I’m nonetheless right here! I’ve been primarily using regionally or visiting close by greater climbs that I’ve written about endlessly (Joux Aircraft, Croix Fry, Colombière, and many others). However thank-you for all the sort emails worrying about me! 🙂
Here’s a new enjoyable journey. An unpaved journey as much as Col du Mont Cenis and its lake then up increased to the Ancien Fort de Pattacreuse (2385m). I began in Lanslebourg precisely at first of the ten km paved climb to Mont Cenis, however instantly jumped onto a superb high quality unpaved street. It’s at instances fairly steep, however very peaceable and good biking. It’s the similar route that might result in Pas de Beccia (2717 metres) through Fort de la Turra
Simply after the col, I’d get off the principle street and head in direction of Col du Petit Mont Cenis,however rapidly get onto the gravel street that runs alongside the west aspect of Lac du Mont Cenis.
I’ve carried out a number of enormous rides to and excessive above Lac du Mont Cenis. Please see the underside of this publish for a map and hyperlink to the three paved routes and a bunch of really excellent excessive unpaved stuff.
Up till this level it had been a reasonably large journey, however the true enjoyable was about to start. Approaching the far finish of the lake I turned up onto on previous navy street in OK situation. Hairpins all over the place. Right here let me admit that I had made a mistake. The plan had been to journey to Fort Malamot, one other previous fort however perched at over 2900 metres. I had made a improper flip however as soon as I realised the error I used to be too thrilled with the views to show round!
The previous fort was constructed within the late 1800’s. It’s perched at 2385 metres and primarily ruins. I appeared round at a mountain climbing path past however didn’t see an inexpensive alternate path to go increased or descend so I doubled again down the way in which I had climbed.
I explored additional south alongside the lake and located the path to Fort Malamot however frankly I used to be drained and determined it was an journey for one more day. 🙁
There was no cellular phone service however I knew my spouse had parked close to the dam and had gone mountain climbing so I rode onto the dam and ran into her. So the route on the map simply has me ending right here. For those who wanted to descend, I’d counsel avoiding the busy paved east aspect of the lake if it’s summer season. My plan if I couldn’t discover my spouse was to mainly double again all the way in which to the start.
Extra Mont Cenis Rides
Please go to the article Lac du Mont Cenis: A Detailed Look for a contact of historical past and particulars of the three paved routes (together with a lesser identified tremendous enjoyable 2nd approach up from Italian aspect). Additionally a number of of my completely favorite super-high unpaved rides. The pictures under are me attempting to persuade you to click on the hyperlink. 🙂