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15-02-2024 | CycloWorld

GFNY Grand Ballon: a race through the Vosges

GFNY Grand Ballon has become one of GFNY France's most popular events in just a few years. That success is explainable: it is a high-quality race with a fantastic course full of big names, in a place easily accessible to many Europeans.

GFNY Grand Ballon Race

Tough course

We know the legendary Grand Ballon from the Tour de France, of course. But that's not the only Vosges Col that this gran fondo tackles. The Petit Ballon, Col du Platzerwasel, and Le Markstein are also tackled. The result: 4060 meters of elevation over "only" 147 kilometers. A tough ride in other words. As always at GFNY, there is also a shorter, non-competitive distance.

The gran fondo in figures

  • Date: July 21, 2024.
  • Start/finish: Thann, France.
  • Distances: 147km/4060m+ and 57km/1565m+.
  • Type of event: gran fondo.
  • Official website.
  • More info on CycloWorld.

Scenic View of the Race Course

Five reasons to be there

  • GFNY France's events are known for their high quality and family atmosphere.
  • Very centrally located.
  • Favorable value for money.
  • Fantastic course.
  • Much attention to safety.

Not convinced? We were there two years ago. Just read the report.


This can be done through this link for a reasonable 71 euros. That price is still valid through February, so be quick. 

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