4 days on ebike, Northwest Passage: the Valleys Grand Tour at the foot of Monte Rosa, with luggage transport service

A pioneer journey between Piedmont and Valle d'Aosta: the Zegna Oasis, the Supervulcano, the cable car to the Passo dei Salati, the secret passage, the Tracciolino

€ 779

Do you like eBikes, mountains and challenges?

The biggest challenge for us was to manage to make this journey the first time:  Giroola did not exist yet, Marco had recently started riding a mountain bike and was looking for a slightly challenging sporting tour, carrying in his backpack the necessary to stay away 3-4 days.  So we came across this Grand Valley Tour, a 200km route, which touches 2 regions, 3 provinces, crosses valleys and climbs mountains.  Great!

But there was a problem: this path, advertised on different websites and included in catalogs, maps, leaflets, ... actually does not exist!  What we mean: the roads and paths are all there (or almost ... :)), but there is no detailed map, there is no roadbook, there is no .gpx track, and we have not found anyone who ever did it all in one go.  And so we decided to set it up ourselves!

With our friends from STSbike in Biella, who know these areas and their paths inside out, in 4 days we crossed woods, passed mountains, and returned home with a wonderful trip to share with our devoted bikers, and with the new ones we will meet this season.

If you are eBikers with a minimum of experience, able to tackle mountain roads, trails and mule tracks, then this is the tour for you! 

Length: 200 km
Elevation gain: 4,800m
(obviously excluding the cable car sections :))

 

For this trip we recommend using a full suspended electric mountain bike. It is possible to rent it from us, at an additional cost of 50 euros for the whole day, including the helmet.

Grand Valley Tour Map

difficulty level:Challenging

A physically / technically challenging tour, suitable for riders that routinely use mountain bikes (or e-mountain bikes) on trips with long uphills or very rough off-road stretches (mountain trails). 

Day 1 - The SuperVolcano
Starting from Biella, the first day we will cycle across the Zegna Oasis and the Valsessera, crossing the insubric line (it is the line of contact between the African and European plates, where they collided and, pushing against each other, generated the Alps) at the point where, hundreds of millions of years ago, there was a giant supervolcano!

Length: 40 km
Elevation gain: 1.700m

 

Day 2 - Monte Rosa
The second day we will go up all the Valsesia valley, until we reach Alagna, we go by cable car up to the Passo dei Salati (we are at 3.000m with a wonderful view over the whole Monte Rosa massif), and from here we will descend to Gressoney.

Length: 50 km
Elevation gain: 700m

 

Day 3 - the secret passage
On the third day we will descend along the Lys river, then we will begin to climb up to the secret passage, which through a tunnel and down (on foot) in the middle of a forest (this secret passage will avoid a long stretch of transfer on asphalt to the valley bottom) will take us back to Piedmont.

Length: 60 km
Elevation gain: 1.300m d+

 

Day 4 - The Tracciolino
On the last day we will return to the starting point enjoying the fantastic view (over the Po valley and the hills of the Ivrea morainic amphitheater) from the "Tracciolino", which will take us to the sanctuary of Oropa and, after passing through the suggestive ‘galleria della Rosazza’, we will return to Biella where we will end the tour with a giant beer!

Length: 50 km
Elevation gain: 1.100m

Marco
Marco

Marco is the head of our biking tours. Master motorbike traveller, he's been everywhere in Europe in the last 16 years, he loves heavy metal music, eating jam directly from the jar with a spoon, living in the country and solving a Rubik's cube in less than 50 seconds. He's got super brains, he has a solution for everything but his stinky socks!

Never without: a Rubik's cube

Favourite quote: "It could be worse... It could be raining!"

There will be dirt roads and at times challenging trails, both up and downhill, with the presence of small jumps / drops, possibility of slippery surfaces depending on weather conditions

This is one of our CHALLENGING tours.

This is a bike tour dedicated to cyclists with good experience and adequate physical and technical preparation, and in good health.

If you need any clarification or additional information in addition to what you find on this page, you can contact us by email or by phone, or via whatsapp 

We recommend wearing padded cycling shorts as you will be riding for many hours. 

In all our eBike tours it is essential to wear a helmet, if you don't have one we can lend it to you. If you rent one of our eBikes, the helmet is included in the price.

eBike HARD

This tour does not involve any particular risks: we will ride on mountain roads, traveled by thousands of hikers and cyclists every year. As always when going to the mountains the right attention and the right caution are needed.

At the end of the second day we will face a long descent from the 3.000m of the Salati Pass to Gressoney, using rough roads and paths that run along the ski slopes, which require a good basic technique and a bike in good working order (tires and brakes)

On the third day, we will have to face a stretch of about 300m that crosses a forest, downhill, where we will have to accompany the bike (we need suitable shoes, we do not recommend rigid racing bikes shoes)

On the last day we will cross a tunnel, about 200m long, unlit and with an irregular bottom (there are small holes and puddles), which you can still easily tackle on foot. 

