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This was one of the best rides of the year. Back in June, I road-biked the paved part here — ending at roughly metres this climb starts very low: m. But an unpaved road goes much higher. Aosta, Italy is a mecca for uphill cyclists. For more climbs in the Aosta region see here. In my visit, I detailed the paved stretch. Above Champorcher Old road to avoid a tunnel nearing end of paved road. This le to a sort of narrow, hilly plateau. There are a few old farm buildings, some in ruins, some still in service. The road gets rougher. I occasionally pushed, but always soon got back on the pedals.
Hence the French sounding lake name. There is a very small dam at one edge now to manage water levels, etc. I made a loop on a hiking trail around the lake. I had my hybrid bike, which was fine, but I must admit during long stretches of the descent I would have appreciated a mountain bike. I loved this ride. The deserted upper stretches are fantastic, and remember: no-one likes rides to high alpine lakes and dams more than me — see here for some more. Disclosure : I am getting less and less interested in riding my road bike.
Not one car passed me after the 14 km point Champorcher. Looks fantastic!
Looking forward! Hi Julien, Thanks for the comment. I have to think about this. In general, I seem to mix and confuse mountain bike and gravel rides. For example this post it could have been either. It was a gravel road …. Separately, I am starting to get disillusioned with disk brakes on huge, huge descents.
I just wear them out so often, and am lousy at changing them so end up at the LBS. As I mentioned before, mechanical disk brakes are the ultimate solution. Avid BB7s give excellent braking and are the easiest disc brakes to adjust and change the p because there is no hydraulic system to mess around with. On the organizational side, if I may ask the question, where did you stay those past days while riding Looking for Champorcher morning post Champorcher fun the Aoste region?
Once again, thanks for the amazing articles and pictures, really looking forward to reading your report on the Colle del Nivolet! Ha, very good point. I thought of this as I was riding Nivolet yesterday. FWIW, Nivolet is a fairly mediocre road to cycle until about 27 kilometres to go. Narrow, blind corners, local cars. Of course after …. You are right that the lower part of Nivolet is not a great road to ride due to the traffic, but the only time I did it then I was starting around 7am on Sunday morning, so it was pretty quiet for a while at least, but did get busier later on.
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