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Col du Galibier, Valloire

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Must see · Motorcycle Trail · Nature / Park
The Col du Galibier (el. 2,642 metres (8,668 ft)) is a mountain pass in the southern region of the French Dauphiné Alps near Grenoble. It is the eighth highest paved road in the Alps, and recurrently the highest point of the Tour de France.

It connects Saint-Michel-de-Maurienne and Briançon via the col du Télégraphe and the Col du Lautaret. The pass is closed during the winter. It is located between the massif d'Arvan-Villards and the massif des Cerces, taking its name from the secondary chain of mountains known as the Galibier.

Before 1976, the tunnel was the only point of passage at the top, at an altitude of 2556 m. The tunnel was closed for restoration until 2002, and a new road was constructed over the summit. The re-opened tunnel is a single lane controlled by traffic lights, which are among the highest such installations in Europe.

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  • We drove up to the top of the Col (bit hairy!) and then bombed down the mountain bike trail to Serre Chevalier. (where we had left another car). Great mountain decent - about 15km and 1100m decent...  more »
  • Only few words needed for this historical mountain: must-do! Quite a challenge but the reward on the top - with clear weather - is just spectacular! Should be on every cyclist his bucket list. Just a....  more »
  • We cycled up Telegraphe and then up Galibier. Awesome! There's a cafe part way up Galibier which we got to just before it closed. Other than that, it's a beautiful winding road ascending up to a spectacular view. We got to the top at 7pm and there was no-one else there except loads of marmots scurrying around. There is a small car park at the top and a footpath that takes you even higher. It's an amazing place and well worth a visit.
  • Great route for the motorbike but really rough from the bad weather. Could do with some maintenance.
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