Procycling Magazine is giving its bike fans the chance to join the magazine’s editorial team and some very special guests climbing some of the biggest and most spectacular passes in the French and Italian Alps on a week-long trip they’re dubbing "The Giants of the Alps".
On June 14–20, Procycling will be teaming up with renowned travel company Thomson Bike Tours for a seven-day trip tackling a series of classic climbs made famous by the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia. Starting and finishing in Turin, the trip covers more than 400 miles and a huge 16,000 metres-plus of climbing on roads that are mostly very light on traffic and staggeringly beautiful.
Included on the itinerary are the Colle delle Finestre, with its famous section of dirt road towards the summit, the climb to the resort of Sestriere, where Claudio Chiappucci and Lance Armstrong claimed famous Tour victories, the trio of monster ascents that featured on 2008’s Tour route – the Colle d’Agnello, Col de Lombarde and Col de la Bonette-Restefond, the highest road pass in Europe – and both sides of the Col d’Izoard.
The trip will be fully supported by Thomson Bike Tours’ expert guides and fully-equipped support team. The trip will also feature a number of guest riders, courtesy of Procycling, as well as other special events. Numbers are limited, so register your interest as soon as possible at www.thomsonbiketours.com.