Archive for the ‘2011 Alps Pyrenees Tour’ Category

After 10 wonderful years and over 70,000km of touring heaven I’ve finally come to the difficult decision to retire my R1150RT work horse as I’m finding myself more often on more off the beaten track roads in the Alps, Pyrenees and Ireland. As much as I love the whole RT range I’m finding the RT too difficult to manage on rougher roads as it’s just not built for them and I guess my riding is evolving into another direction. (more…)


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Gorges: Gorges du Verdon, Gorges du Nesque, Col de Tempêtes and Mont Ventoux.
Distance: 320km.

Gorges du Verdon

Day 6 finds me starting my day in Saint-André-Les-Alpes at the head of Lac de Castillon, fed by Le Verdon River which over the millennia has gouged out Europe’s version of the Grand Canyon. (more…)

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Some of these passes I covered last year in which case I’m not going into too much detail blabbing on about them. For the 2011 trip I filmed the roads with a Drift HD170 Action Camera, I hope the videos attached to this blog will help you see for yourself what to expect better than what I can describe. For more info on the area’s covered, hotels, B&B’s, campsites etc you can check back to the 2010 trip report. (more…)

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Col Du Galibier (Alt. 2646 m)

The northern ramp is currently not great from Valloire to Verneys but enjoyably none-the-less, riding through Verneys in September was an experience as it had no road surface at all, some lads from the road works dept had dug up the fecken lot leaving me to ride my R1150RT through town like it was a bloody 1200GS Adventure but I’m sure they’ll have it nice and shiny again for us by next season. (more…)

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This was a big day riding some of the best roads I know of. Leaving Albertville I headed up Col des Saisies 1657m, Cormet de Roselend 1967m, Col du Petit St.-Bernard 2188m (Hannibal’s Pass), Col de l’Iseran 2,770m (Highest Paved Mountain Pass in Alps), Col Du Mont-Cenis 2087m, Col du Telegraphe 1566m, Col Du Galibier 2645m and into Briancon for 2 nights. (more…)

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