Cycling Tour Vlog: Rosazza Valle Cervo to Oropa Sanctuary Biella Piedmont Italy @fabulousport

The Biellese region is a fabulous land for cycling, offering several quiet roads to ride. Cycling is a great way to explore and discover these beautiful landscapes of the northern Piedmont region of Italy.
In this video I’m showing you a great climb, with quite a challenging gradient, reaching about 15%, but very rewarding and panoramic.
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The climb begins once passed Biella, a lovely ride up through the Valle Cervo which is a valley that feels like time has stood still. The ride is very pleasant surrounded by very beautiful characteristic houses and picturesque villages along the river. Just before you get to the town of Rosazza, there’s a left turn on a bridge, then left again towards San Giovanni and Galleria di Rosazza, the tunnel that leads to Oropa on the other side of the mountain. However, whilst you are there, I recommend you cycle all the way to the end of the Cervo Valley, to visit Rosazza and Piedicavallo, both really interesting little villages.

It’s always more exciting to cycle up a hill from one side and descend the other side, as it really feels like travelling further.

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The Sanctuary of Oropa has hosted a few Giro d’Italia stage finishes. It’s a great road to climb from the town of Biella, winding it’s way up to the Sanctuary.

Cycling Tour Vlog Rosazza in Valle Cervo to Oropa Sanctuary Biella Piemonte Piedmont region of Italy by @fabulousport
Music credits: Humidity by Silent Partner

Check out the STRAVA segment from the full ride:

Cycling Loop Ivrea – Oropa via Valle Cervo

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A visit to Skyway Monte Bianco ..a cablecar to the sky – Fabulous Outdoors

Skyway Monte Bianco is a cablecar in the Alps, linking the Italian town of Courmayeur with Pointe Helbronner on the southern side of the Mont Blanc massif. Taking over three years to construct, it opened in 2015 at a cost of 110 million euros, and is considered to be the world’s most expensive cablecar installation.

From the cablecar base station at Entrèves (at an altitude of 1,300 meters above sea level), the Skyway Monte Bianco rises to a mid-way station at Pavillon Du Mont-Frety at an altitude of 2,173 meters.

It takes six minutes to reach this point, during which time the 80-person cabin make one complete rotation, giving visitors all-round views into the Aosta valley and along both Val Veny and Val Ferret, as well as improved access to the Italian side of the Mont Blanc massif and a link via the Vallée Blanche Aerial Tramway to the Aiguille du Midi, from where a separate cable car descends to the town of Chamonix in France.

The half-way station of the Pavillon contains a restaurant and conference centre, plus one of the highest botanical gardens in the region, containing some 900 alpine plant species, as well as access to a network of trails. Visitors can continue upwards via a second cable car which also slowly revolves, and takes ten minutes to reach Punta Helbronner (known as the Eagles Nest) at an altitude of 3,466 meters.

Tourist facilities and scenic viewpoints provide close views of Mont Blanc, Aiguille d’Entreves and the Vallee Blanche, but also views further out towards the Matterhorn, Monte Rosa and Gran Paradiso. A tunnel and lift system provide access from the cable car terminus to the Torino Hut, a high-altitude mountain refuge offering accommodation both to tourists and to climbers intending to access the mountaineering routes of the range.

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The cablecar runs from 7:30/8:30am to 16:30/17:30 in the afternoon, check on the Funivie del Monte Bianco website http://www.montebianco.com/it/orari.html  On this occasion we’ve been lucky enough to be able to admire a beautiful sunset just before having to make our way back down.

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Some of the best skies are in Autumn – Fabulous Outdoors

Autumn is the season known for it’s fog and mist. However, quite often the thermal wind blows up and down the valleys, clearing up the sky and leaving as to beautiful sunrises and sunsets.

I’ll add to this post some more images, as now as I’m writing is just the beginning of that period of the year, by the alps of Italy.

Red Sunset and Autumn Misf around the Monviso mountain of Turin, Piemonte, Piedmont, Italy – Fabulous Outdoors

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A summer day in Bozel with Helicopter flights – Fabulous Outdoors

A Summer Day in Bozel Plage with Helicopter Flights.
Bozel is a village in the Tarentaise, Rhone Alpes, Savoie department of France. Situated in the valley of the Vanoise National Park, it's surrounded by beautiful mountains, ski resorts, hiking and mountain biking trails, quite a few lakes ..a great area for outdoor activities all year round.

Bozel Plage - The lake of the mountain village of Bozel in the Tarentaise, Rhone Alpes, Savoie region of France. Fabulous Outdoors

In this particular occasion, a helicopter company, Jet Systems Helicopters, have given the chance for people to have a first flying experience.


