Highlights and tour details
GARDETTA BIKE EMOTIONS
It is an incredible environmental and tourist heritage of the Province of Cuneo suitable for many types of outdoor activities; it is a crossroads of mountain bike paths that allow you to reach the spectacular plateau of the Gardetta along the three valleys Stura, Grana and Maira and the lateral valley of Arma, along streets steeped in history linked to the landscapes that surround them!
The different valleys share a natural connection on the "Via della Gardetta", the military road on the plateau, which crosses it entirely at altitudes above 2400 meters!
A dirt road along this high-altitude route which connects the Gardetta Pass with the Valcavera pass, crosses several hills and is surrounded by unique landscapes! A great base and the lack of steep slopes allow for an enjoyable ride an incredible natural spectacle at a high altitude with little effort!
Conitours - Cuneo Bike Experience
Country travel tour operator
Casa del Turismo - Cuneo
Via Pascal 7
0039 0171 698749 – 696206
POINTS OF INTEREST:
There are numerous points of interest in the access valleys to the itinerary: at the beginning of Valle Maira we find the Ciciu del Villar, continuing we come across numerous churches and chapels rich in small objects of medieval art, the frescoes of the Parish Church Elva are well worth a visit.
In Valle Stura we recommend a stop to admire the Forte Albertino di Vinadio, the historic center of Demonte and the Santuario di Sant'Anna di Vinadio at an altitude of 2035 m. In Valle Grana you can stop in Caraglio for a visit to the Filatorio Rosso and continue towards the Sanctuary dedicated to San Magno at 1800 m in altitude.
Points of interest
1) CANOSIO - PREIT - COLLE DEL PREIT - VIA DELLA GARDETTA:
The uphill climb from Canosio to the homonymous hill, entirely on asphalt, is exceptional to do by bike and can also be tackled starting from Preit. From the hill, continue on the dirt road for a further 3 km until you reach the "Via della Gardetta" just downstream of the Rifugio della Gardetta. Preit’s uphill climb is viable entirely by car with several parking possibilities, including the last one up on the hill.
- LENGTH: 12,1 km
- DIFFERENCE IN LEVEL: 1070 m (+)
2) MARMORA - COLLE D’ESISCHIE - COLLE VALCAVERA:
after leaving the village of Marmora continue along the asphalted road that crosses through green woods and magnificent alpine meadows arriving at Colle d'Esischie, from here you descend into the Grana valley towards Colle Fauniera and Valcavera. The road entirely viable by car to Colle Valcavera.
- LENGTH: 19,1 km
- DIFFERENCE IN LEVEL: 1250 m (+) and 100 m (-)
Departure, arrival and municipalities crossed
12020 Canosio (CN)
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