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Old 08-28-2011, 08:05 AM   #1
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Ligurian Border Ridge Road (LGKS, Via del Sale, Route du Marguareis)

For those who are interested, here is a video from the Ligurian Border Ridge Road, along the border of Italy and France in the Maritime Alps:


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Old 08-28-2011, 12:44 PM   #2
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nice quality vid - it looks like you are going uphill all the time - is this correct or just the camera angle ?

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Old 08-28-2011, 06:07 PM   #3
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The Ligurian Border Ridge Road is also known as Via del Sale (Italian), Route du Marguareis (French) and Ligurische Grenzkammstraße or LGKS (German).

It is a 19th century military road that follows the border of Italy and France in the Maritime Alps. The route is 63 km long and most is above 2000 meters. It starts about 50 kilometers north of the Mediterranean Sea at Col de Tende and finishes at Col de Melosa to the southeast.

Here are Col de Tende and the LGKS on the Alps Motorcycle Guide (in German):

http://alpenrouten.de/Tenda-Colle-di..._point500.html

http://alpenrouten.de/Ligurische-Gre..._track57.html#

http://alpenrouten.de/Ligurische-Gre...d_track59.html

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Old 08-29-2011, 03:51 AM   #4
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that is some road
enjoyed the video and the vantage point
thanks for sharing
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Old 08-29-2011, 04:06 PM   #5
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Thanks for the comments. I don't remember the road being uphill all the time, so it must be angle of the camera. The video was taken with a GoPro without HD.

It was a day trip from Monaco, total about 220 kilometers, of which about 80 were offroad. I was riding with Michael Krumm, who by the way is a professional racing driver and currently leading the FIA GT1 World Championship in a Nissan GTR. However, he is definitely not a pro on a motorcycle yet (me neither).

Here's Mike at the top of Col de Tende:



A few shots from first section of the ride;











I think that we were within the Limone ski resort until the road was barricaded with this sign:



It all seemed good to go, so we scooted around the barrier and then a bit further on was a big hump of dirt and rocks. Here we walked to it and had a look back towards the bikes:



The penalty for failure was high here, but it was actually easy to ride over. We figured that it was a gate -- if you can get over this, then you are cool to do the LGKS.

The next section was harder, with loose rocks and rock steps. We didn't get very many photos, but here is one of Mike's bike resting on the most famous point of the LGKS, the Col de Boaire hairpin (2102 m):



My bike and I resting as well:



Mike's favorite trick to try to get a photo of you dropping your bike is to choose a demanding bit, preferably around a blind corner, and then park (or drop) his bike on the best line, stand on the other best line and surprise you with his camera.

And again a bit further on:



He should just use the side stand. (Highway Dirt Bikes hand guards.)

The ride was easier after Col de Boaire. That includes the section in the youtube video above.

Finally, we met 2 German gentlemen riders, one with a flat tire but no tire repair kit. Mike (who is also German) had a tire kit and was happy to help. First however, here they hang their heads in shame as Mike yells at them (in German) for going into the mountains unprepared:



(Joking.)

The last picture is of Mike's two-day old TKC rear tire:



Thanks for looking.

Cheers.

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Old 08-30-2011, 07:00 AM   #6
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And here is a collection of shorter videos, including some lowlights:



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Old 09-01-2011, 04:07 PM   #7
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Thanks for all the info. Willing to visit those tracks, probably next summer.
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Tyres needed ?

Gents, good info - thank you !

I'm gearing up to do this ride...enduro tyres (Metzeler Tourances) ok to do it, or knobbly's recommended ?
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Old 04-10-2014, 06:48 AM   #9
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Gents, good info - thank you !

I'm gearing up to do this ride...enduro tyres (Metzeler Tourances) ok to do it, or knobbly's recommended ?
Same question here?

BTW, nice pics!
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We were on Conti TKC tires but mixed tread should be okay. It's rocky but traction's not a problem.
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