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Has anyone here ridden the Galibier or any Alpine passes...(6 posts)

Has anyone here ridden the Galibier or any Alpine passes...Djudd
Dec 11, 2002 1:08 PM
After looking at this site:
Myself and some riding buddies are longing to go, hopefully this spring. If anyone has done it please share.
re: Has anyone here ridden the Galibier or any Alpine passes...scruffyduncan
Dec 12, 2002 3:24 AM
I've never done the galibier, but I did go to the alps for a week last summer and would recomend it to anyone. The riding is out of this world, the scenry breathtaking and it doesn't have to be too costly. We rented an appt in Bourg St Maurice which could sleep 7 for £300 for the week (summer is off season). From there you can do some excellent riding.
re: Has anyone here ridden the Galibier or any Alpine passes...Anaerobic_Nut
Dec 12, 2002 11:47 AM
Yes; went to the tour last year and spent a week in the Alps. We stayed in Aime which was central to many great rides including Galibier, La Plagne and Col de l'Iseran. Even Alp D'Huez is not too far away. You will not regret going one bit. It was by far the most amazing place to be and ride a bike. I'm actually planning a training trip back there for 2004. Yes, the climbs are very hard and long (I live in Colorado) so adequate gearing is a must. A 27t is not out of the question if you'll be doing a ton of climbing. I got away with a 25t but after 3 days it starts to wear you down. Regardless, the riding is limitless as well as the scenery.
Dec 12, 2002 12:23 PM
I stayed in the Alps last summer and rode the Etape du Tour. Accommodations are relatively cheap in the Summer (the main tourist season in the Alps is in the Winter for skiing). There is no comparison between anywhere I have ridden in the US (although I have not ridden in the Rockies) and the Alps. My one concern -- you say that you want to go in the Spring. It is my understanding that some roads and high cols are closed or covered with snow until May.
A link to some pics. . .ms
Dec 12, 2002 1:09 PM
If you liked the photos on the Palo Alto Bicycles site, you should like this site, too.
thanks for the advice, very helpful nmDjudd
Dec 12, 2002 3:43 PM