Tour code: PDMT-22

Biking tours in Piedmont

Piemont treasures

This bike tour crosses some of the most spectacular wine hills in the world, enclosed in the regions of Monferrato, Langhe and Roero. It's shaped as a ring with six stages of a medium difficulty level.

Date 1

starts on: 03/23/2022
ends on: 03/18/2022
Type: Scheduled

Date 2

starts on: 03/23/2022
ends on: 03/18/2022
Type: Scheduled

a 6-stage biking tour through one of the most famous wine regions in the world

 

The Piedmont Treasures bike tour crosses some of the most spectacular wine hills in the world, enclosed in the regions of Monferrato, Langhe and Roero. It's shaped as a ring with six stages of a medium difficulty level. The ring trip starts in Chivasso and finishes in San Sebastiano da Po. This biking tour unwinds in one of the most scenic Italian regions: Piedmont. Historically, Piedmont is one of the cradles of Italian culture: its territory is full of traces of a sumptuous past. Castles, palaces, churches and sanctuaries testify to the importance that this territory has had over the centuries. But this cultural heritage is only part of the beauty you’ll encounter during your rides.

The countryside that spans Monferrato, Langhe, and Roero is recognised by the UNESCO World Heritage list, its hills, vineyards, rivers, and woods draw a dream landscape ideal to be visited by bike. You'll mainly ride along country roads that will bewitch your hearts and, at the end of the day, you'll experience some of the most renowned wines in the world, and don't forget about the local cuisine.

Piedmont offers an extraordinary variety of products, recipes and delights that will amaze your palate. Without doubt pedaling through the Piedmontese landscape will be an unforgettable experience.

The Pro Tour Series
The Journey Begins Here

TOUR STOPS AND TOPS

Things You Don't Want to Miss
  • Slowly heading to
    see where all the grapes go

  • Climb after climb
    on the lovely Langhe hills

  • The days can also be
    less good

Ride Highlights:
BARBARESCO

Cycling is an activity that keeps people fit, they say. A visit to the village of Barbaresco puts this sentence to the test. We challenge any rider to ride through the ancient village of Barbaresco without stopping in one of the typical restaurants to taste two of the most famous delicacies of the area, truffles and, above all, the wine which takes its name from this village.

"WINE IS SUNLIGHT, HELD TOGETHER BY WATER."

Galileo Galilei
Tour highlights

TRIP program

Total distance: 438km

total elevation: 6617m

Duration: 8 days

difficulty level: enthusiast

DAY 1: ARRIVAL DAY

Arrival at Turin airport (TRN) and transfer to Sampeyre (Piedmont). Accommodation and dinner at four-star hotel.

DAY 2: CROSS THE COLLE DELL'AGNELLO PASS TO ARVIEUX
60.8km | 2,067m | 1,493m | 4,30h

Colle dell'Agnello may not have the same name recognition as other climbs on the tour. It is recognized as one the most beautiful mountain passes in the alps and is surely one of those challenges a dedicated cyclist should take on. It is one of the passes that connect Italy and France, two special countries for us cyclists. Reaching an elevation of 2744m in approximately 50km, with 2178m of elevation gain. You may ask if it is so special, why is it not as famous as other climbs on the itinerary? Easy: it is not located in a very touristic part of Italy. Easing into the trip with this lesser known pass gives us the chance to experience a beautiful mountain without the obstacle of expectations, leaving only the joys of exploration and discovery on two wheels. The Tour de France has featured it twice throughout its history. Most recently during the 18th stage of the 2011 Tour. The stage from Pinerolo to Galibier Serre-Chevalier made for  a seriously epic race day, won by Andy Schleck while more than half the peloton, 89 out of 168 riders, didn't make it to the finish within the time limit and were then readmitted by the jury. On that day the menu included the Colle dell'Agnello as a starter, then Izoard as the first course, and eventually Galibier as  the second course. Our stage will be less gluttonous, coming in much shorter and ending in Arvieux, France. We save Izoard for the next day. Accommodation at hotel.

