victor wrote:Mission accomplished, I think. I found a nice hotel in Modane, and also determined (via emailed question) that they provide secure bicycle storage. It's the Hôtel le Commerce
Ghislain wrote:Victor - not that you asked, and you probably know all this already, but in my mind Modane is at the 'end' of the valley.
Heading east from Modane is a climb up towards Lansleburg, then going either the Iseran or Mont Cenis (Italy). Both really lovely, but it's a main road climb for a while. And the road west from Modane to St Michael isn't great - biggish, busy.
Depending on which climbs you're targeting most of course, I'd lean toward staying in St-Jean or St Michel as they are both on the well-known Telegraph/Galibier/Glandon-Croix de Fer loop, and are closer to Col du Madeleine, while St Jean has some interesting climbs as well, most notably La Toussuire (famous as the climb Floyd Landis blew up on, the day before he drugged up and blew the peloton away).
Modane as a town is also a little 'subdued' compared to St Jean.
But you'll have a hoot whatever you do.
Ghislain wrote:Fair enough. You can't really go wrong in that valley.
Cenis is a nice climb, particularly around the lake at the top, and the refuge at the top is run by lovely elderly couple. If you're up for a little more distance the ride down to Susa is a ripper on relatively new tarmac and from there you can climb gravel or road up to Sestriere and / or hop over to Briancon and then back over Galibier to your valley to complete the loop. But that's all probably an overnight journey!
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