Ballon d’Alsace is a nice climb to start the day with. This is in fact the first official climb (1905) in the history of the Tour de France. Also, this is probably the most smooth climb you can do in the Vosges. This climb is therefore popular among many cycling tourists.
You will start the climb Ballon d’Alsace via St Maurice sur Moselle. The road surface is good and it got nice running hairpin bends. The climb has a distance of 9.6 kilometers with an average rate of 6.6% and a maximum at 8%.
Col des Chevrères will hurt like hell
The last 3.5 kilometer of the Col des Chevrères really brutal. Even with a 34×28 this climb is very tough. So give it a second thought if you might want to change your cassette when going to the Vosges. It’s may be not the Alps or the Pyrenees but the Vosges can be tough as well.
La Planche des Belles Filles is an epic climb especially with its famous final along the ski jump with a gradient of 20%. The climb has regularly been the backdrop for an exhausting battle in the final kilometers of a stage in the Tour de France. It is great to cycle where Froome encountered the attack of Evans at the steepest part of the climb in 2012. He rode this climb in 16.11 but this is of course not a realistic goal.
Take into account about 40 minutes which mean you ride with an average of about 9 km/h
The first part of the La Planche des Belles Filles will have parts with 13%. After that, the climb is a bit more bearable. After the well-known part along the ski jump, you can turn left after about 200 meters onto the unpaved section. This was the final piece of the 2019 Tour de France won by Dylan Teuns.
Ballon de Servance is a pleasant final climb with an average gradient of 4.9%. The road is a narrow path that winds through the forest and brings you to the top.