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Italy / Piedmont

The ascents of Fausto Coppi

This is the land of the champion Fausto Coppi, “il Campionissimo”, who trained his legs in these hills. The slopes in this region, covered in vineyards, call for strong determination, but the view beyond your handlebars is a joy to the spirit. The palate will also enjoy this area, as there are excellent wines to be tasted, plus specialities from Piedmont cuisine and, above all, the famous truffles.
  • Day by Day

     

    1. Arrival in Alessandria, a city divided by the Tanaro River. Piazza della Libertà and Piazza Duomo, with its magnificent neoclassic cathedral, are truly worth a visit.

    2. Alessandria – Castellania – Acqui Terme (90 km, + 660 m, 3.30 h)
    The tour starts in Alessandria and takes you along secondary roads to Castellania, Fausto Coppi’s birthplace, where you can relive the successes of this great champion on a visit to his house-museum. You then take the 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.
    Ferri says:
    a visit to Fausto Coppi’s house and birthplace is very moving and, once back on the saddle, you will feel you are pedalling at his side.

    3. Acqui Terme – Alba (100 km, + 2,100 m, 5 h)
    Today’s stretch takes you through the towns of the famous Montabone, Rocchetta Palafea and Canelli wine producers. Three climbs await you on your journey through the Langhe, with gradients of up to 12%. One of these is the Gino Bartali ascent with its many holy 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.

     

    Ferri says:
    a demanding route with continuous medium-length ascents, 5-7 km. Save some of your energy for the last difficulty of the day, the Gino Bartali ascent...if you have dared too much and get here tired, you too will be forced to say: “l’è tutto sbagliato, è tutto da rifare” (it’s all wrong, do it again), Bartali’s historic motto.

    4. Alba – Asti (90 km, + 1,400 m, 4,30 h)
    Quiet roads through 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.

     

    Ferri says:
    like yesterday, the route winds through hills marked by the hard work of man: they truly spent all their energy in these vineyards and across the slopes of hazelnut trees. You have to do the same, using your legs, heart and willpower.

    5. Asti round tour (90 km, + 1,000 m, 4 h)
    A cycle through the Monferrato vineyards to reach Turin. The end stretch is a climb up the famous Superga hill, 7 km at 8%, followed by a lovely descent down into Turin, a must-visit city! Back to Asti by train.

     

    Ferri says:
    the ascent up Superga is a great classic, included every year in the Giro del Piemonte.

    6. Asti – Casale Monferrato (90 km, + 1,500 m, 4.30 h)
    You pedal northwards up to Mnferrato, 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.

     

    Ferri says:
    take care on the steep climbs, a 34-25 gear ratio may often be useful. Stop every now and again to enjoy the view and the silence.

    7. Casale Monferrato – Alessandria (50 km, + 500 m, 3 h)
    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.

     

    Ferri says:
    a short final stage so that you can once again enjoy the peace and the marvellous scenery. Stop to lunch in one of the many wineries on the way and pop a good Italian spumante to toast yourselves and your holiday.

    8. Alessandria
    After breakfast, end of services.

     

    Due to organisational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during your holiday. For example, along the way you may find temporary deviations caused by roadworks, which cannot be foreseen; in this case please follow the indications you will find on site.

     

  • Route profile

    Total length: 510 km

    Total vertical up: max 7160 m 

     

    This is a demanding tour because of the hilly territory of Piedmont. You will cycle among hazels and vineyards through typical villages. However, it is easy to shorten the stages or to find different and easier ways to reach the next hotel. 

     

     

  • How to get there

    Alessandria is connected with the following airports:
    Torino: 120 Km, Milan: 120 Km, Bergamo: 120 Km, Genova: 80 Km.


    TRAINS
    For further information on timetables and prices you can consult the following website: www.trenitalia.com.

     

  • Accommodation and meals

    We personally choose all the hotels mindful of your comfort as well as the proximity to cycling paths and any relevant local sites.

    You will be accommodated in 4* hotels, with some 3* hotels. All rooms have en suite facilities and air conditioning.

     

    When you book the tour please specify the type of room requested:

     

    • double room is a room with one double bed
    • twin room is a room with two single beds
    • triple room is usually a room with one double bed and a single bed or a rollaway.

     

  • Bikes and accessories

    Girolibero collaborates with numerous hire firms and different bike brands. For this tour you can choose between:

     

    The basic GIROLIBERO roadbike with the following features:

    • aluminium frame with carbon fork;
    • 20 or 27 gear Shimano Tiagra;
    • 23 mm wheels;
    • flat pedals (you can decide to bring your own pedals).

     

    MERIDA bike with the following features:

    • carbon frame top range;
    • Shimano 105 or Ultegra group: 50 X 34 front gear, 12-28/32 rear gear;
    • 25 mm wheels;
    • no pedals: please bring your own pedals (and wrench to fix them).

     

    Due to the lack of rear rack these bikes do not have panniers. We suggest you to bring a small backpack.

     

    We remind you that you are responsible for the rental bikes and its accessories during the whole tour. Bicycles must be always locked and possibly secured to a pole, even for short periods.

     

    The rented bike is provided with:

    • 1 bottle cage
    • 1 combination lock
    • reparation kit (2 inner tubes, pump, tire levers)

     

    We remind you to bring your own pedals (and wrench to fix them).

     

  • Accompanying material

    The Information Pack (one per room) includes:

     

    • final hotel list: due to overbooking or organizational needs your hotel list may be changed just before your arrival
    • luggage labels to be fixed at each piece of baggage, which has to be carried
    • hotel vouchers to be given to the reception of each hotel on your arrival
    • Travel Guide with valuable information about the history, artistic heritage, landscapes and natural treasures of the areas visited on the tour
    • GPS tracks and maps of the itinerary

     

  • By your side

    Only if you have booked a rental bike, you will meet our representative in Alessandria who will deliver you the bike and will be at your disposal for any questions you may have.

    The exact time and place of the meeting will be specified in the Final Tour Details. We kindly ask you to advise if you cannot attend the meeting.

     

    For the whole duration of your bike tour, you can contact us:

    • office +39 0444 1278430 from Monday to Friday 8:30-13:00 and 15:00-18:30
    • emergency phone number every day 8:00-20:00. The number will be specified in the Final Tour Details.
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Tour details

 

from 640 €

8 Days / 7 Nights, 3/4* hotels

Tour type

Self-guided

 

Departures

SA from 6.04 to 12.10.2019

Special departures for at least 5 people.

 

Seasons

Season 1: 6.04 - 26.04 and 28.09 - 12.10.2019

Season 2: 27.04 - 14.6 and 7.09 - 27.09.2019

Season 3: 15.06 - 6.09.2019

 

Price per person

640 € in double room, 3/4* hotels

 

Included

  • 7-nights hotel accommodation
  • Breakfast buffet
  • Travel Guide, Maps
  • GPS tracks for the stages (device not provided)
  • Luggage transportation
  • Hotline service

Not included

  • Local taxes (approx 10 -15 €)
  • GPS device
  • Everything not mentioned in the section "Included"

Supplements

200 € single room

70 € season 2

120 € season 3

220 € high-end road bike

130 € standard road bike with carbon fork

15 € helmet

 

Extra nights in double/single room with breakfast:

55/75 € in Alessandria

 

Reductions

100 € 3rd person in room

 

Good to know

If you booked a rental bike, please remember to bring your own pedals and gps device.

 

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