The mythical climbs of the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France

The “Tour Monviso Strada” winds through a territory that includes some of the most famous hills among road cycling lovers, made famous by the legendary exploits of the great champions of the “Giro d’Italia” and the “Tour de France”: Lamb , Vars, Bonnette, Lombarda, Fauniera, Esischie and Sampeyre.

A good workout is the necessary ingredient to deal with this demanding ring that follows winding roads, with little traffic, rich in history and charm. A bike trip to discover all that this portion of the south-western Alps offers: breathtaking landscapes, villages suspended in time, secret valleys, steep slopes and fast descents in environments of unspoiled beauty.

The ride begins from the Lombarda hill whose descent winds its way through the wild valley of Sant’Anna to Vinadio. A little further in the valley, near Demonte, the 22 km climb begins at a time of the 2481 m of Colle dei Morti or Fauniera. From here it descends for a short distance to Valle Grana and then to cross the Valle Maira from the Colle d’Esischie. There is a poor road surface and requires caution.

From Stroppo the climb continues towards the 2283 m of Colle di Sampeyre. Even the descent that leads to the Varaita valley has bumpy stretches that require attention. Once you reach Sampeyre, you continue to pedal towards the challenging climb up the Colle dell’Agnello (2744 m): 10 km with some sections that have an inclination of 14%.

You will then cross the French border and pass through the characteristic villages of Queyras, the gorges of the Guil stream. Once you reach Guillestre, take the uphill road to Colle del Vars (2108 m). Once you reach the hill you descend to the Alpes de Haute-Provence side which leads to the Ubaye valley. Near Jausiers it begins the ascent to the mythical Bonette hill (2715 m), along the highest road in Europe. The subsequent descent reaches Saint-Etienne de Tinée, and the village of Isola, where the ascent to the Colle della Lombarda begins (2,350 m).

There are different possible variations that make this cycling experience shorter but even more satisfying: from “la boucle de l ‘Izoard” to the passage along the banks of the Serre-Ponçon basin, almost in the land of Provence.

Difficulty: difficult

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