CP3: Nice

After passing Col de Tende riders will continue on the mountainous terrain heading southwest to Nice. There will be a 100 km section with 3350m downhill and before arriving at the harbour in Nice there will be 3 small passes with a total of 1500m of climbing: Col de Brouis, col de Brause and col de Nice.

A sign of “I love Nice” is located on the east side of the 7km long Promenade des Anglais which is the next goal for the riders.

Nice is part of the Tour de France since 1947 and the last Grand Depart was in Nice in 2020.

Nice CP3
https://45southwest.com/checkpoints/#CP03

For those who decided to go for the bronze finish – Nice is a final stop at km 1820.

Nice finishers will enjoy bars and food in the old town, all the riders are advised to have a swim in the sea.

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Col de Tende

Heading west on flats of Po Valley, south of Turin riders will find a link between CP2 and CP3 – Col de Tende – a beautifully located border between France and Italy.

At 1.876m above sea level, Col de Tende is one of the most hairpinned roads in the world, reputed to be one of the most ancient roads in Europe, laid down by the Phoenicians. It was used to carry sea salt from the Mediterranean to northern Italy. Central Fort was built on top of the Col at the end of 19th century.

In 2020 part of the road was devastated by heavy storms. Just before the snowfall, Andy was scouting this part of the route and reported freshly laid tarmac!

Since the French side is closed to cars, the pass has no motorized traffic!

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CP2: Mantua

Riding further southwest towards the next checkpoint an altitude will be getting higher as the route will reach the Alps. After the highest point in the Julian Alps, Sella Nevea with 1,195m riders will descend to the flats of Po Valley.

There will be 3 border crossings leading riders to Lombardy: Slovenian, Austrian and Italian.

Checkpoint two is located in Mantua, 1305 km from the start, a city which was established 2000BC, and now it is a cultural center of northern Italy.

The 104th edition of Giro di Italia passed through Mantua on the thirteenth stage to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the establishment of the pink jersey.

The first stage of Giro was won by Learco Guera from Mantua in 1931 and he was the first one to wear the pink jersey.

Mantua CP2
https://45southwest.com/checkpoints/#CP02

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CP1: Esztergom

Heading southwest from the start, three national parks, small and empty roads, moderate climbs, and two border crossings will lead the riders to checkpoint one.

CP1 is located in Hungary about 405km from the start. We are expecting the first riders to arrive at the first control point by sunset on day one.

Esztergom CP1.
https://45southwest.com/checkpoints/#CP01

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Registration opens 10PM

Registration for the inaugural 45-SouthWest opens tonight at 10pm.

You will find the link to the application form on our website.

Start date 20 June 2023

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10 mandatory checkpoint

Along the route, riders will come across 10 mandatory checkpoints.

All checkpoints are carefully chosen to offer a complete self-supported bikepacking experience – from perseverance over raw landscapes to inspiring views and cultural connections. We will be presenting each CP in the following posts – from historical sites and legendary mountain passes to remarkable natural wonders.

Stay tuned.

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Start in Krakow, Poland

The start

The inaugural edition of the 45-SouthWest will start in Krakow, Poland.

The riders will meet at the Main Square of the Old Town just before sunrise on the shortest night of the year.

4300km journey will start at sunrise heading southwest alongside the Vistula river, national parks, and the Carpathian Mountains. Early dawn and late dusk will give riders long hours of sunlight, and a chance to cover good terrain towards checkpoint 1 located in Hungary.

Interested riders are requested to mark December 1st, 2022, on their calendar as registration will open on that date.

Start date: 20 June 2023.

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45-SouthWest

45 stands for a direction of the wind coming from North East. Ideally, we wish riders wind from North East for a little push along the route as you move South West from central Europe to the southernmost point on the European mainland.

45-SouthWest bikepacking adventure is a given route of 4300km in total and 10 mandatory checkpoints. Riders can choose between 3 finishing points, Nice, Pico del Veleta, and Tarifa.

The 45-SouthWest will start on the 20th of June 2023 at sunrise.

Registration opens on the 1st of December 2022.

For more information please visit our website https://45southwest.com/

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Born in 2018

We are excited to announce that the website for the inaugural edition of the 45-SouthWest is online.

The idea of the 45-SouthWest was born in 2018. The plan was to create a route that is doable in 12-14 days.

The 45-SouthWest route is about 4300km long and includes many, not only flat but also remarkably fast stretches. Italy and Spain are as flat as possible, the goal is to be able to make the distance on these flat sections between climbs.

There are two things in common between 45-SouthWest, NorthCape-Tarifa, and Iberica-Traversa. One, they all cross the highest point on the route – Pico del Veleta. Two, they share the same finish point at the tuna statue in Tarifa. Besides those two control points, all routes are separate and individual creations. 45-SouthWest offers three alternative finishing points along the route: Nice, Pico del Veleta, and Tarifa.

45-SouthWest will go ahead every other year.

Link to the website: 45southwest.com

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