PROTECTIONS
There are no real "enduro" traits, and considering how much there is to ride, Marco prefers to do it without knee pads / elbow pads.
But if you feel more comfortable wearing them, you can of course do!
(Instead the helmet, just to remember it, is mandatory for all of our tours) 

eBike in the gallery

For this trip we recommend using a full suspended electric mountain bike.

You can come with yours, but if you prefer you can rent it from us, at an additional cost of 200 euros for the 4 days of the tour, including the helmet.

The price of this 4 days on ebike, Northwest Passage: the Valleys Grand Tour at the foot of Monte Rosa, with luggage transport service, 799 euros per person, includes:

  • Assistance from Marco, that will cycle the whole tour with you, will tell you about history, nature, traditions and will help you in case you need it during the throughout the tour. 
  • 3 nights with breakfast
  • 4 lunches
  • 3 dinners
  • cable car ticket from Alagna to the Salati Pass
  • baggage transport during all stages
  • assistance with our minibus in case of need
  • Giroola’s technical t-shirt

The cost does not include the possible rental of the e-bike (total cost for the whole tour for the rental of a full suspension e-bike: 200 euro)

You can add a night at the beginning or end of your trip.

The tour starts in Biella at 10.00 am.

The meeting point is in Piazza Martiri della Libertà, under the monument of Quintino Sella (Click here for Google Maps coordinates)

Before departure we will confirm to the registered travelers the exact place of the appointment.

The end of the tour is scheduled, at the same point of the meeting, on Sunday at about 5.30pm

It is possible to arrive the day before and / or stay the night of the last day at the Michelangelo Hotel and leave the following day.

If you want to discuss further details, or get help to plan your stay before and after the tour, you can get in touch with Paola, who will be happy to help you.

You can also reach us directly in the chat on this page.

This tour includes luggage transfer services, so everyone can take with them a bag / backpack that they will leave in the morning at the hotel and find in the evening at the next hotel

In addition to the baggage with clothes for the evening and for the different days, everyone will have to have a backpack with the bare essentials for the day: even if everyone carries their own, so they can adjust according to their own experience, the advice is to keep yourself "light" and not overdo the weight. If you want to have a hint, this is what Marco will bring:

for the day by bike

  • helmet
  • short-sleeved technical fabric sweater
  • padded shorts

(the technical bike clothing - shirt + shorts - can be washed in the evening and worn the next day, or you can have a clean change for every day in the carried luggage)

and:

  • long-sleeved technical fabric jersey
  • rainproof light jacket
  • Gloves
  • sunglasses
  • sunscreen
  • spare bike tube
  • battery charger (!)
  • derailleur for the bike shifting mechanism (if you have it take it with you, these are not interchangeable from bike to bike)

do not forget

  • Water
  • some snacks and/or mineral salts

 

We will sleep in hotels / b & b so we will not need sleeping bags, sheets or towels.

 

If you come with your own ebike, it is important to make sure that the bike is in perfect working order:

  • tyres in good condition
  • working brakes
  • suspensions in order and correctly calibrated
  • chain not overly worn or damaged
  • charged battery 🙂

Finally, Marco has in his backpack the necessary items to carry out small repairs, but some spare parts are not universally compatible, so it would be good if everyone had in their backpack some spare parts of the type and size suitable for their own eBike:

  • spare bike tube
  • chain connecting link
  • a pair of brake pads
  • the gear fork

The list is long, but with a little attention everything will fit in a backpack and a bag 🙂

All our tours are directly made by us, Giroola Srl, via Amorosa 3, 10030 Villareggia (TO) (P.iva 11671600010, Scia 19022017-1520 Suap 9007)

During the tour you'll be covered by our Civil Responsibility Assurance (Reale Mutua Assicurazioni, via Corte d'Appello 1, 10122 Torino, nr.2007/03/2276452).  

We adhere to the Guarantee Fund (art.50 Dlgs 23.05.2011 n.79) which can be used by all travellers provided they have a contract in case of bankruptcy or insolvency for the refunding of the price paid. (Fondo Garanzia Viaggi Srl, via Nazionale 60, 00184 Roma, certificate n. A/146.1485/5/2017).

 

Booking Policy, from the General Terms and Condition for the Sale of Tour Packages:

3) RESERVATIONS

Acceptance of reservations by Giroola Srl is subject to availability. Reservations will be considered final following confirmation by Giroola Srl,  even via e-mail or fax, to the client.

Indications relative to the tour package not contained in the contract documents, brochures or other forms of written communication, will be supplied in time by Giroola Srl prior to the initial starting date in compliance with its duties as envisaged by Legislative . decree n. 79/2011.

4) PAYMENT

Upon booking, a registration fee and a deposit of 25% of the total amount is required. Full payment is due 30 days prior to departure. For reservations made within 30 days of departure, full payment is due upon booking. Lack of payment of the abovementioned sums on the dates established constitutes grounds for cancellation of reservations such as to determine, on the part of Giroola Srl, the right to terminate the contract.

