A day on the eBike up to the Sommeiller peak
Our highest tour proposal: with our eBikes we will reach a height of 3.000m
It is impossible to find another road in Italy that goes this high.
We will leave for this tour from the Bacini di Bardonecchia, in this way we will "cut" the initial part of the difference in height, all on asphalt, and we will start pedaling for the first km on a long dirt road, with very little gradient, which will take us to the lake of Rochemolles.
After the lake the road will start to climb, with easy slopes, up to the Scarfiotti refuge (2.150m), where we can have a coffee, before starting the "tougher" part: having passed the refuge, in fact, we are about halfway through the journey, the road starts to "climb" on the sides of the mountain, the vegetation disappears and the landscape becomes almost lunar. From this point on the slopes become demanding, and the bottom becomes "difficult", with rocks and holes that force you to continuously shift your trajectory. We will pass many hairpin bends until we reach a wooden fence, which marks the border between Italy and France on this mountain. Then we will get past this last barrier and go beyond 3,000 meters.
After a nice break to enjoy the spectacular view, we will begin the re-entry phase, following the same road the opposite way, all downhill but no less demanding, especially in the first part to the Scarfiotti refuge.
From this point on, the road surface definitely improves and the descent becomes pleasant.
We do this tour on Thursday because it is the only day of the week when the road is closed to vehicular traffic, and we can ride quietly without having to breathe in dust and exhaust gases :)
Length: 45 km
Elevation gain: 1.200m
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.
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).
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!"
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.
If the weather makes the tour impossible, we will contact you the day before (when the weather forecast becomes more reliable) to reschedule the day or for a reimbursement.
The price of the package, 79euros per person, includes:
- Accompaniment by a bicycle tour guide authorized by the Piedmont Region for cycling / e-bike excursions for the whole day
- lunch (two courses, water and coffee)
if you wish to use one of our eBikes for the ride, the cost of the rental for the whole day, including the helmet, is 50 euros, and can be added during the booking.
You can sign up directly in this page or by contacting us directly by e-mail at ([email protected]) or by phone or Whatsapp at the number 370 3506333
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If you are considering a Challenging / Medium Challenging tour, you probably already own the required equipment to pedal for a day riding an eBike. In this paragraph we have inserted the "reminder" that Marco himself uses to be sure not to forget anything before leaving for a tour, even if only for a day:
- helmet - it is not (yet) required by law, but it is in all our tours 🙂
- padded shorts
- technical fabric t-shirt
- specific bike / mtb shoes (or gym / trekking shoes)
- a backpack with a long-sleeved shirt and a rainproof jacket or windproof inside (maybe you won't need them but...!)
- a water bottle for water / mineral salts
- a snack
The protections (knee pads / elbow pads / back protectors) are not mandatory, and for this type of tour Marco does not wear them, but considering that the route will be mainly on roads and (even very bumpy) paths, if you feel more comfortable you can bring it with you and wear it when you think it best.
We recommend arriving already "dressed for biking", so as to be ready to go.
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 it will all fit all in a small backpack.
We do not own the eBikes ourselves: we work with the best rental companies in Piedmont that, for this type of tour, provide us with fully suspended eBikes that are clean, in excellent working order, medium-high range (like Cube, Focus, Haibike, Rossignol, Thok, all equipped with Bosch - Shimano - Yamaha motors) and, importantly, of the correct size.
These are are also called “pedal assist” bikes, because the motor will help the rider in moving, but the rider still has to pedal.
So, by riding an e-bike, someone who is trained can get even further, and beginners can have fun without feeling exhausted straight away.
To understand and get a feel for how much fun and easy to use of these bicycles are, the only solution is to come and try!
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:
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.
Upon booking, full payment is required.
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.
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.