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!