After a long, snowy winter, Galibier only opened a couple of weeks ago. On a perfect day, I decided to see how much snow was left.
Last year I cycled Galibier at night to see the sunrise – see here.
The route on the map below allows for the climbing of all the best parts of Galibier: The entire “better” north side, including Col du Télégraphe to start. I then descended to Col du Lautaret, and cycled back the last amazing 8.5 kilometres of the south side.
Many of the cyclists at the summit had cycled up the south side all the way from Bourg d’Oisans (base of Alpe d’Huez). Personally, I think it is a route to be avoided as it passes through 10 tunnels, a few quite long, dark, and wet – with plenty of fast traffic including trucks. No fun when going uphill.
Whereas the route turns off the main road at Col du Lautaret for a great final 8.5 kms.
I have included the south side profile all the way from Briançon – a better full south side choice than Bourg d’Oisans.
For a “brief history” of Col du Galibier — see here.
A short video:
A few more photos:
Nice hairpins near top of south side:
A beer at the top:
Both Sides of the most famous climb in France? Great. Advice: Must do stretches are the entire North side including Télégraphe, and the South side from Col du Lautaret.
Quiet / No Traffic