Published on: 12 March 2013 | Last updated: 7 January 2020
piemonteoutdoor.it is the Regione Piemonte’s regional site aimed at tourists looking for active holidays. As well as an excellent accommodation directory and information about the region’s parks, it has sections aimed at mountainbikers and touring cyclists/road cyclists. However, while it provides an overview of what’s available, there are more useful sites but only covering parts of the region.
The most useful of these is piemontebike.eu (it/en). This is a joint venture between the three provincial authorities in the south of the region (Cuneo, Asti, Alessandria). There are 37 day rides (most for road or ‘city’ bikes) plus some multi-day tours. Most day-rides are less than 50kms. For each tour there’s a route description, google map and downloadable track files plus information on hotels and agriturismi (farmstays), bike shops and tourist offices. Some beautiful photos.
The city of Cuneo is in the south-west of the region with the Apennines to the south and the Alps to the east. The provincia also includes the wine districts of the Langhe and Roero around the cities of Alba and Bra.
cuneoholiday.com (it/en/fr/es/de) has a section devoted to MTB and cycling holidays. You download sections from their brochure ‘Cuneo’s Bicycle Touring District’. Alternatively you can go to their downloads page and download the whole thing.
The brochure includes:
- 11 time-trial climbs;
- 8 giro d’Italia climbs;
- a ‘Granda Bike Tour’ of the Cuneo area;
- 25 MTB routes;
- a list of Bike Hotels
- a list of bike events.
Due Ruote con Gusto nelle Alpi del Mare is a guide (it/fr/en/de) and good-quality map with road and mountainbike rides in the maritime Alps in Cuneo and the neighbouring provincia di Imperia.
Bra and Alba
The towns of Bra and Alba have teamed up to produce a tourism site langheroero.it (it/en/de/fr) with a selection of 10 cycling routes. Downloads brochures, maps, altitude profiles, gps files. A small selection but very well presented.
The Grand Tour Marittimi-Mercantour
The Cuneo provincia and the authorities for the Parco Alpi Marittimi (it) have teamed up with the Parc Mercantour on the other side of the border to promote cross-border tourism in the area covered by the two parks. Their joint site marittimemercantour.eu . Of particular interest to cycle tourists is the Grand Tour Marittimi Mercantour a 374-kilometre through ten valleys of the Southern Alps. There’s also a bike version a 500-kilometre tour with 11,000 metres of climbing.
There’s a video (in French and Italian) that gives a flavour of what the route has to offer (14:09) :
Direct download for the English/German version of the general brochure:
Cyclo-Monviso is another initiative to promote cross-border tourism - supported by the French town of Guillestre and three Italian towns (Racconigi, Savigliano and Saluzzo). Centrepiece of the initiative is the very challenging climb over the Colle dell Angelo.
The provincia di Torino is in the north west of the region. The area has an extensive network of signposted ciclostrade (cycle routes mainly on quiet roads, but with some sections of cycleway). The area has a huge variety of cycling to offer ranging from off-road on old military roads in the mountains and some of the toughest climbs in the Alps, to relaxed rides on quiet back lanes.
The provincia publishes three brochures that are widely available in tourist offices:
- Bed & Bike - a listing of bike-friendly accommodation plus some basic information about recommended routes;
- a Ruota Libera - information about some of the major routes and climbs in the area;
- Alpi Bike Resort a leaflet and map showing the major bike parks.
The Strada delle Mele Pinerolese (it/fr/en) (the Pinerolese Apple Road) describes cycling routes of the fruit growing area of the provincia around the village of Cavour. The main route is 58 kilometres long but there are a number of variants.
Resources for MTBers
Piemonte has a number of high-altitude military roads built to guard the frontier with France. These include the Strada dell’Assietta (SP173) a 60-kilometre road that runs along the ridge between Pian dell’Alpe and Sestrière and is almost entirely above 2000 metres in altitude. An ordinance introduced in July 2013 means that the closed to motor vehicles for two days a week (Wednesday and Saturday) in July and August. The cicloturismo page (link is to the english version) includes maps, as well as information about accommodation. These include a couple of high-altitude campsites. There’s a useful brochure/booklet available from tourist offices - or you can download the pdf: Strada dell’Assietta leaflet .