2: We start the day crossing the border into France and
tackling one of the most famous passes of the Montecarlo Rallye,
the Col de Turini. On its switchbacks of this pass many rallies
were lost or won. On a bike in summer it's a hoot!! Our itinerary
then heads along the river Tinee and reaches the Col de La
Bonnette and Route del la Bonnette at 2812 meters above seal
level. We finish the day in Barcelonnette, where we will stay
3: We do a loop ride to the Gorge du Verdon and through the lavender
fields near Valensole. Our route then takes us back to
Barcelonnette via the Gorges du Daluis and Col de la Cayolle. A
long day but packed with interesting and varied sites and
excellent roads to ride.
Barcelonnette we head for the Col du Vars and reach the castle
of Chateau de Queyras. for lunch. We then tackle the wonderful
Col d'Izoard and visit the historic town of Brianšon. Last but
not least we tackle the amazing Col du Galibier. A very tough
stage of the Tour de France with amazing 360░ views from the
very top. Our day ends in Valloire.
5: We do a loop ride parts of the Parc National des
Ecrins. We back track over the Col du Galibier and start by
visiting Les Deux Alpes and the Alpe d'Huez then over the Col de
la Croix de Fer and back to Valloire over the Col du Telegraphe.
6: Our destination today is reaching the foothill of
Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in Europe with 4812 meters
above sea level. To do this we ride the Col de l'Iseran at
2770m, higher than Stelvio, and Col du Petite Saint Bernard. We
stay the night in Courmayeur.
the clouds permit we visit the summit of Mont Blanc on the Mont Blanc
Skyway, the new rotating cable car that will take you to the near top in
just under 20 minutes. It looks like something out of a James Bond movie
perched like that on top of this big mountain. Once we return to our bikes we head for the Grand
Saint Bernard pass, home of the big rescue dogs, and have lunch there. We
then return back down on the Italian side and head for another famous ski
resort, Breuil-Cervinia on the Italian side of the Matterhorn/Cervino.
After the view over this high mountain 4478m, we return to the valley and
catch the autostrada back to Milano for the end of the trip.
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