The Col du Galibier

Five kilometers in and you could be forgiven for thinking 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 with just a few pedal strokes the Galibier turns from being kind and gentle to anything but kind. Unless you’re super fit and have brought your A-game with you by the time you are halfway up that first serious 12% ramp all the training will have melted away like ice cream in the midday sun.
Welcome to the Galibier