May 6, 2009 - 4.0
Note to Brutus66 and Ron1340:
Brutus66, the road you mention is the actual Colle di Tenda road that was in use before the opening of the tunnel in year 1882 (yes, 1882!). Riding it is probably better from north to south, taking it on the Italian side some 100 m before the tunnel entrance. If you dare to experience a twice-as-much spectacular road, which we call the Via del Sale (Salt Route), go up the above mentioned Colle di Tenda road and, near the very top, take the only road going eastwards. Its an old unpaved and rough military road that follows the - unmarked - Italian-French border all the way down to the seaside. Be aware that completing the whole of it requires good off-road riding skills. I did it some ten years ago on a Gilera RC600 and I judge the Colla di Marta section too demanding to be done with my heavier current ride (Cagiva Gran Canyon). This said, I recommend to try at least the first section as far as you can go before turning back. Only feasible during summer months.
Ron1340, I received your private message and Im going to reply to you. If I find time, I may publish on this website some itineraries of interest and let you know.