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RUTA NEGRA #1
Italia - powered by Bianchi

 
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THE TOP 50 COLS
... you have to ride:


Duration
15 days / 14 nights

2016 Trip dates
July 30 › August 13

Start location
Turin Airport

Ending location
Venice Marco Polo Airport

Price per person (USD)
$5,895 (double occupancy)
Single supplement: $800

Non-rider price
20% Discount (double occupancy)

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Introducing the Ruta Negra concept from Thomson Bike Tours and Bianchi - the toughest and most challenging collection of HC climbs you'll ever face. In just 2 weeks tick off an incredible list of the toughest climbs from your bucket-list!

The concept is simple, the challenge not so...!!! We created a list of the toughest HC climbs in the Italian Alps, then masterfully designed a 2-week trip to conquer them all!

With over 1000 miles (1700km) and 150,000 ft (50,000m) this is not a trip for the faint-hearted. This WILL be incredibly tough and will most likely be the most challenging 2 weeks you will ever have spent on 2 wheels.

As an extra treat, we'll conquer these breathtaking climbs with the help of the legendary Italian brand, Bianchi! Upon arrival you'll receive a 'celestial' welcome with your Bianchi gift bag, full kit and your complimentary ride for the week - the Bianchi Infinito CV, one of the most hotly reviewed bikes of the year. As Bianchi's special guests, we'll enjoy exclusive perks, including the opportunity to test ride the ultimate climbing machine - the Bianchi Specialissima!

Check out the impressive list of climbs below - then start training for the challenge of your life!

Coming in 2017: The French "Ruta Negra" - an unbelievable journey across the toughest HC climbs in the Pyrenees and French Alps!

Ruta Negra Italia Highlights

  • Conquer the famous climbs - Stelvio, Mortirolo, Gavia, Zoncolan, Grappa, Finestre and many more...
  • And the not-so famous - tougher and more spectacular than some of their famous counterparts! We bring you the Colle del Nivolet, Colle della Fauniera, Monte Crostis, Passo Manghen and more...
  • Bianchi Specialissima - test-ride the worlds top climbing (and descending) bike. We'll have several of these phenomenal bikes available for test-rides
  • Over 1000 miles (1700km)!
  • Over 150,000 ft (50,000m) of elevation!
  • As always, the top support in the industry!

Ruta Negra Italia Profile


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The Rides

Day Route Summary
Ride Distance
Elevation Gain
1

Costigliole Saluzzo › Colle di Valmala › Costigliole Saluzzo

28 miles
45km
3,425 ft
1,044m
2

Costigliole Saluzzo › Colle della Fauniera Colle di Sampeyre Costigliole Saluzzo

92 miles
148km
13,041 ft
3,975m
3

Costigliole Saluzzo › Colle dell' Agnello Col d'IzoardColle della Escala › Bardonecchia

94 miles
151km
13,642 ft
4,158m
4

Bardonecchia › Colle delle Finestre Colle del Lys Lanzo Torinese

91 miles
146km
10,860 ft
3,310m
5

Romano Canavese Colle del Nivolet › Romano Canavese

100 miles
161km
11,634 ft
3,546m
6

Bellagio › Passo Ghisallo Muro di Sormano Bellagio

31 miles
50km
4,633 ft
1,412m
7

Bellagio › Passo San MarcoPasso di Zucca Trinita Passo Zambla Castione della Presolana

101 miles
162km
13,717 ft
4,181m
8

Castione della Presolana › Passo Presolana Passo VivioneGarda Monte Padrio › Bormio

81 miles
130km

13,064 ft
3,982m

9

Bormio › Passo Mortirolo Passo Gavia › Bormio

71 miles
114km

10,686 ft
3,257m

10

Bormio › Passo Stelvio (from Bormio)Passo UmbrailPasso Stelvio (from Prato) › Prato allo Stelvio

68 miles
109km

11,470 ft
3,496m

11

Feltre › Monte Grappa › Semonzo › Monte Grappa › Feltre

74 miles
119km

11,906 ft
3,629m

12

Feltre › Passo ManghenPasso Valles › Alleghe

94 miles
152km

15,085 ft
4,598m

13

Alleghe › Passo GiauPasso Tre CrociPasso Zovo Cima Sappada › Ravascletto

84 miles
136km

11,890 ft
3,624m

14

Ravascletto › Monte CrostisMonte Zoncolan › Ravascletto

49 miles
79km

10,574 ft
3,223m

Total:
1057 miles
1702km
155,627 ft
47,435m


Tick these HC climbs off your Bucket-List

The list of HC Bucket-list climbs is impressive. In just 2 weeks tick off the most challenging climbs in the Italian Alps from your bucket-list:

