The Hannibal Alps tour is a new cycling tour through the French and Italian Alps in which we’ll climb some legendary, but also some unknown but amazing cols like the Agnel, Fauniera, Lombarde, Bonette and Cayolle. Stages are all around 60 miles, challenging, and go through great scenery. During the ride you’ll be well supported by our broom car and once arrived on the next camp site you will be well taken care of. Are you up for it?
The Hannibal Alps tour starts in Puy saint Vincent, and the first stage takes us directly into Italy over the Col d’Agnel. A tough climb right from the start. Every Dutchman will remember the crash of Stefan Kruijswijk descending this side of the Agnel and losing the Giro d’Italia as a result.
The second stage leads of over the Passo Sampeyre. The road is pretty bad and the terrain gets rougher and rougher. On top a great alpine view awaits us. A long descent, over a much better road, through the Valle Meira, brings us to Dronero. From there we’ll climb to Montemale di Cuneo.
The third day we’ll ride a tour over a part of the Granfondo Fausto Coppi track to the Passo Fauniera. A very remote place with very little traffic and a lot of marmots. And we may encounter some snow as we come nearer to the top, but hopefully we’ll make it to the top.
Then we’ll go back into France. We climb the Madonna della Colleto and then make our way to the Lombarde. The border is on the top. You may want to take a little detour and stop at the europe’s highest monastery first. But beware, the extra few kilometers are very tough. After a break we’ll go for the grand finale, La Bonette, ‘la plus haute de l’Europe’.
On day five we have the opportunity to ride the classic tour Allos, Champs, Cayolle. Great scenery, especially climbing the Allos, and descending the Cayolle. Of course you can just do one of the two, or another great climb in this cycling paradise.
Only one stage left. An epic one. Just like the queen stage of last years Tour de France we’ll go over the Col de Vars and then the col d’Izoard. Outch.