GRAN FONDO SESTRIERE

This is the first edition of a Gran Fondo destined to become a point of reference for enthusiasts worldwide. It was created by RCS Sport in collaboration with French “Marmotte Granfondo”, known for a taxing altitude of over 5.000m.
RCS Sport has planned a route high up in the mountains using the same selection criteria employed for the alpine stages of the Giro d’Italia. If you have never before tackled a race featuring stretches on dirt tracks, you cannot miss the chance to tackle the trail climb at the legendary Colle delle Finestre, and experience the thrill of reaching the finish line in Sestriere that saw Fabio Aru’s triumph in the 2015 edition.
There are two routes to choose from, both starting in Cesana Torinese and finishing in Sestriere: La Marmotte featuring a distance of 110km and 3200 meters of altitude, and the 85-Km-long Marmottina, not competitive, but with official timing of the climb up Colle delle Finestre.

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    • REGION PIEDMONT
    • DESTINATION SESTRIERE
    • DURATION 3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS
    • LEVEL DIFFICULT
  • THE TOUR INCLUDES:
    Bicycle BMC GF01 Disc
    Accommodation in double room in 4**** hotel
    Lunches, dinners, visits and tastings
    Registration to the Granfondo race
    Insurance
    Tour Leader
    Technical assistance and Support vehicle
    Luggage transport

    DOES NOT INCLUDE:
    Transfer to/from the place of Departure/Arrival

    NOTES:
    The tour price is based on 6 participants. Should the number be lower the price will change accordingly
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GRAN FONDO SESTRIERE

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DAY 1 - ARRIVAL
Welcome to Piemonte to the mountains of the high Val di Susa where the “Torino 2006” Winter Olympics were held. These mountains are famous for winter sports but also because they are the backdrop to great stage competitions. The final placements of the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France were often decided on these alpine peaks already in the days of cycling legend Fausto Coppi. On your arrival at the hotel you will have a chance to refresh yourselves and meet the Gran Tour guides who will be with you over the next two days: today you may relax with a walk or go for a short ride. In the evening we will be meeting for an aperitif, a briefing on the following two days, and finally dinner.
DAY 2 - PRE RACE RIDE
MILEAGE: 71 KM - CLIMBING: 1200 METRES
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Today we will tackle a moderately demanding route that will take us to enjoy some of the most beautiful views in the High Val di Susa and the corresponding French side. The tour, featuring a distance of 71km and an altitude of 1.200m, will have to be tackled with calm to avoid getting too tired before tomorrow.
We start on a descent to Oulx where we will cross the river and climb up the wide valley that leads to the town of Bardonecchia. As we leave the residential area we start to climb until we reach the entrance to Valle Stretta, then turn left towards Colle della Scala (altitude 1.778m).
Once we reach the summit we can admire a spectacular alpine view along the slope taking us to the descent in Valle di Nevache. The road on the valley floor follows the river taking us towards La Vachette. At this stage we could opt for a short detour to Briancon, known as the capital of cycling for a snack in the town centre. Once we leave Briancon we head back towards Italy tackling the Montgenevre climb (altitude 1.850 meters). After the climb we cross the border again before Clavière and fly to our destination in Cesana down a thrilling descent full of spectacular u-turns. After some well-earned rest and dinner we go to bed early to prepare for tomorrow’s race.
DAY 3 - RACE AND DEPARTURE
MILEAGE: 110 KM - CLIMBING: 3200 METRES
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We start early to have breakfast and prepare our bikes and kit for the race. We put on our custom bibs with our names and head for the starting line.
Ready, steady, go! We sprint up the climb towards Colle del Sestriere (altitude 2.035 meters), through Grangesises. Be careful not to overdo it as there are quite a few climbs awaiting us. Once we reach Colle del Sestriere the first time, we turn down towards Cesana, and an easy but fast descent takes us through Oulx, Salbertrand, Exilles, and Chiomonte all the way to Susa. After a few kilometres we turn right towards Meana tackling the first tough climbs on the 18km to Colle delle Finestre. After approximately 10 km we start on a trail with the last 8km of u-turns up to the summit of the hill, the Coppi peak of the Giro d’italia 2015, at an altitude of 2.178m.
Then we engage in a fast and technically taxing descent to Usseaux. At the crossroads with the Val Chisone state road, at Pourrieres, we are left with a 17 km climb to the finishing line, the first six of which are easier and bring us to Pragelato; the last 11 are tougher with Colle del Sestriere already visible in the distance. A last effort and we can see the finishing line. Great!!! We have tamed Colle delle Finestre and climbed an altitude of 3.200m.
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