Piedmont – Ascents of Fausto Coppi Alessandria, Province of Alessandria, Italy
Price : £559
Category :
Self Guided
Country :
Italy
Tour Guide : Self Guided
Tour Grade : Challenging
Distance : 317m/510km
Tour Code : GL026
Duration : 7 nights

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Overview

You can’t talk about Italian cycling without mentioning world famous cyclist Fausto Coppi. Five-time Giro d’Italia and two-time Tour de France champion, this true Italian legend rightly earned himself the title Il Campionissimo – Champion of Champions. It’s was only right, therefore, that one of our road bike tours be entirely dedicated to the routes and roads that pushed and inspired him to become one of the greatest cyclists the world has ever seen.

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You can’t talk about Italian cycling without mentioning world famous cyclist Fausto Coppi. Five-time Giro d’Italia and two-time Tour de France champion, this true Italian legend rightly earned himself the title Il Campionissimo – Champion of Champions. It’s was only right, therefore, that one of our road bike tours be entirely dedicated to the routes and roads that pushed and inspired him to become one of the greatest cyclists the world has ever seen.

Piedmont is renowned (not exclusively) for its stunning situation. With the Alps acting as a mystical backdrop against the contrasted luscious green hills and vast plains of the region – it’s no surprise that cyclists from around the world make their way here every summer. This cycle tour will certainly not disappoint you on the nature front, with bounteous vineyards, numerous rivers and nature reserves to enjoy along the way. For those looking for an insight into the history of the area, you certainly won’t be disappointed either. The gothic Cathedral at Asti is just one of many examples of the architecture that has made the region the place it is today.

For the wine lovers (we’re sure there’s a few of you out there!); the region is also renowned for its stunning wines, and for the foodie’s; much of the local cuisine uses mouth watering truffles in its cooking. So like all our tours, there’s a bit of everything for everyone on this epic cycle holiday – treading the paths previously beaten by one of cycling’s true greats.

  • Turin, the old italian Capital, a must-visit city

  • The vineyard landscape of Langhe-Roero and Monferrato

  • Truffles, ofetn served in traditional dishes

  • Barbera, red wine;

The Trip

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Itininerary:

Expand Full Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Alessandria

Day 2: Alessandria – Castellania – Acqui Terme: 90km + 660m

Day 3: Acqui Terme – Alma: 100km + 2,100m

Day 4: Alba – Asti: 90km + 1,400m

Day 5: Asti Round Tour: 90km + 1,000m

Day 6: Asti – Casale Monferrato: 90km + 1,500m

Day 7: Casale Monferrato – Allesandria: 50km + 500m

Day 8: Departure from Alessandria

Day 1: Arrival in Alessandria

Individual arrival in Alessandria. The city flanks the Tanaro River, and is home to the stunning Piazza della Libertà and Piazza Duomo (home to the magnificent neoclassic cathedral) – well worth a visit.

Day 2: Alessandria – Castellania – Acqui Terme: 90km + 660m

The first stage of the tour heads out of Alessandria and directly for the birthplace of Fausto Coppi himself – Castellania. From here you take the road that leads to Novi Ligure with a few pleasant ascents up and over the vineyards, which produce the renowned Barbera and Dolcetto d’Acqui wines. No evening is complete without a dip into the warm spa waters of the Acqui Terme.

Day 3: Acqui Terme – Alma: 100km + 2,100m

Today, three pretty awesome climbs await you on your journey through the Langhe, with gradients reaching 12% at points. The best known of these is the Gino Bartali ascent, which is dotted with holy sanctuaries and surrounded by the famous Dolcetto vineyards.

Day 4: Alba – Asti: 90km + 1,400m

Today’s stage starts with a picturesque peddle along quiet roads flanked by the vineyards and hazelnut groves of Monferrato. Then you’ll cross the ever peaceful Tanaro nature park and the Sarmassa nature reserve before ending your day in Asti – where a visit to its impressive Gothic cathedral comes highly recommended.

Day 5: Asti Round Tour: 90km + 1,000m

You’ll start today (after a morning espresso!) with a cycle through the Mongerrato vineyards on the way to Turin – Piedmont’s capital. The stretch just before the capital is one you may well already know – Superga hill – with 7km at 8% followed by a glorious descent into the city. Take some time to explore the city before heading back to Asti by train.

