Black Forest and Alsace, time to discover these amazing regions.

We are pleased to introduce to you our SFIDA Black Forest – Alsace trip.

Covering parts of the most amazing parts of these regions of Germany and France, this trip will take to places like the spa town of Baden – Baden, scenic roads on the Black Forest and finally, Alsace, one of the most picturesque regions in France.

The trip starts in Baden – Baden and soon we start riding south towards Freiburg im Brisgau, in between, places like Bad Wildbad and the scenic lake Titisee.

At some point we will cross the Rhein river and arrive to Alsace in France…but it wasn’t always like this. Alsace has been part of France or Germany in different periods since 1681, finally as part of the Treaty of Versailles, after the First World War, Germany had to give back Alsace to France.

Now, when visiting this picturesque region, we can see a mix of France and Germany culture and gastronomy. The German influence is visible in the architecture of some buildings and castles, the French influence is more in the gastronomy and unfortunately…in the coffee…hahaha.

Alsace is famous for its white wines, but as we are here to ride, we will be exploring in deep the Vosges mountains, there are numerous climbs in this region. But there are a couple that are tied up to the Tour de France: Le Planche des Belles Filles, has been used often recently, most famous moment was the final and dramatic time trial of the TDF 2020. 

Then we have the Ballon d’Alsace, this was the first climb ever done at the TDF, it was on the 1905 edition and we will climb it from the original side, of course.

Come and ride with us on this amazing trip, you will discover a couple of great regions in Europe to ride a bike.

Dates 2024: 10-19 August.

Distance: 790km               daily average: 88km
Climbing: 16,800m          daily average: 1,870m 

 

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  • Duration:9 days
  • DATES : Aug 10 - Aug 19
    • HOTELS:3-4 Stars
    • MEALS:All meals included
    • ARRIVAL:Frankfurt (FRA)
    • DEPARTURE:Zurich (ZRH)
    • RENTAL BIKE:Available
    • RENTAL E-BIKE:Available
  • PRICE :

    4,650.00

DAY 1: Welcome to Baden  Baden.
Meet the SFIDA Cycling staff at Frankfurt Airport (FRA) or at the designated hotel.

We will transfer to Baden Baden, one of the nicest spa towns in the Black Forest, where we will spend the first couple of nights of our trip.

After our orientation meeting, lunch, and build-up bikes we will head to the countryside and enjoy a short ride through the amazing landscapes surrounding Baden Baden.

 

Day 1
29km / 600m
CLIMBS: Hills in the countryside.
HOTEL:  Hotel am Sophienpark 

DAY 2: SFIDA Baden Baden loop.

Today we will have a beautiful anticlockwise ride from Baden Baden, starting with a climb up to Rote Lache on a quiet road, then continuing to Bad Wildbad, another beautiful spa town, we should be there for lunch.

After leaving Bad Wildbad, we will head towards Bad Herrenalb and Gaggenau, this part of the ride includes some more climbing on the northern corner of the Black Forest.

Hopefully we will arrive back to Baden Baden in time to enjoy one of the hot springs baths in town.

Day 2
98km / 2,225m
CLIMBS: Rote Lache, Swarzmiss, Dobel, Moosbron.

HOTEL: Hotel am Sophienpark 

DAY 3: Baden Baden to Black Forest National Park.

Today we are leaving Baden Baden and head south towards the heart of the Black Forest.

 

Once we reach Sand, we will do a loop to see some of the most beautiful scenery in the Black Forest National Park, this includes the Schwarzenbach lake.

 

Today’s hotel is also a destination on itself, the Schliffkopf Wellnes Hotel is the perfect place in the right location on our way south.

Day 3
72km / 2,090m
CLIMBS: Sand, Hundseck, Ruhestein. 
HOTEL: Schliffkopf Wellness Hotel

DAY 4: Longest ride to Titisee.

Today we have the longest ride on our trip, it is a beautiful ride to Titisee, today’s destination.

First stop will be in Bad Griesbach, another quiet spa town, then we will continue on quiet roads to Freiesberger Hutte and onto Wolfach. 

The road options here are endless, and we are taking some of the most scenic ones on our way to Titisee.

Titisee is a small lake surrounded by forest and has a good number of spa hotels, we have chosen a front lake hotel to make the most of this unique spot.

Day 4
126km / 2,460m
CLIMBS: 
HOTEL:  Black Forest Hotel Treschers

DAY 5: Titisee to Freiburgh im Breisgau.

Leaving Titisee behind, today we have a short ride. But it is going to be a busy day!

First we climb up to Feldberg Pass, then continue our mountanious ride to Freiburg im Breisgau.

Once in Freiburg, our ride will end and we will have lunch and visit this important town in the south of the Black Forest. 

In the afternoon we will transfer to Belfort in Alsace, we are spending the rest of the trip in this beautiful French region. 

Day 5
53km / 1,070m
CLIMBS: Feldberg Pass, Notschrei, Shauinsland.
HOTEL: Hotel Mercure Belfort Centre

DAY 6: Col du Ballon d’Alsace, TDF historical first ever climb.

We will base ourselves in the same hotel for the last four days of the trip, in the beautiful Alsaciene town of Eiguisheim.

This will allow us to explore the Alsace and specially the Vosges mountains in deep. 

Today we have the pleasure to take our clients up to a couple of important TDF climbs, the first one, La Planche des Belles Filles, has been used often in recent editions. The final 2020 time trial was up this climb and we all know what an epic result it had.

