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RBT - Roero Bike Tour

11,30h
140,00
1000 m
75% path, 25% low traffic roads
Difficulty: EE (Excursionists Experts) GPS
The RBT, Roero Bike Tour, is an itinerary dedicated to the mountain bike or e-bike usage that’s 140 km long (87 mi) with a univocal direction. It covers the whole Roero’s perimeter, including the three big Trails that already exist (the S1, the S4 and the S3).
RBT is divided in 7 steps, with some alternative paths or linking paths, and it lets you go from town to town on paths which are totally surrounded by nature or less busy roads.

The RBT may be done also in 4 circuits (from 15 to 48 km), adapting the itinerary to suit your own specific preferences.

As you cycle along the Roero Bike Tour, you will move from village to village along nature trails or low-traffic roads on a journey through the oneof- a-kind landscapes and vistas, such as the Rocche (singular: rocca, a term that refers to local rock formations that are an unusual geological phenomenon and which protect a wealth of biodiversity), vineyards, truffle forests, cultivated groves, hilltop villages and castles.

Its 7 sections are complemented by a number of variations, including both alternate and connecting routes, and encompasses the three major existing trails:
- the “Grande Sentiero del Roero”- S1 (Great Roero Trail);
- the “Sentiero del Roero Centrale”- S4 (Central Roero Trail);
- the “Sentiero dell’Acino, Mulini e Castelli – Roero Orientale” - S3 (West Roero Trail of the Grape, Mills and Castles).

ITINERARY

Leg 1
Borbore (Vezza d’Alba) - Montà
A route connecting the two hearts of the Roero region – one that looks out over the Langhe and the other that runs along the crest of the Rocche rock formations – this section will take you from Vezza to Montà by way of Canale, to encounter a number of theme-based trails.
Lenght: 11,5 km
Elevation +: 370 m
Difficulty: MC (average skill level)
Path with some portage needed. 

Variant 1A
Canale - Rocca Tagliata (Canale)
A variation of the previous section, this route takes you to the isolated hamlet of Rocca Tagliata along a section of the S1 trail and then a section of “Sentiero del Castagno”, while also extending into the territory of Cisterna d’Asti and with the option of going to Montà.
Lenght: 2,7 km
Elevation +: 314 m
Difficulty: MC (average skill level)
Path with some portage needed.

Leg 2
Montà - Monteu Roero
A route along the central crest of the Rocche rock formations to admire the “miracle” of how the Tanaro river was captured and what that event created.
Lenght: 8,5 km
Elevation +: 417 m
Difficulty: MC (average skill level)
Path with some portage needed.

Variant 2A
Monteu Roero - Battagli (Vezza d’Alba)
A variation of the RBT itinerary, this section connects the two central crests of the Roero region as you ride alongside the crest of the Rocche rock formations, descend into the valley, then head back up towards Vezza d’Alba.
Lenght: 7 km
Elevation +: 326 m
Difficulty: MC (average skill level)
Path with some portage needed.

Leg 3
Monteu Roero - Pocapaglia
This leg of the itinerary takes you along the historic “Grande Sentiero del Roero”, which winds along the crest of the Rocche rock formations through the Silva Popularis, old-growth woods of the Po Valley. From Pocapaglia, you can also reach the centre of Bra by following the signage for Trail S1.
Lenght: 14 km
Elevation +: 475 m
Difficulty: MC (average skill level)
Path with some portage needed.

Variant 3A
Saliceto (Pocapaglia) - San Sebastiano (Pocapaglia)
A variation of the main RBT itinerary, this is a flat ring loop through the woods that reaches out to the village of Sanfrè and its impressive castle, with possibility to reach, with a brief detour, the centre of Bra.
Lenght: 15,5 km
Elevation +: 300 m
Difficulty: TC (tourism)

Leg 4
Pocapaglia - Monticello d’Alba
Leg 4 of the Roero Bike Tour connects the area of the Rocche rock formations to the central series of Roero villages, winding along paved, low-traffic country roads for about the first half of the route.
Lenght: 16 km
Elevation +: 300 m
Difficulty: MC (average skill level)
Path with some portage needed.

Leg 5
Monticello d’Alba – Borbore (Vezza d’Alba)
A route that follows “Sentiero del Roero Centrale” (trail S4) through hilltop villages as you admire castles, towers and groves.
Lenght: 18,5 km
Elevation +: 790 m
Difficulty: MC (average skill level)
Path with some portage needed.

Leg 6
Borbore (Vezza d’Alba) –Govone
The ideal continuation of the previous leg, you will now ride to Govone through the Asti countryside and its hillside vineyards, right through the heart of Langhe Roero wine region where one of the youngest DOCG wines are produced.
Lenght: 20,5 km
Elevation +: 550 m
Difficulty: MC (average skill level)
Path with some portage needed, low traffic roads.

Variant 6A
Castagnito - Guarene
A variation of the official RBT itinerary, this section connects the Castagnito and Guarene crests for one-of-a-kind vistas of the Roero and Langhe regions.
Lenght: 2,5 km
Elevation +: 120 m
Difficulty: TC (tourism)
Path with some portage needed, low traffic roads.

Leg 7 and Variant 7A
Govone – Castagnito
Together with Leg 6, this leg forms a loop connecting all of the hilltop villages of this part of the Roero region to discover the secrets of the mills and of the crossings of the Tanaro river.
Lenght: 22,5 km (+variant 2 km)
Elevation +: 530 m
Difficulty: MC (average skill level)
Path with some portage needed, low traffic roads.

 

WARNINGS

The Roero Bike Tour has its own signage designed for cyclists. Search the diamond-shaped signs along the itinerary, that gives you information about the difficulty of the path:

- green: easy
- yellow: medium
- red: difficult.

For any doubts, consult the GPS map that can be downloaded. 

There are technical sections in places, but these can always be overcome on foot, carrying or pushing your bike, or by making use of public transit between villages. Along the route, there are marked stations for charging e-bikes and for minor repairs that may be necessary along the way.


ROERO BIKE TOUR: WHAT YOU NEED TO GO:

•The ROAD BOOK, available at the Tourist Office of Ecomuseum (p.zetta vecchia Segheria 2/B - Montà - Cn) or at the Tourist Office of Alba Bra Langhe Roero (p.za Risorgimento 1 - Alba - Cn).

•The complete GPX or KMZ track, or the GPX tracks of each ring (Anello 1Anello 2Anello 3Anello 4).
GPX tracks are also available on smartphone APP: GPSIES VIEWRANGER EVERYTRAIL WIKILOC KOMOOT Search: “RBT Roero Bike Tour” on the official account of Ecomuseum of Rocche of Roero.

 

•If you prefer cycle without minding signage and itinerary, you can book a MTB Guide that will carry you in your mtb trip, tells you about the territory and take a break with you in the best local wineries!

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