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Coming into view on the road at the bottom of the picture, you could be forgiven for thinking maybe the Galibier isn’t so bad. Well into the climb and apart from the initial ramp out of Valloire, nothing has really tested you. All that training must have been more effective than you thought. You might even consider a coffee or an ice cream at a very attractive little cafe by the side of the road.

That is all about to change, crossing the bridge over the stream, and the Galibier turns from being kind and gentle to anything but, with just a few pedal strokes. Unless you’re super fit and have brought your A-game with you by the time you are halfway up that first serious 10% ramp, all the training will have melted away like ice cream in the midday sun.

Available in colour - Col du Galibier

Gifts for Cyclists, Black & white cycling photography prints, Cycling Art.