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  1. The Torino-Nice Rally planned a gravel ride.

    July 25, 2019

    02:33
    31.9 mi
    12.5 mph
    600 ft
    5,850 ft
    Elaine, Nick and 5 others like this.
    1. The Torino-Nice Rally

      Col de Turini to Nice, France. Filename 'SCR.3 Turini descent to Nice'.An alternative, faster route to Nice. All tarmac, all downhill!Some busier roads towards Nice as is to be expected on the faster roads in this area, but this route is the easiest way to Nice for a tired rider. The route takes you down a 60km, 1800m descent off the Col de Turini all the way to Café du Cycliste and the seafront promenade.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

      • July 25, 2019

  2. The Torino-Nice Rally planned a gravel ride.

    July 25, 2019

    06:36
    54.5 mi
    8.3 mph
    5,425 ft
    10,650 ft
    Elaine, ohag and 2 others like this.
    1. The Torino-Nice Rally

      Stage 6 - Col de Turini to Nice, France.Filename '6 TNR Turini-Nice'.The final run down to the sea at Nice. From the Turini you descend towards Sospel (keep an eye out just past Moulinet for a small bridge road above you, leading to a lovely little chapel, the Notre Dame de Menor), climb the Col Braus, then a small climb to the last col with great views of the Cote d'Azure. From there you ride a high road with a coastal view before descending to the coast road and Cafe du Cycliste in Nice. The route ends there but it's not far to Nice old town area to explore the market and old town shops, or go onto the Promenade des Anglais and follow the bike path there west towards the airport.If the timing works for you, stock up in Sospel and enjoy a last night bivi a couple of km along the track after the Col Braus. The views to the south west are nice here. Strict Leave No Trace / ‘don't be a dick’ rules apply of course - take your litter home. Top marks to anyone carrying cold beers to share up here.Stopping at Café du Cycliste, or one of the bars on that road if you finish later, is traditional. There’s an Utile supermarket just behind the Café, a good spot for cheaper beers, also an Intermarche nearby. After that, ride past the old town area of Nice (to the north of Quai des Etats-Unis, well worth exploring), then onto the Promenade des Anglais toward the airport.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

      • July 25, 2019

  3. The Torino-Nice Rally planned a gravel ride.

    July 25, 2019

    11:38
    64.5 mi
    5.5 mph
    10,100 ft
    10,950 ft
    Elaine, cyclespresso and ohag like this.
    1. The Torino-Nice Rally

      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

      • July 25, 2019

  4. The Torino-Nice Rally planned a gravel ride.

    July 25, 2019

    00:46
    10.3 mi
    13.4 mph
    150 ft
    4,500 ft
    Elaine and ohag like this.
    1. The Torino-Nice Rally

      Shortcut Route 2 - From the Colle di Sampeyre through Elva, Italy.Filename 'SCR.2 Vallon d’Elva'WARNING – a genuinely dangerous road with death risk. Sheer valley sides subject to regular rockfall onto the road, with tunnels, missing barriers and regular road debris all posing severe risks. Ride with great care - seriously. The high danger is from the rockfall and road debris risk that is beyond your control. Keep your speed down and attention up. DO NOT RIDE during or after periods of heavy rain when rockfall risk is highest. If in any doubts, take the SP335 road towards Stroppo instead – it’s a good road that ends in the same place on-route.A choice between an infamous road descent or a safer, easy road (SP335) off the Colle Sampeyre, avoiding the Cannoni’s rocky descent and reducing the route distance by 20 miles approx. It follows a beautiful steep-sided valley, the Vallon d’Elva, also known as ‘the death road’ for obvious reasons. Pause for a moment at the Madonna del Vallone at the top, perhaps.
      Towards the end of either route, particularly SCR.2, there aren’t many options for supply if it’s late in the day. Route 3 passes more options on the valley road towards the end than the SCR.2 option. Restaurants and bars may be your only option so it’s wise to carry something in reserve.
      At the end of section 3 it’s time to decide whether you’re up for some rough stuff in the Alps or a tough but beautiful climb on a small road.
      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

      • July 25, 2019

  5. The Torino-Nice Rally planned a gravel ride.

    July 25, 2019

    10:07
    68.1 mi
    6.7 mph
    10,200 ft
    11,650 ft
    Elaine, ohag and 2 others like this.
    1. The Torino-Nice Rally

      Stage 3 - Château-Ville-Vieille, France to Ponte Marmora, Italy.Filename '3 TNR VV-PtMarmora'.This route includes the high point of the ride, the 2744m Col Agnel / Colle dell'Agnello which also marks the France-Italy border, and the stunning and "memorable" Strada Cannoni along the Varaita-Maria ridge. A section of the Cannoni descent features the biggest gravel (aka rocks) on the route, it’s a challenge on any bike but it’s been done on 35mm tyres in the past (it’s not recommended...). Don’t get caught without spare inner tubes - it's very rocky and not typical gravel bike terrain at all. The roughest few km of the descent takes you onto a relaxing, quite flat valley road, a welcome breather in between the big mountains. The ride along the Val Varaita is particularly nice if you go all the way to the Gardetta hike-a-bike (4.1) turn-off.Note SCR.2 file that bypasses the rough section of the Cannoni, also the fully safe, very pretty (unrouted/off-route) SP335 road descent off the Col Sampeyre if needed – both re-join this main route file (3) within 10km of its end.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

      • July 25, 2019

  6. The Torino-Nice Rally planned a gravel ride.

    July 25, 2019

    02:43
    19.1 mi
    7.1 mph
    3,050 ft
    3,900 ft
    Elaine and ohag like this.
    1. The Torino-Nice Rally

