The Colle Fauniera is a mountain pass in the Cottian Alps, Piedmont, northern Italy, located at 2,480+ m elevation. It’s one of the roughest of road surfaces, but still one of the greatest of Italian road cycling climbs, having a statue of the legendary Marco Pantani at the summit.
We set this as an all day cycling route in the Italian mountains, with a long climb and an epic descent. The route starts in the beautiful Italian town of Caraglio.
As this cycling route is close to the Italian French border, you can fly into Nice and stay in the city and take in some great cycling, before crossing the border into Italy and taking on this awesome Italian road cycling route, one of the great Italian passes. If you choose, you can book a few nights accommodation at nearby Cuneo, or at Caraglio itself, which whilst more limited,is a beautiful place to stay. Either way, you’ll have a brilliant day cycling in the Italian mountains and have tackled one the greatest road cycling climbs in the world.
Every keen road cyclist should visit this amazing country, because road cycling the Italian Passes is a trip of a lifetime, and the Colle Fauniera road cycling route should be on every cyclists tick list.
Climbing the Colle della Fauniera Cycling Route
This Italian road cycling classic route starts in the beautiful mountain town of Caraglio, where the Giro d’Italia also started the route, before heading into the mountains on the narros and steep winding roads. It’s a long climb of some 35km to the summit, but there are a few lovely villages on the way, and an awesome descent afterwards.
It’s a tough day, so be prepared and take lots of water, gels and food, and a long sleeved jacket for if it turns cold. Please take care on the descent and don’t try to be a Strava hero.
Distance and Ascent: 88km and 2221 metres of ascent
Refreshments: Cafe possibilities on the way at villages. Demonte has lots of suitable refreshment options once you get back down. Caraglio has a few great lttle places to eat and drink at too.
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