DAY 3: Col de L'izoard and Lautaret
67.7km | 1,697m | 1,775m | 4,30h
 The second stage of our tour includes two very famous climbs of the French Haute Alps: Col de l'Izoard and Col du Lautaret. Each has featured in more than 30 Tours, but the latter generally isn't rated for the King of the Mountain competition. The day starts with the Col de l'Izoard, a Hors Categorie climb, however, we will only be doing the last 10km of the southern approach, omitting the first 20km of the climb that the professionals normally do. This stretch is the hardest part of the whole climb with an average incline of more than 7% leading all the way up to 2340m. The first section winds up through the forest for most of the climb then with just over 2km left the trees disappear and the iconic moonscape takes over, welcome to the Casse Désert.
 This pass brings to mind the great champion Louis (Louison) Bobet (you can read more in the 'Resources') , who sealed his first TdF win here on the Izoard, by dropping Switzerland’s Ferdi Kübler in 1954.
 After a long descent to Briancon, we'll head north to Serre Chevalier and start the second climb. Col du Lautaret is long, over 20km but has a gentle incline. Once on top, we ride down to La Grave where dinner and a comfortable three star hotel await us.
DAY 4: RIDE UP LAUTARET, THEN ALL THE WAY TO TOP OF GALIBIER
76.5km | 1,968m | 2,300m | 4,30h

In our option the most beautiful alpine climbs are those high altitude passes where the road is the only sign of development. They challenge the cyclists in many ways; they are often long and steep, the air thins as you get closer to the top, and the isolation you feel being surrounded by nature can make your thoughts the biggest challenge of all. These points have made these mountains famous in the pro races; those that win under these circumstances must be top athletes. Galibier and it's 2635m is one of the best examples of these climbs and during the TdF of 1998, Marco Pantani rose to challenge. He was 3 minutes behind Jan Ulrich in the GC and had to try something, so he launched a legendary attack on Galibier. On a very cold and rainy day, he put 9 minutes between him and the German champion, becoming the new yellow jersey holder and sealing the GC. His race style made French tifosi(fans) and press extatic and everyone watching the stage will remember that day forever. Our stage will be less long but still legendary. We start the day with the nearly 20km Galibier climb. After that we'll head down to Saint Michel de Maurienne, down the Col du Telegraf, and eventually to the destination at La Tossuire, where we stay overnight at a three star hotel.

DAY 5: RIDE UP COL DE LA MADELEINE AND FINISH AT ALBERTVILLE
85.3km | 1,798m | 2,422m | 5,00h

Today features yet another classic climb, the Col de la Madeleine from the southern approach from Saint Martin sur la Chambre. After starting the day with a nice descent we arrive at the base of the climb. From here it is 20km up with a consistent gradient of over 7%, and final elevation gain of 1550m. It's easy for anyone into cycling to understand how Col de la Madeleine can break up a stage. And if we look back at the list of riders that were first to top during the Tour, we see some of the best riders of their era. Recently we have 2020: Richard Carapaz; 2018: Julian Alaphilippe; and 2013: Pierre Rolland. This climb has played an important role in the history of the race, but we aren't racing, so we might be much more interested in the fact that La Madeleine is recognized as one of the most beautiful climbs there is. If despite the beauty, you want to try and capture the King of the Mountain you have some work ahead of you. The young French rider Valentin Madouas holds the current Strava KOM, with a time of 58:34 averaging 19.2kph and more than 380w for nearly an hour. Regardless of how fast you tackle this tough climb, a quick break at the top with the spectacular views will be your reward. Your legs will be happy to know that it's all downhill from here, a long descent leads to the destination: the famous Alpine resort of Albertville where we comfortably stay overnight in a four-star hotel.

DAY 6: COL DU PRé and CORMET DE ROSELEND
69.4 | 2,127m | 1,622m | 4,30h
Tour or not, the climb up the Cormet de Roselend is a must ride. It sits on the Savoy region and despite not among the legendary climbs (those that can break up a race) and belonging instead to the lesser known ones, is among the favorite of a lot of riders because of the beauty of the scenery. We consider the little town of Beaufort the classical start of the climb. The climb is split into two parts: the first col is the Col du Pré: 13km at 8%. Cresting the summit of the Col du Pré is very exciting but it also fetures stunning views and turquoise water of Lac de Roselend. We'll ride along the dam and enjoy the amazing scenery before the last bit of climb up to the summit of the Cormet du Roselend: 6 more km at 6% grade starting right from the edge of the lake. Some 20km more and we'll be at Bourg San Maurice, where we'll comfortably stay overnight in a three-star hotel.
DAY 7: BACK TO ITALY: Piccolo San Bernardo and finish at Aosta
91km | 2,201m | 2,451m | 5,30h
Petit San Bernard is the name of the climb of the day and it's a monster climb: 30km long with an average grade of 4%. It begins right out of Bourg San Maurice and the end of the climb is also the border between France and Italy. That's a glorious way to be back to Italy. The mountain pass is rather high, at nearly 2,200m and also spectacular. After a first segment that features hairpins among the trees, right after La Rosière - a small Alpine resort that comes in the right position to take a coffee stop - the scenery changes to open spaces and views of the sourrounding crests. You might be curious to know if the Tour have ever passed through here. Yes, of course. First time - and the time we like to recall - was in 1949 and the first man on top was Gino Bartali. To tell who Bartali meant to cycling and to history would need a dedicated website, but we like to find here a connection that makes us remind a champion and a good man. After the pass we ride all the way down the Piccolo San Bernardo (since it's Italy now) and finish the stage in the capital town of Valle d'Aosta: Aosta. Accomodation at a four-star hotel.
DAY 8: Aosta to Cervino/Matterhorn
67.6km | 2,408m | 990m | 5,30h

