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GoranS



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PostSubject: 699 - Val Senales   Sat Jul 10, 2010 12:35 am

I have been looking at both a road atlas and at satellite images of the climb up Val Senales, and there seems to be a tunnel between the foot of the climb and the village Rattisio Vecchio (closer to the village than the foot of the climb). It appears to be 200-300 meters long. My concern is that there is a bend in the section that appears to be a tunnel and this could make it quite dark.

If there is anyone who has done this climb and knows whether it in fact is a tunnel and not just a gallery, I would be very grateful for the information. Also, if it indeed is a tunnel, would it be safe to ride it without lights or would you recommend me to mount lights on my bike before attempting it? If I can do without it without jeopardizing my safety, it would be nice. However, I much rather put on some lights than risk being run over inside a tunnel because the driver of a car does not see me.
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wim van els



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PostSubject: Re: 699 - Val Senales   Sun Jul 18, 2010 10:52 pm

At the beginning of the climb there is a pretty long tunnel. It is good lighted and there is not too much traffic. I have seen worse. I have learned to do what the local cyclist do when there is a tunnel. Just cycle through it. I never heard about accidents with cyclists in a tunnel, I supose people in a car keep there eyes on the road and are more carefull in tunnels.
For example towards col de Nivolet there is a tunnel 3,5 km long, steep and not to good lighted.
You always have to be carefull and keep right in spite of the rubish on the road.
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PostSubject: Re: 699 - Val Senales   Sun Jul 25, 2010 9:08 pm

Thanks for the information about the lighting. Perhaps I'll then skip the lights and just go for a white jersey and some caution.

By the way, after posting the question, I did see the tunnel at the beginning of the climb on Google maps.
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