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 674 climb effort points (cep) and 964 meters of ascent compared to 1637 cep and 1497 meters for my number one in the Alps, the Ötztaler 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 674 964 381-1343 9.6 6.2 15.7
2 Le Petit Ballon-northeast 670 861 310-1163 11.1 6.0 14.4
3 Col du Platzerwasel 641 817 490-1282 10.5 6.2 13.2
4 Le Grand Ballon-northeast 621 985 400-1343 8.5 4.2 23.3
5 Ballon d'Alsace-east 485 685 500-1165 9.5 5.3 13.0
6 Col du Calvaire-east 481 761 385-1144 8.6 5.6 13.6
7 Le Hohneck-east 478 915 450-1358 8.5 4.5 20.3
8 Le Hohneck-west 424 627 740-1358 9.1 4.7 13.2
9 Ballon d'Alsace-north 400 595 570-1165 8.0 6.6 9.0
10 Collet du Linge 375 565 410-975 7.5 6.4 8.8
11 Col du Wettstein-south 237 432 450-882 6.4 5.3 8.2
12 Col du Brabant-north 236 261 620-881 9.9 8.9 2.9
13 Col de Bramont-south 220 391 565-956 6.4 5.4 7.3


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