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Cicli Mattio was born in Piasco, in the Varaita Valley. This is a hidden gem nestled in the heart of the Piedmont region of northern Italy. It is a beautiful valley surrounded by stunning mountains and filled with charming villages and quaint towns. This valley is a great place for outdoor enthusiasts, especially those who enjoy cycling. The landscape of the valley is varied, from rolling hills to challenging mountain passes, offering cyclists of all skill levels the opportunity to explore the beauty of the valley on two wheels.
If you're looking for your next two-wheeled adventure, you've come to the right place!
Here are three different flat road routes, of different lengths and difficulties, to explore the valley where Cicli Mattio was born and fall in love with it.
Departure from Cicli Mattio, useful for making sure everything is in order for the start from checking the brakes to inflating the tires and for refueling with what you need: full water bottle, bars, gels, multi-tools and anything that might be useful.
With the right energy we set off in the direction of Costigliole Saluzzo. This charming small town is renowned for its medieval castle, which dates back to the 12th century and which you can admire during your ride.
Continuing your journey, you will pass through Ceretto. This small village is famous for its vineyards and cellars, and is the perfect place to stop and taste some of the best wines in the region.
The next stop is Busca, a small town located on a hill overlooking the surrounding countryside. Here, get ready to face the first climb, with a vertical drop of about 105 meters and a gradient level of 2.4%. The climb is always the toughest part but as you cycle through the beautiful countryside, you will be amazed by the breathtaking views of the hills and Monviso behind them.
After crossing Rossana, you can return to Piasco, where you can rest and relax sipping a fresh beer directly at the Kauss Brewery, being able to visit their building and learn how one of the best craft beers in our area is produced!
This cycling route is approximately 20km long and is the perfect way to spend a peaceful morning with friends or family to explore the beauty of the Varaita Valley and beyond!
It starts from Cicli Mattio in the direction of Saluzzo. This first part of the route is smooth, with a slight incline that takes you through scenic landscapes and breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains.
Leaving Saluzzo behind, the route begins to climb more steeply towards Brondello, a characteristic village nestled on the hills. With an elevation gain of 372m, this part of the loop is more challenging, with some steep switchbacks and a couple of long uphill sections that will test your endurance. But the effort will be worth it: as you climb the hill, you will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the surrounding valleys and the distant peaks of the Alps.
From Brondello, the route descends in switchbacks towards the village of Venasca, crossing rolling hills and verdant woods along the way. This section of the ride is a thrilling downhill ride.
From Rossana the route begins to climb again, heading towards the panoramic Valmala pass. This section of the ride is the toughest, with several long, steep uphill sections that will push your limits as you tackle an incline of around 10%. But the views from the top of the pass are simply breathtaking, with sweeping views of the surrounding mountains and valleys stretching in all directions.
After the long climb up to Valmala, the route begins a long and exhilarating descent towards the town of Brossasco. Here you can finally enjoy a break at Porta di Valle, a refreshment point/bar where you can taste the excellence of the area.
Finally, returning to Cicli Mattio in Piasco you can finally enjoy a well-deserved rest.
Overall, this 50km cycling route is a challenging yet rewarding journey through some of the most amazing natural landscapes and historic towns our valley has to offer!
Starting from Cicli Mattio in Piasco, your first stop will also in this case be Saluzzo. From here the route proceeds towards the Brondello climb and continues towards Borgata Danna and Borgata Vittone. These charming places are tucked away in the hills and offer a beautiful glimpse. Borgata Danna is known for its beautiful gardens, while Borgata Vittone has a picturesque church that is well worth a visit.
Subsequently, the route leads to the village of Melle, which is located at the foot of Valmala. This part of the journey is more relaxing, as you will be riding downhill most of the way. In this small town you can take a break in one of the various places that offer some of the best specialties of the area: from typical dishes such as ravioles from the Varaita Valley to local ice cream and to craft beer.
From here the route continues to climb towards Valmala. This part of the journey is the most challenging, as you will have to pedal uphill for several kilometers. However, once you reach the top, you'll enjoy some of the most spectacular views in the area.
The final leg of the journey takes you downhill to Lemma. From Lemma the route takes you back to Cicli Mattio in Piasco, where you can enjoy a well-deserved rest and share the beauty of the journey with us!
Overall, this approximately 105km course is considered challenging, with a number of steep climbs and downhill sections. A perfect route for those who love cycling and want to spend a day on the saddle discovering new places and relaxing landscapes.
If you are passionate about cycling, come and visit us at Cicli Mattio and do not miss the opportunity to pedal and get to know our territory of which we are very proud.
Here at Cicli Mattio almost every day Silvio and our mechanics embark on adventures on two wheels during the lunch break, it is therefore possible to organize rides in our company... do not hesitate to contact us and we will do our best to make your ride as pleasant as possible !