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Old 28-10-2018, 09:56 AM   #46
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Default Re: The Alps west of Austria - looking for small roads

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Ohhh, Les Marmottes (the Hotel just on the corner to the right)
Memories of 2007....and the sports store on the other corner also still exists.




True, Lanslebourg isn't the prettiest place, but around the back, they've got one of the best cheese-shops within a day's travel.





Lots of exceptional riding just to the South

Can't wait to see where to next...Susa?



Right you are, next is crossing the Col dÍ Cenis.


Amazing that you nearly had the same photo position. But you had much more flowers.
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Old 28-10-2018, 04:15 PM   #47
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I wanted to stay two nights in Lanslebourg, one day looking for small roads westbound and one day southbound.

In the morning the first way was to the gas station to fill up and contol air pressure. Yesterday evening I got the feeling that it is a bit soft in the back of the bike.

Result 1.4 bar what's the reason?




These two white spots in the picture looked in reality of course like metal. Ok new plan, what to do next. In Lanslebourg was no gommista. Obviously air was staying on 1.4 bar at least up to now. Where to go for a quick solution of the problem? The French towns around looked to small for a good sorted gommista. Susa looked promising and also not far away from Torino if necessary.






It was no problem to go to Susa. On Susa's main street I found tires at gas stations and Paolo Gomme he made my day. Before the puncture the plan was to change the rear tire anyway back in Germany so I didn't look for a repair. He had the right dimension in his shop, used but after 40 minutes I was back in business.










I used the brake to stroll through the really old town where the Romans left their footprints.
















Of course they had also newer buildings with the tyypical Italian look.




Now it's time to ride again. Moncenisio looked promising. It is a nice ride up to Moncenisio and then .... what a lake!!!









The building you see in the pic is the nice looking hotel Chalet sul Lago. For sure it's worth a try when you are around.










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Old 28-10-2018, 10:53 PM   #48
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Leaving the lake it's five minutes and you are on the southern ramp of the Col du Mont Cenis. I like the southern ramp most. The road is nicely winding up through the forest then the forest is stepping back: You look up and see all the poles of the guard rail and you know where you will be in a minute.




I left the road at the Hotel Le Malamot. Followed by the Chapelle Notre-Dame des Neiges. Up on the hill on the left is Fort Variselle. More to the left is the cutting, which brings you to the west shore of Lake Cenis. You can reach the cutting from the chapel on a bumpy gravel track or on the smooth gravel road over the barrier of Lake Cenis.



After the cutting it looks like this.




Awesome!
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Old 29-10-2018, 08:20 AM   #49
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One can follow easily the west shore of Lake Mont Cenis.
I had to stop for pictures.



Looking back you can see the gravel road coming from the cutting and Fort Variselle.





Finally gravel turns to tarmac and you can follow the singel-laner for some km into the Vallon de Savalain. There is the Refuge Petit Mont Cenis.


Around Mont Cenis you find everywhere informations about Hannibal and his elephants. The story is that the North African King Hannibal crossed here from France to Italy with his soldiers and their elephant cavalry to fight the Romans.

The Vallon was packed with thick heavy marmots.







Some years ago it was possible to cross from here over Col de Bellecombe to Lanslebourg.

Today you have to turn back and finally reach Col du Mont Cenis.










Nice signs on the Col.
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Old 29-10-2018, 08:46 AM   #50
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Right you are, next is crossing the Col dÍ Cenis.
Amazing that you nearly had the same photo position. But you had much more flowers.
I think we were there a little earlier in the year. Stayed at the "Marmottes" for 2 or 3 nights to sit out a bad-weather front.

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Result 1.4 bar what's the reason?

A stroke of luck then, finding the right "gommisto"

And thanks for those shots of the old Susa....BEAUTIFUL!!
Never knew it existed!.

Moncenisio....more memories here... a sharp, semi-blind turn-off when coming from the top, nearly got taken out by a cement-truck there while waiting for my turn and gazing into the scenery :-)
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