Bike Touring Highlight
Bike Touring Highlight (Segment)
The Torino-Nice Rally planned a gravel ride.
July 25, 2019
Stage 5.1 - Col Tende / Colle di Tenda, France-Italy border to Col de Turini, France.Filename '5.1 TNR Tend-VdS-Turini'.The longer route off the Tende and onto the dramatic Via del Sale (VdS). The Via del Sale is a long, quite remote section of track through a karst limestone landscape, one of the most incredible roads in Europe. The Refugio Don Barbera isn't too far from the Col Tende itself, a couple of hours ride on a good day. The descent off the Via del Sale via the Pas du Tanarel / Monte Saccarello area is very rough for a couple of kms – real MTB terrain, though rideable with care on 650B 'Road Plus' type bikes – and it’s a long, arduous descent to La Brigue with some rolling terrain in the woods. After La Brigue is the big climb to the Fort de la Forca and the Col de Turini. You can see the sea from the top if it’s a clear day. You can even smell the sea air sometimes... the coast isn't that far away now.The Roya valley between the Col Tende and the start of the climb to the Fort de la Forca is another potential supplies desert if you arrive there late. Restaurants are the main options though there is a Spar shop in Tende itself if you back-tack up the valley on this route. Worth studying the options on the map perhaps.The Torino-Nice Rally route here is the same as used for the Torino-Nice Rally annual event. The event and route info management is in support of Smart Shelter Foundation. (smartshelterfoundation.org/what-we-do and torino-nice.weebly.com/smart-shelter.html)Torino-Nice Rally bag patches are available to any rider of the route by making a donation directly to Smart Shelter. More info / get in touch with us here -torino-nice.weebly.com/contact--patches.html