Piemonte Cycling Tour & La Fausto Coppi Gran Fondo

A cyclist’s playground in an epicurean paradise
Illustration displaying a cycling tour duration of nine days and eight nights
Illustration displaying eight days of riding on a cycling tour
Illustration displaying a total riding distance of 524 kilometres for our Piemonte cycling tour
Illustration displaying a total riding elevation of 9947 metres for our Piemonte cycling tour
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Tours Overview

With its 30+ year history, the 2019 La Fausto Coppi Gran Fondo honours Italy’s greatest cyclist, having earned the title Champion of Champions. With his palmares taking in multiple wins at the Giro d’Italia & the Tour de France, the Giro di Lombardia and Milan–San Remo, as well as a win at Paris–Roubaix, La Flèche Wallonne and the World Championship in 1953, it is a privilege and honour to don the souvenir jersey and give a nod to Il Campionissimo at the Gran Fondo.

The La Fausto Coppi Gran Fondo is the pinnacle of a week where we share with you a combination of sensational riding and world-class wine and food, in the as yet undiscovered cyclist’s paradise of Piemonte (Piedmont). Narrow winding roads through the World Heritage listed Le Langhe landscape creates an unforgettable Italian Adventure in this most beautiful and little known region of Italy.

Look forward to long summer days surrounded by incredible panoramic views of snow capped Alps in the distance and a patchwork of geometric coloured shapes covering the undulating terroir in the foreground, with medieval hilltop towns and ancient castles perched atop their peaks on our Gran Fondo cycling tour.

Get off the beaten path and rediscover your taste for adventure. Enjoy the unexpected, the journey, the history, the culture and of course the world class wines and cuisine.

Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime.

The vine covered hills of le langhe
A rider in piemonte
Riders climbing to the top of Colle Fauniera
A rider with the Colle Fauniera in the background

Piemonte & La Fausto Coppi Gran Fondo Ride Itinerary

Welcome to Piemonte & La Fausto Coppi Gran Fondo

You’ll enjoy daily rides through the spectacular Le Langhe wine region, culminating with the Gran Fondo in Cuneo. We’ll do a different ride each day and have you cycling through the picturesque areas and towns of Barolo, La Morra, Barbaresco, Neive, Serralunga d’Alba, before heading over to Cuneo to take on the Gran Fondo Italy, where you’ll choose your ride distance.

We always start this week with a light loop which provides the perfect introduction to Le Langhe, with its rolling hills that stretch as far as the eye can see, its ancient villages and castles perched atop hills, and the succession of gentle slopes planted with rows and rows of vines, creating magnificent geometric shapes that you will roll between as you ride the two gentle climbs that should loosen your legs after your travels.

Highlight: The descent and views from La Morra
Distance: 30km
Elevation: 560m

Ride profile of ride to Barolo and surrounds

It’s time for you to explore the maze of tiny roads that wind deep into the bosco and the heart of the Cuneo Province, past the sloping vineyards of Dolcetto grapes, which thrive in this area’s clay and limestone soil, and start the day’s climb and a panoramic hill between the valleys of the rivers Tanaro and Belbo. You will then wind your way back through the forest and the vines to Monforte d’Alba.

Highlight: The tiny back roads
Distance: 50km
Elevation: 1007m

Ride profile to Serralunga

Rolling out of Monforte today you will head east, past a imposing medieval castle, you keep descending all the while taking in the splendid views across the vineyards of the low Langhe and the Serralunga before we tackle three more of the “colline” before reaching one of the prettiest towns in Italy

After a light lunch, you will continue your ride through hazelnut groves and more picture postcard vineyards, passing small villages as you make your way back up to Monforte and the villa.

Highlight: The continual rollercoaster of climbs and the descents.
Distance: 82km
Elevation: 1730m

Ride profile of ride to Nieve

Today is a bit of a rest day on the bike, with a traditional coffee shop ride. Expect a climb or two and more of the majestic landscape filled with endless rows of vines, cascading down the rolling hills. There will be plenty of time for on-the-bike conversation as you make your way along quiet farming land and then up another side of La Morra and then heading for home.

Highlight: The smell of truffles as you descend through the hazelnut groves.
Distance: 85km
Elevation: 1420m

A ride profile of ride to La Morra

As you keep building your condition for Sunday’s Gran Fondo, you only have three rolling hills to contend with today as we head south and deep into the bosco and another beautiful and quiet hamlet, where we’ll stop for coffee before tackling two more beautiful ascents and the the reward of spinning along the ridge line back to Monforte d’Alba for a well earned lunch.