Visit: http://www.jet-systems.fr
Office de Tourisme de Bozel: http://www.ot-bozel.com

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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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Fabio Aru wins in Ivrea – Italian Road Cycling Championships 2017

Very pleased to see the Italian Road Cycling Championships 2017 arriving in my hometown of Ivrea in the province of Turin, Italy. The race started in Asti, went across the Piedmont, through the Canavese area and finished with a 4 laps around Ivrea and up the Serra Morenica hill.

The leading group attacking the Serra hill, Proteam Astana with Dario Cataldo ahead of Fabio Aru
The leading group attacking the Serra hill, Proteam Astana with Dario Cataldo ahead of Fabio Aru to set him off to his final and winning attack, with the beautiful Lake Sirio in the background with the Hotel Sirio overlooking it. ©Fabrizio-Malisan-Photography

It’s great (for me) to see that this land is becoming more and more considered by the pro riders and the professional cycling event organisers. It offers a variety of terrain perfect for cycling, touring and training, going from undulating landscapes to steeper hills and mountains.

Cycling up the Serra Morenica hill above Ivrea in Piedmont Italy. Many beautiful villages to visit and discover, very characteristic historical and rural architecture, delicious food and lovely welcoming people to meet. This in in image is Nomaglio on the way up to Andrate which dominates the Serra Morenic hill.
Cycling up the Serra Morenica hill above Ivrea in Piedmont Italy. Many beautiful villages to visit and discover, very characteristic historical and rural architecture, delicious food and welcoming people to meet. In this image is Nomaglio on the way up to Andrate which dominates the Serra Morenic hill.

There has been a beautiful stage of the Giro d’Italia finishing by the Sanctuary of Oropa, just above the town of Biella, on the Biellese side of the Serra Morenic Hill. The cherry on the cake has been the presence of most Italian top cyclists, and the victory of Fabio Aru, as most of us spectators were hoping.  Vincenzo Nibali was there too, and many other professional cyclists that we usually see on TV when competing in bigger events.

Vincenzo Nibali of Cycling Team Bahrain Merida signing autographs to fans in Ivrea
Vincenzo Nibali of Cycling Team Bahrain Merida signing autographs to fans in Ivrea

The National Championships is actually a great opportunity to get close to these pro cyclists, to get an autograph or a selfie, and maybe even a few words as they are much more relaxed than in a Giro d’Italia or Tour de France stage.

Fabio Aru Italian Road Cycling Champion 2017 ©Fabrizio-Malisan-Photography
Fabio Aru Italian Road Cycling Champion 2017 ©Fabrizio-Malisan-Photography

It was great to see the smile of joy on Aru’s face, an emotional  moment when, on the podium, he dedicated his victory to Michele Scarponi. It’s very touching to see that the Astana Proteam keep images of Scarponi on the Team Bus and that they keep mentioning him, sharing anecdotes & jokes and the good times spent with the late Michele. He was such a great companion and a big loss for the cycling and non-cycling world.

Coming back to Fabio Aru’s victory, on the last lap Dario Cataldo kept a fast pace at the start of the Serra hill climb, to get Fabio in the best position for his winning attack, and it worked to perfection, as the road got steeper ( gradient over 15% above the town of Chiaverano) Fabio went full gas leaving everyone behind. At the top of the climb there is still a fair bit to cycle back down to Borgofranco and then to Ivrea for the finish, but he managed to get a fantastic solo win….well done Fabio Aru!! It’s going to be a promising and very exciting Tour de France 2017 to watch.

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An evening in Marostica 

Marostica is a beautiful Medieval town in the province of Vicenza, Veneto region of northern Italy. It’s mostly popular for its yearly “living chess” event that is held in the central square. 

Piazza. degli Scacchi Marostica
Piazza. degli Scacchi Marostica

Therefore the square is named “Piazza degli Scacchi” ( Chess square ) As you can see in the above image, the square shapes in the pavement, making a chess table. 

Piazza. degli Scacchi Marostica
Piazza. degli Scacchi Marostica

It’s early October as I wander around the town, and temperature are still mild so that people enjoys sitting out for an aperitif or dinner.

Windows and balcony in Marostica
Windows and balcony in Marostica

You can really feel the Medieval atmosphere as you walk in the old town contained inside big walls.

Medieval archways in Marostica
Medieval archways in Marostica

On a quiet mid-week evening out of peak touristic season, the lack of noise and cars makes you really feel as you were gone back in time and I think this is great.

Through the Medieval walls and archways of Marostica
Through the Medieval walls and archways of Marostica

It’s definitely a town worth visiting if you’re travelling around the north east side of Italy. Thank you for passing by and reading this post, if you need any more information don’t hesitate to contact and remember to #GetOutMore as it’s 

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