Col du Galibier at Dawn – VideoBy Will • Jun 23rd, 2012 • Category: Climbs, Cycling, Favorites
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 :).
A big thanks to Janni and Janné (spelling) from Finland for a very fun time riding up together. Photo at the Henri 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.