VALLOIRE – Col du Galibierwill re open on June 7thafter a lot of works of snow cleareance and the repair of the acqueduct damaged last may. Motorbikers, bikers and mountain’s lovers will appreciate the landscape of this mythical hill joining Savoia with Hautes Alpes, from Maurienne to Brianconnais at 2642 meters of altitude.
A legendary climb for all bike lovers, remembering iconic enterprises of the best climbers in Tour de France, like Marco Pantanito which it was dedicated a monument, from 175 meters of Saint Michel de Maurienne to the top towards Col du Télégraph on 35 km of climb.
The Galibier road was built in 1880 and finished with the tunnel excavation in 1891. During the time it has undergone to several works with some change of path at the top of both slopes. Before 1976 the tunnel was the only way to cross the top. The tunnel was then closed for its conditions and a new part of the road was built, adding on every side 1 kilometer of new track with almost 10% of medium gradient. From 2002 the restored tunnel is open to traffic ( with a length of 370 meters and a width of 4 allowing the traffic ruled by traffic lights), but it’s forbidden to bikers.
With Galibier also Col de la Madeleinewill be reopened, with its 1993 of altitude, connectingTarentaise Valleyand Maurienne separating the Massif of Vanoiseand Lauziere.
To complete the scenery of reopenings of the highest Savoia’s hills, Col de l’Iseran between Bonneval-sur-Arc in Haute Maurienne and Bourg Saint-Maurice and Val d’Isère in Tarantaise. The hill at 2770 meters of altitude is already accessible on Tarentaise side.
On Maurienne side, where the departmental workers had to cut walls of snow even 8 meters high, still need to finish the safety works on a snow plaque and a lump of rock insisting on the road.
The opening day, barring any complication, is postponed on June 15th.