Hotel Alpen Ruitor
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... they saved the best for last - 12+% over the last kilometer. Galibier is around 2900m/9500ft in elevation, so the combination of the altitude, the cold, the wind, and the accumulation of the day's climbs took its toll. But MP powered up and over the top like a trooper. AWESOME!!! The descent into La Grave off Galibier was a real test - very cold (and we were exhausted), no guardrails, cliffs, ...
... the side of the mountain as well as some cows wearing their own KOM jerseys.
After the rest it was time for an 8 mile decent back to the town of St Jean de Maurienne. This was a very technical decent with very twisty roads and times of uneven pavement. The pros often go 50-60 MPH down these descents. They are crazy!
When we reached the town it was time to go back up the mountain to our viewing area. We had about an eight-mile climb left. The support vans were ...
... surrounding mountains as well as the valley below. The only down side is there was no shade and it was getting very hot.
After eating some lunch we walked around. We went to a small church right by the edge of the cliff. From here you could see part of the road up Lacets de Montvernier. I really wish we could have gone up this section but I will have to save that for another trip. We then made our way into the small town and I was very happy to cool off with some ice ...
... of the road. As I looked up the mountain to the peak it seemed to be more like 3 miles. So on we chugged. At this point there are cyclist everywhere battling up the climb and intermixed with cars and even some small campers! This was truly a test. Finally we reach the summit. From here you had a 360-degree view of the Alps and the valleys below. There is a large sign at the top that lets you know the altitude, 2645 meters or 8,677 feet. Surprisingly I didn’t feel ...
... day with 7,200 feet of climbing. Overall
I feel pretty good on the rides. In Austin Rich, Ray and I had been riding at a
much harder intensity and climbing much steeper hills. We don’t have the length
by any means but so far it seems to have paid off. I think tomorrow will be a
test as we are climbing the mighty Col de Galibier.
I wish I could post pictures but the Wi-Fi is extremely
slow. I will save all my pics and add them in at a later time.