The explosion of colour that is Autumn in Serre Chevalier

Autumn 2018 Serre Chevalier

Almost as good as Winter!

Now we have slow motion time lapse fireworks as the Larch Mélèze trees gradually turn fiery-orange and conditions are great for hiking and cycling

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The weather's been a tad grim for being on the road bike these last few days, so I've knackered myself attempting to run again.

Forecast for today was for sunshine 12 degrees and a light breeze, so I thought I'd get one more Galibier in before they finally shut it, though of course that is dependent on the actual weather.

What I do know is that climbing up I'd be hot but you have to pack gear for the descent as that can be really cold - and it turned out to be a classic example of autumnal conditions.

The light breeze increased to a stiff wind, which on the descent, was a tad disconcerting with the gusts - it was cold till you descended below 1750m.

Here are some pics.

You can just about make out the Henri Lagrange monument on the left of image, and the tunnel which is at 2,500m is used when the last km is still too avalanche prone in the spring along with autumnal snow falls as was the case 10 days ago.

Col du Galibier tunnel and Col
 

The Col itself is right of centre 2,645m, think that's a camper van coming down

And on the horizon that's Mont Blanc and the descent down to Valloire.

Col du Galibier tunnel and Mont Blanc
 

Looking back down to Col du Lautaret.

Col du Galibier Col du Lautaret
 

And the ubiquitous selfie

Col du Galibier Col du Lautaret