CyclingUP in the Vosges







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In terms of climbing the Vosges are roughly half the Alps. The number one in the Vosges of this site, Le Grand Ballon-south-west, counts 829 climb effort points (cep) and 964 meters of ascent compared to 2013 cep and 1497 meters for my number one in the Alps, the Ă–tztaler Gletscherstrasse. An asset of the Vosges is the high density of climbs. Some summits can be reached from multiple sides, like Le Grand Ballon from 5 and the Ballon d'Alsace from 3 sides. Roads are mostly quiet and well paved. Unfortunately, views are scarce since most areas are densely forested. The exception is the typically more open landscape of the highest parts. A remarkable feature is the scenic and touristic Route des Crêtes, which more or less follows a north-south running crest culminating in some of the highest peaks. Many of the interesting climbs lead up to the Route des Crêtes from valleys to its eastern or western side.

RANKING of the climbs

       




Click on symbols for details of each climb



Rank Name of climb Difficulty
(cep)
Height
(m)
foot-top
(m)
Steepest
km (%)
Mean slope
(%)
Length
(km)
1 Le Grand Ballon-southwest 829 964 381-1343 9.6 6.2 15.7
2 Le Petit Ballon-northeast 824 861 310-1163 11.1 6.0 14.4
3 Col du Platzerwasel 788 817 490-1282 10.5 6.2 13.2
4 Le Grand Ballon-northeast 763 985 400-1343 8.5 4.2 23.3
5 Ballon d'Alsace-east 596 685 500-1165 9.5 5.3 13.0
6 Col du Calvaire-east 591 761 385-1144 8.6 5.6 13.6
7 Le Hohneck-east 588 915 450-1358 8.5 4.5 20.3
8 Le Hohneck-west 521 627 740-1358 9.1 4.7 13.2
9 Ballon d'Alsace-north 492 595 570-1165 8.0 6.6 9.0
10 Collet du Linge 461 565 410-975 7.5 6.4 8.8
11 Col du Wettstein-south 292 432 450-882 6.4 5.3 8.2
12 Col du Brabant-north 290 261 620-881 9.9 8.9 2.9
13 Col de Bramont-south 270 391 565-956 6.4 5.4 7.3
14 Col d'Oderen-west 182 319 560-875 6.4 3.8 8.3


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