Seriuosly tight switchbacks here, not for the faint-hearted
Very nice road with lots of fine views, Marmots at the top.
BUT the northern/ western half to Colmars is very narrow, rough with subsidence and huge rain gulleys across the road, what a contrast.
Which is why I rated this road just up from St Martins to the top
Tight, twisty, covered in pine cones, almost no traffic thankfully.
Why wouldn't you cut out a large section of main road to ride this spectacular road?
Rolling wooded countryside with a glorious twisty road through the middle. Avallon is a nice town to stop the night
Use: All bikes (On/Off road type recommended)
Start from Limassol (can approach either A1 from Nicosia or A5 from Larnaka or A6 from Pafos) and take road E601 passing through the villages of Agios Ambrosios, Kissousa, Arsos and finally to Agios Nikolaos. At Ag. Nikolaos seek information for directions to the bridges of Tselefos and Elia. The road towards the bridges is paved (which found me to fully disagree because it lost its natural heritage) and passes through a great nature especially in winter/spring seasons. At Tselefos bridge nature also is fantastic, if you have an on/off bike you can cross the little river passing under the bridge and take the dirt road to another bridge, Rhoudias bridge. After Rhoudias bridge you can continue to the abandon village of Kilinia and then to Pendalia village. At Pendalia there is an old beautiful located renovated monastery down to the wide valley of Xeros river, the monastery is called Sintis. You can continue through the valley for some distance and you can enjoy a marvelous nature and remoteness feeling. It's a great route for on/off bikes and highly recommended (try to avoid summer season).
If you select to continue from Tselefos bridge through the paved road in a while you will reach Elia bridge, not so great like the other ones but the route passes from it. After the bridge, just a few minutes, there is a junction, select to go left to visit some remote forgotten villages which they have something to show to the curious explorer.
Notes: great route through nature / fill up tanks as often as you can / not many facilities in the area.
For this short stretch the road climbs and falls with plenty of S bends, some tight others open
The famous la Bonnette road, believed to be the highest pass in Europe. Spectacular views and a great view from the top.
This a rare one-sided pass from Italy up into Switzerland. A busy road but wide and easy to overtake.Stacked tree-lined hairpins on the Italian side, a huge lake and promenading Swiss at the top.
As there is a motorway alternative to this pass there isnt that much traffic and as the surface is good mostly and there are loads of hairpins it makes a nice road for bikes (if a bit narrow in places) The straight section of road between Hinterrhein and Sufurs joins up the two most interesting bits.
Not a very well-known pass but its a beauty. Great tarmac and good visibilty make this pass to one where you can really open the trottle if you get the chance. In the beginning it is pretty straight forward but pretty fast after the Italian border the sharp turns and switchbacks build up rapidly. When descending into Italy, you will arrive at a T-junction. If you want to be thrilled beyond believe go left (i.e. the direction which is forbidden for trucks and campers). You will find a steep descend into various blind corners in and out of tunnels on a narrow road. Not for the faint-hearted or mountain-newbies, but a challenge for the advanced riders.
When arriving in Chiavenna, follow the SS37 back into Switzerland to the Maloja-pass and Julier-pass: both open and insanely fast.
Experience on a drive of 35km, with numerous gentle bends, a unique high-mountain region in the heart of the largest spruce, larch and arolla pine forest in the eastern Alps.
OK thats what the leaflet says about this toll road.
Theres sections of forest that are twisty with no visibility, a couple of car parks where people wander in the roads, and cows and there mess.
But its a cracking road reaching 2042m, several cafe/restaurants, free biker safes to store you helmet.
More at http://www.nockalmstrasse.at/en/
A unique scenery pass with 48 hairpins most of them paved. There are signs in every hairpin counting up to 48.
Some spectacular views and good hairpins in places but generally quite narrow and dangerous for overtaking. The road twists and turns on the ascent/descent and is picturesque, but visibility of oncoming traffic is not the best. Also be on the lookout for animal droppings as I saw some.
everyone should ride this road once just to scare yourself to death. The drops off the side are truly gut churning and the little 2 foot high walls arent going to stop you! Its constant hairpin after hairpin, the northern side is well surfaced, the south is pretty bumpy. The views are spectacular (if you dare to get close to the edge), one of those roads youre really glad you did but think once is enough. Sospel, at teh southern end, has a brilliant road going SW to Nice and NE up towars Italy. The road South from Lantosque is pretty good too so it would make a great day loop. The Monte Carlo rally uses the Col de Turini every year, the thought of going round there flat out on pace notes is frightening.
After stocking up on fresh fruit and other supplies in the
open air market we left Bageneres de Luchon after a boozy
one night stay in a fabulously cheap and comfortable hotel
called 'Le Panoramicâ'.
It was a glorious sunny morning as we headed off for Arreau via the Col de Peyresourde. We would also be crossing the Col de Aspin later in the day but that's posted on another route here.
The D618 leaves Bagneres and winds it way through some great scenery and greenery and visits a few country villages on the way as it steadily climbs to the summit at some 1569 metres. The surface was in tip-top condition on our visit and the corners had everything you needed for maximum enjoyment on a Sport Touring level.
There were bends of all types but they could not detract from the beauty of the surroundings. There are far more spectacular places in the world but I'm thankfully easily pleased. I really enjoyed this route and would travel this road again should the opportunity arise. Hope you enjoy the photos
Wide and well marked with a nice surface. Some mud and muck on road in places thanks to the local cows, but these are few.
Rises nicely on a good, wide surface with nice corners and stunning views. After Gourette the road continues rising but the surface deteriorates so it's not as nice to ride.
Can't say anything about this famous road. The fog didn't let us enjoy either the road or the view :( Just adding some foggy photosâ€¦
The D132 becoming the NA137 at the Spanish end. An excellent technical section with some occasional mud on road. Nonetheless, very rewarding if you get it right.
Great road along the side of a lake, you can make it to Jaca from Bilbao in a day which is a good place to explore the pyrenees from.
Great road leading up to the roncal pass, the roads surface is excellent low down but can be quite bad towards the top where the snow has broken up the tarmac over winter. The pass can be closed until late may so check first but it is well worht it as the road back down into france is just as good.
3 small passes finishing up with the most spectacular view of the Picos and La Hermida, just turn east at Pineres 43.241567N 4.561408W to find the viewpoint. 500 meters above the road and river below, the peak across the road is 700 meters above it.