the journey is starting with 600 kilometres through known land

Tomorrow is the big departure! I’m experiencing a mix of anxiety and excitement. After all these months of planning, it’s finally happening!

I’ve divided the project in chapters. So here we go with chapter 1. From Lausanne, where I live, to Haguenau, where I grew up. It’s a bit like going from home to home. A less intimidating way of starting this big adventure.

To reach Alsace, I’ll go through the Jura, following a part of the Grande Traversée du Jura bike route. For that part I’ve the chance to be accompanied by Nevin, my boyfriend. It will definitely help to have a smoother start.

I’ll then bike my way through the foothills of the Vosges, first going to the Planche des Belles Filles. This has a symbolic meaning to me, as it’s where the first edition of the Tour de France Femme will finish this year. As female representation in cycling is really important, it’s amazing news that there is finally a women edition of the most important cycling event!

I’ll take the Via Romea Francigena (also known as EuroVelo 5) in the vineyards of Alsace and will integrate trail running with some peaks of the Vosges: Le Grand Ballon and le Hohneck (highest and second highest points in the Vosges) and the Grand Wintersberg (highest point of the Northern Vosges).

This first chapter should be filled with comté cheese, blueberry pies and Alsatian wine! We are leaving tomorrow and I’m looking forward to sharing this adventure with you.

Here is the map of this first chapter of Mammenn:

View of the Vosges from the top of Hohneck