Col du Galibier (Valloire)

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distance 18.06 km
start height 1401 m
end height 2640 m
highest point 2642 m
ascent 1249 m
distance uphill 17.58 km
average ascent percentage 7.1 %
maximum ascent percentage 10.1 %

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The Galibier is only accessible if the Col du Telegraphe and the Col du Lautaret has been contained and that makes the pass to one of the toughest Alpine cols in cycling history. The 2645 connects the Brianconnais with Maurienne. From here you have a beautiful view on the Meije and the Massif du Pelvoux. The road is normally open from June 15 to October 15 (till Bonnenuit and Lautaret the whole year) and has some dark tunnels. The north side from Valloire has a 12% increase, the south side via Briançon from 14% to 18 hairpin bends. At the top, near the tunnel, is the monument of Henry Desgrange, founder of the Tour de France. The pass is included in it almost every year.

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start point Route des Villards, 73450 Valloire, France
end point D902B, 73450 Valloire, France
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stevenherrick (English)

An iconic climb that every cyclist should attempt. From Valloire, the gradient is fairly consistent, hovering around 8%, with the occasional steeper section. The last few kilometres are magical, riding in between snowdrifts, at least in June when I did it. It's a climb I'll do again, even if I have to travel all the way from Australia.
a video and review of this climb is on my blog
http://dothebikething.blogspot.com.au/2012/06/col-du-galibier-riding-between-snow.html

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