Valle d'Aosta is famous for being a beautiful valley surrounded by some of the tallest mountains in Europe. Mountains that are very popular for some super known ski resorts, just like Cervinia. And the valley roads feature lovely castles from the middle age that make for an enchanted place where riding. The enchantment of the valley road goes from Aosta to Chambave, where we take the climb up to Cervinia. Then it's matter of going up. We'll find two long climbs: the first up Col du Panthaleon (16km at 7.3%) and the final climb up Cervinia (19km at 5.5%). The last climb of the day, and of the whole trip, is really special. Sure, it's the last climb of the last day, but you'll see how umbelievable view is the Matterhorn in front of you for ages and that looks like you never get there. Are we maybe slow? Yes sure, but it's also the mountain that is an impressive, giant peak with its 4478m ASL. We touch base in the lovely Cervinia, have lunch and go to the hotel where we will celebrate the end of an amazing trip. Accommodation at a four-star hotel.

DAY 9: FAREWELL AND DEPARTURE DAY.

Transfer to Turin airport and end of services.

program

Tour price

And support levels

Guided group tour

From €: 333

What's included

Accommodation

5 nights at 4-star | 2 nights at 3-star

Meals
Four dinners; all breakfasts.
Support level
Guiding; van assistance; mobile workshop; spare bike, bars, gels and electrolytes available on purchase; group transfers from/to Alghero airport; 10% discount on bike rentals.
Not included
Flight tickets; extras in hotel, etc. Drinks during the dinner; city tax (if any); travel insurance; individual arrival and departure transfer; bike rental.
On request
Individual arrival transfer from Alghero airport to Alghero € 20 p.p.; individual departure transfer from Cala Gonone to Olbia airport € 180 p.p.; individual transfer from Cala Gonone to Alghero airport 220 p.p.; supplement for single accommodation € 295 p.p.; bike rental.

Self Guided tour

From €: 222

What's included

Accommodation

5 nights at 4-star | 2 nights at 3-star

Meals
Four dinners; all breakfasts.
Support level
Guiding; van assistance; mobile workshop; spare bike, bars, gels and electrolytes available on purchase; group transfers from/to Alghero airport; 10% discount on bike rentals.
Not included
Flight tickets; extras in hotel, etc. Drinks during the dinner; city tax (if any); travel insurance; individual arrival and departure transfer; bike rental.
On request
Individual arrival transfer from Alghero airport to Alghero € 20 p.p.; individual departure transfer from Cala Gonone to Olbia airport € 180 p.p.; individual transfer from Cala Gonone to Alghero airport 220 p.p.; supplement for single accommodation € 295 p.p.; bike rental.

Supported tour

From €: 111

What's included

Accommodation

5 nights at 4-star | 2 nights at 3-star

Meals
Four dinners; all breakfasts.
Support level
Guiding; van assistance; mobile workshop; spare bike, bars, gels and electrolytes available on purchase; group transfers from/to Alghero airport; 10% discount on bike rentals.
Not included
Flight tickets; extras in hotel, etc. Drinks during the dinner; city tax (if any); travel insurance; individual arrival and departure transfer; bike rental.
On request
Individual arrival transfer from Alghero airport to Alghero € 20 p.p.; individual departure transfer from Cala Gonone to Olbia airport € 180 p.p.; individual transfer from Cala Gonone to Alghero airport 220 p.p.; supplement for single accommodation € 295 p.p.; bike rental.
Useful Information

Tips & Resources

Travel arrangements

The best airport for arrivals is Turin-Casselle (TRN): from there we arrange the group transfer. Other options are possible and we can help you select the best one.

Food & Drinks during stages

During the rides we plan at least one longer food stop in the middle of the stage plus one or more coffee stops. In the assistence van we have bars, gels and water.

Necessary Gear

Our guests will get a pre tour info kit that gives useful suggestions on how to enjoy our trips in full. Here is a quick selection that might be useful at this stage.

  • We suggest renting a Canyon bike with us. But feel free to bring your own bike. Just consider bringing along a selection of model specific spare parts (ie. derailleur hangers). 

  • The hotels have a room for the bikes, and we will have a selection of tools to perform basic maintenance.

  • Bring along a wide selection of clothes, including some full arm jackets, rain coat, leg and arm warmers, overshoes: it's the Alps and the weather is never completely predictable.

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