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Piemonte: A cyclist’s playground and an Italian food & wine lover’s paradise

Nestled between the Alps and the Mediterranean lies this secret slice of paradise. If you spend your days dreaming of quiet, undiscovered roads and continual rolling hills, together with awe inspiring mountains and climbs, made famous by the Giro d’Italia and Fausto Coppi, then this incredible experience in Piemonte awaits you.

Join us for the cycling adventure of a lifetime and the most incredible celebration of food and wine, as we indulge the senses in the Langhe-Roero UNESCO world heritage wine region, and home of Barolo, Barbaresco and Barbera wines, at harvest time – and join in the harvest celebration of the prized white truffle of Alba. We’ll discover the majestic beauty and charm of this region in all its Autumn splendour, and savour time honoured, gastronomic traditions in the home of Slow Food.

For cyclists who are food and wine lovers, it’s hard to imagine a more perfect week.

6th to 13th October 2017

AUD $5,495 per person twin share

8 days / 7 nights

Limit: 10 guests

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YOU WILL ENJOY

A SPECTACULAR RIDING EXPERIENCE

Up to 500km’s of riding and 12,000 metres of climbing over 7 days – designed to suit riders who want a balance of beautiful rolling hills and climbs through Le Langhe, coupled with the challenge of a few of Piemonte’s famous Alpine climbs.

Escorted daily rides through the spectacular Piemonte region – we’ll do a different ride each day, riding between 60-90km per day, and we’ll have you cycling through some of the most iconic wine regions and mountain climbs of Piemonte.

Days 1 to 5  will see us rolling through the vineyards around La Morra, Barolo, Serralunga d’Alba, Neive and Barbaresco, absorbing the region’s stunning landscapes and vistas, and having you enjoying some of the most breathtaking views you will see on a bike. Complete with long, winding climbs, some short ascents and exciting descents, we’ll combine great days of riding the rollercoaster ridgelines of Le Langhe with some of the Barolo region’s most prestigious vineyards.

Days 6 and 7 – will take us to the majestic Alps to take on the famous and spectacular 3-sided Colle Fauniera (Colle dei Morti), one of the higher paved mountain passes in Europe at 2481m, with spectacular views and many steep stretches.  We’ll complete the week of riding, taking on the Colle di Sampeyre, a beautiful climb which has appeared twice in the Giro d’Italia, and takes in 2284m. If you’re not up for the challenge of these mountain passes and climbs, we have shorter ride options available in and around the Po Valley on our last 2 days.

Comprehensive back-up and support on all rides – a local ride guide will join us with an intimate knowledge of the Piemonte region, 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 Damian for our group and made in Italy, this exclusive 3 piece kit will see you riding in style, comfort and warmth in the midst of Autumn

Transfers – to and from Milan airport upon arrival and departure.

FOOD, WINE & HOSPITALITY AT ITS BEST

Beautiful boutique villa/hotel accommodation in 2 places over 7 nights – our focus is on classic Piemonte style, family run boutique villa/hotel experiences that will have you immersed into the Le Langhe and Alpine areas of Piemonte that we visit. Your nights will be supremely comfortable, with all the amenities and services you need for a great post-ride experience.

A warm arrival to the spectacular town of La Morra – settling into our historic villa in the world heritage listed, 1000 year old town of La Morra by lunchtime, we’ll take the time to build your bike, and roll out for a light afternoon ride around La Morra to awaken your legs after a long trip. Following our acclimatisation ride, we’ll enjoy aperitivo and a superb welcome dinner in this atmospheric town.

Celebrating wine harvest in the famous viticulture town of Barbaresco – a small town with a big name thanks to its world class wine, we’ll join in the harvest celebrations as we enjoy aperitivo and welcome the trucks of grapes rolling in, before sharing a sensational Harvest dinner to celebrate this fine drop with the locals. 

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.

All dinners included:  – we’ll be celebrating the start of our week in authentic style in and around La Morra and Barolo, a pretty town crowned by an imposing 10th Century Castle.  We’ll also venture out to Neive, one of the most beautiful and authentic hilltop villages in the Barbaresco region, celebrating harvest and enjoying osteria’s and enoteca’s hidden in narrow, cobbled streets.  In and around Barolo, we’ll enjoy private tastings of world renowned wines, dine in ancient buildings and enjoy a long lunch with paired wines. We will then prepare ourselves for our move to the alpine splendour that awaits in the historic town of Saluzzo, nestled at the foot of the Alps.  The cuisine here is wonderful and the cheeses are superb.

Aperitivo hour each day  – this is one of the greatest 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.

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. .

A winery tour of ancient cellars in Barolo – the deep history, styles and vintages at our selected winery will delight, not only from the unique wine tasting experience you’ll be treated to, but with the historic buildings, beautiful serene setting and the very exclusive ‘talk with the winemaker’ that we have lined up for you.

A Finale Dinner in true Saluzzo style  – we will raise our glasses and toast an incredible week of riding, food, wine and new friendships in true Saluzzo style, overlooking this beautiful historic town and the valleys and hills of Piemonte from our selected restaurant, and savouring our final dinner together. Salute!

Generous free time to explore all that the magnificent 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 some cheese, or a coffee or gelato.  That’s why our 2 accommodation choices are in beautiful towns with so much on offer; from galleries, churches, sights, shopping, food, wine and more. Whatever it is that you like to do, there will be free time set aside for you to enjoy your own slice of heaven. If one day you’d prefer to take a break from riding and enjoy the towns we’re in or the places we’re staying, feel free. This is your experience.

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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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