The climb of the northern side of the Ballon d'Alsace
starting from St-Maurice-sur-Moselle is easy to describe.
It is a one-gear-is-enough ascent.
If you indeed have only a single gear,
it should be the one you need for a slope of 7%.
Other aspects of the tour tend to be monotonous as well.
Most of the climbing takes place on a broad road in a dense forest,
allowing no views.
The exception is the stretch near la Jumenterie,
a little more than a kilometer before the top,
where the landscape is open.