Cycling in the Piedmont Alps


Ride serpentine roads and iconic switchbacks high in the Italian and French Alps.

We can thank war for some of the most thrilling gravel roads in the Alps.

The mountainous region at the border between France and Italy has been fought over for hundreds of years. Now, the remnants of these historic military roads and forts high atop the ridgelines of this region make it a spectacular venue for exploration.

Nearby, some of the most notorious climbs used in the Tour de France—from the Alp’s highest paved pass, the Col de l’Iseran, to the iconic Col du Galibier—make for smoother days. Not that you’re in search of easy.

And then there’s the Colle del Nivolet. Found deep in the heart of Gran Paradiso National Park, the curvaceous road is one of Italy’s most mesmerizing.

All these treats in one place. So much to explore.

Highlights of the Piedmont Alps

The Italian region of Piemonte is a gravel cycling paradise. The old military roads are not too technical, not too steep, and in some of the most mesmerizing, high-alpine landscapes. Nearby are some of the most famous climbs in cycling history: l’Iseran, Galibier, Télégraphe, Mont Cenis, and the list goes on.

Here is a sampling of what we will explore:

  • One of the best gravel roads in Europe, the Strada dell’Assietta, which sits above 2,000 meters
  • Iconic road climbs like Col de l’Iseran (2,770 meters) and Col du Galibier (2,642 meters)
  • The majestic Colle delle Finestre, home to classic battles in the Giro d’Italia
  • For groups interested in venturing further afield, a day trip to the stunning Colle del Nivolet (2,612 meters) is a must.
  • This trip can be tailored to include more road riding, more gravel riding, or an even mixture of both.
  • A final itinerary will be created with input from you and/or your group.

What’s Included, Pricing, & Dates

  • Customize your tour to include 7-10 days of finely crafted, expertly guided rides over everything from silky smooth pavement to cliffside, chunky gravel (note your preferences in the application)
  • 6-9 nights accommodation near Mont Cenis (either in Susa, Italy or Lanslebourg, France)


Prices start at $3,500 per person for a seven-day tour.

Because Alter’s tours are always customized, final pricing takes a conversation. Once you’ve submitted an application, Alter will be in touch to discuss ideas and options that fit you (and/or your group), before preparing a formal proposal with final pricing and itinerary.

2024 Dates*

  • JULY 2-10
  • If you are interested in other dates, or would like to shorten or extend any of the listed dates, please contact Alter.
Colle del Nivolet
The seductive curves of Colle del Nivolet

What’s Not Included

  • Flights to and from the destination
  • Transfers between airport and lodging
  • Unless otherwise specified, groups will decide among themselves where and when they would like to dine, and Alter is very happy to make recommendations or reservations
  • Our local knowledge means you’ll always have a partner to help you find the perfect café stop, bike shop for gear or repairs, and restaurants throughout your stay.

Start daydreaming

Serpentine military roads and iconic switchbacks high in the Alps

Important Things to Note

  • This trip can be tailored to your desires—road, gravel, or both. Obviously this influences the bike you bring. A gravel/all-road bike or a road bike fitted with 28mm tires would be a great choice if you wanted to do a bit of everything. Depending on the final itinerary, you may want up to 38mm “fast” gravel tires.
  • Be equipped with a large range of gears, whether 50/34-tooth chainrings and an 11-30+ cassette, or a single-ring setup with at least a 1:1 low gear.
  • Tours are limited to 5 guests unless special arrangements have been made.
  • Read our FAQs for more information on Alter trips.
  • Read our Terms & Conditions for more information on our payment and cancellation policies.

Let the Transformation begin

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Cycling in the Piedmont Alps