Day 6: Asti – Casale Monferrato: 90km + 1,500m

Again pedalling northwards up to Monferrato, today’s route is both winding and filled with varying climbs along the way. The climbs themselves have been well pedalled, and at times seem very similar to the Mur de huy ascent in the classic Flèche Wallonne. Casale Monferrato itself is full of historic hotspots, including the Piazza Mazzini and the 8th century Duomo!!

Day 7: Casale Monferrato – Allesandria: 50km + 500m

If you happen to like buscuits, be sure to head to the Via Lanza this morning and pick up a tin of the world famous Krumiri buscuits from the Krumiri Rossi bakery. The final stage of your tour then sees you cycling across the luscious farmland, through quaint towns and on the right-hand bank of the Po River as it comes to an end in Alessandria.

Day 8: Departure from Alessandria

Today, after breakfast, your tour comes to an end. Ciao!

Route:

Accommodation

Deluxe:

Superior:
Very comfortable properties offering well appointed guestrooms and a wealth of facilities. Typically these tours consist mainly of 4 star accommodations with some 3 star.

Dates & Prices

Price Includes:

  • 7 nights hotel accommodation

  • Bed & breakfast

  • GPS tracks for the stages (device not provided)

  • Daily luggage transportation

  • 24hr emergency assistance if needed;

Price Excludes:

  • Transport to and from the tour start and finish

  • Local taxes (approx €10)

  • GPS device

  • Bike hire and helmets


Bike Hire & Extras

Bike Hire:

Road Bike with Carbon ForkRoad Bike with Carbon Fork

Road bike with carbon fork and 27-gear Shimano Tiagra groupset

High End Road BikeHigh End Road Bike

Merida road bikes, with carbon fork

Cycle Helmetcycle helmet hire

We strongly encourage you to wear a helmet at all times whilst cycling

Extras:

  • Extra night in Alessandria

Getting There & Back

Getting There:

The most accessible airport is Turin

From Turin airport get a bus to Torino Porta Nuova, then a train direct to Alessandria (approx 2 hours). Alternatively, you can get a train from London St Pancras via Paris and Torino (approx 10 1/2 hours).

Getting Home:

The most accessible airport is Torino

From Alessandria get a train direct to Torino Porta Nuova, then a bus to Turin airport. Alternatively, you can get a train to London St Pancras via Torino and Paris (approx 10 1/2 hours).

Price : £559
Category :
Self Guided
Country :
Italy
Tour Guide : Self Guided
Tour Grade : Challenging
Distance : 317m/510km
Tour Code : GL026
Duration : 7 nights

Book Now

Overview

You can’t talk about Italian cycling without mentioning world famous cyclist Fausto Coppi. Five-time Giro d’Italia and two-time Tour de France champion, this true Italian legend rightly earned himself the title Il Campionissimo – Champion of Champions. It’s was only right, therefore, that one of our road bike tours be entirely dedicated to the routes and roads that pushed and inspired him to become one of the greatest cyclists the world has ever seen.

Read More

You can’t talk about Italian cycling without mentioning world famous cyclist Fausto Coppi. Five-time Giro d’Italia and two-time Tour de France champion, this true Italian legend rightly earned himself the title Il Campionissimo – Champion of Champions. It’s was only right, therefore, that one of our road bike tours be entirely dedicated to the routes and roads that pushed and inspired him to become one of the greatest cyclists the world has ever seen.

Piedmont is renowned (not exclusively) for its stunning situation. With the Alps acting as a mystical backdrop against the contrasted luscious green hills and vast plains of the region – it’s no surprise that cyclists from around the world make their way here every summer. This cycle tour will certainly not disappoint you on the nature front, with bounteous vineyards, numerous rivers and nature reserves to enjoy along the way. For those looking for an insight into the history of the area, you certainly won’t be disappointed either. The gothic Cathedral at Asti is just one of many examples of the architecture that has made the region the place it is today.

For the wine lovers (we’re sure there’s a few of you out there!); the region is also renowned for its stunning wines, and for the foodie’s; much of the local cuisine uses mouth watering truffles in its cooking. So like all our tours, there’s a bit of everything for everyone on this epic cycle holiday – treading the paths previously beaten by one of cycling’s true greats.

