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What is happening in 2013?
2013 will see the Old Gits heading for Chamonix-Mont-Blanc in the Rhone-Alpes region of France. We'll be staying in the Hotel De L'Arve and enjoying some of the best roads in the world. Check out what www.bestbikingroards.com says is in store for us here.
When is the trip?
The hotel is booked from Thursday 23rd May to Wednesday 29th May (6 nights). Most of the Old Gits plan to catch a ferry from Dover to Calais early on the morning of Thursday 23rd May, then use the Péage to get from Calais to Chamonix in one day. With the luggage unloaded from the bikes the next 5 days will then be spent exploring the magnificent scenery, eating the local cuisine and sampling the local brews. An early start on Wednesday 29th May will have some of the Old Gits heading back up the Péage to Calais for a late afternoon/early evening ferry back to Dover and then home while others head off for further adventures in the Alps.
Who is coming?
There are 12 Old Gits coming on the 2013 trip:
All rooms are single occupancy and are booked for B&B.
What will it cost?
The hotel will cost 89 Euros per room per night. This price includes breakfast.
The ferry will cost £55 (correct as at 23/Mar/13)
Tolls will cost just over £80 and fuel for the journey Calais to Chamonix and back to Calias costing approximately £150 to £200 depening on how frugal your bike is and how gentle you are with your right hand. (More details here)
After that, there is the cost of fuel for the ride outs and food and drink for 7 days. You should allow £1200 to £1400 for the full 7 days.
What are the roads like?
The roads in the Alps are possibly some of the best riding roads in the world. www.breakdowncover.org defined their 19 best driving roads in the world and 3 of them are less the 200km from our hotel!
Grimsel Pass -- Switzerland
Located near Gletsch, Switzerland, the Grimsel Pass offers yet another spectacular hairpin climb up the Alps. The Grimsel Pass is 2165 m high and is a mountain pass between the valley of the Rhone River and the Haslital valley.
Nufenen Pass -- Switzerland
The Nufenen Pass is a high (2478 metres) mountain pass in the Swiss Alps.
With good all round visibility the Nufenen starts in the west alongside a wild stream leading into the hairpin sections as you begin your ascent up the mountain.
Just 107 miles across the Alps from
Oberalp Pass -- Switzerland
In the summer months, the Oberalp Pass provides an important link between Central Switzerland and the Graubünden Oberland and is popular among both car and truck drivers, as well as being a Mecca for motorcyclists.
In winter, on the other hand, the Oberalp Pass is closed to road traffic and the road itself used as a ski slope, toboggan run and hiking trail.
Just 124 miles across the Alps from Chamonix
Can I come on the next trip?
There is still a possibility of some space still being available so if you would like to join in with the Old Gits 2013 trip them please e-mail David Mc discuss your requirements (A deposit will be required.) If you are interested in joining us on future trips the please subscribe to our next trip e-mail list.
If you have any quiestions or would like more inforation about the 2013 trip, or anything else to do with the Old Gits, then please contact us and we'll do all we can to help.