If you are looking for a week of cycling challenge that offers unparalleled beauty and spectacular scenery then our Piemonte Challenge week is perfect for you. Designed by our team to include some of the most important mountains in Italy (and France!). The week offer riders the chance to tackle climbs made famous in both the Giro d’italia and Tour de France. As is the hallmark with all Italy Bike Tours packages we have chosen fabulous hotels and the best local restaurants. Making sure your have the most authentic of stays in Italy. Our team of professionals offering you full support the moment you land in Italy.
Our team will meet you at Turin or Milan airports and transfer you to Castello Rosso in the heart of Piemonte. One of our favourite hotels in region Cstello Rosso offers the perfect base too relax and unwind after your travels. After lunch and a briefing conducting by a lead guide about the week we will assist you in assembling your bike or if you have hired a bike our mechanics will be on hand to make any adjustments needed. The late afternoon ride will head towards Cuneo and the foothills of some spectacular mountains. Importantly the first ride of the week is flat! Giving clients the opportunity to stretch legs before the week challenge that lies ahead. The first day culminates in a sumptuous dinner served in the hotel restaurant.
Our ride today takes you through the Varaita valley. As the road meanders through the valley you will notice the mountains and scenery becoming more spectacular. The gradient of the road also changes as you reach the bottom of the Colle sell’Angello. Between you and the summit of 2744meters is over 20km of some of the most beautiful riding in the whole of the Alps. The last 5 kilometres are a particular challenge as the road regular reaches over 10% gradient. The spectacular view at the summit is worth the effort. One side Italian and on the other side France this climb has appeared several times in both the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France. The final 10km of the ride is descent to our hotel in Molin en Queyras.
Some climbs need no introduction and Col d’Izoard is one. This morning we are heading towards one of the Alps must iconic mountains. Famed for it’s baron almost lunar like landscape the Cold’Izoard rightly has it’s place in cycling folklore. The relatively easy start to the day comprises of 20km of either descending or flat. A chance to warm muscles before tackling the ascent of Col d’Izoard.
A day starting in France and finishes with dinner in Turin with some seriously epic climbing in between. After breakfast we will transfer you from your hotel in Briancon to Oulx On arrival your bikes will be waiting for you and we will speedily head in north towards Col d’Finestra. Famed for it’s ‘unmade’ last 8 kilometres the climb become famed around the world for the 2005 Giro d’Itlia when the often malign Danilo di Luca reached the summit first. The descent in to Finestrelle offers the chance to reflect on the beauty of the Alps. After lunch we will transfer you to Turin to enjoy the city made famous in recent year by the Angelli family.
This morning we allow you the opportunity to discover Torino and it’s impressive piazza’s before your final ride takes you out of the city towards the surrounding vineyards. Our final destination is Casa Martini. The home of Martini and a place to enjoy with a guided tour of the museum. Be sure to bring your credit card as there is fantastic shop to buy souvenirs. There is one final challenge of the week ahead as you will climb Magdalena which is synonymous with the Milan – Torino race. Riding back in to Torino over Ponte Vittorio Emanuele is a really spectacular experience. Our final destination is Piazza San Carlo and the world famous Cafe Torino. Simply the best place to enjoy a Martini in the whole of Italy. Dinner will be served in one of our favourite restaurants in Torino.
All good things most come to an end and we will happily transfer you to either of the Milan airports or Torino train station.
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No cycling holiday can be enjoyed without the right amount of challenge and the right amount of coffee breaks. We pride ourselves on getting to know our clients and have a range of different packages that cater for all levels of ability and cycling aspirations. Of course one rider’s ‘easy’ is another rider’s ‘medium’ but we hope with the information we have given in our itineraries and support and advice we give before booking, that everybody finds what they are looking for.
Below is how we categorise our cycling breaks. If you are unsure about anything then we will be delighted to answer your questions.
Barbaro – Packages designed by people who enjoy pain! If you are a rider that gets a thrill from hours in the saddle and riding uphill on a regular basis then these trips are for you. An excellent level of fitness is needed as the demands placed on you and the bike from riding one of these packages is savage!
Difficile – It is too easy to say that these packages are for club cyclists. However they are for club cyclists along with riders who take cycling and training seriously. An appetite for long distances and riding uphill are needed as the rides will be long, challenging and at times fast.
Medio – Designed with the average cyclists in mind these packages offer the rider the chance to experience flats, rolling hills and the odd mountain top finish. If you have realised your days in the pro peleton are over but you still love cycling, then these holidays are for you.
Facile – If you are booking on one of our ‘Easy’ packages then prepare yourself for plenty of flat riding and flat white coffees. These steady paced and enjoyable weeks are designed to appeal to those looking for a holiday with cycling.
• 3 nights accommodation
• Breakfast and 2 evening meals
• Priority Race entry, briefing and guidance
• Transport to and from race
• Private Airport pickup/dropoff
• Mechanical team and full support team.
• 2 Beautifully planned rides.
• Guided rides
*Bike Hire £150
** Single Supplement £99