Bicycle tourism

Colle delle Finestre

da Meana di Susa a Usseaux (17,00 km)
Highlights and tour details

The pass is located inside the Orsiera Rocciavrè Nature Park and connects the municipalities of Meana di Susa in Val Susa and Usseaux, in Val Chisone. Founded as a military communication link, the road is not only noted for the beauty of the places it passes through, but has a continuous gradient between 9 and 10% and is well known to cyclists for its toughness. Facing the ascent from the Valsusino side means traveling 17 km, with a 1700 m difference in altitude, with 33 hairpin bends. Part of the route (from the Colletto di Meana up to the summit for a total of 8 km) is on a dirt road, which makes the ascent even more difficult and the risk of punctures high. The landscape that you cross is varied and at times really spectacular.

 

Points of interest

After passing Meana di Susa you enter a chestnut wood and from this point, for about three kilometers, is an impressive concentrated number of hairpin bends. Remaining in the woods you arrive at an altitude of 1452 m of Colletto di Meana where the asphalted road ends. From here begins a certainly more challenging part of the climb, despite the well-beaten base. From this point on the valley opens up and the landscape changes completely: the road climbs between pastures and woods. When there are only a few kilometers left on the hill, you start to catch glimpses of  the Forte delle Finestre, built in 1861 to monitor  the important pass. Once you reach the hill, the view is truly spectacular.

 

Departure, arrival and municipalities crossed
Departure
10050 Meana di Susa (TO)
Torino
Arrival
10060 Usseaux (TO)
Torino

Accomodation and services

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Luciano Doria
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Luciano Doria
Nature and cycle touring guide offers excursions in summer and winter. Trekking, snowshoeing, cycle touring and multi-day tours in Val Susa, Piedmont and Val d'Aosta.
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Napoleon
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Napoleon
Hotel Napoleon is a renovated hotel in the centre of Susa. Ideal destination for motorcyclists and cyclists, garage with video surveillance for your motorbike and bike, breakfast and bar, ideal for a weekend getaway from the city and perfect starting point to experience nature on your two wheels.
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Susa e Stazione
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Susa e Stazione
Hotel Susa & Stazione, managed since 1987, with care and passion directly by the Pasquali - Peirolo family, continues in the tradition born in 1906, when it was just an inn for a few travellers on the way to France, and continues to offer guests hospitality in a warm and cosy environment. …
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