
  • All food for the stay
  • Accommodation 6 nights in a double room (single option at extra cost)
  • A great welcome pack
  • A mechanic who will share his secrets with you

On gravel

  • A professional and local guide
  • Unique tracks designed by the GravelUp Team
  • Assistance and transportation van

Beyond gravel

  • Wellness activities - Yoga, meditation, relaxation
  • Visits to various historical and cultural sites
  • An evening of celebration
  • A community of enthusiasts

This is not included

  • Transportation from your home
  • Travel insurance for repatriation and civil liability
  • Personal drinks and other souvenir purchases
  • Anything not specified in "What's Included"
  • Gravel bike rental (supplement available)

The typical Vosgian forests we will cross during our expeditions there.

Les forêts Vosgiennes traversées lors de cette traversée du Massif.

The white lake, hidden on the top of the Schlucht pass, gravel paradise in summer.

Le lac blanc, perché sur les hauteurs du col de la Schlucht. Paradis du gravel en été.

Preparation & equipment

Guide

We select for you local guides, passionate about their territory.

Bike mechanic, bike shop manager and even eco-guard on the Hoeneck, our guide is the best person to help you discover Vosges mountains. Anecdotes, encounters and sharing of experiences, he/she will make sure that you have an unforgettable stay and above all that you soak up as much as possible of this fabulous territory.

Spoken languages: French, English

State certified for bike guiding (BPJEPS), he/she will make sure you are safe and will share with you various tips and tricks on how to ride the Vosgian trails.

Gravel bike

We propose you on this destination the Gravel 3T Exploro (or equivalent)

A Gravel bike that can handle any surface, from asphalt to singletrack to steep trails. An all-road spirit, but with aggressive geometry and aerodynamics that feel almost identical to a road bike. But it's really off-road on our unique tracks that you'll see its versatility, offering comfort and control. Its weight, very modest for such a robust bike, helps a lot on steep climbs.

Equipment

The complete list will be sent to you a few weeks before your expedition. You will find here the few essential items that you may not have at home:

  • Cycling shorts with chamois to be more comfortable

  • Bike gloves to avoid blisters

  • Cycling shoes

Physical Preparation

You are about to experience a Pathfinder expedition. This is our black trail and the regions we will cross offer an environment that can sometimes be demanding depending on the weather conditions. We are in a mountainous landscapes where the cumulative elevation gain will be very significant.

For this expedition, you need to have a strong technical/cycling background and be used to riding several days in a row.

To take full advantage of this expedition, we recommend that you practice an endurance sport such as jogging, swimming or cycling on a regular basis.

Having already completed several days of cycling trips will allow you to feel more comfortable and to better enjoy the breathtaking landscapes you will cross.

How to get there ?

  • By car : Meet us directly at our starting point in Wissembourg

  • By train : Strasbourg train station

As soon as you arrive, our teams will take care of you and drive you directly to our base camp where the beyond biking experience takes its full meaning. The disconnection can begin, do not worry about anything, we take care of everything!

On your first day, we will meet you at 3pm.

For the last day, plan a departure on Sunday at the end of the morning, the time to enjoy a well deserved rest.

Our Pathfinder expedition will end in the Remiremont region, different options for your way back:

  • Our team drives you back to our starting point in Wissembourg for you to grab your car back

  • Book a train from the Remiremont train station

Any questions?

All questions

Equipment

Practicalities

Practicalities

GravelUp, our expeditions to discover Les Vosges on a gravel bike

Our team have come up with three expeditions to keep everybody happy, from regular social cyclists to bikepacking fanatics.

Between 3 and 7 days riding crisscrossing Le massif des Vosges on a gravel bike with a group of like minded riders will allow you find landscapes and views that will take your breath away. GravelUp takes care of everything during the trip, from carefully chosen accommodation to local meals and snacks ideal for a days riding.

It’s not just this care that makes our expeditions unique, its the local knowledge of our guides and the chance to visit local people and places that make for genuine and beautiful picnic spots and overnight stays. All that’s left for you to do is choose which of our trips to start with and get your gravel bike ready for an unforgettable adventure.

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