Just like with the classic cycle race from Milan to San Remo, you head from the Alps to the Sea. The comparison is not quite perfect though… you begin the trip in royal Turin, but unlike the professionals do in the “Classicissima”, you will take longer than just one day! Believe us – what with this beautiful route, the charming and culture rich in places you stay, the fantastic views and the enticing smells, the professional cyclists would rather roll gently through the scenery and have time for the treats you will have along the way. The way in which the culture, the scenery and the cuisine are connected on this tour is truly unique and will provide you with daily amusement and enthusiasm. One thing is for sure, you do not have to be a professional cyclist in order to be able to cycle to San Remo! Fausto Coppi, Eddi Merckx, Erik Zabel or Mark Cavendish.. they would all prefer to do this relaxed version.
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You predominantly cycle along quiet side roads. All in all a very easy route. On the fourth day, there are 3 ascents with lengths between 1.5 and 3km each. On the 5th day, you have to climb a total of 400m over a total of 30km. Most of the route is on the tarmac. Only short sections are on gravel paths. When arriving and leaving the towns there are short connecting sections where you should expect more traffic.
It is a requirement of booking this tour with Hooked on Cycling that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the chosen activity and for emergency evacuation and hospital care.
Leaving Turin, you follow the River Po for a while before the bike path leads you to the impressive Palazzina di caccia of Stupinigi. This Roccoco work of art will catch your eye but so will the magnificent mountain panorama as if out of a postcard. You cycle along the flat towards Pinerolo whilst you can see the snow-capped Alpine peaks towering ahead of you in all their splendour. This is where one of Italy’s most well-known cavalry schools was run. Without horses or bikes, you take a stroll through Pinerolo’s historical centre.
With the prominent Mount Mon Viso (“my view”) always in front of you, you cycle past orchards and vineyards on your way to Cavour with its curious “Rocca” fortress built on a moraine hill in the middle of flat land. You should take a break by the former Staffarda Cistercian abbey. They serve excellent ice cream dishes in the bar. Afterwards, you rejoin the river Po for one last time. It is a lot smaller now than it was in Turin. Lastly, you ride into medieval Saluzzo where you will notice its very apparent Italian flair.
Today’s stage is agriculturally rich. On the edge of the cycle path, there are kiwis, apples and beans, which grow particularly well here. You cross several streams and the river Stura and then the scenery changes drastically. The last 10km to Mondovi are through lush green hills. After today’s cycle, Mondovi knows how to impress you, with its wonderful Piazza Maggiore located in the upper town.
There are a few ascents for you to tackle in the first part of today’s route. This is because you are now leaving the Tanaro river valley and make your way up a breathtaking high road into one of the most well-known vineyards within Piedmont. Enjoy the views over the Langhe hills. Grapevines, deciduous trees and hazelnut bushes line your way to Liguria and Millesimo. The old town centre is considered to be one of the “Borghi piu belli d`Italia“, which means it is one of the nicest within Italy.
The time has finally come! You are crossing the Alps! However, the ascent is so gentle that you will hardly even notice it. It goes through the Bormida valley until you get to the top of the pass called “Colle Scravaion”. During a 30km long descent you will look down across the surrounding mountains and out to the sea. The olive trees are now lining the edge of your route. Maybe you fancy trying the particularly good smelling ligurian oil in the picturesque mountain village of Castelvecchio. One thing is certain – you will have an exhilarating descent towards the coast and before you know it you will be in Albenga. What is less well known by tourists is that Albenga has the second most significant old town in Liguria after Genoa. It will surely charm you with all of its restaurants in the narrow streets.
Your last day’s cycle starts with a transfer to San Lorenzo al Mare. This is the starting point of one of Italy’s best cycle paths! Spectacular views of the turquoise blue sea along the Riviera of the Flowers is a cracking way to end your cycle tour. Enjoy the Ligurian Sun on your bike before you get to San Remo. You should however keep cycling along the bike path. The 1.7km long bike tunnel running along part of the famous Milan to San Remo bike race is definitely worth seeing.
Depart after breakfast.
By plane to Turin and Milano Malpensa Airports
Multi-storey car park costs about 15 Euro per day if you are bringing your own car.
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