      Stage 2.2 - Cervières to Château-Ville-Vieille, France.Filename '2.2 TNR Cerv-Izoard-VV'.A classic road climb over the Col d'Izoard takes you to the Fort Queyras / Chateau Ville Vieille area. The Izoard is truly beautiful climb and one that doesn’t feel as hard as its height and fame may suggest - a different matter on a hot day though. Look out for the memorial to Louison Bobet and Fausto Coppi within the incredible scenery of the Casse Deserte at the top.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

      • July 25, 2019

  7. The Torino-Nice Rally planned a gravel ride.

    July 25, 2019

    03:24
    19.0 mi
    5.6 mph
    3,450 ft
    4,200 ft
    Elaine, Ollie D. and Nick like this.
    1. The Torino-Nice Rally

      Stage 2.1 - Cervières to Château-Ville-Vieille, France.Filename '2.1 TNR Cerv-CdP-VV'.The original 'Fred Wright tribute' route over the Col des Peas that we explored during the route recce in 2015. We didn’t do any more than look at the map and see a path marked on it, linking the valleys. We found a beautiful, quiet road up an open valley that leads to a small village with food and lodging possibilities, then there’s a push and a carry up to the Col des Peas. It’s followed by a descent that starts as singletrack before becoming a stone and gravel track to Chateau Ville Vieille with a wonderful view of Fort Queyras.
      Every good ride includes some hike-a-bike and the less easy the route, the quieter and more remote it is. It isn’t an easy section but on the true scale of hike-a-bike it’s nothing major. Don’t try it in road cleats though, or with a 50lb bike that you can’t carry. If you’ve packed light and are wearing MTB shoes you have no excuses really. After all, “What would Fred do?”.
      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

      • July 25, 2019

  8. The Torino-Nice Rally planned a gravel ride.

    July 25, 2019

    19:23
    127 mi
    6.5 mph
    18,125 ft
    13,650 ft
    Elaine and ohag like this.
    1. The Torino-Nice Rally

      Shortcut Route 1 - Turin, Italy to Cervières, France. Filename 'SCR.1 TNR Turin-Cervieres'. An optional, far easier first day via the Colle del Lys. You're missing the classic, legendary, Colle del Colombardo though - the starting climb that sets the scene for the first couple of days. But for some this is just a more manageable introduction. The route out of Turin is direct and fast to give us more time on the climb. With a little re-mapping you will find quieter cycle lane routes a little to the north of the river Stura di Lanzo.
      After the Col del Lys it's the same route as Stage 1 all the way to Cervieres. Riders who need an easier start can load this route up and get all the way to the start of section 2 before reloading their GPS. Perhaps at that point, after missing the Colombardo, they can make up for it by exploring the Col des Peas rough stuff section next…
      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

      • July 25, 2019

  9. The Torino-Nice Rally planned a gravel ride.

    July 25, 2019

    20:52
    127 mi
    6.1 mph
    20,400 ft
    15,925 ft
    Elaine, ohag and 4 others like this.
    1. The Torino-Nice Rally

      Stage 1 - Turin, Italy to Cervières, France.Filename '1 TNR Turin-Cervieres'. The route out of Turin to get onto the original first climb, the Colle del Colombardo, is direct and fast to give us more time to take on the climb. With a little re-mapping you will find quieter cycle lane routes a little to the north of the river Stura di Lanzo.
      The Colombardo climb has a reputation, though it’s arguably not as bad as they say. It’s the equivalent of those first few bars of a great metal track that grab you by the scruff of the neck and then that’s it, you’re head down and rocking all the way to the end. Real Rally riders tackle the Colombardo and drink a cold, well-earned beer afterwards while basking in the knowledge of how, on that day, they were heroes and heroines...
      After the Colombardo it's onto the famed Colle del Finestre, a long but exceptionally picturesque climb that leads onto the Strada dell'Assietta. After descending from the Assietta there's a brief climb up to Montgenevre through a unique tunnel before arriving at Briancon's fortified old town. After a few km of climbing the early stages of the Izoard climb out of Briancon it's time to decide on which section to take next - the wild Col de Peas 'rough stuff' route or the classic Col d'Izoard?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

      • July 26, 2019

  10. The Torino-Nice Rally planned a gravel ride.

    July 23, 2019

    05:50
    37.1 mi
    6.4 mph
    5,725 ft
    6,550 ft
    Elaine, ohag and Ollie D. like this.
    1. The Torino-Nice Rally

      Stage 5.2 - Col Tende / Colle di Tenda, France-Italy border to Col de Turini France.Filename '5.2 TNR Tende-SBs-Turini'.This is the way to go if you want to ride the famous Col Tende switchbacks descent to Tende. The shorter route down from the Col to Tende town takes in the famous, countless switchbacks of the Col Tende / Colle di Tenda south side before the big climb to the Fort de la Forca and the Col de Turini.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 after taking this route as a shorter-cut. Restaurants are the main options, though there is a Spar shop in Tende itself. Worth studying the options on the map.The Torino-Nice Rally route is the same as used for the Torino-Nice Rally annual event, now in it's 4th year. The event and route management is by the Torino-Nice Rally Limited, a non-profit group run in support of Smart Shelter Foundation. Smart Shelter Foundation successfully developed methods to build earthquake-resistant buildings using local materials in Asia, mainly in Nepal, and are now testing and developing those methods for wider use.
      (smartshelterfoundation.org/what-we-do and torino-nice.weebly.com/smart-shelter.html)
      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

      • July 23, 2019

About The Torino-Nice Rally

Ride 700km from Turin to Nice via the high altitude roads and stradas of the France-Italy border.

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