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Ancien Fortress de Pattacreuse – My Biking Problem

Ancien Fortress de Pattacreuse – My Biking Problem


I’m nonetheless right here! I’ve been principally using in the neighborhood or visiting within reach larger climbs that I’ve written about perpetually (Joux Airplane, Croix Fry, Colombière, and so on). However thank-you for all of the sort emails being concerned about me! 🙂

Here’s a new a laugh journey. An unpaved trip as much as Col du Mont Cenis and its lake then up upper to the Ancien Fortress de Pattacreuse (2385m). I began in Lanslebourg precisely initially of the ten km paved climb to Mont Cenis, however right away jumped onto a excellent high quality unpaved highway. It’s every now and then slightly steep, however very non violent and excellent biking. It’s the similar path that would result in Pas de Beccia (2717 metres) by the use of Fortress de los angeles Turra

However at more or less 2100 metres I’d flip left and in short sign up for the paved highway slightly below Col du Mont Cenis (2085 metres).


Simply after the col, I’d get off the primary highway and head against Col du Petit Mont Cenis,however temporarily get onto the gravel highway that runs alongside the west facet of Lac du Mont Cenis.

I’ve carried out a number of large rides to and excessive above Lac du Mont Cenis. Please see the ground of this put up for a map and hyperlink to the 3 paved routes and a host of in reality very good excessive unpaved stuff.

Up till this level it have been a fairly large trip, however the true a laugh used to be about to start out. Drawing near the a long way finish of the lake I became up onto on previous army highway in OK situation. Hairpins in all places. Right here let me admit that I had made a mistake. The plan have been to trip to Fortress Malamot, some other previous fortress however perched at over 2900 metres. I had made a unsuitable flip however when I realised the mistake I used to be too delighted with the perspectives to show round!


The previous fortress used to be constructed within the overdue 1800’s. It’s perched at 2385 metres and principally ruins. I appeared round at a mountain climbing path past however didn’t see an inexpensive trade path to move upper or descend so I doubled go into reverse the way in which I had climbed.

I explored additional south alongside the lake and located the path to Fortress Malamot however frankly I used to be drained and determined it used to be an journey for some other day. 🙁

There used to be no mobile phone provider however I knew my spouse had parked close to the dam and had long gone mountain climbing so I rode onto the dam and ran into her. So the path at the map simply has me finishing right here. When you had to descend, I’d counsel keeping off the busy paved east facet of the lake if it’s summer season. My plan if I couldn’t in finding my spouse used to be to mainly double again all of the method to the start.

At the dam

Extra Mont Cenis Rides

Please talk over with the item Lac du Mont Cenis: A Detailed Glance for a marginally of historical past and main points of the three paved routes (together with a lesser identified large a laugh second approach up from Italian facet). Additionally a number of of my completely favorite super-high unpaved rides. The pictures under are me seeking to persuade you to click on the hyperlink. 🙂

View of Lac du Mont Cenis from Pas de los angeles Beccia
Col de los angeles Met
Mont-Froid at more or less 2800 metres



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