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The 1st Torino-Nice Rally, anyone?

Postby jameso » Sat Nov 21, 2015 4:21 pm

Got the event poster finished.

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(edit - basic site now up, http://torino-nice.weebly.com/ )

For anyone interested in mixed terrain routes, the plan is to run a version of our Turin-Nice last summer as a rally ride / checkpoint-free Randonee. Same basis as any other self-supported event with the idea being that it's not particularly biased to any one type of bike or rider, from memory approx 50% of riding time is on tarmac including a couple of big cols linking sections of high altitude stradas, hence the 'Rally' idea. A few sections would be tough going on a light CX bike but faster than on a mountain bike over many other sections so it makes bike and tyre choice interesting. It's probably under 5 full days if you're quick, 7-8 if you take it easy. There is a fair bit of climbing - 25,000m or so at a guess, a lot of riding above 2000m.

Ideally it'll be early summer, date tbc based on suiting a few interested entrants. I'm keen to ride it again and will refine the route to take in the best of what we found. Molini di Triora pool will be staying in for anyone wanting a wash/dip before arriving in Nice!

No Spot requirements, could set up a tracker page if there's interest. I'll provide a cue sheet and GPX well ahead of the start. Some sort of site due when I figure that out. Just judging interest for now.

A few pics for a fair idea of terrain, there's also a trip report in the Trips and Adventures forum.

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Postby Chew » Sat Nov 21, 2015 4:58 pm

Very interested James.

Keen to get a foreign adventure in next year.

Would need to work out logistics and stuff, but that could all be sorted later.
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Postby gairym » Sat Nov 21, 2015 6:04 pm

Also VERY interested (dependent on date clashes with other stuff).

Looks bloody lovely and covers parts of Italy and France I've never ridden.
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Postby Gari » Sat Nov 21, 2015 7:10 pm

Yeh, interested myself, depending on how my medication works out :oops:
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Postby Scattamah » Sat Nov 21, 2015 7:17 pm

I'm interested in this. I think this would be more my style than HTR...and would save me from entering Navad.

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Postby Ian » Sat Nov 21, 2015 7:44 pm

Like the look of that, a lot.

700km in 5 days if you're quick. Really? That would imply it's quite tough going then...
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Postby Chicken Legs » Sat Nov 21, 2015 8:36 pm

Looks like an interesting ride and only 9 hours back to London from Nice on the Eurostar :-bd
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Postby ton » Sat Nov 21, 2015 9:43 pm

that looks like the makings of a cracking weeks holiday. interested.
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Postby JerseyMountainBiker » Sat Nov 21, 2015 10:04 pm

Looks great - certainly interested.
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Postby jameso » Sun Nov 22, 2015 12:13 am

Ian wrote:Like the look of that, a lot.

700km in 5 days if you're quick. Really? That would imply it's quite tough going then...


Averagely quick and enjoying French/Italian lunches or social bivies, rather than 'proper quick' : ) The climbing per 24hr period would make it hard if you aimed for ~2.5 days and there's a lot of riding high up. It's not inherently hard though.

http://torino-nice.weebly.com/

I put 3-7 days here. Just a guide.
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Postby Pirahna » Sun Nov 22, 2015 1:22 am

Just a random thought (I've been on the red wine), if the start date isn't set why not set it to follow on from something else, I'm thinking the Tuscanny Trail.
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Postby FLV » Sun Nov 22, 2015 12:45 pm

Looks great. I'm certainly interested but it would of course depend on the dates.
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Postby jameso » Mon Nov 23, 2015 12:08 am

Going for a start date of Friday June 17th. That gives us benefit of a full moon over the weekend, cheaper mid-week flights and just one weekend away. Avoids finishing in Nice on a weekend, for all but the fastest.
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Postby FLV » Mon Nov 23, 2015 12:41 am

I'm 'tentatively' in then.

June is a relatively good month for me.

More details please :grin:
(I know you may not have more details, but I still want more :-bd )
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Postby ZeroDarkBivi » Mon Nov 23, 2015 6:38 am

Looks very appealing.
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Postby Ian » Mon Nov 23, 2015 8:04 am

So two weeks recovery from the Highland Trail - that's enough, right? :???:
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Postby jameso » Mon Nov 23, 2015 9:28 am

FLV, good stuff. The site has the basics, it's a pretty simple site but covers most apart from the date and the route (ha..) the date is 17th June, the route is getting a few tweaks and will be sent out later. Any q's let me know. There's a 'Contact' page on the site that I'll use to collect emails for a group mail for the route and start details.

Ian, should be a warm, well-fed and pretty much HAB-free recovery ride then? :-bd
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Postby ianfitz » Mon Nov 23, 2015 9:35 am

Ian wrote:So two weeks recovery from the Highland Trail - that's enough, right? :???:


I'd love to come along but for the above reason won't make it for this edition. Body and family reasons rule it out I reckon.

Will save some annual leave for 2017 though :-bd
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Postby jameso » Mon Nov 23, 2015 10:22 am

Before I fix a date on the site, the other option would be the full moon of mid Sept, start date 14th. Less daylight and cooler, a nice time in the Alps usually. Any preferences for that as a sort of season-ender?
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Postby Chew » Mon Nov 23, 2015 10:30 am

Easy either way.

Personally i'd prefer a new moon. You get to see the stars and I dont have the moon shining in my face all night while trying to sleep.
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Postby jameso » Mon Nov 23, 2015 10:34 am

Good point. Early July or early Sept in that case.
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Postby Bearbonesnorm » Mon Nov 23, 2015 10:40 am

How hot is it likely to be early July?
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Postby jameso » Mon Nov 23, 2015 11:02 am

It was pretty hot in the far eastern area droppoing down to near Dronero and as we got close to the south coast in mid-late July last year, not unbearable but maybe 35 or so.
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Postby ctznsmith » Mon Nov 23, 2015 11:37 am

I could do it in Sept (funds allowing) but not June.
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Postby Artie Fufkin » Mon Nov 23, 2015 12:15 pm

Interested in his a lot!
Need to finalise dates, but the Sept. slot would probably work better for me.
All looks excellent though.
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