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 — £4,700 per person
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.
Flights, bike hire and travel insurance are not included
Single occupancy as standard - Double occupancy on request only
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.
|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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Afternoon flights to Turin where you will be met by one of the Rapha Travel team for a transfer to the hotel.
NH Collection Piazza Carlina
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.
Le Chalet Blanc
Colle della Finestre
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.
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.
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.
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.
Col de Tende
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.
Today it is our last day before heading to the airport of Nice for an afternoon flight.
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
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
We have a fleet of top-specification hire bikes available for rent on our European departures. They cost £50 per day. We ask that guests requiring a bike tell us as far as is possible in advance, so we can guarantee the right size is available, and also to send us your fit measurements, so our mechanics can set up the bike for you ready for the start of your trip. If you’re renting a bike you need to remember to bring your helmet, pedals and saddle to your trip start.
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.
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Telephone: +44 (0) 207 482 9175
Hours: 9.30am-6.00pm (BST)