Piedmont: Cycling Day 3 – La Morra and Barolo

Hard to believe we’ve already finished day 3 of our bike tour around Piedmont. As rides go, this one was memorable with beautiful scenery throughout and challenging climbs too despite being relatively short.

You can click on the high level map here to link through to detailed Garmin data on today’s ride. Unlike yesterday, the Garmin seemed to actually capture something useful today. So just about 35 miles and right around 4K of climbing during the ride. Clearly a lot of up and down. If you check the elevation graph there you’ll see I immediately started the morning climbing away from the hotel. Then it was a very nice downhill before winding my way toward La Morra. The road up to La Morra then was a serious climb of 15% grade for a good portion of it. From La Morra an easy descent down into Barolo to meet up with others for lunch. (I was the only one that chose the longer option today.)

I’m really glad I had arrived in this area last week to take in some of these sights before doing the biking. It’s let me enjoy it so much more. I went to Grinzane Cavour last week and had a fantastic tasting in the castle there. Today though it was closed and I biked right by. I’d been to Barolo twice before and spent hours there so today I could just enjoy lunch with other riders – which was substantial and great – and be on my way.

I did stop again and take a photo op while near La Morra (rather than from La Morra). The vantage point up on that hillside is great. Photo below.

Weather this morning and yesterday were good for cycling. Warm enough to not need a lot of gear but overcast enough to not get too hot.

Tonight we’re on our own for dinner so have to figure something out there…

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