The Galibier is only accessible from this side if the Col du Telegraphe has been contained and that makes the pass to one of the toughest Alpine cols in cycling history (watch the double profile). The 2645 connects the Brianconnais with Maurienne. From here you have a beautiful view on the Meije and the Massif du Pelvoux. The road is normally open from June 15 to October 15 (till Bonnenuit and Lautaret the whole year) and has some dark tunnels. The north side from Valloire has a maximum 12% increase. The pass is included in it almost every year.
The Col du Galibier is situated in Rhone-Alpes
and belongs to the
Starting from Valloire,
the Col du Galibier ascent is 18.1 km long. Over this distance, you climb 1245 heightmeters.
The average percentage thus is 6.9 %.
Look for other sides to climb the Col du Galibier.
Since 2005, the Col du Galibier will be/was climbed in the following big tour stages:
Tour de France 2007 : Val-d'Isère > Briançon on 17/07/2007
I feel the same after doing it again three days ago 16 August 2011. If you enjoy pain this is an ideal afternoon out.
It''s highly likely you won''t give a dam about the fab scenery due to the sheer pain of climbing this monster.
But I guess as bike riders this is what we do, it''s tough guys and gals, enjoy.
Col du Galibier from Valloire in 3D, on Googleearth!
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