The Torino Nice rally…a great opportunity to explore some spectacular, lesser known alpine routes in a 700km self-supported ride from Turin to Nice via the high altitude roads and stradas of the French-Italian border.
The Torino-Nice Rally is a bikepacking, touring or randonneur event – a ride that’s a bit of most things except technically difficult mountain biking. It’s not a race, just a challenge to finish and a question of what to ride and where to focus your efforts.
The route includes around 485km/300 miles of tarmac going up to a high point of 2750m/9022ft and taking in two Grand Tour cols (the lowest point of a ridge or saddle between two peaks), also 240km/150 miles of rocky gravel-based military stradas along the border, often at an altitude of 2000m or more. The scenery of the Queyras and Mercantour national parks and the Ligurian, Cottian, and Maritime Alps will reward those prepared to ride long days and sleep out under the stars.
The route is between 600-700km/370-435 miles in length and entails 15-20,000m/49212-65,617feet of elevation gain, depending on the options taken. This rally isn’t a simple ‘follow the line’ event. There are route choices to be made from the options supplied as well as scope for further variations, short-cuts or finding supplies and lodging that may be of use.