Where can I ride a moun­tain route in one week­end?

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Garage -

An­swered by Si­mon Weir, Ride Mag­a­zine Travel Ex­pert Spread the map of Europe out on the table and start mea­sur­ing the dis­tance to the Alps. From Calais to An­necy is more than 500 miles, for the Gross­glock­ner or the Dolomites, you’re look­ing at more than 750 miles. But there are proper mountains much nearer. From the Euro­tun­nel to St Die des Vos­ges is a whisker un­der 350 miles. You could be there to­mor­row. The Vos­ges sit on the west bank of the River Rhine, frown­ing across the wa­tery bor­der at Ger­many’s Black For­est. Like the Schwartzwald, the French mountains are high enough to have ski­ing in win­ter, their well-wooded slopes criss­crossed by a maze of su­perbly twisty roads. Un­like the Ger­man for­est, the Vos­ges are rel­a­tively quiet – you’ll see plenty of bikes, but there’s markedly less traf­fic. The Vos­ges has proper passes, hair­pins stacked on top of each other like the folded lay­ers of pas­try in the sweet local cakes.

But the re­ally good bit? This is just the south­ern end of the Vos­ges. Head north keep­ing the Rhine on your right and the Vos­ges con­tinue all the way to the quaint city of Sar­reguem­ines – de­liv­er­ing mile after mile of su­perb rid­ing. All within easy reach of Calais.

The French Vos­ges are just 350 miles from Calais

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