Come to Piemonte and cycle in a region known worldwide for its famous wines Barolo and Barbera. Not only this buys with the land so fertile in this region some of the world best truffles can be found here, such as the “King of Truffles” The Tuber Magnatum. Not only is the region famous for its wines and gastronomy but also for the area where the Italian cycling legend Fausto Coppi used to train. Many a cycling enthusiast comes here to cycle in his wheel tracks and once here you shall realise why he enjoyed riding here so much. Demanding hills, stamina testing inclines but also the most wonderful scenery to see during a cycling adventure.
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During the course, today, arrive at the city of Alessandria. Alessandria is equal distance between Turin and Milan and therefore is easily accessed by train. The city lies between two rivers, the Bormida and Tanaro. It has several interesting historical sites including, Piazza della Libertà and Piazza Duomo, with its magnificent neoclassic cathedral. The city itself dates from the 12th century and was a stronghold during that time and its wealth originated in trading due to its important position.
Your first cycle tour starts today in Alessandria and takes you along secondary roads to Castellania, which was Fausto Coppi’s birthplace. If a follower of the legend you can relive the successes of this great champion on a visit to his house-museum. After your visit, you continue along a road that leads to Novi Ligure, with easy ascents up and over the hills of vineyards that produce the renowned Barbera and Dolcetto d’Acqui wines. In the evening you can relax in the warm spa waters of Acqui Terme.
Today’s stretch takes you through the towns of the famous Montabone, Rocchetta Palafea and Canelli wine producers. Three ascents await you today on your journey through the Langhe, with gradients of up to 12%. One of these is the Gino Bartali ascent with its many holly sanctuaries surrounded by Dolcetto vineyards (but don’t let its name deceive you, although “sweet” in Italian this ascent is hard and challenging). The climb ends with your arrival in Albaretto Torre, where you can rest before starting the downhill ride to Alba.
Today you follow by bike the quiet roads through the local vineyards and hazelnut groves in the heart of Monferrato. Today we cross the Tanaro natural park and the Sarmassa natural reserve. The stage ends in Asti with its monuments and splendid Gothic cathedral.
Today a cycle ride through the Monferrato vineyards to reach Turin, which means many ascents and descents. The end stretch is a climb up the famous Superga hill, 7km at 8%, followed by a lovely descent down into Turin, a must-visit city! Back to Asti by train.
Today after breakfast you pedal northwards up to Monferrato, along a winding route with continual variations in steepness and steep climbs that at times are very similar to the Mur de Huy ascent in the classic Flèche Wallonne. You will enjoy it, however, because you will always be surrounded by nature. Always remember though not be too proud to stop on the climbs, as once you do you shall be reward often with lovely views behind you and too your side.
Our tour continues through green hills and farmed land, through small towns on the right-hand bank of the Po River and comes to an end in Alessandria. Today a more relaxing day allowing time to explore Alessandria. Your last chance today to stop for maybe a long lunch in a lovely wine estate.
Depart after breakfast.
Fly into Milan or Turin airports and then by train to Alessandria.
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