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La Fausto Coppi Gran Fondo & Piemonte Cycling Tour

A cyclist’s playground in an epicurean paradise

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Tour Overview

With its 30+ year history, 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 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.

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, where you’ll choose your ride distance.

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 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

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 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 towards Lovera and then onto Bossolasco, located on top of 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

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 three more of the “colline” before reaching Neive and Barbaresco.

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

Highlight: The continual rollercoaster of hills and the descent from Diano d’Alba, wow.
Distance: 82km
Elevation: 1730m

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 to Bra, the birthplace of the slow food movement before rolling along quiet farming land and then up the northern 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

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 the beautiful hamlet of Bossolasco before tacking 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

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 Villanova and Peveragno and 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

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 the little village of Caraglio before riding the mostly gentle downhill stretch back into Cuneo.

Highlight: The anticipation of what is to come.
Distance: 33km
Elevation: 205m

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

Pricing & Dates

$5,995.00 per person twin share / Maximum 12 guests

2019

23rd June – 1st July 2019 $1,995 (deposit)
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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

Accommodation & Meals

  • 8 nights accommodation, twin share with your own private bathroom.
  • Single occupancy available. Talk to us when booking.
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners at a range of our favourite restaurants, osteria’s and home cooked locations, including nightly aperitivo hour and local wines and beers at each dinner.

Ride Support

  • Professional bilingual ride guides with extensive cycling experience, local knowledge and first aid experience, ensuring your riding experiences are truly local and take in many of the undiscovered back roads and rolling hills of this spectacular and diverse region.
  • Unique routes, available on GPS provided as part of the tour.
  • Support van on daily rides, with mechanical support and your safety as our priority.
  • Nutritious energy snacks and hydration are provided

Transfers & Activities

  • All transfers / transportation from pick up to drop off, including baggage and bike transportation.
  • Wine tastings and activities as outlined in the detailed tour itinerary.
  • Entrance fees to sites, museums and all other non riding activities.

Ride Kit

  • 2 piece, Italian made A’QTO Cycling Kit including jersey and bib shorts.
  • Musette and cap to match your kit.
  • Laundry for your cycling clothing.

Not Included

  • Airfare.
  • Bike hire.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Massages.

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

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See our FAQs page for answers to common questions.

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Bike Hire & Gear

Full Carbon Road Bikes

You can choose to hire a Pinarello, Bianchi or Formigli bike with either Campagnolo or Shimano groupsets.

Gravel Bikes

Going off road as well? Have the best of both worlds with a Bianchi or Cannondale gravel bike with disc brakes.

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 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.

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.

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 the produce of Piemonte is.

Testimonials

THERE IS NO WAY WE COULD HAVE DONE THIS ON OUR OWN

One of the things that stands out is that I was riding, hoping Lydia would be having a good enough time, while she was having a great time, feeling sorry for me missing out on the things she was doing. I think that speaks volumes for the programme that Nancy put together, and the way that both riders and non-riders were well catered for. There is no way we could have done this on our own.

Shaun & Lydia

A THOROUGHLY ENJOYABLE WEEK OF CYCLING, TOURING & EATING

Thanks for a thoroughly enjoyable week of cycling, touring, and eating. You guys did a brilliant job scouting out great places to stay, eat and riding routes that achieved everything anyone could dream of.

David & Jenny M

A FEW SUGGESTIONS FOR FUTURE CLIENTS

1. Train. You may think you’re in good shape, but there is no climb in Australia that will let you do 2000m of climbing like Colle Fauniera will. So train.
2. Insure. You are spending a fair bit of cash on a great (GREAT) trip, so as soon as you’ve paid, make sure you’re insured in case you have to cancel.
3. Get there early, especially if you’re taking your own bike. My bike went missing on the return journey. If that happened on the outwards trip, my trip would have been compromised.

Shaun E
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