I have climbed the classic north side of Col du Galibier 6 or 7 times. Every time at Plan Lachat (26 kms up; about 1960 metres), I have eyed an old, gravel military road full of hairpins that climbs up into another valley to the left. I always promise myself to cycle it one day.
Well I finally kept my promise. Enjoying perfect weather, after a couple of hours climbing, I turned off onto this bumpy, gravelly, difficult but not crazy steep road. Amazing. At the top is an old French military barracks, and higher a few little glacier lakes …. all surrounded by high mountains. Highly recommended – but bring a VTT (MtB).
I had seen these super-high hairpins in the distance so many times while cycling Galibier. What a pleasure to finally explore. Next time I need to make a loop by going over the top.
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