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Day 21: Il Muros Challenge!

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On the Road – Distance: 109km I 68miles I Elevation: 2164m I 7100ft We leave Piedmont today as we headed up into the hills of an area known as the Oltrepo Pavese. This name refers to its geographic position to the south of the mighty Po River and in the proximity of the university city […]

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Stage 3: Day 20: Warmup and Rest!

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Gavi Warm Up Loop – Distance 28km / 17mi | Elevation: 474m / 1555ft A great shorter but challenging ride as we rolled around the stunning vineyards. With beautful vistas this ride was primarily for those coming in for stage 3 to test their wheels and prepare for the ride ahead. We did a short […]

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Day 19: “life is good in Gavi”…

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On the Road – Distance: 113km I 70miles I Elevation: 2343m I 7687ft Leaving Alba( home of Nutella) we once more enjoyed the stunning ridge lines afforded by the Langhe hills as we headed into the Monferrato towards Acqui Terme. However the day started out overcast and by lunch it started raining, which continued for […]

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Day 17: Au Revoir France, Ciao Italie!!

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On the Road – Distance: 82km I 51miles I Elevation: 1134m I 3720ft We headed out of our little hamlet towards Col Agnel – it is a long gradual climb but the descent was worth every minute of pain. This is probably the longest descent in Europe! It is again beautiful mountain scenery –quiet villages, […]

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Day 15: La Grave….Rest Day

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Sep 6 As we all ‘lick our wounds’ so to speak after 4 really tough ride days, I would be remiss if I did not put one last shot of fabled Alpe d’Huez…. The village of La Grave has settled its stone and slate houses on a sunny slope in the heart of the Massif […]

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Day 14: No Turning Back Now!

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On the Road –  Alpe d’Huez: Distance – 128km I 80miles I 3689m I 12,103ft This was by far the toughest ride day of the trip so far….we climbed almost 5 Cols: Col de Cornillon, Col d’Ornon,  Alpe d’Huez and 1/2 of Col de Lautaret!… over 12,000ft of climbing. Last night though was fun staying […]

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Day 13: Transition to the Alps

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On the Road – Distance: 111km I 69miles I Elevation: 2179km I 7149ft Heading north up through the foothills of the Alps we rode into the Drȏme region. The mountains loomed all around us as we aimed for Chichilianne, a tiny French town nestled in a valley between the Vercors and Écrins National Parks. The […]

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Day 12: Slayed the Giant Again!

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On the Road –  Ventoux – Distance: 123km I 76 miles I Elevation: 2366m I 7762ft Today we headed north towards the Alps. After a coffee in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, where we grabbed some bottles for a later tasting…. our route skirted the ‘Giant of Provence’, otherwise known as Mont Ventoux. Whilst we don’t imagine that Hannibal […]