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Old 03-06-2013, 06:39 AM   #1
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21 of the Best Roads in the World

21 roads to ride before you die...

Which ones have you ridden?
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Old 03-06-2013, 07:03 AM   #2
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1. Highway 1, Big Sur, California

2. Furka Pass, Switzerland

3. The Atlantic Road, Norway

7. Chapman’s Peak Drive, Cape Town, South Africa

8. Stelvio Pass, Eastern Alps, Italy

9. Col de Turini, France

13. Great Ocean Road, Australia

14. Sani Pass, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

19. Trollstigen, Rauma, Norway

20. The Amalfi Coast, Italy
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Old 03-06-2013, 08:04 AM   #3
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WOW. I've only done 1,13,15,16,18 but the rest is definitely on the list.
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Old 03-06-2013, 08:19 AM   #4
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OK, I have a new list of things I would love to do before I die!!!

Now......who wants to pay for it????
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Old 03-06-2013, 12:01 PM   #5
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Bugger, I haven't done any of them. But I'm hoping to do the Atlantic Coast Road and the Trollstigen in Norway next year
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Old 03-07-2013, 03:01 AM   #6
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I won't go into detail but the article is very subjective.

Stelvio is a PITA. The hairpins are so tight you can't enjoy it as you can't see what is coming to try and kill you.

Transfagarasan is just old. No maintenance since the fall of the wall. Pothole heaven.

Atlantic Hwy is hindered by a 80kmh speed limit with a very aggressive policing.

Just 3 of my experiences.

There are so many great roads out there that don't attract attention. My advice is to keep them a secret.
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Old 03-07-2013, 04:00 AM   #7
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Best statement by far; keep your best roads to yourself!
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Old 03-07-2013, 04:24 AM   #8
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I won't go into detail but the article is very subjective.

I agree with that. Quite often itīs not just one road, itīs the whole region, thatīs great for riding. Amalfi Coast was a good suggestion IMO, not least because that refers to the general area, instead of a single road.

(And having a good, detailed map is essential in such areas..... luckily the very best roads may not even be the ones, that are listed in guidebooks, and where most tourists go to!)
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Old 03-08-2013, 12:56 PM   #9
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1, 6, 11, 13, 20 by car. 2, 8, 9, 19 by bike. Sure they're subjective, just like which oil is best. Trollstigen is nice but what makes it that way is the countryside a few hundred kms in all directions; Great Ocean is far too tame for a bike; Furka is just one of dozens in the Alps. Still, the pics were great.
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Old 03-08-2013, 05:57 PM   #10
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Not one road from Mexico or anywhere else in Latin America?
Who put it together, the UN?
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Old 03-08-2013, 05:58 PM   #11
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I won't go into detail but the article is very subjective.

Stelvio is a PITA. The hairpins are so tight you can't enjoy it as you can't see what is coming to try and kill you.
The same can be said for many famous roads where there are "x curves in only y miles". The first few curves are fun, but quite frankly, I quickly get tired of really tight stuff after a few minutes. They require a lot of physical and mental effort and I find myself wanting a a little straightaway just to give me a break.
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Old 03-09-2013, 01:35 AM   #12
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Not one road from Mexico or anywhere else in Latin America?
Who put it together, the UN?
Last I checked, Argentina was still in South America.
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Old 03-09-2013, 05:54 AM   #13
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Last I checked, Argentina was still in South America.
Never met one, have you!
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Old 03-18-2013, 09:56 AM   #14
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I agree it's all subjective. Sure those look like awesome roads, and guess what- if you're riding a bike in Norway, Argentina, China, France, Italy, or any other place that may be "exotic" compared to your home area- it isn't gonna suck.

I'd throw in

The Cat & Fiddle http://www.motorbikeeurope.com/en/ro...le-run-england in England,

Cherahola Skyway http://www.cherohala.com/in NC/TN,

the Cabot Trail http://www.cbisland.com/ on Cape Breton Island,

Kancamagus Highway http://www.kancamagushighway.com/maps/1pc_map_view.htm in New Hampshire, and the

Blue Ridge Parkway/Skyline Drive http://www.blueridgeparkway.org/map.php in Virginia.

These are great roads to ride, and all are in areas where there are more great roads to ride.

Cheers.
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Old 03-18-2013, 10:03 AM   #15
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I feel awful to have only done three in a car and none on a bike!
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