Since ancient times the Susa Valley has been an access way to Italy and to the Po Valley for travellers coming from West. In particular, in centuries the Mont Cenis Col has been constantly crossedÂ by armies andÂ kings, Charles the Great, Napoleon Bonaparte, travellers, merchants and pilgrims. Ancient documents and studies have identified the Clapier Col, located South of Moncenisio,Â as the most probable passage of Hannibalâ€™s army when he descended through Italy to conquerRome. At the foot of CenischiaValley there is the very ancient Novalesa Abbey with its hospice. They have been a fundamental reference point for travellers who ventured on these mountains through centuries. From XVIII century on a large number of forts was erected to defend the mountain pass and the valleys. Our itinerary covers the Susa Valle until the Assietta Col and it goes down to the Cenischia Valley.
Then, through marvellous mountain military roads it crosses the pass to reach the Piccolo Moncenisio and down to the Maurienne Valley. On the way to the FrĂ©jus Col we see spectacular places, Romanic and baroque churches, the amazing forts of Essaillon, then we reach the less known Encombres Col. We ride through a ring of high-elevation carriages roads on an almost unknown itinerary, but full of history and of remarkable landscapes. This journey is made by about 400 km of various dirt roads with some difficult stretches.
This trip is intended for the true enthusiasts of off-road twocylinder motorcycles as they can be fully used at best performance.
- Arrival in La Cassa (To) meeting at the B&B for dinner and overnight stay.
- A thorough briefing on the tour itinerary will be given at this time and it is therefore very important for all participants to attend.
- Departure 9.00 a.m.
- ÂźItinerary (distance covered about 200 km , 60% dirt road):Â Â Â Valle del Colle delle Finestre –Â Colle dellâ€™Assietta â€“ Valle Cenischia â€“ Chiomonte â€“ Colle del Moncenisio â€“ Valle di Modane â€“ Lanslebourg.
- ÂźDinner and overnight stay atÂ B&B in Lanslebourg.
- Departure 8.00 a.m.
- Itinerary (distance covered about 200 km, 40% dirt roads):Â Â Valle della Maurienne â€“ Fortresses of Essaillon (Â Marie Christine, Marie ThĂ©rĂ¨se and Victor Emmanuel) â€“ Modane â€“ Col du FrĂ©jus â€“ Col dâ€™ Encombres â€“ Colle della Maddalena â€“ Colle del Moncenisio â€“ Torino.
PLEASE NOTE THAT A MINIMUM OF 10 MEMBERS IS REQUIRED TO RUN EACH TOUR
The fee includes:
- 1stÂ day: dinner and overnight stay.
- 2ndÂ day: breakfast, dinner and overnight stay.
- 3thÂ day : breakfast.
- Accommodation will be in 2/3 bedded rooms in hotels, B&Bs or travel lodges depending on the hotel facilities in the area.
- All dinners will be served at the venue where you are going to spend the night
The fee does not include:
- Any variation from our formula â€śhalf board accommodationâ€ť, any drinks ( except for water) and all lunches. We will be keeping a lunch kitty in order to share costs and streamline payment.
- Baggage transport, specialized mechanical assistance and motorbike or vehicle recovery.
The itinerary can be changed depending on weather conditions i.e. snow orÂ â€ś No Through Roadâ€ť signals introduced just before our arrival.
Technically speaking the routes are not overly difficult, but you need to be physically and technically prepared in order to cover about 7/8 hours driving per day.The routes are all on 80% dirt roads which are sometimes stoney, but always with a width of 1.5/2 meters and therefore suitable for 4 wheel drive vehicles.
â€śKarooâ€ť or â€śRally Crossâ€ť tyres by Pirelli or â€śDesertâ€ť tyres by Michelin are recommended. You can also use mixed type tyres for road and off road, but with caution.
Each member should be able to replace their own inner tubes or repair tubeless tires on their own bike.
It is necessary to wear suitable off-road wear (boots, clothing, etc..). All tours are inspired by cultural , social and historical themes so there will be time for sightseeing and taking in local culture and scenery. Our schedules include plenty of photography breaks although these are limited by the need to keep commitments such as hotel reservations.
It is expressly forbidden the use of GPS to avoid that, any possible incorrect use of the itinerary information by a third-party, may cause in the future a â€śNo Entryâ€ť signal.