HAT 2019 (Hard Alpi Tour) Sanremo > Sestriere

Discussion in 'Europe' started by MikeMikeOnABike, Mar 19, 2019.

  1. MikeMikeOnABike

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    Hi all,

    Has anyone done the HAT from Sanremo > Sestriere before? Im planning on riding out from England this year to take part (the solo rider one) and wondered if anyone has done it before? Any tips, ideas trip reports?!

    Secondly, is anyone planning on going out this year for the event?

    Many thanks,

    Mike
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  2. GiorgioXT

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    I don't feel the attraction to this kind of things : one will ride in some of the best places of alps , with endless panoramas and lot of things to do , see and taste .. and be pressed riding all night.
    The same ride I would do in 3-4 days, stopping in mountain huts for food and lodging, maybe with hikes to see fortresses and looking points ...
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  3. MikeMikeOnABike

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    My appeal to this event is getting access to tracks i would no be able to find myself, in relative safety of being around others and hopefully meeting some interesting people along the way. I'm trying to tie it in to a trip to Italy to meet my better half around Lake Como area also - Few days riding, few days relaxing :)
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  4. Oyabun

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    Haven't done it myself, but interested also. Subscribed, and still considering to join if places available.
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  5. yamtastic

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    Myself and a group of friends have entered, we're heading down and spending a week in the area to do some riding after the event itself as well.
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  6. MikeMikeOnABike

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    That's brilliant! I'll be heading down solo as my pals arne't really one for that type of event and i'm meeting the other half after the event. Which one are you signed up for? The Team one?
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  7. yamtastic

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    Yes the Classic I believe it's called. If you have a look at Bodgetape Adventures on Youtube they did it last year.
    We're looking to camp nearby for the week.
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  8. GiorgioXT

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    HAT is done all on open to public dirt roads , one could do the same just following a map .
    Differently to other parts of Italy - like Apennines and central italy where on an hill you may have dozens trails to choose - on Alps the traces are mostly very clear

    As I said, for a local , or someone that rides these parts from several years, the "raid" concept of pushing yourself to limit (riding 18+ hours is not easy) could be attractive , for me is like having the woman of your dreams and doing just a quickie ...
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  9. ToothsterUK

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    Hi everyone on the thread,
    We have 2 teams of 3 entered from the UK into the classic. Pulling into Sanremo in about 2 hours. See you there!
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  10. MikeMikeOnABike

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    Just checking in so to not leave an endless post! What a great event; well organised, great route, nicely challenging what with the long days of concentrating on navigating and not to plummet off of a mountain and most importantly, friendly people to talk to from all over Europe. Well worth the long trip from England :)
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  11. budda10r

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    I also did it this year with Yamtastic, it was fabulous, easily the best thing I've done on a motorcycle. Barring the usual KTM 950 Adv fuel pump faff.
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  12. BigDiggity

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    Hi guys, I'm hoping to do the HAT this year, if it goes ahead... solo in the Classic tour.

    This is all dependant on if I can get time off work and ironically if I still have a job!

    As these are open 'public roads', does anyone know where I could get a GPX file for some of the tracks?
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  13. MikeMikeOnABike

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    Hi BigDiggety, good choice its a fantastic event. They are generally open roads and you'd need some local knowledge ideally. Im not sure how you can find these on the maps like we can in the UK for BOATS, which is why i stumped up the cash to go with the event. It was well worth the cost! You could start on the TET website, it looks like the south to north section on the alps border runs in a similar route/direction :)

    I doubt anyone would share an old GPX - I paid a reasonable event cost to take part and it seems a little "off" to share the hard work of the 2000Riders group publicly, sorry.
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  14. BigDiggity

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    Thanks Mike! Yes absolutely. I totally agree. I cross checked the TET and as you say it shares paths a lot of the way.

    I have every intention of attending the event this year if I can (i really hope i can!)
    I'm relatively new to trail riding and want to get some practice on my tiger and also set it up properly before even attempting any events. As I'm just a couple of hours away it seems like a great opportunity.
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  15. MikeMikeOnABike

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    Just saw your location, beautiful part f the world and some great trails relatively close by. It was a fair old ride out from the UK for me!

    Bike setup, i wouldn't worry too much. There were ALL sorts of bikes taking part! Some i wouldn't have chosen to ride on that terrain that's for sure! A good 50/50 tyre for some grip in the mountains on the gravel and you'll be fine. Keep us posted :)
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