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jameso

Member since Oct 2013 • Last active Oct 2021
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  • in Rides & Races
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    Bit of an update. Got the re-routes done now, info via TNR website if of interest.

    Tende switchbacks have re-opened to cyclists.

    The damaged Roya valley is passable but has a 1-way traffic system, this from a local rider recently:

    Along the road you have many parts that have been temporarily repaired
    with gravel sections, not a problem for a TNR rider! The big problem
    in this valley is that, between Saint-Dalmas and Fontan you have a 6
    km long portion where traffic is one direction at a time.

    At night and on week-ends, cars can go every hour between h00 to h15
    from Saint-Dalmas to Fontan, and between h30 to 0h45 in the other
    direction. On weekdays the road is blocked for works and only one
    crossing at 12h00 downwards and 12h30 upwards is allowed from 07h00 to
    17h00.

    I don’t know how it will be in September but seen the numbers of parts
    of the road that have to be repaired, it would be surprising if it was
    different. Maybe one may consider taking the train in Tende, it’s free
    all this summer (but there are not many unfortunately).

    Riders would need to respect the roadworks and the instructions they find there at the time - it's about safety as much as the reputation of riders. It's a downhill section, on gravel at the moment before the road is fully repaired, and traffic that way is reduced so I doubt it'll be a problem to ride through that 6km section.

    You might need to plan for the roadwork delay so you aren't late to Nice if you have a flight to catch.
    There are shortcut routes included from this area and from the Col Turini and the cafes in La Brigue are really nice if you have some time to relax there. I sat in the small park by the church for breakfast the last 2 rally rides.

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    "The disc brake versions include more internal clearance up to 38mm tires, and can also be custom trimmed for rim brake bikes sporting larger tires."
    gravel compatible https://bikerumor.com/2018/09/25/null-wi­nds-aerodefender-carbon-aero-fenders-sli­ce-headwinds-faster-than-aero-wheels/

  • in Rides & Races
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    Not envious at all : ) PM / mssg via the TNR site if you've not seen the route files by then, will send them over. Plus I should have edited the cue notes by then.

  • in Rides & Races
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    Quick update. The road repairs in the Roya valley are progressing well, updates available here
    https://www.inforoutes06.fr/

    Some sections are on a 1-way alternating system.

    The re-route needed to navigate the Tende area damage isn't as dramatic as I thought it may need to be. The shorter way off the Tende down the switchbacks is out for now, sadly. The Via del Sale section is now the standard route rather than a longer option and other options before and after it will shorten the route if needed. It's worth it though, a real highlight of the route -

    In the Roya valley the lower section of the old route to the Fort de la Forca is closed, revised route goes up an alternative road to reach the same gravel track for the last 9km or so to the Fort de la Forca. It's still a big climb with 1700m gain and the new road section looks more than ok -

    New route collection due onto komoot soon, new route cards and DIY TNR patches available late June onwards.

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    Near Redbourne? Think I recognise it.

  • in Cycle Touring and Bikepacking
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    Yes that highest pass does look like a tough one. Certainly MTB terrain there. Anything that comes up a dotted red line on the OSM Cycle layer is MTB/hike, that and the gradient are the useful signs I think.

  • in Cycle Touring and Bikepacking
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    Browsed the WIP route, section around 160-170km area looks interesting.

  • in Cycle Touring and Bikepacking
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    Sounds good. Andy Cox / doubletrackfanatic on IG has been riding a lot of this kind of terrain in the last couple of years, I think his routes are on Komoot.

    Have a look on dangerousroads.org, that's a great resource for gravel passes and interesting roads.

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    Not sure he's really getting to the pro/con point in that video is he. The weight gain thing is a weak argument against 700C, it's only ~7% more than a 650B rim and tyre. 150g, 150ml of water in a bottle.
    Structural concerns? Nah.
    Geometry concerns maybe, if you're really after something that feels quite road-like or a shorter rider with some specific geometry wants. That mix of geometry and ride feel influence is the main decision maker I think. Gravel bikes do seem to be used around the tipping point between 'Road Plus' and light XC 29er.

    But not needing roll-over because you 'steer round bumps not ride over them'? What can I say.

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