The Col du Galibier is only accessible after the Col du Télégraphe or the Col du Lautaret have been contained and that makes the pass to one of the toughest
Alpine cols in cycling history. From St Michel-de-Maurienne your first ride the Télégraphe.
Make no mistake. While the Télégraphe is easier than what comes, it's not apiece of cake. After the heavy first kilometers, the climb becomes less tough. Time to put save some energy for the Galibier. After a dozen kilometers, you reach the top of the Télégraphe and get rewarded with a fairly gentle descent on a wide road into Valloire.
In the ski resort of Valloire, the Galibier starts. After a wall of + 10% just outside the village, the climb remains rather flat along the riverside Valloirette. At the restaurant Plan Lachat, the real climb begins. You pass the 2000 meter mark and the climb gets steeper and steeper. The average does not drop below 8% and often do you see white and black snow. The last kilometers remains tough, with 9%, but you get rewarded with one of the most splendid views into the Alps.
The Col du Galibier is situated in Rhone-Alpes
and belongs to the
Starting from St Michel-de-Maurienne,
the Col du Galibier ascent is 34.9 km long. Over this distance, you climb 1924 heightmeters.
The average percentage thus is 5.5 %.
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:
Giro d'Italia 2013 : Cesana Torinese - Col Du Galibier on 19/05/2013
Tour de France 2011 : Modane > Alpe-d’Huez on 22/07/2011
La Marmotte 2010 : Marmotte 2010 on 03/07/2010
La Marmotte 2009 : Marmotte 2009 on 04/07/2009
La Marmotte 2008 : Marmotte 2008 on 05/07/2008
Col du Galibier from St Michel-de-Maurienne in 3D, on Googleearth!
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