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Old 03-11-2018, 07:47 AM   #56
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Let's ride - first to Briancon further on to Bardonecchia.





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Old 03-11-2018, 08:26 AM   #57
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When I came there this evening the company has changed two wonderful Austin Healeys 3000 were already in. I love these old British roadsters.






nice !


...and so are the shots of the 990 "in flight" :-)


I'm looking forward to any from the west of Bardonecchia.
We all loved the Vallee de Claree and the little Col de L'Echelle....as well as the mother+son Pizza restaurant in Melezet will never be forgotten.
Didn't make it to the far end of the Vallee Etroite....

Didn't have enough dirt-experience for the Col de Granon on T1, made it up to the little restaurant and things were pretty rocky/ slippery down from there.
Looking forward to the pics
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Old 04-11-2018, 09:10 AM   #58
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Galibier was perfect. The two photos of me riding I bought in the internet. Maybe you know already, but for me it was new. There are photographers up there. They take photos of cars, cyclists and bikers, you check their website and decide if you buy a portrait of yourself.


Next is Briancon, then direction Bardonecchia. Garmin and me had a misunderstanding.

That's why I didn't came through the Val-des-Prés. I went through Montgenèvre and arrived finally in Bardonecchia.



The road to Rochemolles where Stella Alpina takes place and from where they try to conquer Col de Sommellier is also closed until 5 pm due to road construction.

Everywhere road works I think they start on 1st September when Italy and France have finished their summer vacations.


Until 5 pm there is time to look around. West of Bardonecchia just after the border to France is Vallée Étroite. I drove until the Parking area and had something to eat in the nearby restaurant. The valley is not that interesting.





Much more fun is the Col de l’Echelle / Colle della Scala

especially the North-East ramp!


Further on the Valee de Clarée. At the end where tourists have to turn you are only 9 km away from Col du Galibier as the crow flies.










When I was back in Bardonecchia I checked into the hotel opposite of the police headquarters. They offer a big garage for bikers.

By now it was 5 pm and started to rain. Grrrr! But that should not stop me, perhaps it's dry around the corner
I passed Rochemolles and continued on a lousy gravel road that has experienced the whole summer traffic.

no pic from me but Goo.. has it all



For me it was clouds when I passed the last hamlet




Finally I reached Rifugio Scarfiotti.









During Stella Alpina it looks like this

or like this



It is five Euros and then you can try to conquer Col de Sommeiller.


Not for me this time. I turned for the sake of my dinner and a glas of red wine .....
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Old 07-11-2018, 09:16 AM   #59
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Wow - awesome!
When I took these two fotos out of my window in Hotel La Betulla I knew I was to late. In such a beautiful morning you have to be out earlier to take everything in.










From the boss of our senior Enduro rat pack in Austria I got the message: Go up to Jafferau young men! So I started up the hill past the hamlet Gleise and stranded at the Hotel Jafferau where some ski lifts meet. No way further after yesterday evenings rain.
Some pics just above Gleise with it's new hotel.











Let's go to Susa again and up Colle delle Finestre. The ramp up from Susa is first class on tarmac in the forest and later on gravel as well!





Just before the gravel a 15 min walk takes you to a vista called Monumento Sacro Cuore di Gesu. It's worth the time. It offers a fantastic view down to Susa, opposite you see the area around Mont Cenis.













Down there is the bike and the saddle of Colle delle Finestre.


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Old 07-11-2018, 01:36 PM   #60
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Much more fun is the Col de l’Echelle / Colle della Scala



Agreed!


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During Stella Alpina it looks like this


A scary sight.
It sure has turned into a circus up there.

Shame about the low clouds for your ride though, but at least you had the place to yourself.
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