Trans-Piedmont

Trans-Piedmont

Huge mountains and Barolo Wine - Piedmont is perfect Thomson terrain

​Sitting at the foot of the Alps in north-western Italy, Piedmont is the perfect destination for an epic Thomson Challenge. Massive climbs including the Finestre, Agnello and Fauniera combine with the best food and wine in Italy.

Overview

Details

Next Departure

August 21st 2021

Price

USD $3,995

Duration

8 days / 7 nights

Non-Rider Friendly

No ?

Rental Bike

USD $500

Ride Program

Total Distance

Total Elevation

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Overview

You’ll start off the week with a testing, yet magnificent ride through the Barolo and Langhe vineyards. Don’t be fooled, there may be no big climbs on this ride, but it’s a leg-breaker!

From Barolo you’ll head through Cuneo and into the high Alps where the serious climbing starts with the Colle della Fauniera, a magnificent climb that has its place in the Top 5 most spectacular climbs in Europe. The Queen stage comes on Day 6 when you’ll take a brief excursion into French territory over the 50km (31 miles) Colle dell’Agnello, topping out at 2,744m (9,000ft).

The final day is equally impressive and features one of Europe’s toughest climbs, the Colle delle Finestre, where Chris Froome attacked 80km from the Finish Line to win the 2018 Giro d’Italia.


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The 2017 Trans Piemonte was my 7th trip with Thomson - and it was definitely one of the most enjoyable and challenging trips of all. ...

Cosimo Crupi, Canada — 2017

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Again, Thomson has underpromised and overdelivered. Chapeau!

David Pick, Canada — 2016

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A bucket list trip that certainly lived up to expectations. Fabulous scenery, spectacular riding and good weather really made for a memorable trip. As always ...

Linda & Keith Taylor, UK — 2019

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Itinerary

Day Description Distance Elevation Hotel
01 Benvenuti in Piemonte Albergo dell’Agenzia
02 Leg-breaking Barolo wine country Albergo dell’Agenzia
03 Through the Langhe vineyards to Cuneo Hotel Principe di Piemonte
04 Colle della Fauniera (aka Colle dei Morti) Castello Rosso
05 Up and down the Colle di Sampeyre Castello Rosso
06 The 50km climb to the French Border Hotel Ca Fiore
07 The climb of champions Hotel Ca Fiore
08 Arrivederci!
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Itinerary Detail

Day 1

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Benvenuti in Piemonte

Your trip starts at Turin Caselle Airport where our staff will meet you before the transfer to your magnificent castle hotel in Pollenzo.

After lunch, orientation meeting, and bike build-up, you’ll head out on an afternoon warm-up ride through the surrounding Barolo vineyards.

Day 2

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Leg-breaking Barolo wine country

A beautiful route through the rolling terrain of the Barolo vineyards, today’s ride may not scale any major heights but it’s a leg-breaker!

Locals have named a succession of short and steep climbs after famous riders. Our ride includes the Gino Bartali Climb, the Louison Bobet Climb and of course, had to end with the toughest one of all, the Marco Pantani Climb. In the evening you’ll enjoy a private Barolo wine-tasting at the hotel.

Tip: do not push too hard on this ride. It is deceptively tough.

Day 3

Distance

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Through the Langhe vineyards to Cuneo

After yesterday’s tough ride and what awaits over the next few days, we’ve planned an easier ride today. A magnificent route through some of the most remarkable scenery in Piedmont leads us to the town of Cuneo sitting nicely at the base of the Alps.

In the evening, our Ride Leader Sergio, who lives in Cuneo, will take us out for an amazing dinner at his favorite local restaurant.

Tip: yesterday’s ride will have left its mark and the remainder of the week is extremely challenging, so definitely a day to ride easy.

Map & Profile

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from Via Don Castelli
4.8% 4
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from Localita Piano
7.5% 3
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from Sinio
9.8% 2
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toggle arrow Salita Louison Bobet
from Cissone
5.8% 3
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from Monastero
5.1% 4
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from SP339
5.3% 4
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toggle arrow Salita Marco Pantani
from Bosia
5.7% 2
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from SP58
8.1% 4
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toggle arrow Borgata Pamparato
from Dogliani
6% 3
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from Bastia Mondovi
3.9% 3
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Climbs