  • Turin, the old italian Capital, a must-visit city

  • The vineyard landscape of Langhe-Roero and Monferrato

  • Truffles, ofetn served in traditional dishes

  • Barbera, red wine;

The Trip

null

Itininerary:

Expand Full Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Alessandria

Day 2: Alessandria – Castellania – Acqui Terme: 90km + 660m

Day 3: Acqui Terme – Alma: 100km + 2,100m

Day 4: Alba – Asti: 90km + 1,400m

Day 5: Asti Round Tour: 90km + 1,000m

Day 6: Asti – Casale Monferrato: 90km + 1,500m

Day 7: Casale Monferrato – Allesandria: 50km + 500m

Day 8: Departure from Alessandria

Day 1: Arrival in Alessandria

Individual arrival in Alessandria. The city flanks the Tanaro River, and is home to the stunning Piazza della Libertà and Piazza Duomo (home to the magnificent neoclassic cathedral) – well worth a visit.

Day 2: Alessandria – Castellania – Acqui Terme: 90km + 660m

The first stage of the tour heads out of Alessandria and directly for the birthplace of Fausto Coppi himself – Castellania. From here you take the road that leads to Novi Ligure with a few pleasant ascents up and over the vineyards, which produce the renowned Barbera and Dolcetto d’Acqui wines. No evening is complete without a dip into the warm spa waters of the Acqui Terme.

Day 3: Acqui Terme – Alma: 100km + 2,100m

Today, three pretty awesome climbs await you on your journey through the Langhe, with gradients reaching 12% at points. The best known of these is the Gino Bartali ascent, which is dotted with holy sanctuaries and surrounded by the famous Dolcetto vineyards.

Day 4: Alba – Asti: 90km + 1,400m

Today’s stage starts with a picturesque peddle along quiet roads flanked by the vineyards and hazelnut groves of Monferrato. Then you’ll cross the ever peaceful Tanaro nature park and the Sarmassa nature reserve before ending your day in Asti – where a visit to its impressive Gothic cathedral comes highly recommended.

Day 5: Asti Round Tour: 90km + 1,000m

You’ll start today (after a morning espresso!) with a cycle through the Mongerrato vineyards on the way to Turin – Piedmont’s capital. The stretch just before the capital is one you may well already know – Superga hill – with 7km at 8% followed by a glorious descent into the city. Take some time to explore the city before heading back to Asti by train.

Day 6: Asti – Casale Monferrato: 90km + 1,500m

Again pedalling northwards up to Monferrato, today’s route is both winding and filled with varying climbs along the way. The climbs themselves have been well pedalled, and at times seem very similar to the Mur de huy ascent in the classic Flèche Wallonne. Casale Monferrato itself is full of historic hotspots, including the Piazza Mazzini and the 8th century Duomo!!

Day 7: Casale Monferrato – Allesandria: 50km + 500m

If you happen to like buscuits, be sure to head to the Via Lanza this morning and pick up a tin of the world famous Krumiri buscuits from the Krumiri Rossi bakery. The final stage of your tour then sees you cycling across the luscious farmland, through quaint towns and on the right-hand bank of the Po River as it comes to an end in Alessandria.

Day 8: Departure from Alessandria

Today, after breakfast, your tour comes to an end. Ciao!

Route:

Accommodation

Deluxe:

Superior:
Very comfortable properties offering well appointed guestrooms and a wealth of facilities. Typically these tours consist mainly of 4 star accommodations with some 3 star.

Dates & Prices

Price Includes:

  • 7 nights hotel accommodation

  • Bed & breakfast

  • GPS tracks for the stages (device not provided)

  • Daily luggage transportation

  • 24hr emergency assistance if needed;

Price Excludes:

  • Transport to and from the tour start and finish

  • Local taxes (approx €10)

  • GPS device

  • Bike hire and helmets


Bike Hire & Extras

Bike Hire:

Road Bike with Carbon ForkRoad Bike with Carbon Fork

Road bike with carbon fork and 27-gear Shimano Tiagra groupset

High End Road BikeHigh End Road Bike

Merida road bikes, with carbon fork

Cycle Helmetcycle helmet hire

We strongly encourage you to wear a helmet at all times whilst cycling

Extras:

  • Extra night in Alessandria

Getting There & Back

Getting There:

The most accessible airport is Turin

From Turin airport get a bus to Torino Porta Nuova, then a train direct to Alessandria (approx 2 hours). Alternatively, you can get a train from London St Pancras via Paris and Torino (approx 10 1/2 hours).

Getting Home:

The most accessible airport is Torino

From Alessandria get a train direct to Torino Porta Nuova, then a bus to Turin airport. Alternatively, you can get a train to London St Pancras via Torino and Paris (approx 10 1/2 hours).

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