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 Galibier is one of the supercols in France and the Tour, in which the Galibier is climbed almost annually. And rightly so. The Galibier is both in terms of height, slope and setting a topper. The Galibier starts basically in Valloire, but first you have to climb the Col de Telegraphe from the east side via St Michel-de-Maurienne.
If you do not take the short descent from the Télégraphe to Valloire into account, you climb over a distance of 30 kilometers an altitude of 2089 meters. According to the climbbybike index, this would amount to a score of about 205, which makes the Galibier one of the toughest climbs in France.
Where the Col de Télégraphe mostly climbed in the forest, the landscape opens up once you drive up to the south from Valloire on the D902. Initially, the slopes are quite doable and you can enjoy the beautiful surroundings. At Plan Lachat however, it really gets serious. You are now at 2000 meters altitude and breathing becomes more difficult.
The col is now showing its true face and never goes below 8%. It is fighting against the wind and against the savage but beautiful surroundings. One kilometer from the top, you can take the tunnel to the other side, but the righteous climber takes left to reach the true ridge and enjoy the magnificent views you really deserve. If the top is open that is. Beautiful col and like the Mont Ventoux is a must-do for anyone who loves to climb.
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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