Climb
Elevation Gain
Average
Grade
Length
Profile
(m/km)
Difficulty
Index
Monte Zoncolan
1210m
3970 ft
11.5%
10.5km
6.5 miles
1660
Colle delle Finestre
1694m
5558 ft
9.1%
18.6km
11.5 miles
Profile
1564
Colle della Fauniera
1662m
5453 ft
7.9%
21km
13 miles
1511
Monte Grappa (from Semonzo)
1530m
5020 ft
8.3%
18.5km
11.5miles
Profile
1455
Colle del Nivolet
1959m
6427 ft
5.3%
37.2km
23.1 miles
Profile
1444
Passo Mortirolo (from Mazzo)
1300m
4265 ft
10.5%
12.4km
7.7 miles
1425
Passo Stelvio (from Prato)
1808m
5932 ft
7.4%
24.3km
15.1 miles
Profile
1411
Monte Grappa (from Seren)
1335m
4380 ft
6.3%
21.1km
13.1 miles
Profile
1408
Monte Crostis
1397m
4583 ft
9.0%
15.5km
9.6 miles
Profile
1393
Colle dell' Agnello
2178m
7146 ft
4.2%
51.4km
32 miles
Profile
1392
Passo Manghen
1629m
5344 ft
7.0%
23.4km
14.5 miles
Profile
1265
Passo San Marco
1742m
5715 ft
6.5%
26.6km
16.5 miles
Profile
1236
Colle di Sampeyre
1348m
4423 ft
7.6%
17.8km
11 miles
1190
Passo Gavia
1363m
4472 ft
7.9%
17.3km
10.7 miles
Profile
1139
Passo Stelvio (from Bormio)
1533m
5030 ft
7.1%
21.5km
13.3 miles
Profile
1139
Colle del Lys
950m
3117 ft
7.9%
12.1km
7.5 miles
Profile
1120
Monte Padrio
920m
3018 ft
9.8%
9.4km
5.8 miles
Profile
991
Col d'Izoard
1095m
3593 ft
6.9%
15.9km
9.9 miles
Profile
910
Passo Giau
922m
3025 ft
9.1%
10.1km
6.3 miles
Profile
849

And a few Non-HC climbs along the way...

The list of HC Bucket-list climbs is impressive. In just 2 weeks tick off the most challenging climbs in the Italian Alps from your bucket-list:

Climb
Elevation Gain
Average
Grade
Length
Profile
(m/km)
Difficulty
Index
Passo Vivione
1073m
3520 ft
5.1%
21km
13 miles
Profile
741
Colle di Valmala
739m
2425 ft
7.7%
9.6km
5.9 miles
Profile
614
Passo Zovo
649m
2129 ft
7.1%
9.1km
5.6 miles
Profile
559
Garda (from Malonno)
554m
1818 ft
9.6%
5.8km
3.6 miles
Profile
534
Muro di Sormano
304m
997 ft
15.2%
2km
1.2 miles
Profile
497
Passo Ghisallo
552m
1811 ft
5.2%
10.6km
6.6 miles
Profile
461
Passo Tre Croci
575m
1886 ft
7.1%
8.1km
5 miles
Profile
447
Passo Valles
493m
1617 ft
8.2%
6km
3.7 miles
Profile
437
Passo Presolana
651m
2136 ft
5.4%
12km
7.4 miles
Profile
430
Passo di Zucca Trinita
586m
1923 ft
6%
9.7km
6 miles
Profile
400
Colle della Escala
391m
1283 ft
2.3%
17km
10.6 miles
Profile
190
Cima Sappada
350m
1148 ft
2.6%
13.4km
8.3 miles
Profile
183

Complimentary Bianchi Infinito CV

Voted “Bike of the Year” by road.cc and "Hottest Bike of 2015" by Bicycling Magazine, the Bianchi Infinito CV has taken the cycling industry by storm. The rave reviews were cemented when Lars Boom rode his Infinito CV to victory on the cobbles of Stage 5 of the 2014 Tour de France.

See for yourself - your trip price includes a complimentary Bianchi Infinito CV bike.

Test-ride the Specialissima

Exclusively for this trip, guests will have the chance to test the new Specialissima, Bianchi’s ultimate, ultra-light machine. The Specialissima is the ideal bike for climbing due to its 780 gram carbon frame and superb on the descents thanks to the Countervail vibration cancelling system"

Top Support in the Industry

Throughout the trip you can relax and enjoy the rides knowing that you have the best Support Team in the industry right behind you all the way!

1 Support Van and 1 experienced TBT ride leader for every 10 guests. And the highest staff to guest ratio....1 staff member per 3 to 4 guests!

What's included

  • 15 days / 14 nights fully accompanied trip
  • Bianchi Infinito CV Rental Bike included
  • Test-ride the Bianchi Specialissima
  • Complimentary Bianchi Cycling Kit
  • Meet cycling celebrities, free gifts & lots of other surprises provided by Bianchi!
  • All accommodations
  • All breakfasts
  • All dinners
  • Lunch on Day 1 and Day 6
  • Pick-up at Turin Airport
  • Drop-off at Venice Marco Polo Airport
  • All ground transportation
  • All luggage transfer
  • Services of our expert guides
  • Experienced mechanic
  • Support vehicles
  • Daily maps, cue sheets and elevation profiles

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Travel and personal insurance
  • Additional hotel expenses i.e. phone charges, mini-bar, gratuities