Everything You Need to Know About Our Road Cycling Holiday in the Vosges Mountains
Escape from the daily grind
Our long weekend takes us to the Vosges mountains. We are based in the pretty town of Munster, well known for its famous cheese. The perfect location for discovering the Munster valley, wine route and the mountains with their many cols.
We believe that the right hotel and outstanding food are equally important factors in creating the perfect cycling holiday. We have chosen the 3-star Hotel Verte Vallée, which is found in a quiet location just a few minutes away from the centre of Munster directly on the banks of the river Fecht. An ideal location for enjoying the atmosphere of the historical old town after the cycling tours.
We offer this holiday with half board, including a generous and varied breakfast buffet and a four-course evening meal. Vegetarian options are available (please request these in advance). Drinks are not included.
The hotel has extensive spa facilities with 2 swimming pools, a jacuzzi, steam room and fitness room, which enhance any holiday experience. Various spa treatments can also be booked directly at the hotel. The hotel offers a laundry service, which is not included in the price of the holiday. Costs incurred for this can be settled with the local taxes at the end of your stay. Other facilities include a large free car park and free Wi-Fi.
Our 3 Tour Groups
We ride in three groups organized according to speed and ability. Each group is led by an experienced guide. Participants should have some experience of riding in a group.
The Sportivo group usually rides the longest tour at the fastest pace. This group takes fewer breaks and offers opportunities to take part in some friendly races in addition to appreciating the scenery. This group climbs between 850 and 1000 vertical meters an hour.
The Turismo group also rides the long tour or an appropriately shortened “medium” distance.
This group usually rides at a medium pace and climbs between 650 and 850 vertical meters an hour.
The Rilassato group takes things more easily. The group rides at a pace that is achievable for everyone and takes more frequent breaks. A lunch stop at a restaurant is a feature rather than an exception. This group climbs between 500 and 650 vertical meters an hour.
Make sure you find the right group for you. Our cycling holidays are a group holiday and not a competition. Everyone rides at their own pace when climbing and descending and we wait until the group is back together. Otherwise, we ride side-by-side if traffic allows or single file. The guide usually brings up the rear when climbing or ascending. Since the guide has the necessary spares and first aid supplies, this means they are never far away should their services be required. If you feel unwell or exhausted during a tour, let our guides know and we will find the right solution for you.
Our Tours and Schedule
Since we are not able to cycle for a full day on the arrival and departure days, we offer shorter tours on these day of between 60 and 80 km. On Friday and Saturday we ride between 100 and 140 km with between 2000 and 3000 vertical meters.
Whilst the Vosges cannot compare with the Alps. they should also not be underestimated. Their cols offer cyclists varied climbing opportunities from steady 6% through to some steeper 10% climbs. The “Routes des Cretes” is a particular highlight here, with its panoramic views from 1200 meters of a spectacular landscape. Conquer the Cols of the Vosges mountains with us!