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THE GLR 9

distance time of year off-road ETA 998km May/Sept 352km 5 Days

Looking for one of the highest motorcycle adventure routes of Europe? The GLR 9 will serve you well. You’ll start in Embrun where you can connect with the GLR 8 and GLR 7. From there the 998-kilometer route leads you to the highest passable road of Europe to the Colle del Sommeiller at 3009 meters elevation. This is also where the yearly “Stella Alpina Rally” is held on the second Sunday of July.

After Colle del Sommeiller you will pass Forte Jaffereau, also a famous destination for adventure motorcyclists in the area. You continue the route passing the valley over to the Strada dell’Assietta. From there it’s all south via mostly old military roads. You’ll pass numerous fortifications along the Italian/French border.

Due to it’s higher elevation, it's recommended to ride this route only in the summer months. Be prepared to encounter snowdrifts if you are a little early in the season. Therefore it’s highly recommended to download the back-up route as well.

After almost 1000 kilometers you will finish the GLR 9 in Colmars.

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The region

THE PROVENCE-ALPES-COTE-D'AZUR

The French Provence region, bordering with Italy and the Mediterranean Sea, is known for its diverse landscapes. From the highest Southern Alps to the Camargue plains. You’ll pass by the lavender fields, rolling vineyards, and the highest mountain passes. Be prepared for a diverse surrounding.

THE PIEMONTE REGION

The Italian Piedmont region borders France in the west and Switzerland in the north. Home of the Alps, it’s known for its highest peaks, rich Italian cuisine, and the best wines. Due to the elevation, it can be warm in the days and cold in the nights.

THE LIGURIA REGION

The Italian Liguria region is touched by the southern tip of GLR 9. Its elevation is lower than the Piedmont region and therefore also warmer and dryer in the summer period. The region is known for its beaches, historic towns, and excellent cuisine.

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