01/04/2023 - 31/10/2023
3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS
Heroic cycling

Description

“One man alone in the lead, in his white and sky-blue jersey: his name is Fausto Coppi”. These are the famous words of the radio commentator Mario Ferretti who described to perfection part of the historic Cuneo-Pinerolo stage of 1949. This stage has left its mark on sport, when Coppì made the most legendary solo breakaway (195 km) in the Giro’s history. He arrived at the finishing line with an advantage of 11 minutes and 52 seconds over Gino Bartali; Alfredo Martini arrived 20 minutes later to take third place.


Schedule

Day 1

Check-in to 3*star hotel in Cantalupa.
Afternoon at leisure to discover the most fascinating places of the area. Pinerolo, which has been inhabited since prehistory, suffered battles and rebellions under Thomas I of Savoy and then peace and prosperity under Thomas II of Savoy and his descendants of the branch of the Achaians. In 1536, it came under French domination, and Cardinal Richelieu entrusted the construction of the city-fortress to Vauban the most important military architect of the time. The Donjon was also used as a prison, where Louis XIV sent his enemies, including the mysterious character known as "Iron Mask".
Dinner at a restaurant of the town centre where the menu serves Piedmont dishes. Return to hotel and overnight stay.

Day 2

Rich breakfast at the hotel and check-out.
Day focused on the Valley of the feats (and of the Lambs). These are the valleys of the Winter Olympic Games Turin 2006. Lands of sport in all its forms, of great sports facilities, of snow sport and of great cycling, the Giro d’Italia has passed through the Val Ghisone many times and Pinerolo has also been a stage of the Tour de France. "A man alone at the command, his white and light blue jersey: his name is Fausto Coppi" the famous phrase of the radio commentator Mario Ferretti who described the historic stage of 1949.
The 55km route with a difference in altitude of 1,772m starts from the centre of Pinerolo in the direction of Abbadia Alpina, and the hamlet of San Martino, we take the main road to San Germano Ghisone. We stay on this road along the valley floor until Sestriere with a steady climb. After 33km we reach Fenestrelle with the road that winds in two hairpin bends paved with cobblestones, here on the right we catch a glimpse of the fort which is worth a visit. The first demanding stretch is just outside the town but after 2 km the road returns with gentler gradients. In Pragelato, we catch a glimpse of the Olympic trampoline of Turin 2006, from here and for 7km the road changes gradient as far as Sestriere arriving at an average of 5.7%.
This mythical section has been decisive for the victory of many stage arrivals of the Giro d'Italia.
Check-in to 3* hotel in Sestriere, dinner at leisure and overnight accommodation.

LENGTH 55km
DIFFERENCE IN ALTITUDE 1,772m
MIN. ALTITUDE 378m
MAX. ALTITUDE 2,040m
BIKES Road/Gravel

Day 3

Parco dei Fiori namely the Val Troncea Natural Park is an excellent excuse to explore and walk in a treasure trove of biodiversity; it was set up in 1980 by the Piedmont Regional Authority and protects 3280 hectares, occupying the head of the catchment area of the Chisone torrent. Since 2012, it has been part of the system of protected areas of the Cottian Alps, a protected area which is part of the Pragelato municipality.

Rates / Supplements

Price per person from:

€ 236,00 (groups of 1 pax)

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Groups, Individuals

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