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stevepurser

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Member Since : February 28, 2009
Region : South East England and London, United Kingdom
Motorcycle : Sprint ST 1050
Best Route Ever Ridden : D978 Chateau Chinon to Autun
Website : https://www.bestbikingroads.com

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N88 : Le Puy-en-Velay - Mende & A75 via Pradelles

Auvergne > France > Europe
March 6, 2009 - 4 star route rating Motorcycle Road4.5

This is a great stretch of road. Heading south out of Le Puy on the N88 the road climbs out of the town and up onto the plateau. The first 35km or so to Pradelles offers good scenery, fairly straight smooth roads without too much traffic and make a nice warm up for what lies ahead. At Pradelles continue on the N88 towards Mende. The road ebbs and flows, rises and falls and generally gives a good 50km of smooth sweeping corners on an excellent road surface with some fantastic scenery (if youve got time to look). It peaks at 1264m at the Col de la Pierrre Plantee just south of Chateauneuf-du-Randon. The descent from the Col into Mende is briliant; the road starts with long open curves broken by occasional valley corner bends where you need to scrub off some speed and pop your knee down before batting off on the next part of the run down the hill. The further down you get, the better the corners are and once you pick up the valley of the river Lot and the railway line the corners come quicker and sharper. Mende itself was only a passthrough for me - lots of traffic lights and a dirty great one way system. Continuing out still on the N88 the road snakes its way back towards the A75 at Le Monastier Pin Mories. Still following the river Lot this road was busier and less impressive but formed the final leg of an excellent detour avoiding 115km of the A75 from Brioude.


N102 : Brioude - Vergongheon - Le Puy-En-Velay

Auvergne > France > Europe
February 28, 2009 - 3 star route rating Motorcycle Road3.0

A reasonable route into the Auvergne, coming off the A75 at Brioude and rising up into the hills. A good road surface, mostly straight with sections of dual carriageway at the Brioude end, followed by a few ups and downs then getting more interesting with more corners and better views as the road rises towatds Le Puy. Stay on the N102 to get into the nice town for good selection of food, hotels or just fuel and a coffee. Theres great views of the castle on the way in (photos to follow). From Le Puy theres 4 main routes out, all of which have good stories of their own to tell... Le Puys a good town to use as a base for day rides out.


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N81 / D981 : Nevers - Autun

Bourgogne (Burgundy) > France > Europe
February 28, 2009 - 2 star route rating Motorcycle Road2.5

A good east/west route between the Loire and Rhone valleys. Once out of Nevers and through Imphy (bypass under construction summer 08), the road opens out into an average rural French D road to Decize. Stop in Decize for refreshments by the canal or either of the 2 rivers (Aron & Loire). Your best to get onto the one way system and then cross the long bridge over the old dry river (signposted Moulins) for the town centre proper, shops and cafes. Alternatively carry on round to the left and out of town towards Autun.
The road from Decize opens out with fast straight sections between open bends. Theres a few crests and junctions between Fours and Luzy where you might be advised to stick to the speed limit but otherwise its a good surface and not very busy (unless theres a big race on at Magny Cours). Luzy to Autun is more of the same really, quick, quiet, uncomplicated French D-roads (ex N-road) with nice views of the Morvan National Park and Mont Beuvray to the left - plenty of local lanes lead off up into the hills if you fancy a detour.
A lovely and still largely unspoilt part of the world.


N81 / D981 : Nevers - Autun

Bourgogne (Burgundy) > France > Europe
February 28, 2009 - 2 star route rating Motorcycle Road2.5

A good east/west route between the Loire and Rhone valleys. Once out of Nevers and through Imphy (bypass under construction summer 08), the road opens out into an average rural French D road to Decize. Stop in Decize for refreshments by the canal or either of the 2 rivers (Aron & Loire). Your best to get onto the one way system and then cross the long bridge over the old dry river (signposted Moulins) for the town centre proper, shops and cafes. Alternatively carry on round to the left and out of town towards Autun.
The road from Decize opens out with fast straight sections between open bends. Theres a few crests and junctions between Fours and Luzy where you might be advised to stick to the speed limit but otherwise its a good surface and not very busy (unless theres a big race on at Magny Cours). Luzy to Autun is more of the same really, quick, quiet, uncomplicated French D-roads (ex N-road) with nice views of the Morvan National Park and Mont Beuvray to the left - plenty of local lanes lead off up into the hills if you fancy a detour.
A lovely and still largely unspoilt part of the world.


D978 Nevers - Chateau Chinon

Bourgogne (Burgundy) > France > Europe
February 28, 2009 - 4 star route rating Motorcycle Road4.0

A nice flowing east/west route through the Bourgogne countryside, part of a good touring route linking the Loire and Rhone Valleys. Good surface with large sections resurfaced summer 2008, good visibility and pleasant views.
The best section is the last 2-3km approaching Chateau Chinon. An uphill section with smooth grippy surface and constant radius 90-180° corners. Stop in Chateau Chinon for refreshment, enjoy the view, then go back down the hill to do it all again! (beware, much heavier braking needed on the way down - its steeper than you think).


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