Big mountains and Barolo Wine - Piedmont is perfect Thomson terrain!
17 Guest Reviews
Guest Reviews for this trip
The 2017 Trans Piemonte was my 7th trip with Thomson - and it was definitely one of the most enjoyable and challenging trips of all. The variety of climbs (my favorite being the Colle Delle Finestre), the views, hotels, food - all first class (in typical Thomson fashion). I would highly recommend this trip.
What can I say…this was my 9th TBT experience and I keep returning because Peter and his team simply provide an atmosphere, cycling routes and overall professionalism that are second to none! This trip went off without a glitch and it ranks right up there as one of my favourite TBT experiences. Bravo to Sergi, Sergi, Sergio and Marc!
Trans-Piemonte is an incredibly well-laid out trip. I love how it first gives you the flavor of the Barolo region with its beautiful vineyards and multitude of challenging small climbs, then takes you into the Alps for some of the big, iconic, climbs like the Izoard, Agnello, and Sestriere. One other suggestion: Please set up a file/photo sharing site ( drop box, flikr, whatever you prefer ) at the BEGINNING of the trip. Give out the info in the first briefing. That way everyone has a place to upload and share photos during the trip. Many people were asking for this and I think it would greatly enhance everyone’s enjoyment, plus give you lots of content to draw from.
Another outstanding challenging ride through a beautiful part of Italy. Very tough but not over the top.
Great trip. Very challenging riding. Great staff. Lots of fun.
Fantastic trip from routes through Piedmont vineyards to the Italian Maritime Alps. We enjoyed parts of Italy not usually seen by tourists; hazelnuts being harvested on narrow farm roads, grapes in Barolo being thinned, the smell of freshly mown hay through farmland, then on to the mountain Colle’s with little towns interspersed high up on unlikely ledges of the Maritime Alps. While riding through these small villages, I could imagine where Collodi got some inspiration for Pinocchio. My favorite day was Colle delle Finestre with 9K of gravel at the end. In keeping with a typical rigorous ‘Thomson’ tour, there were always some steep surprise climbs made more fun by the camaraderie of a like minded group of riders. Perfect trip, I’d do it again.
Thanks Peter, for your trip planning, carrying to divergent needs of clients. Italian roads first half of the week were rough, yet beautiful. All the routes were tough, per Thomson protocol. Great memories, now that some time has elapsed.
Great trip except for poor road surfaces. Sergio is a great addition to the crew
Beyond the impeccable support, which we have come to expect from Thomson but do not take for granted, the course selection and food (and wine) offerings on this tour were outstanding. As we found, it is not always the big name peaks that are the most challenging and beautiful. Kudos to Peter and the entire team for all of the effort to pull together this new offering.
Again, Thomson has underpromised and overdelivered. Chapeau!
Same comment as above.
This was my second tour (Trans-Dolomites 2014) and it didn’t disappoint. I really wanted an immersive, incredibly challenging cycling adventure and that is exactly what I received. Most definitely the hardest week ever on the bike and Thomson did a great job of removing all the external stresses and just letting us ride.
As beautiful as riding a bicycle through a Monet landscape.
everyone honestly is great. this second trip wasnt my best in that i got some bad saddle sores on the last 2 days and bailed half on the queen day, but i still had an amazing trip. there is good camaraderie among the clients and between clients and staff. I thoroughly enjoyed the van food at the stops…the prosciutto, salame, mortadella,....sandwiches were clutch in motivating to get me to the top of the climb for lunch. I had some technical issues with the bike that the staff took care of without any hassle. the ride leaders waited for me at turns…i foolishly didnt download the gpx files and later found out my garmin couldnt store them….i essentially dropped the ball on several items on this trip and the thomson staff helped we work around any and all issues…while keeping a great attitude and smile.
Hard! The “hills” in vineyard area were steep, not easy even before reaching the big climbs. Much warmer than I anticipated. Previous week weather might have given a very different impression!
Thomson is like family to me. Can’t be more articulate.
I love these trips. It definitely pushes me and I have to train for them but am so rewarded with the quality of the riding and camaraderie!
The trip starts in the eastern part of the region which is characterized by rolling hills and famous wine! We’ll ride through the incredibly beautiful Langhe region, home to Barolo, one of Italy’s top wines. We’ll stay at the Hotel Albergo dell’Agenzia, former residence of King Carlo Alberto of Savoy, and enjoy a wine tasting at the famous Wine Bank within the hotel walls.
The serious climbing starts with the Colle della Fauniera, a dramatic climb that has it’s place in the Top 5 most spectacular climbs in Europe. The Queen stage comes on Day 6 when we take a brief excursion into French territory over the 50km Colle dell’Agnello, topping out at 2744m on the French border, followed by Tour de France classic, the Col d’Izoard, then back into Italy via the Col de L’Echelle. The final day features one of Europe’s toughest climbs, the Colle delle Finestre, where Alberto Contador cracked in the 2015 Giro d’Italia. Bring your best climbing legs for this trip!
Welcome to beautiful Piedmont!
Our trip starts at Turin Caselle airport where our staff will be there to welcome you before the transfer to our hotel in Pollenzo.
After lunch, an orientation meeting, and bike build-up, we’ll head out on an afternoon warm-up ride through the Barolo vineyards.
Meeting Time and Place
Our guides will meet you at 9:00am - either at Turin Airport or at the Jet Hotel Turin Caselle Airport
Barolo and the Langhe vineyards
Today’s stage may not scale any major heights but it’s a real leg-breaker. A beautiful ride through typical rolling Piedmont scenery and the vineyards of Barolo and the Langhe with a succession of local short and steep climbs such as the Salita Marco Pantani, Salita Gino Bartali and the Salita Louison Bobet.
Ride to Cuneo
We move closer to the Italian Alps today, as we leave the beautiful hotel in Pollenzo and make our way across to Cuneo where we will stay for one night.
The ride today is easier on the legs after yesterday. Enjoy this “rest” day as the serious climbing starts tomorrow - and continues through the rest of the week.
Colle della Fauniera
The big event of the day is definitely the Colle della Fauniera, or to use it’s other name - the Colle dei Morti. At 2481m, this is a tough climb of 24km through daunting scenery.
In typical Thomson fashion though, you can’t forget the Madonna del Colette at the beginning of the ride with its almost impossible ramps at the bottom of the climb. And of course the La Piatta at the end, which will wring any last strength from your legs.
Up and down the Sampeyre
At almost 100km, today’s stage focuses on the 17km Colle di Sampeyre. With an average gradient of 7.4% tired legs can get caught out just over half way up when you come out of the tree line.
Stunning views greet you and accompany you up the mountain before you drop down the other side and speed back to the beautiful hotel Castello Rosso.
Our queen stage with over 4000m of elevation gain over 150km. The ride starts with one of the longest and most beautiful climbs in Europe - the 50km Colle dell’Agnello. At the summit of the Agnello we ride over the border into France where Tour de France favourite, the Col d’Izoard awaits. From the Izoard, enjoy the long descent into Briancon where we start the final climb of the day, the Col de L’Echelle, which leads as back over the border into Italy.
The climb of champions
The Colle de Finestre has to be one of the most infamous climbs in Italy, with its gravel road and gruelling 9.4% average gradient. Many a Giro champion has undone his rivals on this stretch of road.
A real challenge for the last day of the trip, followed with a climb up to Sestriere and a 25km descent back down the valley to the hotel.
Unfortunately, our trip must come to an end. Our shuttle will take you to Turin Airport, arriving at approximately 9:30am.