Friday, July 24, 2009

Day 8 - Galibier!

July 20 - Bramans to Briancon. After a descent into Saint Michel de Maurienne, we started the long climb up the huge Galibier, one of the toughest climbs in France. The route first goes over the Col du Telegraphe, down into Valloire where many of us stopped for a quick lunch, and then the long slog up to the Col du Galibier. It was steeper, more desolate and windier at the top, so it was a pretty dramatic climb.

After a steep and scary descent (more heavy winds) down to the Col du Lauteret, we descended the rest of the way into camp. Check out the photo of my GPS altimeter for the hill profile showing the Telegraphe and Galibier passes.

The Galibier was probably our hardest climb of the trip. Wendie rode the whole way to the top without stopping, and then collapsed over the bike in tears of joy for finally finishing.

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