The Col du Galibier looks like it will play its part in stage 15 of this year's Giro d'Italia so what does the stage have in store for the riders, Dan Lloyd got on his bike to recce the stage and give us an idea.
Mind you, the ex-Garmin Cervelo pro didn't manage to get to the summit of the Galibier either the last seven kilometres to the top was still out of bounds when he did his recce ride - the French were trying to clear the remainder of the route to the top using a combination of snow ploughs and explosives… presumably not at the same time.
The sunshine of Naples will seem like a very distant memory for the riders tackling the snowy conditions they are likely to encounter on tomorrow's stage, as Lloyd's film demonstrates and even if you weren't interested in the race it's still worth a watching just for a glimpse of the wintery desolation that still holds sway on the high alpine passes in May. Respect too to Dan Lloyd for doing a piece to camera while riding up the Col du Telegraphe pushing a 34 x 19.
Before the riders get to the Galibier they will also have climbed the almost as fearsome 1556m Col duTelegraphe which hits 11 per cent in places there is a descent from the Telegraphe to the Galibier but it's short and fast - so short explains Dan that for the pros the two almost count as one climb and he's got some definite ideas about who that favours.
Plucked from the obscurity of his London commute back in the mid-Nineties to live in Bath and edit bike mags our man made the jump to the interweb back in 2006 as launch editor of a large cycling website somewhat confusingly named after a piece of navigational equipment. He came up with the idea for road.cc mainly to avoid being told what to do… Oh dear, issues there then. Tony tries to ride his bike every day and if he doesn't he gets grumpy, he likes carbon, but owns steel, and wants titanium. When not on his bike or eating cake Tony spends his time looking for new ways to annoy the road.cc team. He's remarkably good at it.