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Old 04-09-2012, 09:37 AM   #31
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I would suggest, in no particular order 1) Col De Bonette/Telegraph 2) Colle de Cayolle 3) Grand Canyon du Verdon 4) Pellion, a small "hill town" above Monaco 5) Col de Turini 6) Col Angello 7) Monaco, to say that you've been there, and to make a lap (as nearly as you can, because parts are inaccesible) of the Gran Prix course: watch the "do not enter" signs, etc.; there are more cops per square mile than any where I've ever been. 8) Eze, in the hills above Monaco. Once the coffe kicks in, I'll see if there are more suggestions
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Old 04-09-2012, 12:01 PM   #32
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3) Grand Canyon du Verdon

Wow, thank you very much. Putting this in my roadbook for the way back of my summer trip

edit: for the all/offroad riders. Close to Col de Sommeiller is Monte Jafferau

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQAvfBjvzVM

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Old 04-09-2012, 04:53 PM   #33
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I would suggest, in no particular order 1) Col De Bonette/Telegraph 2) Colle de Cayolle 3) Grand Canyon du Verdon 4) Pellion, a small "hill town" above Monaco 5) Col de Turini 6) Col Angello 7) Monaco, to say that you've been there, and to make a lap (as nearly as you can, because parts are inaccesible) of the Gran Prix course: watch the "do not enter" signs, etc.; there are more cops per square mile than any where I've ever been. 8) Eze, in the hills above Monaco. Once the coffe kicks in, I'll see if there are more suggestions
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Old 04-10-2012, 12:26 PM   #34
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Wow, thank you very much. Putting this in my roadbook for the way back of my summer trip

edit: for the all/offroad riders. Close to Col de Sommeiller is Monte Jafferau

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQAvfBjvzVM
Most tourists will approach the Canyon along the highway 952 between Moustiers and Castellane. Nothing wrong with it except for the number of vehicles, especially in the summer months. My suggestion is to take the D17/D19 on the southwest side of the Canyon. Less traffic, and you're closer to the Canyon for a longer time.
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Old 04-23-2012, 10:23 AM   #35
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Any suggestions for Bordeaux area or points in between it and Nice??
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Old 04-23-2012, 12:31 PM   #36
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For sure riding pleasure, draw a box on the map. Top right corner, Montelimar, bottom right, Orange, top left, Cahors, bottom left, Montauban. Smack in the center is the famous Millau Bridge. You have the Gorges of the Ardeche, the Lot River and the Tarn River and Gorges. Push a little to the north and you'll find the volcanic region west and south of Clermont. Drift a bit south to Albi, lovely red brick buildings and river and the fabulous Toulouse-Lautrec museum.
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Old 04-24-2012, 01:21 PM   #37
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For sure riding pleasure, draw a box on the map. Top right corner, Montelimar, bottom right, Orange, top left, Cahors, bottom left, Montauban. Smack in the center is the famous Millau Bridge. You have the Gorges of the Ardeche, the Lot River and the Tarn River and Gorges. Push a little to the north and you'll find the volcanic region west and south of Clermont. Drift a bit south to Albi, lovely red brick buildings and river and the fabulous Toulouse-Lautrec museum.

I plotted that on a google map. Very beautiful area, and I plan to ride it on my tour this Spring.
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Old 04-25-2012, 06:48 AM   #38
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I was in Albi a month ago, and the Toulouse-Lautrec Museum was closed, and they said it would be for 3 months. This info doesn't jibe with their website, so who knows. If you do visit the Millau Viaduct, Millau itself is a very nice small city, and if it's your style, there's a nice Ibis Hotel right in the heart. Eat at the Au Jeu de Palme.
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Old 05-16-2012, 05:38 AM   #40
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Got my route all figured out :)

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Old 07-12-2012, 04:44 AM   #41
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I'm going to bump this thread because I've got a practical question.

How is the cell phone coverage on the mountain passes ?
You can see my route in the post above. I'm planning some off-pavement cols (Sommeiller, Jafferau, Parpaillon, LGKS).
Will you get coverage there ? Just in case when you have an emergency in those regions.

My guess is that it will be OK because most of them have ski resorts in the neighbourhood.
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Old 07-13-2012, 08:59 AM   #42
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I'm going to bump this thread because I've got a practical question.

How is the cell phone coverage on the mountain passes ?
You can see my route in the post above. I'm planning some off-pavement cols (Sommeiller, Jafferau, Parpaillon, LGKS).
Will you get coverage there ? Just in case when you have an emergency in those regions.

My guess is that it will be OK because most of them have ski resorts in the neighbourhood.
That would be my guess as well. Any mountainous areas are susceptible to black holes but your tracks look to be not too far from civilization. The emergency number for Europe is 112. Do you have SPOT?
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Old 07-13-2012, 01:59 PM   #43
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I'm from Belgium, so I know 112 :)

I don't have a Spot, because here in Europe cell phone coverage is pretty good in most of the areas. I just haven't been in the Alps yet, and looking at some of the LGKS video's it's pretty desolate. But there might as well be a GSM antenna on the mountain top in the distance

I guess I'm just going to do a little SMS to the homefront before I enter any off-pavement areas. I have a GPS+GPRS tracker on my bike, so anywhere where there's cell phone coverage people can see my realtime location (updates every 10s)

Tracks finished for 95% :)

http://goo.gl/maps/KOiE

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Old 07-14-2012, 01:21 AM   #44
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I'm from Belgium, so I know 112 :)

http://goo.gl/maps/KOiE
Next time I'll check the location before posting.
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