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CYCLING TOURISM: THE WATER VALLEY AND THE ZEGNA OASIS

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A route designed for both serious cyclists and groups of enthusiasts seeking new landscapes.

It runs from the city of Biella, then up the Cervo Valley (the Water Valley) then "attacking" the wonderful panoramic climbs of the Zegna Panoramic Road with its descents towards Trivero and ascents to characteristic mountain villages to descend back to the city.

Itinerary to discover the spectacular Cervo Valley and the beautiful views over the Zegna Oasis!

From the Biella office of the ATL Biella Valsesia Vercelli tourist office in Piazza Vittorio Veneto 3, pedal and at the first roundabout reverse direction to leave the town, following the right bank of the Cervo stream towards Tollegno, on which stand the ancient wool mills and Cittadellarte, the artistic home of Michelangelo Pistoletto, an internationally famous artist.  This marks the start of the climb up the Cervo Valley, characterised by the syenite quarries that have determined, with the extracted mineral, the architectural characteristics of its villages. We pass through the village of Andorno, with its Rapa liqueur factory, famous for its historic cherry ratafià, then Sagliano Micca, the birthplace of the hero Pietro Micca, a soldier-miner in the Savoy army in the 18th century, whose sacrifice saved Turin from the siege of the French army. 

We meet on the way up the historic Cervo Valley hat factory and the rock-climbing wall of Balma hamlet. We reach Campiglia Cervo with its town hall decorated with coats of arms, then reach Rosazza, the most mysterious village in Biella, full of architectural symbols linked to fascinating mysteries! This small village owes its fame to Federico Rosazza, Senator of the Kingdom of Italy, who, as Grand Master of Freemasonry in Biella, held his secret meetings here. We recommend a visit to the Church and the House Museum dedicated to the mountain civilisation; the castle is visitable from the outside only. Retracing our steps, at the crossroads the climb begins along the Panoramica Zegna road that crosses the territory of the Zegna Oasis, a mountain nature reserve of great value, sponsored by the Ermenegildo Zegna industrial group. On the way up you will come across Forgnengo, the village of the bear game, the tiny but typical town of Sassaia and Oriomosso. Continuing at the signpost for Poggio Bruera, it is worth stopping to admire the spectacular view of the Cervo Valley with its quarries.

The climb proceeds and from the road there are more and more views of the plain below. You arrive at the old stone inn at Bocchetto Sessera, from where you can access the wonderful wild Upper Sessera Valley, the unspoilt kingdom of nature. Continuing the climb, you reach Bielmonte, with its ski facilities, alpine pastures and various tourist facilities, including the bike rental point and the Bucaneve, a well-equipped bike hotel.

The descent begins, always accompanied by magnificent panoramic views of the Po valley. On the left, at the Margosio pass, there is a splendid view of Monte Rosa and Upper Sessera Valley; then much further down the valley, at a hairpin bend, is the Jeb microbrewery. If you ride in spring from mid-May to mid-June, it is exceptional to admire the spectacular flowering of the many-coloured rhododendrons on the sides of the road and in the Conca of the same name, as far as Valdilana Trivero.

From the Zegna Centre, the route heads towards the characteristic hamlet of Castagnea, where the Oro di Berta holiday farm, a bike hotel, is located, to reach Valdilana Trivero again, home of the historic Ermenegildo Zegna wool mill. The route then veers towards the characteristic Sanctuary of Nostra Signora della Brughiera, consisting of two churches, the larger one currently the heart of the celebrations but the smaller one dating back to the 16th century.

Then, after passing through Barbato hamlet, home to the Eco-Museum of Transhumance, and other very characteristic hamlets, you reach Valdilana Mosso and climb up to Veglio, crossing the spectacular Pistolesa Bridge with its unique 152-metre-high bungee jump and adjoining Adventure Park.

Once in Veglio, continue towards the mountain municipality of Camandona and, passing at the foot of the dam flanked by its beautiful waterfall, continue to Callabiana and then descend towards Pianezze. From there it is uphill to the panoramic municipality of Pettinengo and then downhill, passing Zumaglia, Vaglio and continuing towards Biella, which you reach by skirting the right side of the Cervo stream on which the Sella Foundation stands.

After reaching and crossing the Chiavazza Bridge, we return to the ATL headquarters in Biella.

Km.

Location

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0.0

Biella - Start in Via Lamarmora on the side opposite the ATL Tourist Information Office, heading east.
At the 1.9 km roundabout, straight on for Tollegno - left
bank of the river.

Recommended car park: Biella Station - Camper Area with loading and unloading facility.

0.3

To Andorno.

 

1.9

Straight to Tollegno.

 

2,6

Tollegno

 

4.0

To Andorno.

 

5.8

Andorno To Piedicavallo.

 

16.6

Campiglia - Right to Bielmonte

Fountain

18.6

Piaro

At km 20.7 fountain

29.7

Bielmonte - From Km 37.5 dangerous descent.

Beautiful views over the plain, and from square 2 in Bielmonte, a panorama of Val Sessera and the Monte Rosa Massif.

42.9

Right.

 

46.6

Vallemosso - Right to Mosso.

Dangerous crossroads. Fountain.

48.9

Mosso - Right to Biella.

 

52.5

To Biella.

 

56.6

Pettinengo

Splendid balcony overlooking Biella.

58.6

To Biella

 

68.4

Biella - arrival

Arrival in Via Lamarmora - ATL

Location: Biella, Pralungo (Biella and Oropa Valley) - Trivero (Zegna Oasis and Sessera Valley) - Callabiana, Mosso, Veglio (Mosso Valley) - Pettinengo, Zumaglia, Ronco Biellese (Brich di Zumaglia and Biellese Hill) - Andorno Micca, Campiglia Cervo, Sagliano Micca, Tavigliano, Tollegno (Cervo Valley)

Means of transport: Bicycle

Difficulty: Medium

Length(km): 68.4

Uphill height difference(m): 1776

Travel time: 3 hours 50 minutes

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