Highlight: A descent along a tiny, empty twisting road, with a densely covered canopy of trees and forest.
Distance: 53km
Elevation: 1235m

A ride profile that takes us deep into the bosco of Piemonte

You say goodbye to Monforte and make your way south past the iconic vineyards of the Barolo region one last time. You take in the jaw dropping view of the snow capped Alps as you roll down the ridge on your way to the flat farm lands on your way to Cuneo and home to the Fausto Coppi Gran Fondo.

Highlight: The open flats lands with the snow capped Alps in the distance.
Distance: 80km
Elevation: 1280m

Ride profile of ride from Le Langhe to Cuneo

After a leisurely start, you will head west towards the French border along tiny quiet roads, flanked by fields of strawberries and orchards of apples and pears with the imposing Alps in the background. We’ll stop for a caffe in a little village at the foot of the mountains before riding the mostly gentle downhill stretch back into Cuneo.

Highlight: The anticipation of what is to come and the expo in the main piazza that takes in the best of Gran Fondo Italy bike brands.
Distance: 33km
Elevation: 205m

Ride profile of small loop around Cuneo

Sitting at 2,480m, this is not only a great challenge for the body and the mind, but it also has some of the most amazing landscape you will see on a bike. Open rolling high valleys and craggy rock strewn peaks dissected by a narrow ribbon of tarmac.
The Gran Fondo or Medio Fondo? The choice is yours.

Highlight: Colle Fauniera; the challenge of ascent and the adrenalin of the descent.

Medio Fondo
Distance: 111km
Elevation: 2510m

Gran Fondo
Distance: 177km
Elevation: 4125m

A ride profile of the La Fausto Coppi Medio Gran Fondo

Pricing & Dates

$6,395.00 AUD per person twin share / Maximum 12 guests

2021

20th – 28th June 2021
$1,995 AUD (deposit)

2022

19th to 27th June 2022
$1,995 AUD (deposit)
Map of Piemonte

Start Location & Details

City: Turin, Italy
Pick Up Location: Porta Susa Train Station, Turin
Pick Up Time: 11:00am

Finish Location & Details

City: Turin, Italy
Drop Off Location: Porta Susa Train Station, Turin
Drop Off Time: 11:30am

Inclusions & Details

Gnocchi with rabbit

Accommodation & Meals

A rider getting their hire bike adjusted on a Italian cycling holiday

Ride Support

The wines of Piemonte

Transfers & Activities

Two piece italian made cycling kit

Ride Kit

Not Included

While airfare, bike hire and travel insurance are not included in the Tour cost, they can be fully arranged for you. Talk to us when booking.

Have More Questions About Our Coppi Gran Fondo Tour?

See our FAQs page for answers to common questions.

Bike Hire & Gear

Full Carbon Road Bikes

You can choose to hire a Pinarello or Bianchi  with a compact crankset.

GPS

An easy to use GPS is provided for your use for the duration of the tour with our daily rides pre installed.

Non-Riding Partners

Non-riding partners enjoy a customised travel program, designed to meet their interests and the best experiences Piemonte (Piedmont) has to offer. Whether its guided walks, visits to beautiful castles and hilltop towns, truffle hunting experiences or cooking classes, Nancy personally hosts non-riding guests each day with a select range of activities to suit the group.

Non riding partners on a successful truffle hunt
A non riding partner hiking in the Le langhe vineyards
A truffle hunter
Non riding partners at a cooking class in Piemonte
Local made produce in Piemonte
Non riding partners on a cheese tour

Accommodation

Enjoy our beautiful boutique hotels in hilltop Monforte d’Alba and in the centre of Cuneo, bringing together the beauty of old and new Piemonte style; 12th century buildings down quiet cobblestoned streets with views across Le Langhe meet with centrally located hotels with beautiful modern amenities amongst the festival atmosphere of Cuneo at Gran Fondo time.
Le langhe landscape in the morning
A beautiful room in Piemonte
A pool in piemonte
A beautiful room in Cuneo
The beautiful streets of Cuneo
An ornate balcony in Monforte d Alba

Food & Wine

Piemonte is a gourmet paradise and we’ll have you enjoying every part of its gastronomic delights. 

As the home of Slow Food, the focus of food artisans across the region is on high quality produce and very traditional methods of preparation. When you combine this with the blessing of a terroir that enables the production of some of the best red wines in Italy, and perhaps the world in Barolo and Barbaresco, an abundance of delicately grown and hand picked hazelnuts and the world famous white truffle of Alba, you realise just how special is the produce of Piemonte.

A stuffed zucchini flower and a glass of red wine in Piemonte
Barolo wine tasting in Piemonte
Cassata with strawberries
Vitello Tonnato
A cheese tasting plate in Piemonte
Aperitivo with a rosato and a prosecco in Piemonte

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