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Grand Ballon-west

CyclingUp: Grand Ballon-west

Region: Vosges
Climbing effort: 806 cep
Elevation meters: 952
Steepest kilometer: 11.8%

Steepest 250 m: 14%
Foot: 391 m    Top: 1341 m
Mean slope: 7.5%
Length: 12.6 km

From: Moosch
Road conditions (2021): bad
Other race bikers: 1-5 per hour
Motor vehicles: <10 per hour
Scenery and road: circle landscape (3/5)
Restaurant or bar near top: yes

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Grand Ballon-west

Profile Grand Ballon-west

Attention: The road surface of this ascent is partly awful (2021). Once there was asphalt here, but only remnants of it are left. Descending this route is not recommended.

So the condition of the road makes this climb from Moosch to the Grand Ballon difficult but on top of that, the profile is pretty steep. This does not apply to the first five kilometers. These are not particularly steep (mostly 7%) and the asphalt is fine. But when you turn sharply to the right at the last houses in Geishouse, the issues of steep passages and asphalt misery begin. First there are two kilometers with an average gradient of 8.9%. The next 2.5 kilometers contain a steep ramp in the middle with easy sections before and after. The last one ends in a hairpin bend to the left, where the hardest part of the ride begins (1.6 kilometers with an average slope of 11.1%). Shortly before its end, this part still has a 250 meter section of 14% and then ends at the Auberge Haag where the "road" reaches the Route des Crètes. From there, still 1400 meters (7-9%) remain on normal asphalt up to the highest point of the Route des Crètes below the Grand Ballon.

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