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THE FAUSTO COPPI Gran Fondo IN AN EPICUREAN PARADISE

Fausto Coppi Gran Fondo & Piemonte

With its 30 year history, the 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 will be a privilege and honour to don the souvenir jersey and give a nod to Il Campionissimo at the Gran Fondo’s 2018 edition.

The 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. 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.

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.

1st to 9th July 2018

AUD $5,995 per person twin share

9 days / 8 nights

Group Size: 10

Non-Riding Partner Program Available

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YOUR ADVENTURE INCLUDES

A ONCE IN A LIFETIME RIDING EXPERIENCE

Guaranteed entry to ride Fausto Coppi Gran Fondo – ride entry is limited and ever year the event sells out in no time, so to have your entry secured as part of our group is priceless.

Your choice of the Gran or Medio Fondo rides – 177km, 111km – whether you’re up for the biggest challenge set with the 177km Gran Fondo or keen to join in the 111km Medio Fondo, you can choose your distance and be supported by our guides.

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 and iconic wine region of Le Langhe, taking in the most spectacular areas and towns of Barolo, La Morra, Barbaresco, Neive, Serralunga d’Alba before heading over to Cuneo to take on the Gran Fondo.

Daily Rides: 

Day 1 – Barolo & La Morra: 30km & 560m  We always start this week with the La Morra loop as it’s the perfect introduction to Le Langhe, with its rolling hills that stretch as far as the eye can see, its ancient villages and castles. You have two gentle climbs that should loosen your legs after your travels.

Day 2 – Dogliani: 50km & 1000m  It’s time for you to explore the maze of tiny roads that wind deep into the heart of the Cuneo Province passing colourful patch worked rolling hills as you climb towards Lovera and then onto Bossolasco.

Day 3 – Neive: 77km & 1600m  Rolling out of Monforte today you will head in the direction of Castiglione Falletto and it’s 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 two more of the rolling hills before reaching Neive

Day 4 – Bra: 50km and 890m  Today is a bit of a rest day on the bike, with a traditional coffee shop ride. Expect one climb and more of the majestic landscape on your way to Bra, the birthplace of the slow food movement.

Day 5 – Niella Belbo: 53km and 1235m  As you keep building your condition for Sunday’s Gran Fondo, you only have three rolling hills to contend with today, before rolling along the ridge line back to Monforte.

Day 6 – Garavagna: 87km and 1280m – 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 Garavagna and Pradeboni, and two climbs that you encounter on your way to Cueno.

Day 7 – Caraglio: – 38km and 260m  After a leisurely start, you have a light ride across mostly flat terrain through fields of strawberries and orchards of apples and pears, with the imposing Alps in the background.

Day 8 – Fausto Coppi Gran Fondo: – 111km & 2510m or 177km & 4125m – 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.

Comprehensive back-up and support on all rides – a local ride guide will join us with an intimate knowledge of Le Langhe, ensuring your riding experiences are truly local, and take in many of the undiscovered back roads and rolling climbs of this breathtaking region. Rides are fully supported with a support vehicle, mechanic and your safety as our priority.

Full A’QTO Cycling Kit – designed by AQTO and made in Italy, this exclusive kit for our Travel guests will see you riding in style and comfort through the Italian summer.

Trusted connections and advice for buying or hiring quality Carbon road bikes – whether you are planning on buying a new road bike or hiring one for the week, we will connect you in with our trusted partners, both well known sellers and hirers of superb quality Carbon road bikes.

Transport to and from Turin upon arrival and departure – you will be picked up from Turin and driven back on departure, and all your transport needs for the week are taken care of, including the transporting of bikes and bike cases, and transport for non-riding partners to various activities.

FOOD, WINE & HOSPITALITY AT ITS BEST

Beautiful boutique hotel accommodation in hilltop Monforte d’Alba and in the centre of Cuneo – our family run, boutique hotels in both locations bring together the beauty of old and new Piemonte style; housed in 12th century buildings down cobblestoned streets, combined with the ease and comfort of beautiful modern amenities, you will feel right at home in Monforte d’Alba, enjoying a supremely comfortable post-ride experience with a pool with views, and in Cuneo, you’ll be right amongst the atmosphere of the Gran Fondo.

A warm arrival to the spectacular town of Monforte d’Alba – settling into our historic hotel in Monforte d’Alba by lunchtime, we’ll take the time to build your bike, and roll out for a light afternoon ride around Monforte to awaken your legs after a long trip. Following our acclimatisation ride, we’ll enjoy aperitivo and a phenomenal welcome dinner; a highlight for connoisseurs of Italian cuisine. 

Arriving to Cuneo, the home of the Fausto Coppi Gran Fondo, 2 days before the ride – you’ll have plenty of time to acclimatize and prepare the legs in our lead up days, before arriving to Cuneo on Friday morning to soak up the atmosphere as the momentum builds for the Gran Fondo – you’ll be right amongst the action as the Festival starts to roll in to town from Friday afternoon.

Daily buffet breakfast – a daily, home made Italian feast with magnificent local produce at each of our hotels, will keep you going for hours on or off the bike.

A traditional Long Lunch a beautiful Le Langhe restaurant terrace  – it’s hard to beat a long Italian lunch where the hours slowly pass by and time has no meaning – our chosen restaurant with views as far as the eye can see will provide a memorable food, paired wine and hospitality experience.

Aperitivo hour each day  – this is one of our favourite traditions in Italy, originating in fact in the capital of Piemonte, Turin, and is the perfect reward after a great day out on the bike. Whether it’s a local icy cold beer, a glass of regional wine or our personal favourite in Piemonte, the Martini, it’s our shout each day.

A private wine tasting of ancient cellars in Barolo – the deep history, personalities, styles and vintages at our wine estate will provide a unique experience, not only from the wine tasting you’ll be treated to, but with the ancient buildings and the exclusive ‘talk with the winemaker’ we have lined up for you.

A well deserved Finale Dinner on Sunday evening post your Gran Fondo ride   – after a few celebratory beers in the piazza soaking up the atmosphere of the Gran Fondo, we will enjoy a relaxed dinner as a group to raise our glasses and toast an incredible week of riding, food, wine and new friendships at an unforgettable farewell dinner at a family Osteria in Cuneo. Salute!

Warm, engaging Italian hospitality – your hosts, Damian Hancock and Nancy De Losa will lead you through the week, sharing their warm, open entertaining style.  Combining Damian’s experience in leading group rides with their huge passion for Italian food and culture, means you’ll feel right at home in every town we visit. Nancy’s Italian heritage and fluency in speaking the language makes for a smooth experience with the locals each day. You’ll relish the experience that comes from their meticulous planning and attention to detail in all areas on and off the bike.

Generous free time to explore all that the historic towns of the Piemonte region have to offer – we believe a big part of the enjoyment of travel is being able to spontaneously duck into the piazza to enjoy a glass of wine and cheese, or a coffee or gelato.  Whatever it is that you like to do, there will be free time set aside for you to enjoy your own slice of heaven.

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WHAT OUR GUESTS SAY

“WOW! What a week you organised. This is what we loved so much; Your attitude to making sure we enjoyed every moment… Thank you both so much for the experience of a lifetime.”
Brian & Lyn Hosking
“A fantastic get away! Spending some quality time with likeminded people doing what I love… Bikes, empty roads, divine food and a cheeky splash.”
Chris

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