Colle della Maddalena/Col de Larche
The road on the French side leads to the Colle della Maddalena/Col de Larche (CD900) is subject to a movement restriction of about four kilometres, cyclists and pedestrians cannot go along the stretch of the Rocahille, between the intersection of Gleizolles (St Paul sur Ubaye) and the town of Meyronnes. This ban (departmental resolution 2003 Dstd 215) applies to both uphill and downhill. It is therefore mandatory to use a motor vehicle to transport bicycles and cyclists on this stretch of road in both directions.
Information: Maison technique du Conseil Général des Alpes de Haute Provence in Barcelonnette: 00 33 (0)4 92 80 70 00 Syndicat d’initiatives in Larche: 00 33 (0)4 92 84 33 58.
Tunnel di Tenda
The Colle di Tenda cannot be cross with a road bike because the track running through it is not paved. The tunnel passes under the hill, along more than three kilometres, is forbidden to cyclists. Alternatively, you can use the Cuneo-Tenda-Nizza railway line (the famous “Treno delle Meraviglie”), which provides for the carriages of bicycles in tow. Take timetables into account when planning the trip. A ticket of two euro and ten minutes journey between the stations of Limone and Vievola with about eight trains a day in both directions
Updated schedule on the website: www.ter-sncf.com/paca. Practical information Limone Tourist Office: (00 39) 0171 92 95 15, Tenda Tourist Office: (00 33) (0)4 93 04 73 71.
Mountain Biking in the Parks
Mountain biking in the Parc National du Mercantour
To preserve the integrity of the environment, it is forbidden to mountain bike on certain trails in the central area of the Park. However, access to some of the tracks is permitted under certain conditions: for more information, consult: http://www.mercantour.eu
Mountain biking in the Parco naturale delle Alpi Marittime
In the Maritime Alps, it is possible to go mountain biking over all marked routes, but be careful to avoid off-road shortcuts and always give the right-of-way to pedestrians.
Not just Grand Tour
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The Dipartimento delle Alpes Maritimes offers many cycle routes suitable for both seasoned athletes, who can grapple with the Grand Tour delle Alpi Marittime Mercantour, families and those who are new to mountain biking; all of whom have 6 new tracks on the road with distances ranging from 6 to 68 kilometers.
A totally of seven new reported routes in the summer of 2012, were completed during the holidays and in the departmental animation devoted to two wheels. Between the French Riviera, the high hills of the Mercantour, and the Maritime Alps, the streets are enclosed overlooking extraordinary breathtaking scenery. Do not forget your camera! For tour information, on hospitality and events: http://www.cg06.fr
The Alpes Maritimes are also suitable mountain biking terrain, with five VVT-FFC certified areas boasting hundreds of mil-marked trails. But, the real strength of the department is the ability to create unique paths that start in the French Riviera and reach the alpine valleys of Mercantour. Choose you itinerary at: http://www.randoxygene.org.
In the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, the bicycle is the true queen of the roads in the Verdone and Ubaye Valleys, in the plains abounding in lavender. In collaboration with the Fédération française de cyclotourisme, the department offers seventeen circuits of various lengths, from 37 to 100 km, and all difficulties. From the olive groves of Forcalquier to the Mercantour marmots, the paths through picturesque villages, along the gorges of Verdon and then take off to the highest road in Europe, up to the Bonette peak (2802 m). For mountain biking lovers, the Department proposes the “Alpes-Provence”, the “TransVerdon” and the “Chemins du Soleil”, three itineraries, each a full week, fully marked and safe. These routes, certifies by the French federation of Cycling, fall within the eight largest mountain bike crossings into France. For practical information on the routes: http://www.alpes-haute-provence.com-
The Cuneo Province, characterized by a dense network of secondary roads that meander through the plains, the Langhe and the Alp, is an ideal destination for two wheels. It has an enhanced tourism heritage, especially around the capital, with specific signs (in brown) of the Federazione Italiana Amici della Bicicletta. Of particular interest is the “Distretto ciclistico cuneese” project by the ATL and the Cônitours Association, which has given rise to a network of trails for both road bikes and mountain bikes, connecting hotels that offer dedicated services: bicycle supplies and information materials, bike storage, corner shop and sports menu. Do not forget that the Province of Cuneo is a regular destination of the Giro d’Italia, the Tour de France and famous races such as the Fausto Coppi, il giro delle Valli Monregalesi or the Bra-Bra... http://www.cuneobikehotels.com e http://www.cuneoholiday.com