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Old 05-29-2013, 06:02 AM   #1
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Stella Alpina 2013 - Anyone going?

I've not been before, but I've been wanting to go for 2 years. Hoping to make my wish come true this year!

For those that don't know:
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The 'Stella Alpina Motociclistica Internazionale', more commonly known as the Stella Alpina Rally (or just "The Stella"), has taken place in the Italian Alps every year since 1966.

With the exception of the very first Stella Alpina, the meeting has taken place every year in the Italian ski-resort town of Bardonecchia which is located close to the Italian border with France at the end of the Frejus tunnel that links the two countries.

Whilst the term "Rally" can conjure up thoughts of a competitive event, this description does not apply to the Stella Alpina. Largely organised throughout it's 40+ years' history by Turin BMW rider, Mario Artusio, the Stella is simply a meeting of motorcyclists (and pillion passengers) who share a common interest. Whilst the highlight of the event for many is the Sunday morning ride up the largely unsurfaced track to the (9872ft elevation) Colle del Sommeiller, the socialising over the whole weekend is also a major attraction.

Don't be put off by the prospect of riding off tarmac. The Stella is intended to offer road-riders an opportunity to experience roads which they would not generally; the track can be negotiated on any well-ridden road bike.

Interested? Then the date for your diary is the second Sunday in July (every year!).
http://www.stella-alpina.fsnet.co.uk/
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Old 05-30-2013, 06:18 AM   #2
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Yes,

Slovenia and the Dolomites first, then we'll head over to Bardonecchia for the Stella.

Try to make it, I'm sure you'll have a good time.
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Old 06-05-2013, 12:35 PM   #3
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Its in the plan

Riding up from Malaga .. Ferry from Barcalona to Livorna and up to the Stella ... Black and white F 650 Dakar ... What could possibley go wrong

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Old 06-10-2013, 05:06 AM   #4
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We did this a few years ago here's my video of it. Part 4 is the start of the ride up the mountain.


Part 1 http://youtu.be/FSabg6kR094

Part 2 http://youtu.be/k-9Ig54MQb0

Part 3 http://youtu.be/NUOtcTTt7Fw

Part 4 http://youtu.be/vLd79IWeDQs

part 5 http://youtu.be/PkQoJd1B1pM
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Old 06-10-2013, 12:25 PM   #5
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stella

You should really try and make it, I went last year and it was fantastic probably the best place I have camped and rode all on one day! Id put on some photos but i dont know how to lol

my little picture to the left is at the top or near the top couldnt get any higher because of the snow!
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Old 06-11-2013, 12:32 PM   #6
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Been last couple of years, absolutely gutted I can't make it this year.

Some great alpine passes en rtoute too.

Camp on the mountain for the full experience, camp is a few kms from the town centre but great atmosphere. Waking to the sound of the cowbells.
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Old 06-12-2013, 12:13 PM   #7
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These are the switchbacks just after the campground. Its a great ride, but be wary of traffic on the mountain - the hairpins are so rutted that they are basically one way. Also, the paths are often scattered with fist sized and larger rocks. Oil pan protection is a must.

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Old 06-14-2013, 12:34 PM   #8
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Talking Meet you there

After intending to go already for 4 years, finally everything looks align to join the Stella this year.

Going from the Netherlands, if theres anyone on the way we might join.

Excited with another great Motorcycle event to add to my basket of adventures.
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Old 06-23-2013, 12:23 PM   #9
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might have a wander down its about 6 hours from me.

beware is going thru the frejus tunnel its €24

edit:: price is now €27

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Old 06-23-2013, 03:51 PM   #10
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Skip the Frejus. Head west to south out of Bardo to the Col de l'echelle. That pass takes you to the 91 in the French Alps and then head northwest to the 902 - Col du Galibier of Tour fame. This will take you North to the Routes de Grandes Alpes.

Anyway, the Frejus on the bike is borderline crazy. the morning that I went through was hazy and the air quality was very poor.
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Old 06-23-2013, 04:39 PM   #11
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if you have the time great, also the cenis is an alternative.
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Old 06-24-2013, 10:39 AM   #12
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skip the frejus. Head west to south out of bardo to the col de l'echelle. That pass takes you to the 91 in the french alps and then head northwest to the 902 - col du galibier of tour fame. This will take you north to the routes de grandes alpes.

Anyway, the frejus on the bike is borderline crazy. The morning that i went through was hazy and the air quality was very poor.
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Old 07-03-2013, 05:35 AM   #13
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Been last year and going again this year, can´t wait!
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Old 07-17-2013, 05:07 AM   #14
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How was it??? I hate missing this one!!!
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Old 07-17-2013, 10:43 AM   #15
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Weather was perfect, but traffic was heavy.....4X4s and mountain bikes. The route ended much lower than previous years because of snow. Otherwise, another great Stella!
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