Everything you need to know

Hire bikes

Can I hire a bike?

Yes, we have access to good quality, well maintained bicycles. If you intend to hire a bike, please let us know as soon as possible to ensure we can get a correctly fitting bike.

Bike hire is not included in the price and we are happy to let you know what the additional cost would be.

When do I need to confirm bike hire?

If you wish to hire a bike, please let us know when making your additional booking so that we can arrange the hire and avoid disappointment.

What equipment do I need if I hire a bike?

Please bring pedals and any GPS unit/mount you wish to use. Given the multiple pedal types and GPS units hire bikes will not come with these fitted.

Kit and equipment

What clothing do I need to bring?

We recommend bringing a full range of cycle clothing. The weather in the alps can change quickly and the altitude you will cycle to can mean it is freezing cold at the top! All cyclists must also bring a helmet to wear.

What maintenance kit do I need?

A small multi-tool and a puncture kit is worth having with you on the bike. We will also have tools and puncture kit in the support vehicles and full workshop support back in Sauze d’Oulx if you are on the single base trip. Please ensure your bike is in full working order at the start of the trip so that only minor tweaks are needed at the roadside.

What gearing do I need to ride in the alps?

There isnt a one size fits all unfortunately but we would generally suggest if its your first trip to the alps then a compact 34/50 chainset with 11-28 casette will be ample. The climbs are long but often not as steep as the Surrey Hills, Dartmoor or the Lake District.


Who joins an AlpiCiclo trip?

Anyone who is enthusiastic to explore the stunning scenery and roads of the alps on a bicycle. We welcome experienced club cyclists to enthusiastic amateurs who are looking to find a new challenge on their bikes. The routes include some of the classic hors categorie cols from the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France so a good level of fitness helps our riders enjoy but we can tailor all of our routes offering support to those looking for a first experience of alpine cycling.

How good a rider do I need to be?

We want to make our trips accessible to a wide range of abilities, the benefit of being fully supported is that if a climb is just too much or you find a day too long then a vehicle will be ready to give your legs a rest. If you have a good level of fitness, plenty of enthusiasm and a desire to challenge yourself we will be there to help you succeed on our trips.

What kind of bike do I need?

While our trips are based in the mountains, our routes follow roads over the passes and along the valleys so you will need a road bike.

Do I need a helment?

Yes. A helmet is compulsory for all of our trips, we take your safety seriously and would not let someone join a ride without a helmet.

Can non riders join?

Yes, there is lots to do in the mountains for any friends or family you would like to join you. Take a look at our things to do page and feel free to get in touch if you want more information.

I still have some questions?

Please get in touch and we will get back to you as quickly as possible.

Travel questions

How do I get my bike on the plane?

Most airlines are familiar with transporting bikes. It is worth getting a bike box or bag which will protect your bike in transit. Lots of local bike shops will rent hard boxes or may offer a cardboard delivery box. The airline usually check it in as oversized luggage and may charge a supplement. Please check with your airline on their specific policy for taking bikes.

Do you book my flights?

We do not book flights and they are not included in the cost of the trip. We will run transfers from Turin airport on the first and last day of the trip which are included as part of the trip cost for the designated flight time. Please get in touch if you are unsure about arrival times/airports.

What if I arrive at a different time to the main flight?

Where possible we will seek to accommodate your arrival time, however, if this isn’t posible you will need to arrange an alternate transfer. We are happy to advise on this should it be required. It is about 1hr from Turin airport to Sauze d’Oulx.

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