Day 5: Colroy-la-Roche (FR) – Belfort (FR)

Distance: 155 Kilometers
Height: 3.470 Altimeters


Touax Group leases out tangible assets – freight railcars, shipping-containers, and river barges throughout the world, for its own account and on behalf of third party investors.

With more than €1.3 billion assets under management in 2018, Touax Group is one of the European leaders in the operational leasing of this type of equipment. Touax Rail manages around 11,000 wagons or platforms and is the second largest lessor for intermodal cars in Europe (including UK), and is present in the US and India as well. Our clients are major players in the rail industry, though we also supply for smaller groups as well. We rent to national railways, plus a long list of private railway undertakings, logistics operators and industrial companies.

Touax Rail offers a large diversified fleet of wagons (intermodal, vans, automotive, coils, coal, tank, cement) and different operational and financial services, including ECM (Entity in Charge of Maintenance).

Route description

This stage is special and very tough! Crossing the entire Vosges in a heavy but beautiful stage with over 3.000 metres altitude! This will be a day of climbing and descending without any limit. But, also with beautiful views over the splendid area of the Grand Ballon. We will pass no less than 8 cols, with 3 of them over 1.000 meters altitude. We start with the Col de Hermanpaire (608m) and Col de Mandray (695m) and then heading towards the plus 1.000 metres cols of the Col du Bonhomme (949m), the Col de la Schlucht (1.139m), the Route des Américains (1.195m) and the Markstein (1.184m). Just before the top of the Markstein will will have a lunch. And after lunch and around 60 kilometres before our arrival in Belfort we will climb the famous Grand Ballon (1.343m) as the most heavy one of the day. We close this day with the Col de Hundsruck (748m) After an exhausting day the reward will be great at Belfort.

Col de la Schlucht (1.139m)

Average grade: 3,3% – Length: 18 km – Altitude start: 531m – top: 1.139m -Ascent: 608m

Le Markstein (1.184m)

Average grade: 3,9% – Length: 17,7 km – Altitude start: 492m – top: 1.184 -Ascent: 710m

Le Grand Ballon (1.343m)

Average grade: 3,4% – Length: 25 km – Altitude start: 492m – top: 1.343m -Ascent: 883m

10 years Shuttlewise by bike from Oss to Mortara. Who dares to join me on a stage of this heroic ride with 1.362 km and 19.170 metres climbing crossing 7 countries?? Or become a sponsor and support the Richard Nomden Foundation.