Col du Galibier, Valloire story submitted on 6/18/2011
Rode the Telegraphe and then the Galibier last Tuesday with the good men of Les Veloistes Gentils. We''d come up from near Megeve so had covered about 110km when we reached the top of the Telegraphe, so the legendary climb up the Galibier was pretty daunting! It certainly lived up to its reputation. It felt a tough climb most of the way up, even though we did it in great weather. It''s a must do though - the view from the top is magical, and the run all the way down to Briancon is a worthy reward for your efforts. One word of warning though - beware the marmottes! One of our guys hit one on the descent and ended up in the ditch with a broken clavicle. Apparently the marmottes take an average of one rider a week off their bikes.
Col de lIzoard, Brianšon story submitted on 12/7/2010
I rode this in June 2010. Its absolutely beautiful. We started in Briancon which means youre onto the climb immediately. The first half is lovely as you wind up the valley, then turn hard right and get into the forest section of switchbacks. The views from the summit are amazing and the descent down to other side great. Make sure you stop at the Coppi/Bobet memorial about a kilometre down the descent.
But do try and do the climb - it really is a stunner.