5) TRANSFER OF CONTRACT

The client renouncing the contract may be substituted by another person provided that:

a) Giroola Srl be given written notice at least 4 weekdays prior to the date of departure, together with the necessary personal data of the transferee;

b) The transferee be able to satisfy all the conditions for the fruition of the service ( ex article 10 of Legislative decree n.111/95) and in particular the requisites relative to passports, visas, health certificates;

c) The transferee refund Giroola Srl for all expenses incurred for the transfer of the contract for the sum specified before the transfer.

Moreover, the transferor and the transferee are both accountable for the payment in full of the tour package price as well as for the sum as per item (c) of the present article.

As far as certain types of services are concerned, third party suppliers have the right to refuse the substitution of the transferee, even if effected within the time limit specified as per item (a) of the present article. Giroola Srl will therefore not be held responsible for the eventual non-acceptance of the substitution on behalf of third parties. This non-acceptance shall be notified in good time by Giroola Srl to the parties involved before departure.

6) WITHDRAWAL

In the event of withdrawing from the tour package contract, the client is, in any case, liable for the payment of the tour package price. If withdrawal takes place for reasons beyond those envisaged in article 7 of the present General Terms, the client shall pay, in compliance with ex article 1373, paragraph III, Italian Civil Code, cancellation penalties as specified below:

  • 10% of the tour package price within 30 days prior to departure
  • 30% of the tour package price from 29 to 18 days prior to departure
  • 50% of the tour package price from 17 to 10 days prior to departure
  • 75% of the tour package price from 9 to 3 weekdays prior to departure
  • 100% of the tour package price beyond these terms.

7) WITHDRAWAL OF CLIENT WITHOUT PENALTY

The client may withdraw from the contract, without incurring any penalty, in the following circumstances:

  • a significant change of one or more elements of the contract which can be objectively considered as fundamental for the fruition of the tour package in its entirety and proposed by Giroola Srl.
  • after the conclusion of the contract itself but prior to departure and not accepted by the client.

In the abovementioned circumstances, the client is entitled to the following options:

  • the fruition of an alternative tour package, with no increase in price or with the restitution of the excess in price, if the second tour package costs less than the first;
  • the restitution of any sum corresponded as partial payment. Said restitution must be made within seven weekdays from receiving the request for reimbursement.

The client must communicate the decision (to accept the change or to withdraw) within two weekdays from receiving notice of the price increase or change. In the absence of specific notice within the said term, the proposal made by Giroola Srl will be considered accepted. The client who decides to withdraw from the contract before departure for circumstances beyond those listed above shall pay, after deducting the account paid as per article 4, the penalty indicated in article 6.

8) TOUR VARIATIONS

Variations to the tour, requested by the client, after the confirmation of booking, could involve processing expenses for Giroola Srl and at times penalties charged by suppliers. If so, the customer will be charged. Partial withdrawal of some of the travellers under the same contract and the resulting decrease in number of tour members is to be considered partial cancellation and is consequently regulated as stated in article 6.

As specified in our General Conditions of Sale of tourist packages, when you travel with Giroola you are covered by our Civil Liability Insurance. For all that could happen and that was due to our negligence or error, we have signed a policy (Reale Mutua Assicurazioni, nr.2007 / 03/2276452).

There are other insurance policies that we recommend and for which we have chosen to work with Allianz Global Assistance, whose Globy range seems to us to be the most suitable for our travelers:

  • TRAVEL CANCELLATION - Our 8-person trips are often full months before the date of travel, and even if our cancellation policy is actually much more flexible than expressed in our Booking Policy (our travelers can attest to this, we are very available to move the trip in case of unexpected even the last minute), where other facilities are involved (hotels, rentals, etc) some expenses are not really refundable, and therefore a good trip cancellation insurance becomes a valuable ally. 
  • HEALTH and ASSISTANCE

We at Giroola are an agency of the Globy network of Allianz Global Assistance, and we can therefore provide you with all the information, make estimates and issue the policies directly with the booking.

For any information our Paola is at your disposal at the phone number +39 370 3506333, at the address [email protected] or in the chat directly on this page.

What's included

Meals

3 breakfasts

4 lunches

3 dinners

Transport

  • Assistance for 4 days on the trails
  • Ascent by cable car from Alagna to Passo dei Salati
  • Luggage transport service at each stage

Accommodation

  • 3 nights with breakfast

Activities

  • 4 days of mountain bike trails
  • Giroola’s technical t-shirt

Book this tour

You can book directly and quickly here on the site, or if you prefer us to assist you with your booking, click here to chat with us now, or call us at +39.370.350.63.33, we'll be happy to help!

If you are booking over a month in advance, only a deposit of 25% is necessary.

If you book a tour of more than one day with us before February 28th you will get the "2020 Girooler limited Edition" t-shirt for free! Get more info

Itinerary and activities may vary depending on weather conditions, seasonal events, special events and group suggestions.

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