Day 01
Day 02
Day 03
Day 04
Day 05
Day 06
Day 07

Climbs

Category Climb Day Difficulty Length Ele. Gain Av. Grade
4 Borgata Silio (from Via Don Castelli) 01 32 4.8%
3 Via Dogliani (from Localita Piano) 01 48 7.5%
2 Salita Gino Bartali (from Sinio) 02 70 9.8%
3 Salita Louison Bobet (from Cissone) 02 43 5.8%
4 Corso Principi Di Piemonte (from Monastero) 02 32 5.1%
4 Feisoglio (from SP339) 02 32 5.3%
2 Salita Marco Pantani (from Bosia) 02 45 5.7%
4 Salita Verduno (from SP58) 03 44 8.1%
3 Borgata Pamparato (from Dogliani) 03 39 6%
3 Briaglia (from Bastia Mondovi) 03 26 3.9%
2 Madonna del Coletto (from Valdieri) 04 80 8.8%
HC Colle della Fauniera (from Demonte) 04 149 7.1%
2 La Piatta (from Via Monterosso) 04 83 9.9%
HC Colle di Sampeyre (from Stroppo) 05 143 7.9%
HC Colle dell’ Agnello (from Sampeyre) 06 125 5.7%
HC Col d’Izoard (from South) 06 105 7.3%
3 Col de L’Echelle (from Plampinet) 06 35 5%
HC Colle delle Finestre (from Susa) 07 192 9.1%
1 Sestriere (from Pourrieres) 07 42 4%
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Dates & Prices

Date Booking Status Availability Price / Per Person Single Supplement Non-rider Discount
2021
Aug 21 - Aug 28
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USD $3,995
USD $750
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    Trip Hotels

    Albergo dell’Agenzia

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    Hotel Principe di Piemonte

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    Castello Rosso

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    Hotel Ca Fiore

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    What's Included

    What's Included What's Not Included
      Accommodations & Meals arrow
    • 8 days / 7 nights fully accompanied trip
    • All accommodations
    • All breakfasts
    • All dinners
    • Sit-down lunch on Day 1
    • Picnic lunches during the rides
    • Transportation arrow
    • Pick-up and drop-off at Turin Airport
    • All transportation during the trip
    • All luggage & bike box transfers
    • Cycling Support arrow
    • 1 x Support Van & 1 x Ride Leader per 8 guests (approx.)
    • Experienced bike mechanic
    • Park Tools Toolkit
    • Park Tools Toolkit
    • Nutrition during the ride arrow
    • Energy bars, gels and sports drink
    • Variety of snacks and local specialties for picnic lunches
    • Bottled water
    • Post-ride recovery food
    • Airfare
    • Travel and personal insurance
    • Additional hotel expenses i.e. phone charges, mini-bar, gratuities
    • Staff gratuities
    What's Included
      Accommodations & Meals arrow
    • 8 days / 7 nights fully accompanied trip
    • All accommodations
    • All breakfasts
    • All dinners
    • Sit-down lunch on Day 1
    • Picnic lunches during the rides
    • Transportation arrow
    • Pick-up and drop-off at Turin Airport
    • All transportation during the trip
    • All luggage & bike box transfers
    • Cycling Support arrow
    • 1 x Support Van & 1 x Ride Leader per 8 guests (approx.)
    • Experienced bike mechanic
    • Park Tools Toolkit
    • Park Tools Toolkit
    • Nutrition during the ride arrow
    • Energy bars, gels and sports drink
    • Variety of snacks and local specialties for picnic lunches
    • Bottled water
    • Post-ride recovery food
    What's Not Included
    • Airfare
    • Travel and personal insurance
    • Additional hotel expenses i.e. phone charges, mini-bar, gratuities
    • Staff gratuities

    Travel details - airport departures

    Travel Details

    Arrival

    Pickup Location Meeting Time

    Turin Caselle Airport

    9:00am

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    Jet Hotel Turin Caselle Airport

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    9:00am

    Departure

    Drop Off Location Arrival Time

    Turin Caselle Airport

    9:30am


    Rental Bikes

    Made by hand in Italy, the Basso Bikes Diamante is exactly what a fine, authentic, Italian road bike should be. The classic lines, flawless geometry and rounded tube shapes offer performance and ultimate versatility.

    Frame

    Basso Diamante

    Groupset

    Shimano Ultegra R8070 Di2 (Electronic Shifting)

    Weight

    8kg (size 53)

    Wheels

    Microtech MR38 Disc Carbon Clincher

    Chainrings

    50x34

    Cassette

    11-32

    Sizes

    45, 48, 51, 53, 56, 58, 61

    Price

    USD $500

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    Basso Bikes Diamante Opal White with Disc brakes


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