The second one is the Col du Ballon D’Alsace, this was virtually the first climb ever to appear at the TDF, it was on the 1905 edition. We will climb from the historic side from Saint-Maurice-sur-Moselle. From here, the ascent is 9 km long and climbs 619 m at an average of 7%. 

We need to think that on those times, this was an amazing achievement, consider fix gears and bikes weighting something like 14-15kg.

A fantastic ride to start our Alsace-Vosges rides.

Day 6
107km / 2,235m
CLIMBS: La Planche des Belles Filles, Col du Ballon de Servance, Col du Ballon d’Alsace.
HOTEL: James Hotel Vignoble

DAY 7: Beautiful towns, a castle and some hills.

Today we will explore some beautiful towns north of Colmar. These villages have impressive architecture and are all in very scenic spots.

Most of today’s ride will go through the Alsaciene vineyards, where some great white wines are produced. By the time of the year we are riding here, the grapes will be only weeks away to be harvested.

After some climbing up the Cote des Cinq Chateaux and Trois-Epis, we will ride through Riquewihr and Hunawihr, a couple of villages that are part of the Plus Beaux Villages de France (Most beautiful towns in France).

Next will be the climb up the Chateau du Haut-Koenisbourg, and we will have a short visit to this impressive place.

After the Chateau, the return ride back to Eiguisheim will be in the lower slopes, so not much climbing back to our hotel.

Day 7
97km / 1,965m
CLIMBS: Cote des Cinq Chateaux, Trois-Epis, Chateau du Haut-Koenisbourg.
HOTEL: James Hotel Vignoble

DAY 8: Route des Cretes and multiple beautiful climbs.

After enjoying some lower climbs and interesting villages, it is time to go back up the Vosges and take on those amazing climbs.

We start with a long approach ride to Guebwiller, from there we are climbing up the Col du Gran Ballon.

This is the first of a series of climbs that follow: Le Markstein, Col du Platzerwasel and Le Petit Ballon. The beauty of this ride is that we never lose too much altitude, so the climbs are not long once we reach the Gran Ballon.

Most of the mountain route is part of the Route des Cretes, a spectacular road in this part of the Vosges.

We will end up with a couple of short climbs back to our hotel.

Day 8
121km / 2,875m
CLIMBS: Col du Gran Ballon, Le Markstein, Col du Platzerwasel, Le Petit Ballon, Col de Firstplan, 
HOTEL: James Hotel Vignoble

DAY 9: Easy ride to end another epic trip.

Our last ride for this trip will be a bit short and easier, we like to end up our trips with a more relaxed ride.

After a few climbs we will reach the Col du Calvaire, here we take on the Route des Cretes on a segment that we didn’t rode yesterday. From there we will be riding on a plateau until we start our final long descent back to Eiguisheim.

We hope that with this trip we have covered some of the most important rides you can do in the Black Forest and Alsace/Vosges.

Day 9
88km / 1,420m
CLIMBS: Trois Epis, Collet du Linge, Col du Wettstein, Col du Calvaire, Col de la Schlucht.

HOTEL: James Hotel Vignoble

DAY 10: Au revoir!

After breakfast transfer by van to Zurich airport (ZHR). Expect to get there by 12:00, so plan your flights accordingly.

MORE INFORMATION

PRICES:

TWIN room:  4,650 Euros pp
SINGLE Supplement:  950 Euros
Rental bike:  750 Euros

Rental ebike: 800 Euros

PAYMENT TERMS:
800 Euros when making the booking. Balance to be paid 120 days before the trip starts.

INCLUDED:
9 nights accommodation between 3 – 4 Stars

ALL MEALS INCLUDED.
9 breakfasts.

9 lunches, picnic-style on longer days. 
9 dinners, including wine.

NOT INCLUDED:
International flights.

Travel insurance.
Hotel extras: mini-bar, spa, massage.
Tips for the staff.

SUPPORT:
We will have ride leaders and at least one mechanic on our trip.

Our staff/client ratio is 1:4 staff.
Our passenger vans come fully equipped with all necessary to give the best support during the rides.
We carry gels, energy bars, powder mix, water, fruit, riding food, tools, pumps, spare tubes and tyres to make sure our first-class support helps you through the trip.
Professional first aid kit.

CANCELLATION POLICY:

Adapting to the changes in international change after the COVID-19 pandemic, and incoordination, with most of the hotel’s terms and conditions, we are adjusting our cancellation policy accordingly as follows:

120 days before the trip starts – the return of your deposit minus any expenses that we may not be able to reimburse.

90 days before the trip starts – partial refund of the amount of the trip less 300 Euros cancellation fee, plus any amount that we can’t recover from Hotels, and other costs that we may have already incurred in the trip preparation.

Less than 60 days before the trip starts – no amount will be refunded. We will, however, try to credit as much as possible towards a future trip. This depends on the amount that we can get back from the hotels and other costs that we have already incurred in the trip preparation.

We highly recommend to contract travel insurance as soon you pay the deposit and buy your international flights.

Make sure your travel insurance covers:

  • Refund of the amounts paid in case you need to cancel for any reason.
  • Covers the cost of possible damages to your rental bike. Check our T&C for this.

For the reasons, we won’t be holding any spots until the full deposit has been paid.

Hotels are now more strict with how many rooms they are willing to have on hold for groups, so until deposit payments are made we won’t be able to confirm your spot.

 

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