Col du Galibier at Dawn – Video

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Galibier at Dawn
Galibier at Dawm Galibier at Dawn Both Sides Galibier Galibier at Dawn Above Galibier Snow Wall

I had been thinking about this project, ever since Philippe, Xavier, and I watched the sunrise up Mont Ventoux.

I must admit I was a little scared alone in the dark as I left the last town. I wasn’t sure whether to keep my light on, or remain dark and anonymous – there was only a single car the entire way. But as I got used to it, I enjoyed myself more and more. Such that I was startled when I reached the hairpin at Plan Lachat where the road turns up — as it arrived much sooner than expectd.

As I got higher, the light improved and I just kept smiling – too much fun. It had only stoppped raining in the last few hours and there was still some fog and clouds so I didn’t get the perfect sunrise. But it wasn’t bad, it wasn’t bad at all.

A short video.

I also cycled the other side – just the best part above Col du Lautaret. It was a beautiful day — once the sun rose :).

Some photos:

Col du GalibierChasing two FinnsBelow desgranges monumentLuxembourg artGalibier south side

Self portrait:

South side

Cheerful Italians:

Happy Italians

A big thanks to Janni and Janné (spelling) from Finland for a very fun time riding up together. Photo at the Henri Desgranges monument.

DesGranges monument

Starting so early leaves plenty of time for cycling, and I did do another climb after this, but I’ll save that for another blog post. ;)

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9 Comments

  1. Very impressive Will! You set a new definition for word early bird. We had the honour to ride with you for a while and looking forward doing it again one day in the future. Many thanks from Finnish guys!

  2. Janne,

    thx for leaving a message. I had a lot of fun riding with the two of you. Enjoy the rest of your visit to the Alps.

    Hi Katy, the last time I was at Galibier I think I was with you, Eric, Martin, and Doreen. Another great day.

  3. ralph.bowman on

    Will
    You also just made a new category for the Cycling-Challenge. Night-time ascents. Your goal should be to go back and do every climb that you have previously conquered in the dark!

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