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Route Napoleon
« on: 20 July, 2019, 12:11:17 PM »
As title suggests, going to be nipping across to France next month to ride the route Napoleon. For those that have done the route, How long does it take (including smoke breaks / pic taking opportunities and general sight seeing) and is there anything of particular interest worth stopping to see while on the route.

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Re: Route Napoleon
« Reply #1 on: 20 July, 2019, 12:46:25 PM »
It's around 200 miles so a leisurely day, only you know the pace you want to set,
plan on a day and you'll have plenty of time for breaks 

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Re: Route Napoleon
« Reply #2 on: 20 July, 2019, 02:36:10 PM »
Unless it's changed from around 20 years ago, I also found it a pretty hairy route. The road edges are marked either by a cliff face or a cliff drop, and on the drop side only a low concrete kerbstone with breaks in it (to allow rainwater to escape over the cliff).

Not an especially difficult route, but you certainly don't want to overcook it on this road. Course, it may have armco by now (if that's any better). Traffic the more likely problem.

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Re: Route Napoleon
« Reply #3 on: 20 July, 2019, 02:41:59 PM »
I've also ridden route Napoleon many times, beautiful ride but you must stop off at Castellane for a day to go ride the Verdon gorge, ride the inner & outer rings. Fantastic, then take a hike up to the Notre dame chapel & read the history of the town. There are several hotels in town & campsites one at 5 mins & one at 10 mins walking.

That is our campsite 1st pic, The chapel is top of rock in 2nd pic. It's about a 30 min walk to the top, views are brill.




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Re: Route Napoleon
« Reply #4 on: 20 July, 2019, 03:01:22 PM »
Pics of the views from the chapel & one of the lake half way round the gorge




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Re: Route Napoleon
« Reply #5 on: 20 July, 2019, 03:27:41 PM »
Excuse dates on 1st set of pics, battery in camera zonked & I forgot to reset the date.

Some pics around the gorge & chill out in the village.







I'm still trying to get the hang of this photo gallery, can ya tell
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Re: Route Napoleon
« Reply #6 on: 20 July, 2019, 09:33:16 PM »
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well that's about as good advice as it gets
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have to confess I just looked it up, never been  :008: but after seeing the pics will try and plan it in next year

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Re: Route Napoleon
« Reply #7 on: 21 July, 2019, 04:31:58 AM »
Thanks for the replys folks. I Didn't know about the Gorge at Verdon, so thanks for that Paul. The route (inner and outer ring) is now programmed into the Sat nag.
Looking forward to getting my ar@e over there now. I've been meaning to do the route Napoleon for the last 3 years now just never seem to have gotten round to it. Always some other road/route to do. Done the Route De Grande Alpes last year and meant to come back up the Route Napoleon but that trip got cut short.

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Re: Route Napoleon
« Reply #8 on: 21 July, 2019, 09:49:00 AM »
I've used this route (see link). Kaysersberg in a days ride 360 miles, m'way as far as Nancy, couple of nights stay for troughing French scran in town & a day riding the Ballons. Then off to Camp bottom of Grimsel pass. The route from there over the Grimsel then down through the valley gives great views of the Eiger & Matterhorn as you pass, then down through Chamonix to Doussard at the south end of Lake Annecy, a good stop for a few nights to ride the several passes in the area & take a day off on a bus into Annecy old town. Loadsa lovely places whichever way ya turn eh.

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Re: Route Napoleon
« Reply #9 on: 21 July, 2019, 10:11:00 PM »
Did Route Napoleon about 12 years ago on my Tuono. Would love to get back over again on the Tiger.
I agree with Pauls' advice about Castellane and the gorge routes too - all fantastic. Also Kaysersberg is a beautiful town to visit and the roads through the Vosges mountains worth doing too.