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Snowcycling: an ARR(26 posts)

Snowcycling: an ARRZvierBoy
Feb 4, 2003 3:57 AM
Sunday ride in Maritime Alps. We started from Col de Tende, descended on the E74 towards the coast, before Breil we turned left to climb Col de Brouis, then descended towards Sospel then just before it turned left towards the E74, a small climb. From Fanghetto it was always north towards the Col de Tende where our car awaited us on the French side of the tunnel.
Pictures were taken with a mobile telephone digital camera so the quality is not the best.
map zoom inZvierBoy
Feb 4, 2003 3:58 AM
Zoom on the Col de Tende - Saorge - la Giandola route. It covers also the return path
zoom in 2ZvierBoy
Feb 4, 2003 4:00 AM
Zoom on the Col de Brouis, route from la Giandola - Col de Brouis - Olivetta San Michelle - Fanghetto - Breil - Saorge and onto Col de Tende
italian viewZvierBoy
Feb 4, 2003 4:04 AM
Driving along. We drove from Turin/Italy. Drove up to Col de Tende first. Bicycle traffic is not allowed in this particular tunel, so we left the car on the French side.
getting closerZvierBoy
Feb 4, 2003 4:07 AM
hmmm, mountains, the stuff you don't find in Chicago
Base CampZvierBoy
Feb 4, 2003 4:11 AM
Ladies and gentleman, let me introduce you to a new sport, SnowCycling! Our base camp, just outside the tunnel.

My ride, a Scapin steel frame with Centaur. I made a mistake I brought 13-26 cassette, should have put on an extra 13-29 cassette I have, instead...
Col de TendeZvierBoy
Feb 4, 2003 4:14 AM
Nuts! why would anyone want to drive up here to go skiing? If it is warm enough for skicycling! The car is just about to turn into the col del tende tunnel, once on the other side - italian side, there is the skiing side, this side -the french side doesn't have skiing here, it is too warm -(proximity to the Mediterranean?)
taxing before take offZvierBoy
Feb 4, 2003 4:16 AM
Sergio is fueling up before the take off
different altituteZvierBoy
Feb 4, 2003 4:17 AM
coasting down from de Tende
towards de BrouisZvierBoy
Feb 4, 2003 4:19 AM
going up, who stole all the snow?!?! climbing Col de Brouis, just after turning off of the E74 while it was relative flat for single handed cycling and taking a picture.
Feb 4, 2003 4:23 AM
tailing Sergio on way up. Segio did much better and brought 13-29 cassette.
Made itZvierBoy
Feb 4, 2003 4:24 AM
view from Col de Brouis, the glare is from the Mediterranean visible between the mountains (hills at this point)
different viewZvierBoy
Feb 4, 2003 4:25 AM
Col de Brouis, looking towards where we started from.
final legZvierBoy
Feb 4, 2003 4:27 AM
being left behind by Sebastiano and Sergio, the glare should be snow covered Maritime Alps
Feb 4, 2003 4:29 AM
southern-poof mountains, no snow
snow once againZvierBoy
Feb 4, 2003 4:30 AM
On way to Brail, at last you get to see the snow.
snack timeZvierBoy
Feb 4, 2003 4:33 AM
taking a break in Brail
nearing TendeZvierBoy
Feb 4, 2003 4:35 AM
approaching the town of Tende, glare is snow...
different view of TendeZvierBoy
Feb 4, 2003 4:36 AM
another view of Tende, you know what the glare is by now
The Romans were here!ZvierBoy
Feb 4, 2003 4:43 AM
Sergio is surging forward, the ever present glare, the funky structure is a rail bridge not a roman aqueduct.

Last picture. Soon after this the road got steeper and the sun became covered by the mountains making it gray and cold. The surounding snow from then on made it feel even colder.

Nice Pictures. Please tell me you're not from Chicago?Kristin
Feb 4, 2003 7:12 AM
If you are, how ever did you train for a ride like that in a place like this? Do tell. Inquiring minds want to know. Very nice.
Feb 5, 2003 12:06 AM
It all depends on how you look at it.
I lived there then I did a job transfer to Italy. Have friends and family in Chicago, of course, but now I reside in Torino.
Well thats that way to do it! nmKristin
Feb 5, 2003 6:08 AM
(-; Should I post here future job openings? - nmZvierBoy
Feb 5, 2003 6:19 AM
re: nice pics-hope someday to get a vacation like that 'nm'tmotz
Feb 4, 2003 7:29 AM
re: nice pics-hope someday to get a vacation like that 'nm'ZvierBoy
Feb 5, 2003 12:23 AM
I am fortunate enough to have this area in my backyard so to speak. But nowdays I am thinking of making a 3-4 days tour in the Rockies when I go visit the family in Chicago this summer.
After all, with 6 weeks of vacation you have to allocate the time off very wisely... (-: