Hannibal Alps Tour

Agnel Hannibal Alps Tour

The Hannibal Alps tour is a new guided cycling tour in 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?

Start

The start of the Hannibal Alps Tour is 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 far 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 tour 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.

Arrival

We’ll gather in Puy Saint Vincent on Saturday, at the camp site Croque Loisirs around 17h00. We’ll have dinner, riders can get to know each other a little, and we’ll  discuss the ride that’s ahead of us thoroughly. Cars can be parked, free of charge, at the nearby hotel Saint Roch. Bikes can get a final check and then we are good to go.

Camping on small campsites with great views Camp sites

We’ll spend the night on small camp sites. Most of them tucked away nicely with a great view, like camp site Croque Loisirs, the start and finish of our tour.
In the evening we’ll have dinner, a glass of wine, and we’ll look into the next days stage.

Cycling support

During the ride you can rely on our support. A Broom car is always available for some water, a jacquet, or, if you need one, a ride. Halfway there’s a lunch brake. Bars and powder for in the water bottles is available. Same goes for tools, chain lube etcetera so you don’t have to bring much for this ride.

Date

The Hannibal Alps Tour will be ridden from June 17 to 23, 2018

Stage 1 Col d'Agnel

Stage 1 Col d'Agnel

Puy Saint Vincent – Pontechianale

kilometers: 115
meters altitude: 2500 (estimate)

Options: Climb the Agnel from the other side to. Steeper then the French side.

Stage 2 Sampeyre

Stage 2 Sampeyre

Pontechianale – Entraque

Kilometers: 113
meters altitude: 2140

Options: Instead of Sampeyre, climb to Valmala and descent to Dronero, and find your self back on the track.

Stage 3 Fauniera

Stage 3 Fauniera

kilometers: 120
meters altitude: Fauniera is 1725 meters altitude of climbing.

Options: Instead of doing the Fauniera today, you can also opt for a ride to Terme di Valdieri.
https://www.cyclingcols.com/col/TermeDiValdieri

Stage 4 Lombarde, Bonette

Stage 4 Lombarde, Bonette

Entraque – Jausiers

Kilometers 135

meters altitude: 4250

Options: You can also reach Jausiers going over the col de l’Arche.

Stage 5 Col d'Allos, Col de Champs, Col de la Cayolle

Stage 5 Col d'Allos, Col de Champs, Col de la Cayolle

Jausiers- Jausiers

Kilometers: 136

meters altitude: 3400

Options: Take a rest day, or climb one the no less then seven surrounding climbs.

Stage 6 Vars, Izoard

Stage 6 Vars, Izoard

kilometers: 113
meters altitude: 3262

Options: Skip Izoard and ride from Guillestre to Argentière la Bessée and Puy Saint Vincent.

Follow Hannibal over the Alps

inscribe for the Hannibal Alps Tour

When? June 17
Where? Puy saint Vincent, France
Costs? €395 plus €25 per day for our chef

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