Only for the brave. On July 24, when you arrive in Sestriere you will have already ride for 93 km and at that point you’ll choose if to cross the finish line and complete the Medio Fondo (2400 meters in altitude), or opt for the Gran Fondo of 117.7 km (3200 meters in altitude). In this second case, the route will continue with a downhill and then, once you arrive in Cesana Torinese, you will face the third climb of the day the harshness Colle delle Finestre and the first ascent to Sestriere.
The last climb start at the 1354 meters from the town that on May 19 of 2013 hosted the start of the stage of the Giro d’Italia (which ended on the Col du Galibier with the victory of Giovanni Visconti) and climbing back up to Sestriere (2035 meters) : one ascent made famous also for the historic cars race on the same roads.
In detail, there are about 11.7 kilometers of ascent with an average of 5.9%. A steady climb with some peaks between the second and the third kilometer (7.1% and 9.5%) and then between the seventh and the eighth (7.1%). You’ve to keep in mind that, however, after two hours or more (depending on your level of training) climbing the Colle delle Finestre and the first climb to Sestriere, the energies will be reduced to a flicker so you have to try to manage them well to get in the best way to the finish line and then enjoy a well-deserved pasta party.