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Vacationing at Sestriere, Italy...where to ride?(5 posts)

Vacationing at Sestriere, Italy...where to ride?DT
May 10, 2003 7:50 AM
I'm in the Air Force stationed in Germany. My wife found this awesome website that rents cabins all over the world for $249/week. We booked a week in September at Sestriere. I know the L'Alpe d'Huez is pretty damn close to there, with the Col du Galibier on the way to it...what other classic climbs are around there? I know Ventoux is near, but I can't find it on the map. Any good websites that show the cycling routes of the climbs? What's the cycling significance of Sestriere? I know Rolf made some wheels called that. Man, I'm looking forward to this trip! I'll post pics when we get back!! Thanks!
re: Vacationing at Sestriere, Italy...where to ride?coonass
May 10, 2003 9:00 AM
These sites may help:
http://www.budgettravel.com/italy.htm
http://www.travel-library.com/europe/italy/index.html
Have you inquired from your accommodations site for info of the local area?
Better newscoonass
May 10, 2003 10:44 AM
It seems that Mont Ventoux is about 100 miles SW of Sestriere....between Malauceme and Bedoin, France. If that's not a problem, here's some info: http://www.velovacations.com/provence_vntx.html and http://www.cyclingplus.co.uk/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=2956. The later site has some comments from riders who have made the journey up...
Bonne chance!
re: Your in for a Treatteoteoteo
May 10, 2003 4:13 PM
You'll have no shortage of incredible rides in the area. Ventoux is a bit far but worth a visit and ride for sure.

I have not stayed in Sestriere but have driven and ridden some nearby. E mail me offline and I can give you plenty of skinny on Alpe D' and the surrounding area.

teoteoteo@hotmail.com
SuggestionsZvierBoy
May 12, 2003 3:34 AM
From Val di Susa, where Sestriere is, you can go to number of places.

For startes go north from Susa to the Col du Mont Cenis after descending you can go right (N-NE) to Col D'Isoard. From there continue to Col del Picollo San BErnadino. From which you could go onto the Grand San Bernard.
Or go after the descend left towards col de Telegraph and then Galibier. After these you can continue onto Alp d'Huez and Les 2 Alps.

For a climb that truelly I think is one of a kind you can go south of Sestriere, and do Col del Agnello. I have done it only from the Italian side, where the last 10-15km are non stop dificult(in my opinion), not sure how the French side of it is.

Good thing is you can do a climb or 2 a day. Pick a place, drive there, climb, descend, then get in a car you can drive closer to a different pass if you want.

As for Mont Ventoux, it is about 2-3hrs of car drive away most likely. I would suggest to leave it for another trip and do the climbs in your general vicinity.

Hope this helps some.
P.S.
I also have book at home with the major climbs in that area so I could post some more detail info, if you are interested.