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I did that pass last year but going the other direction (From Nice up to Turin) we lucked out and a very kind Italian with a pick up offered us a lift through the tunnel so we managed to avoid that trecherous gravel road! Good luck with the rest of your cycle Andrew 🙂
That descent looks incredible, if the view up on the other side was the same I don’t think I’d have made it. How do you manage to slog all the way up those mountains? While I’m on your blog, I’d like to mention http://www.blueonabike.com Everyone take a look Neil Baker has ridden, completely self supported from the tip of South America to Alaska for his chosen charity. A fantastic achievement, you all will agree, if you can, make a donation on his just giving page. Sorry for hi-jacking your blog for that little message.
Good luck with the spokes. Enjoy the ride down you have earned this pleasure by doing the climb.
The spokes survived but it was a rough ride down the hill from the pass. Full details in the update tomorrow morning.