Cols du Télégraphe & Galibier Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

11.9
FIETS
21.6 mi
DISTANCE
6,808 ft
GAINED
5.5 %
AVG. GRADE

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These are two of the most famous Cols in the world and can be combined into the #7 most difficult road bike climb in France (see PJAMM's France climb page). 
The average grade of this combined-col route is 5.5% (6.9% if the 4.8 km descent between the finish of Télégraphe and start of Galibier are eliminated and only climbing is calculated).  69% of the route is at 5-10% grade and 3% is at 10-15%.  The steepest 500 kilometers is 10.1% and is locaqted near the finish of Galibier; steepest kilometer is 9.6%.

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Roadway:  2 lane roadway with center dividing line in good condition.  There is no shoulder on the roadway.

Traffic: - mild to moderate.

Parking: On the street near the climb - try Avenue de la  République to the right as you approach the start of the climb  - MapStreet View


Provisions:  None on the route until Valloire at kilometer 17 and through the ski resort area for 2.5 kilimeters and then not again until kilometer 30.6 at La Ferme du Galibier. 

Weather and Gear:  We travel to one of the highest finishes of the Tour de France (2642 m) so be sure to consult the PJAMM "Full Forecast" feature for the time you expect to arrive at the finish to assess what clothing to bring on your ride.
Before heading out on any cycling adventure check out our Things to Bring on a Cycling Trip and use our interactive check list to ensure you don't forget anything.
This climb is in a world climbing mecca.  There are two great cycling hubs to stay at if you are in the area - See PJAMM climb area pages:  Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne, France and  Le Bourg-d'Oisans, France

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Difficulty: Strenuous
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Aug 30, 2021
difficulty: Strenuous
scenery: 5
traffic: 3
road: 4
Aug 30, 2021
scenery: 5
traffic: 3
road: 4
These really are 2 separate climbs. Telegraphe starts going uphill right from the start in town at 8-10% so it is smart to warm up on the flats in town. This climb is mostly on a forested road with only rare views. Valloire is a chance to regroup for the long and challenging climb up Galibier. And Galibier is special...long and varied with spectacular views up the mountain ahead and down back to the valley. The last 3 km. are difficult with hairpins that seem to go on and on especially since you can see the summit way up in the distance. But once there..WOW! The views down both sides are outrageous and worth the effort. It was cool and windy at the top so we were glad to have packed sleeves, vest, long fingered gloves and wind jackets for the ride down, which given the road condition is fast and fun....perhaps the best descent yet.Don't miss this one!!
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Cycling Cols du Télégraphe & Galibier

Ride 35 kilometers gaining 3075 meters at 5.5% average grade.

Cols du Télégraphe and Galibier combined make the #7 most difficult road bike climb in France. Read more about the Top 10 bike climbs in France here.

Col du Télégraphe

11.7 kilometers, gain 830 meters at 7.1% average grade.

 

After a 4.8 kilometer, 162 meter descent, climb Col du Galibier from Valliore.

17.4 kilometers gaining 1,199 meters at 6.9%.