Piedmont - Torino to San Remo & GF Coppi

Difficulty  Medium

10 Days - €3,750.00 approx US$3,977
AU$5,332
GBP£3,160

Terrain: Hilly - Mountainous
Daily Distance: Approx 90km / 56mi
Total Distance: Main Route: 850km / 530mi
Total Ascent: Approx 15,000m / 49,000ft

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04 - 13 July 2017 (12 PLACES REMAIN)

Highlights:
“One man alone in the lead, his jersey is ‘celeste’ and white …. his name is Fausto Coppi”. This well-known phrase was uttered by radio commentator Mario Ferretti when Fausto Coppi was obliterating the opposition in the Cuneo-Pinerolo stage of the Giro d’Italia in 1949 – which he went on to win.

Fausto Coppi is arguably one of the greatest cyclists of all time. He single-handedly rewrote cycling history.  This Piemontese cyclist won many of his decisive races on such mythical Italian/French climbs as Mort-Fauniera and Sempeyre, the very same climbs we’ll do as they are included in the Granfondo dedicated to his memory.

Our tour begins in Torino, the first capital of Italy.  From there, the tour will take us across the wine region of Piedmont through Alba (Barolo & Barbaresco!) before we reach Cuneo.  Here we’ll enjoy a fantastic day riding in the GF Fausto Coppi, a memorable tour retracing the ‘Campionissimo’s’ famous wins.  The end of the tour takes us to the shore of the Mediterranean Sea in the town of Sanremo, famous for the important classic pro race Milano – Sanremo!  Along the way discover the culinary delights of Piedmont, a worthy rival of Tuscany any day!

Enjoy!  We’ll have plenty of time to relax and really enjoy this picturesque region.  

What's included:

  • All hotel accommodation in minimum 3 star, usually 4 star hotels (twin share)
  • Breakfasts
  • Introductory Lunch
  • Dinners (except 1)
  • GF Registration
  • 2 Guides on tour (one fully qualified mechanic)
  • Van support throughout tour
  • All in-tour transfers
  • Snacks and food supplements including electrolytes during tour
  • Activities which depend on the region we are visiting. Examples include wine/cheese/olive oil tastings, boat trips
  • Garmin 800 loan unit with maps for duration of tour
  • 1 PuntoTours cycling kit (cycling jersey, knicks and socks) per guest
  • 1 day pack per guest
  • Complimentary food supplements including gels and energy bars
  • Detailed printed Tour information booklet.

Day One - Torino Warm-up Ride
Main Route: 50km / 31mi 
Total Ascent: 400m / 1,300ft 
The first day’s ride is an easy one just to the get the legs working. We’ll ride up to the Basilica di Superga where we’ll have a great view of the city of Torino.

Day Two - Torino Loop to Col del Lys
Main Route: 95km / 59mi
Total Ascent: 1,300m / 4,200ft
A good ride to get you ready for the Piedmontese Alps which lay ahead. We’ll climb the Col del Lys which is truly spectacular. We’ll get back to town in time to enjoy a great aperitivo in one of the very lively Piazza’s!

Day Three - Torino To Bra
Main Route: 75km / 46mi 
Total Ascent: 900m / 2,900ft
Welcome to the capital of wine and food! The ride is not hard but we still have several short climbs on our way to the Barolo and Barbaresco region!  Some wine tasting is a must!

Day Four - Bra Loop to Barolo
Main Route: 80km / 50mi
Total Ascent: 1,600m / 5,200ft
One of the most beautiful rides of the tour, today we ride through the wonderful town of La Morra and Barolo with views to the Alps all day long. Meet a true truffle hunter who will demonstrate the art of finding this rare delicacy.

Day Five - Bra Loop to Barbaresco 
Main Route: 75km / 46mi
Total Ascent: 1,500m / 5,900ft
A memorable ride through the famous Barbaresco hills. We are privileged to visit the Cantina del Produttori and learn their story, as well as taste one of the best wines in the world.

Day Six - Bra to Cuneo
Main Route: 75km / 46mi
Total Ascent: 1,400m / 4600ft
Today we leave the Langhe region and ride to Cuneo, famous for the mountains which surround the town. The ride is hilly, but save your legs for the next 3 days!

Day Seven - GF Fausto Coppi
Main Route: 110km / 68mi
Total Ascent: 2,200m / 7,200ft 
What a ride, with two main climbs today, the Sampeyre and the Fauniera.  Both reach 2,000m, but are long with only some steeper sections. Fausto Coppi did a great race in 1949, winning the stage by 11 minutes over rival Bartali! You’ll love this day!

Day Eight - Cuneo to Garessio
Main Route: 80km / 50mi
Total Ascent: 1,600m / 5,200ft
Today we leave the Alps and we move to the Appennines, Italy’s second largest mountain range! A good day in the saddle as we have to traverse the mountains to arrive at Garessio which has a fabulous Medieval Castle to visit.

Day Nine - Garessio to Sanremo
Main Route: 80km / 50mi
Total Ascent: 1,200m / 3,900ft
Today we change regions as we ride across Liguria, famous also for the PESTO sauce! A beautiful ride with some mountains at the start but with a fantastic long flat section once we reach the coast. The last km’s are some of the famous Milano – Sanremo race so be ready for the final sprint!

Day Ten - Arrivederci !

Recommended Arrival Airport: Torino or Milano Malpensa 
Recommended Departure Airport: Torino or Genova 
(Airport transfer not included)

Piedmont-Torino to San Remo Map