Every cyclist knows the world famous races “Tour de France” and “Giro d’Italia”.
Every cyclist knows the name of the mountain passes that the racers have to deal with when taking part: Izoard, Col de Vars, Galibier, Alpe d’Huez, Mortirolo, Gavia, Stelvio, Sella Ronda. In this epic and unique bike tour, you will ride on the roads where the most known cycling battles took place and you will be able to live 11 days in the myth of cycling.
We’ll ride across France and Italy, always supported by our bike guide and as professional cyclists, assisted by our van ready to provide help and to satisfy all your needs for an uncomplicated, peaceful cycling holiday.
Transfer to Cuneo from Milan International Airport, tour briefing, and welcome dinner.
Today is the Great Day, our epic tour starts now! The first stage takes us from Cuneo to Jausiers (France), it is 90km long with 1540m difference in altitude. The first mountain pass we have to deal with is the Colle della Maddalena 1996m asl. This is a long but not hard ascent, with a 31 km lenght and an average gradient of 3,6%. This ascent became famous in 1949, when Fausto Coppi won the Giro d’Italia achieving an unforgettable solo breakaway. Overnight in Jausier.
The second day will be spent enterely across France; from this stage onward, we’ll ride on the most important Tour de France mountain passes, starting with the Col du Vars and the Col de Izoard. The Col du Vars (2111m asl) is 9,3km long with 885m difference in altitude. After getting to the amazing top a long descent waits for us, just before starting the world-famous Col de Izoard. The pass is 2361m high, reachable with a 19km ride; it presents a difference in altitude of 1174m and an average gradient of 6.1%. This great ascent is in every cyclist bucket list and today will be added to your “palamares”! Overnight in Briançon.
Get ready for one of the most epic cycling routes. This important ascent is 13,9km long with a difference in altitude of 1118m. The landscape is incredible between high cliffs and majestic mountains. The history of cycling has been written here by the greatest professional of all time: Pantani, Hinault, Armstrong, Lemond and many more. Overnight in Alp d’Huez.
Another unforgettable day is waiting for us, another famous Tour de France mountain pass: Col du Galibier (2646 m asl) At first we’ll deal with a long descent to the bottom of the valley, from here to the top we’ll gain 1608m difference in altitude in 32km. This road is also known as the most beautiful mountain road in France. The long descent will take us to Valloire, an enchanting mountain town. Overnight in Valloire.
The transfer is 6 hours long and drives us from France to Italy, Bormio is a well known town the middle of the the Italian Alps, strategically located between the legendary Stelvio, Gavia and Mortirolo passes.
The second part of this cycling vacation starts in Bormio, one of the most popular destinations when it comes to cycling. This is undoubtedly the hardest day, but our assistance will allow you to deal with this epic stage. The first pass we’ll take on is the Mortirolo Pass, 1300m difference in altitude in 12,4 km with a maximum gradient of 20%. Getting to the top of this road will be an extraordinary, unforgettable emotion. The second pass is the Gavia Pass (2621 m asl), this ascent starts in Ponte di Legno, an important Italian ski resort, and it is 17,4 km long and 1400m difference in altitude. Overnight in Bormio.
Stelvio Pass, the highest pass of the tour. This pass is definetely one of the most famous in Europe, the star of Giro d’Italia; lots of tourists come from all over the world to drive or ride across its unique, savage, breathtaking landscape. The ascent is 22 km long with a difference in altitude of 1533m. Then we’ll face the long descent with its 48 hairpin turns, till Prato allo Stelvio and finally arriving to a lovely cycling path towards Merano. Our van will get us now to Canazei in the heart of the Dolomites.
Dolomites – UNESCO World Heritage features some of the most beautiful mountain landscapes anywhere, with vertical walls, sheer cliffs and a high density of narrow, deep and long valleys. In one day only we’ll deal with four majestic mountain passes: Pordoi, Sella, Campolongo, Gardena. This is the best way to finish this incredible adventure, a unique cycling experience.
Breakfast and transfer to the airport.