Ballon d'Alsace, Lepuix

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The Col du Ballon d'Alsace is a mountain pass situated close to the summit of the Ballon d'Alsace in the Vosges Mountains of France. It connects Saint-Maurice-sur-Moselle with Masevaux and Belfort.
The Ballon d'Alsace was the first official mountain climb in the Tour de France on 11 July 1905 although the tour had crossed the slightly lower Col de la République in each of the previous two years. The first rider to the top of the Ballon was René Pottier, with the stage being won by Hippolyte Aucouturier. Stage 9 of the 2005 Tour crossed this pass on the centenary of the original climb.
The "historic" ascent, as used in the early Tours de France, is from Saint-Maurice-sur-Moselle (north). From here, the ascent is 9.0 km long climbing 619 m at an average of 6.9%.
From the south, the climb starts at Malvaux, 4.5 km north of Giromagny. The climb is 12.4 km long, gaining 643 m at an average of 5.2%.
From Sewen (east), the climb is 13.2 km long, at an average of 5.1%, gaining 678 m in height. This climb starts on the D466 and joins the route from the south after 10 km, at the col du Langenberg (1060m). The middle section (between 4 and 9 km) is steep, in excess of 8%.
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  • My wife and I drove up to the Col du Ballon D'Alsace from Saint-Maurice-sur-Moselle, passing the many cyclists enroute, and enjoyed a very good cup of coffee at the Auberge du Ballon D'Alsace. We... 
    My wife and I drove up to the Col du Ballon D'Alsace from Saint-Maurice-sur-Moselle, passing the many cyclists enroute, and enjoyed a very good cup of coffee at the Auberge du Ballon D'Alsace. We...  more »
  • Wonderful experience! Excellent introduction by Mr Rauber scoobeedoo.net For kids and adults on those hard working dogs. 
    Wonderful experience! Excellent introduction by Mr Rauber scoobeedoo.net For kids and adults on those hard working dogs.  more »
  • Had a great trip up here. Parked below at the information center. Took a quick look at the mining museum - very informative and interesting! We walked to the top and there is a spectacular view over.....  more
    Had a great trip up here. Parked below at the information center. Took a quick look at the mining museum - very informative and interesting! We walked to the top and there is a spectacular view over.....  more »
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  • Un lieu pour se vider la tête, j'adore. Au printemps, je repars à sa découverte
  • Eine wunderschöne Ecke im Elsass. Bei schönem und klarem Wetter Blick in die Berge. Hat einen guten Berggasthof/Hotel dort oben. Eignet sich auch für einen Ausflug mit dem Motorrad!
  • super par temps clair et a vélo
  • Lieu sublime
  • Très bel endroit, le paradis des motards et des cabriolets en été, puis en hiver place aux skieurs...

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