Hiking in Italy Mombarone Mountain Serra Morenic Woodland Hill in Piedmont Fabulous Outdoors

The beautiful landscape of the Canavese and the Biellese areas in the Piedmont region of Italy.
Located at the foot of the mountains and with it’s beautiful Serra Morenica, a morenic woodland hill, it offers a variety of terrain and undulating landscapes including several lakes and medium to small rivers.

Serra Morenica e dintorni ©Fabrizio-Malisan-Photography

These landscapes are a fantastic playground for the lovers of the outdoors and the outdoor activity. To mention but a few of the activities that are popular around this area:
Waterskiing, Wakeboarding, Canoeing, Mountain Biking, Road Cycling, Paragliding and Handgliding, Bungee Jumping, Wild Water Canoeing, Fishing, Hiking, Walking, Nordic Walking.. and many more.
In this video a quick view to give an idea of this beautiful landscape:

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Serra Morenica e dintorni ©Fabrizio-Malisan-Photography

A Cyclist’s Journey – Fabulous Outdoors @fabulousport

People often ask why we ride ..what is it about cycling that at a first look, it seems just a painful long term agony on a bicycle to get nowhere..or something like that. The fact is, it’s hard to explain. At first, it can feel quite daunting, but with patience, it becomes easier and you feel satisfied and proud of what you’ve achieved so far. After your ride, a refreshing shower, a cool drink and a bite to eat and you suddenly feel invigorated and alive, as long as you haven’t done too much of course.

Little by little, your body will do all the adjustments needed to make you perform better, stay out for longer rides and be willing to do more of it. In this short clip, I wanted to pass on some of the feelings, the sounds and the landscapes of a cyclist’s journey. It’s a short clip, part of a bigger documentary project, coming out in future episodes.

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Zermatt Matterhorn Plateau Rosa glacier skiing November 2017 snow report

With it’s 4478 metres of height, the Matterhorn is the most famous mountain in Europe. The Matterhorn so called from the Swiss side, is called Cervino over the Italian side. Straddling the main watershed and border between Switzerland and Italy, it is a large, near-symmetrical pyramidal peak in the extended Monte Rosa area of the Pennine Alps, and is one of the highest summits in the Alps and Europe. The four steep faces, rising above the surrounding glaciers, face the four compass points and are split by the Hörnli, Furggen, Leone, and Zmutt ridges. The mountain overlooks the Swiss town of Zermatt, in the canton of Valais, to the north-east and the Italian town of Breuil-Cervinia in the Aosta Valley to the south. Just east of the Matterhorn is Theodul Pass, the main passage between the two valleys on its north and south sides, and a trade route since the Roman Era. Although it’s been a very warm summer, the glacier is holding pretty well considering, here below is our video showing the ski and snow conditions in mid-November 2017.

The skiing on the glacier is quite vaste and extensive, with good conditions all the way down to the Furgg cablecar.

Whether you are a skier, snowboarder, mountain hiker, or a landscape lover, it’s definitely worth a visit! You can get all the way up to the top of the lifts, at 3883 meters above sea level, to enjoy the breathtaking views over the whole surrounding alps.

The Matterhorn Mountain Peak Zematt Plateau Rosa Glacier Switzerland
The Matterhorn Mountain Peak Zematt Plateau Rosa Glacier Switzerland

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Gopro Hero 5 Black 4K Test – Moving Time Lapse – Fabulous Outdoors

Testing out the GoPro HERO 5 Black 4K Video Moving Time Lapse Hyperlapse – captured in Bozel, a beautiful mountain village at the beginning of the Val Vanoise National Park, in the Tarentaise, Rhone Alpes, Savoie region of France.

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The beautiful mountain village of Bozel, France - Fabulous Outdoors
The beautiful mountain village of Bozel, France – Fabulous Outdoors

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The amazing experience of cycling mountains and watching the Tour de France #TdF2017

It's one of those dreams that cyclists have, particularly after watching the mountain stages of the Tour de France, the Giro d'Italia or Vuelta de España.. "One day I'll climb those mountains too!"

That's actually one of the things you can do with cycling, compared to other professional sports we watch.
If you're into cricket, you'll probably never get to play at Lord's. If you like football, you may never get to play at Wembley, but if you're into cycling then the historic roads are there and free for you to have a go and see what it feels like.

The sense of achievement you'll get when you reach the top of an historical mountain pass, is far greater than the effort you have to put in to climb it.
Most of these alpine roads have now detailed sign-posts to give cyclists an idea of what lies ahead..

..such as, distance to the top, altitude and next km average climbing gradient.
Sometimes this can give encouragement, or at other times, mental despair. What I recommend doing is to look down the valley after every switchback, to see how much you've already achieved, rather than how much further you have to go.

Taking in all the stunning scenery as you climb, will help to distract you from the effort, the mind receives positive images, whilst the legs are working hard below.

Knowing that you are starting a climb of around 20km long, try to set a riding pace that you're comfortable with, regardless of what everyone else is doing around you.

In this particular occasion, we road the French Alps to watch two Tour de France 2017 stages, from the beautiful town of Briançon.

..riding north through Serre Chevalier to get up to the Col du Lautaret and Col du Galibier to watch Stage 17.

It's fantastic watching the pro cyclists coming down these winding mountain roads at crazy speeds.

The following day, for Stage 18, we rode our bikes again from Briançon, riding south-east up to the legendary Col d'Izoard, theatre of many cycling battles.

On the way up the Izoard, through the village of Cervières, we noticed that the Team Buses were parked here rather than at the finish area.
The road to the top from this side is very beautiful. It passes through two villages, then enters a Pine forest where it becomes steeper and more winding. That was a great moment to take a breather whilst watching the Caravane du Tour passing by.

Once finally reaching the top, the view is amazing, and the Polka Dot Cap offered by Carrefour was very handy to protect from the strong rays of the sun.

The set up at the top was fantastic, live TV coverage on a big screen on one side, the podium presentation right in front, and the pro cyclists coming up from the climb on the other side.

With French rider, Warren Barguil, winning the stage, the atmosphere was electric, and with the French President Macron being there for the presentation, it was just great for the sport and for the organisation of the Grande Boucle.

Chris Froome arriving soon after, maintained his Yellow Jersey leadership, while below, Fabio Aru didn't have a good day, losing precious time for the overall classification. Anyway, it's been a good tour for the Astana young rider, he's acquired lots of experience, won a stage, wore the Yellow Jersey for a couple of days being the only rider to take it from the shoulders of the very strong Team Sky of Froome.

And it's right to say: "The winner takes it all.." Whether you like it or not (only saying this as we've heard much discord and unpleasant booing along the road or at the presentation), Chris Froome won his 4th Tour de France and so chapeau to him and to the hard work of his team mates. Landa and Nieve have played a very big role in leading and protecting their captain all along this 2017 Tour de France. Great Team Effort, Bravo!

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Evening comes in the fields of #Piemonte #Italy

Situated at the foot of the Alps, this area of Piemonte is a beautiful land of natural contrasts. Colourful agricultural fields, surrounded by lakes, hills and mountains in the background. 

Colourful fields in Piemonte Italy - Fabulous Outdoors
Colourful fields in Piemonte Italy – Fabulous Outdoors

The temperamental Spring weather, with still occasional snow falls on the surrounding mountains, creates continuous temperature changes. This generates a thermal wind effect, leaving us to enjoy the beautiful clear sky. 

Evening comes in the fields of Piemonte Italy
Evening comes in the fields of Piemonte Italy

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