SFIDA Piemonte
SFIDA Piemonte

SFIDA Piemonte, from Barolo to Nivolet!

Piemonte, in Italy’s northwest, has it all for a great cycling holiday. From the vine-growing regions of Barolo, Roero, and Langhe to the Alps, this region is a cycling paradise.

To top it, the accommodation on this trip is of great quality and varied. From a hotel in a neo-gothic building that hosts the University of Gastronomic Sciences and the Wine Bank to a family-owned agriturismo in Saluzzo, and finally a modern and centrally located hotel in the heart of Torino.

What to say about the food, Piemonte is where the Slow Food movement started, so expect to have some of the best food you can have in Italy.

But don’t forget this is an SFIDA Cycling trip! so we will start with a couple of nice days riding in the vine region of Barolo.

Then we will move to Saluzzo, in the foothills of the Alps, and will take on epic Giro d’Italia climbs like Monviso and Colle dello Agnello.

To top it, the Tour de France will be in Alpe d’Huez on the 14th of July, France’s National day, and we will travel to France, and conquer this famous mountain. Then we will watch the most important day on the most important cycling event live! Is going to be a long day, but one to remember!

We also will climb the Colle del Nivolet, one of the most stunning climbs in Europe. This corner of Italy is a bit away from the most visited regions, but definitely well worth the effort. The views from the top are memorable.

Our last ride will be in the hills of Torino, Piemonte’s capital. The Basilica di Superga and its surroundings are the perfect places for an easy Sunday morning ride.

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  • Duration:7 days
  • DATES : Jul 11 - Jul 18
    • HOTEL:3 - 4 Stars
    • MEALS:All meals included
    • ARRIVAL:Milano (MXP)
    • DEPARTURE:Milano (MXP)
    • PRICE:$ 4,950pp twin share
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10th of July: Welcome early arrivals!
For the riders that plan on arriving (by their own means) at our first hotel in the Barolo region, we will be prepared to fit them on their rental bikes in the early afternoon and maybe go for a short ride around the vineyards.

More information about this option is below.

HOTEL:  Albergo dell’Agenzia

 

DAY 1: Hills of Barolo!.

For the riders arriving today, meet the SFIDA Cycling team at Milano Malpensa Airport. Then we will travel to Pollenzo, where our hotel is located. 

Once arrived, we will follow our usual program: check-in, orientation meeting, lunch, and set up the bikes.

After, we will enjoy our first ride in the Barolo wine region. Including a few hills and great views.

Dinner will be at our hotel tonight. Before dinner we will visit the Wine Bank, under the building of the hotel there is an impressive underground arcade, here are showcased wines from all the regions in Italy. 

Day 1
37km  / 630m
CLIMBS: Verduno and La Morra hills.
HOTEL: Albergo dell’Agenzia

DAY 2: A great loop through Barolo and Langhe wine region!

Leaving our fantastic hotel, we will climb up to La Morra, today’s ride is fully in the Barolo and Langhe wine regions.

There are not many flat roads in this amazing part of Piemonte. To make the ride more interesting, we will do a few stops at beautiful towns like Barolo and Monforte d’Alba. When riding in Italy, great coffee and good food are always easy to find and enjoy!

In the afternoon we will ride through Grinzane Cavour and visit its fortified castle. Another climb up to La Morra and a great descent will take us back to our Hotel.

Dinner tonight will be at Osteria del Boccondivino in the nearby town of Bra. This osteria is part of the Slow Food movement and is listed in the Michelin Guide.

Day 2
71km / 1,305m
CLIMBS: La Morra, Novello, Roddino.
HOTEL: Albergo dell’Agenzia

DAY 3: Monviso, where the river Po is born!

Today, after a short transfer to Saluzzo, will enjoy our first big climb in Piemonte, Pian de Re, or Monviso.

This climb was used briefly for a couple of editions of the Giro d’Italia in the early 1990s. The last part of the climb from Crissolo is narrow and in a truly spectacular high alpine landscape!

At the top of Monviso, is the source of the river Po, Italy’s longest river. The Po travels around 650km East until it reaches the Adriatic Sea. 

After our climb, we will descent to Crissolo for lunch before ending our ride in Saluzzo, where we will spend the next three nights in a fantastic Agriturismo.

Dinner tonight will be in one of the best restaurants in Saluzzo, this town has some incredible quality restaurants. 

Day 3
83km  / 1,870m
CLIMBS: Pian del Re (Monviso) 2,020m 
HOTEL:  Antico Podere Propano

DAY 4: Alpe d’Huez on a TDF day, can’t get any better!

Today is going to be a long day. With the TDF visiting the mythic Alpe d’Huez and being Bastille day, but we can promise you one thing, this will be an unforgettable day for all.

Stage 12 will cover the Col du Galibier, Col de la Croix de Fer and Alpe d’Huez.

With an incredible amount of young talented riders, professional cycling is living an amazing era. We hope that this edition of the TDF is going to be another epic one, and what better than to be there on its most awaited stage.

More details of our daily schedule will be available close to the date, but make sure we will work and plan for the best options for the group.

Expect to climb the 21 switchbacks Alpe d’Huez at the same time as thousands of cycling aficionados, arrived from every corner of the world. 

