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Col du Galibier

Col du Galibier

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Recommended by 194 out of 196 road cyclists


  • Vincent Reboul

    Culminating at 2,642 meters above sea level, the Col du Galibier connects St-Michel-de-Maurienne to Briançon via the Col du Télégraphe and the Col du Lautaret. The first passage of the Tour de France took place in Galibier on July 10, 1911 on the initiative of Henri Desgrange, founder of the Tour.

    Since then, this pass has become legendary. The convicts of the road, nickname given to the runners at the time, set off to attack the pass. Not everyone made it to the end. This daunting challenge, I am sure you will be able to meet it. The road is now smooth as a billiard table and you have a very good derailleur.

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    • April 23, 2022

  • Martin Donat

    The Galibier is a classic that you simply have to put on your to-do list if you are an ambitious racing cyclist. Apart from that, the Alps present themselves from their most beautiful side here, the barren landscape and the view in the upper part will impress you.

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    • November 28, 2017

  • Andreas

    Gorgeous climb, do not forget windbreaker ...
    At the top there is a rest stop.

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    • November 6, 2018

  • Ben Thompson 🏔

    One of top climbs in the alps. Cold at the top. Be prepared

    • May 6, 2018

  • Clemens ☀

    A dreamlike nice pass. It is best to drive in September, because it is the quietest and usually free of snow.

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    • May 16, 2018

  • đŸ‡ș🇩 Oliver '63 đŸ‡©đŸ‡Ș

    Spectacular driveway with a unique panaroma. Even in hot weather, it is fresh and very windy on the Col. Stop near the bridge over the Valloirette recommended.

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    • July 12, 2019

  • Schingerhuette

    Unfortunately, despite the tunnel, all felt over the top. Cars, motorcycles, motorhomes ... The whole traffic has unfortunately clouded the mood a bit. It was kind of stressful. Too bad. Nevertheless, one must have driven the Galibier times.

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    • August 23, 2019

  • D3nnis

    Fabulous view! In the distance you can see the Mont Blanc.

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    • August 21, 2017

  • Superti

    Beautiful pass. Here the rough alpine world shows itself from its most beautiful side.

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    • November 13, 2018

  • Tobi Kaufhold

    Best of both sides drive. It's worth it!

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    • September 5, 2019

  • Mi.ri.

    Most beautiful ascent from St. Michel-de-Maurienne over the Col du Telegraphe. There are about 2070 m to climb. It is one of the most scenic Alpine passes. Great views to the north and south. Height 2642 m

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    • September 8, 2019

  • Markus Walgenbach

    The most beautiful pass on the Route Des Grandes Alpes

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    • June 27, 2020

  • Simon Barret

    very nice pass on the road or mountain bike, to follow with the Lautaret just before. A must in the Hautes Alpes

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    • August 24, 2020

  • cycliste_tricolore

    Official opening this year the 12 june

    • June 12, 2021

  • CP7

    beautiful ascent into the hinterland and into the felt loneliness.
    At the beginning of June there is still snow on the side, but the road is clear.
    However, you should be careful when it's wet, as the road has no crash barriers.

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    • January 12, 2022

  • Mike Verver

    Great ride. What a beautiful environment and nice asphalt.

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    • April 5, 2022

  • Peter

    Must do for every cyclist

    • May 2, 2022

  • Richard

    Until now the galibier is my most favorite climb. The view, the heavy climb from the bridge / restaurant where te gradient goes toe 9% and more

    • April 20, 2020

  • WoolyMatt

    There's a friendly shepherd who will give you a lift to the top, if you stick your thumb out!

    • August 10, 2020

  • Erik

    A great mountain. The climb is definitely worth it and the view is impressive. The descent is just wonderful

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    • September 1, 2020

  • Wolfgang

    This year we chose a freezing cold climb in August. 4 degrees and sleet showers on Col. 15 degrees difference to the valley is heavy.

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    • August 23, 2021

  • Johannes Eckstein

    iconic pass with a lot of traffic - belongs on the bucket list ;-)

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    • September 19, 2021

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Location: Savoie, France


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