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Col de la Plagnette through Prime of Valloire Ski Station – My Biking Problem

This journey consists of two gravel adventures. First climbing from Valloire to the highest of its Ski Station (2534 metres) through no less than 35 hairpins. Then some very good gravel up a really stunning hidden valley parallel to the paved Galibier street however surrounded by excessive mountains, after which a barely loopy ascent to Col de la Plagnette – bike pushing concerned. Woohoooo !

My spouse and I have been staying in Valloire for 3 nights. Our plan was to do a number of huge hikes and I used to be allowed one (one!) bike journey. So I selected it fastidiously. In truth, I used our first hike to do some critical route planning:

However my first aim was to get to the very high of Valloire-Galibier ski station. Ranging from city, for those who look intently on the map you’ll see it’s nothing however hairpins early on. It’s paved for a few kilometres and I handed varied ski chalets, but it surely quickly turns into a pleasant gravel ski-lift service street.

I reached the highest of one of many major chair lifts and there was a pleasant lake.

However it was nonetheless a protracted option to the excessive level on the high of one other elevate. The ultimate couple of kms have been steep and I handed some mountaineering faculty kids so slowly that we may have a pleasant chat they usually kindly cheered me on. However I made it! Good views and a elaborate top-of-the-resort signal.

Subsequent I descended down one other gravel service street to attempt to be a part of up with the route I had hiked with Doreen the day prior to this. I’m going to put up the photograph once more, however whereas mountaineering I had been so transfixed with L’Aiguille Noir. I’ve visited Col de la Plagnette from a special path earlier than on a mountain bike, however questioned if it was doable from this aspect.

And now I used to be on my bike heading straight at this stunning peak.

I knew the gravel street would quickly finish and issues would get trickier. However two pleasant and really match guys in French Nationwide jerseys (ski or VTT or XC ski champions?) coming from different method mentioned it was tough however not harmful. So I acquired on the path.

Some elements have been comparatively straightforward and a few elements brutal, however I made progress. Observe, the ultimate 3 kms to the col have been primarily bike pushing/carrying.

However I used to be thrilled and relieved to succeed in Col de la Plagnette (2525m):

Excessive I quickly arrived at 2 alpine lakes which are sadly pretty dry/empty. It was a brief journey to Col des Rochilles (2496m) – which I do know – and a protracted, bumpy descent to Plan Lachat on the Galibier north aspect.

See this previous journey for particulars of climbing Col des Rochilles from Plan Lachat and persevering with east previous these lakes all the best way to Briançon: Col Searching Behind Le Grand Galibier

This previous photograph under reveals the attractive Col des Rochilles descent. It was taken on paved street at 6km marker under Galibier summit, however the gravel street is obvious on the left. Many hairpins! Anyway it’s enjoyable when a foolish thought is profitable.

View from the 6km-to-go marker on Galibier street

Right here’s a 3D video of this nice route:



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