Day 4
50km / 1,700m
CLIMB: Alpe d’Huez 
HOTEL: Antico Podere Propano

DAY 5: Colle dell’Agnello, giant of the Alps!

Our last ride from Saluzzo has to be very scenic too, the Colle dell’Agnello is one of the highest climbs in the Alps, and also one of the longest.

We offer two starts today, one from Saluzzo, for the riders keen to enjoy a huge elevation gain in 68km of climbing, or a start from Sempeyre, this covers the most scenic part of the climb.

The last 15km of the Agnello are super impressive, in both views and gradients, it is not usual to have such continuous above 10% sections at the end of such a long climb…but we are in Italy and the roads were built up to where they were needed, regardless of how steep they had to be.

The top of the Colle dell’Agnello is also the border with France, but we won’t ride down that way of course!

Back in Saluzzo, time to enjoy the late afternoon with a couple of spritzers before dinner at another great restaurant in town.

Day 5
136km / 2,750m     Starting and ending in Sempeyre: 64km / 1,800m
CLIMB: Colle dell’Agnello 2,744m
HOTEL: Antico Podere Propano

DAY 6: Colle del Nivolet, Alps most beautiful climb?!

Piemonte has some of the longest and highest climbs in the Alps. As we had experienced in the previous ascends to Monviso and Colle dell’Agnello, the long ride up to the top is well worth it! But we are glad to take our first group to the Colle del Nivolet, without doubt, one of the most beautiful climbs in the Alps.

We will have a transfer from Saluzzo to Locana, where the first group will start the climb. A second group will start in Ceresole Reale, so avoiding the steepest section that runs parallel to the Torrente Orco and bypasses the tunnels.

The Giro d’Italia has never arrived at the top of the Nivolet, only in 2019 did they have a stage finish at Ceresole Reale. The main reason is that in May, the top of this climb is still closed with snow.

The views from the top are unforgettable as most of the ride up this epic climb.

After our ride, we will have another transfer to our hotel in Torino.

Day 6
6okm / 2,345m    From Ceresole Reale: 36km/ 1,000m
CLIMB: Colle del Nivolet 2,612m
HOTEL: NH Collection Piazza Carlina

DAY 7: Sunday ride in Torino!

Our last ride will be around the hills of Torino. This is the capital of Piemonte and along with Milano, Italy’s industrial center.

We think that after such intense days during the trip, it would be a great idea to end with an easier morning ride and give time to our clients to enjoy Sunday in this amazing city.

After breakfast at our centrally located hotel, we will head up to the Basilica di Superga, which is a very popular climb in Torino. Then we will link via small roads with Colle della Maddalena and return to our hotel.

We should be back at our hotel late morning, then the rest of the day free until we meet for dinner.

Day 7
31km / 800m
CLIMBS: Basilica di Superga, Colle della Maddalena.
HOTEL: NH Collection Piazza Carlina

DAY 8: End of another epic SFIDA trip! .

After breakfast we will transfer to Milano Malpensa, with arrival around 11:00, so plan your flights or continuation of your stay in Italy accordingly. 

 

 

MORE INFORMATION

PRICES:

TWIN room:  $ 4,950 pp
SINGLE room supplement:  $ 950

Rental bike:  $850       E-bike $950 (limited availability)

Early arrival 10th July: $ 350pp. In twin share room and includes accommodation and dinner with wine. And afternoon short ride.

PAYMENT TERMS:
$ 1,000pp when making the booking. Balance to be paid 60 days before the trip starts.

INCLUDED:
7 nights accommodation  3  Stars

ALL MEALS INCLUDED.
7 breakfasts.

6 lunches. 
7 dinners, including wine.

NOT INCLUDED:
International flights.

Travel insurance.
Hotel extras: mini-bar, spa, massage.
Tips for the staff.

SUPPORT:
We will have ride leaders and at least one mechanic on our trip.

Our support van comes fully equipped with all necessary to give the best support during the rides.
We carry gels, energy bars, powder mix, water, fruit, riding food, tools, pumps, spare tubes, and tires to make sure our first-class support helps you through the trip.
Professional first aid kit.

CANCELLATION POLICY:

Adapting to our current COVID-19 pandemic, and incoordination, with most of the hotel’s terms and conditions, we are adjusting our cancellation policy accordingly as follows:

If there’s a travel ban from your estate to travel to Italy, you will receive a partial refund on any payments you have made to SFIDA Cycling. The partial refund will be calculated based on the amounts we can’t recover from our suppliers and any other cost that we have already incurred at the time of the ban.

For any other reasons not related to COVID-19, the following will apply:

31 days before the trip starts – the return of your deposit.
30 days before the trip starts – the return of the full amount of the trip less $ 300 cancellation fee, plus any amount that we can’t recover from Hotels and other costs that we have already incurred in the trip preparation.
Less than 15 days before the trip starts – no amount will be refunded. We will, however, try to credit as much as possible towards a future trip. This depends on the amount that we can get back from the hotels and other costs that we have already incurred in the trip preparation.

We understand that it is difficult to commit too much in advance given the situation we are all living in.

For this reason, we won’t be holding any spots until the full deposit has been paid.

Hotels are now more strict with how many rooms they are willing to have on hold for groups, so until deposit payments are made we won’t be able to confirm your spot.

 

 

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