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. Click image below for full profile:
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