Notes from the Day Book


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  • 16 March 2016
  • G Hunt
  • Route des Grandes Alpes

Saint Michael de Maurienne -> Briancon    61km


Saint Michael de Maurienne -> Briancon    61km


The Ride Today

Starting from Saint Michel-de-Maurienne, the Col du Galibier ascent is 34.9 km long. Over this distance, you climb 1924 height meters. The average percentage is 5.5 %.

From Saint-Michel-de-Maurienne, climb over the Col du Telegraph and then the Col du Galibier
Climb directly on zig zags up on the D902 thru Saint-Martin-d'Arc - Les Seignieres to the Col du Telegraph. The Telegraph is a difficult climb in it's own right. 7% for more than 12kms, and there is no real respite until you get to the top.  The road is mostly surrounded by thick forest but occasional clearing give suburb views of the Croix de Tetes.

From the summit it is a pleasant 5km descent to Valloire  A plateau leads thru Valloire, up the valley before turning right and zig-zaging up onto the high wild country leading to the pass Col du Galibier at 2645m

From Valloire, the real work begins, 18 kms to go. After Plan Lachat, the summit seems awfully close, but cruelly the last 3 kms are the hardest. By now, you are over 8,000 above sea level and the air is getting thin as you battle both the slope & altitude. But 3 hrs 1 mins. from the start. Success!! All in all - a beautiful climb -  that alone made the trip worthwhile. Cheers.

Col du Galibier is the mythical passage of the Tour of France (53 times) and the Criterium du Dauphiné Libéré and in 2013 the Giro d’Italia, and is a passage between the northern and southern alps.

As we descend towards Briancon we pass through the Col de Lautaret, kept open throughout the year, is one of the gateways of the Parc National des Ecrins.

Col de Telegraphe 1570m  Max Grad 9.8%   11.8km  Vertical 856m
Col du Galibier 2646m  Max Grad 10.1%    18km     Vertical 1245m

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