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Italy

Turin - Nice Randonnée

27th May - 3rd June 2018

A gravel adventure from the Italian Alps to the Côte d’Azur.

Our first Randonnée to take to gravel tracks is in the stunningly mountainous southern Alpine borderlands between France and Italy. Departing from Turin, the seat of the Savoy family who once ruled the Alps, you will ride into wild and unexplored regions, often on 19th century gravel military roads. And where we are on tarmacked roads, they are quiet, narrow and off the beaten track, taking in hilltop Piemonte villages and remote and beautiful cols. This is a new level of exploration in a Rapha Randonnée, but it is designed to be ridden on road bikes and you will fully supported by our incredible guides and soigneurs – and fuelled on the best Italian and French food and wine on your adventure to the Côte d’Azur.

Single occupancy — A$8,000 per person

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Who is it for?

Let us challenge and inspire you, and fuel your passion for cycling. Using our vast experience of road riding and our love of the history of the sport, we have created Rapha Randonnées: point-to-point itineraries in cycling’s classic territories, and in select destinations across the world. Take on mythical climbs in the Alps, Pyrenees and Dolomites, or cycle the road less travelled through the beautiful landscapes of Japan, California or Corsica. Whichever you choose, you will experience the same levels of service and support. Rapha Travel team cars and experienced guides will be on hand with local knowledge, a morale-boosting chat or a full bidon every pedal-stroke of the way. And, at the end of the day, you’ll simply hand your bike over to our mechanics, who will return them in top condition the next morning. In the evenings all you have to do is enjoy your appointment with our pro-level soigneur, sample the regional wines and cuisine, and relax in our carefully chosen accommodation.

All trips include

  • Expert planning and guide support from guides and vehicles
  • Pre-trip discounts on Rapha apparel
  • High guide-to-client ratios
  • Unique routes
  • Top-level mechanics

Flights, bike hire and travel insurance are not included

All Randonneés include

  • Airport transfers (excludes Japan)
  • All meals including alcohol
  • On-road food
  • Daily massage
  • Laundry

Single occupancy as standard - Double occupancy on request only

How Hard is it?

Randonnées are a real challenge, often climbing the same cols used in the biggest races in the world. But because they’re fully supported, they can be enjoyed by everyone from veteran riders with years of experience to relative newcomers who have put in the training and committed themselves to achieving something special.

*Please note that all routes are subject to change depending on local conditions.

Day Distance Climbing
Arrival Day Arrival to Turin and transfer
Day 1 Turin to Montgenèvre 80 KM 3149 M
Day 2 Montgenèvre to Bra 139 KM 2924 M
Day 3 Bra 122 KM 2230 M
Day 4 Bra to Cuneo 108 KM 2579 M
Day 5 Cuneo To Eze 120 KM 2505 M
Day 6 French Riviera 100 KM 1000 M
Departure Day To Nice

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Arrival Day

Arrival to Turin and transfer

Afternoon flights to Turin where you will be met by one of the Rapha Travel team for a transfer to the hotel.

Accommodation

NH Collection Piazza Carlina

Day 1

Turin to Montgenèvre

This morning we will depart from the NH Collection Piazza Carlina by car to avoid the busy traffic of Turin and head south to the little village of Borgone Susa. From there, our ride will start through the stunning hilltop villages of the Piedmont, before crossing the French border, we will ride on the Colle della Finestre (the final 8km are gravel) and over in to Sestrière, a super tough climb featured in the Giro d'Italia, before ending this first riding day in Montgen̬vre.

Distance

80 KM

Climbing

3149 M

Accommodation

Le Chalet Blanc

Major Climbs

Colle della Finestre

Day 2

Montgenèvre to Bra

Today is our big day of riding, a fast descent from Montgenèvre and the road rises from Brian̤on with the Col d'Izoard. This "hors catégorie" climb has featured many time in the Tour de France and will do so again in 2017. Later, today, we will go over the Colle D'Angelo separating the France/Italy border. We will end our ride in the little village of Busca, province of Cuneo and then drive to the village of Bra where we will stay for a couple of days.

Distance

139 KM

Climbing

2924 M

Accommodation

Albergo dell'Agenzie

Major Climbs

Colle D'Angelo

Day 3

Bra

Today we will ride around Bra with a big loop that will take us south east of the Piedmont region to the border of the Liguria region. Tonight, we will enjoy a "slow food" dinner at the hotel's restaurant.

Distance

122 KM

Climbing

2230 M

Accommodation

Albergo dell'Agenzie

Day 4

Bra to Cuneo

Leaving Bra today to head back to Busca from there we will ride the Fauniera loop, climbing the Colle Fauniera one of the most amazing alpine climbs, and don't forget to look out for the memorial to Marco Pantani. At the end of the day we will head to Cuneo for the night with a short drive transfer.

Distance

108 KM

Climbing

2579 M

Accommodation

Palazzo Lovera

Major Climbs

Colle Fauniera

Day 5

Cuneo To Eze

Today we will leave Cuneo, riding through the Alpine Piedmont and crossing once again the border to arrive on the French Alps, passing by Limone, Col de Tende, little villages such as Tende, La Brigue and Sospel to finish the ride on the French Riviera.

Distance

120 KM

Climbing

2505 M

Accommodation

Eze Hermitage

Major Climbs

Col de Tende

Day 6

French Riviera

Today it's our final day on the saddle, we will explore the French Riviera and its surroundings with a full day ride in the Pr̩-Alps. We will find out what makes this region so popular with professional cyclists who live here year round for training. The Cote d'Azur is where the southern alps dip their toes in to the Mediterranean, allowing for the most incredible views and sinuous roads.

Distance

100 KM

Climbing

1000 M

Accommodation

Eze Hermitage

Departure Day

To Nice

Today it is our last day before heading to the airport of Nice for an afternoon flight.

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Customer Testimonials

It truly was an adventure and a testing one at that. Your companionship made the trip pure pleasure. To sit and eat (steak after steak after steak) and laugh with you all after what were very challenging days will make the trip live long in my memory. Our greatest thanks goes to the Rapha Travel Team. Thank you Ben, Greg, Joe and Francois. I know it's very calm on the surface but I also know that so much goes on behind the scenes. Not only on the trip but back in the office as well. I knew what to expect. But even knowing that my expectations were exceeded. Thank you so much guys.

— Randonnee Pyrenees rider, July 2016

So, you could say the odds were against me having one of the most rewarding and inspirational experiences of my life - yet that is exactly what the Randonnée proved to be.

— Rider, Randonée Corsica 2016

FAQ

What kind of assistance can riders expect on the road?

When you’re riding you’ll always have at least one ride guide on the road with the group - on Randonnées there are high guide-to-guest ratios. There will also be a mechanic with a full tool kit and spare parts not far away – usually in a support car behind the group. Your guides and mechanics will be able to help you out with ride food and drink, as well as local knowledge, first aid, a morale-boosting chat and – if necessary – a hand to push you up the hill if you’ve run out of energy. They’ll do everything they can to keep you and your bike on the road but, if for any reason you can’t make it to the end, they’ll always make sure there’s a seat in a vehicle so you get safely home.

Am I strong enough for the trip?

All our trips are physically demanding, but some are harder than others. Randonnées and Cent Cols Challenges are among the toughest, and Retreats are among the most relaxing. Our guides, soigneurs and mechanics will support every rider to go beyond their usual level of riding. Each individual trip is rated for difficulty, and each trip type page gives rough guidelines on who the trip is for, to help you decide if it’s right for you.

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