The second stage of the Alps2Riviera Randonnée takes place from Sandigliano to Casale Monferrato.
Sandigliano (BI) – Casale Monferrato (AL)
Height difference: +680 m – 880 m
Leaving the mountains of Biella, the first 30 km of the second stage will cross the hills south of Biella for an easy and enjoyable route crossing Borriana, Mongrando and at km 8, turning left Vermogno, home of the local associations of gold panners and headquarters of two World Gold Research Championships.
We are next to the Natural Park of Bessa, an ancient open-cast mine during Roman times. Then we approach Salussola and then leave it, turning right, for Frazione Prelle. The road, totally free from traffic, crosses the Serra, the longest moraine hill in Europe and reaches Zimone, at the top of the Serra, from where you will enjoy a magnificent view of Lake Viverone at your feet.
We descend towards the lake, we pass near the Castle of Roppolo and, from this point, the stage becomes totally flat up to our destination. We then cross the Biella plain up to Cavaglià and, crossing the A4 motorway, you will reach Santhià, San Germano Canavese, arriving in Vercelli, along with a part of the Francigena cycle path. We are going through what is named “The squared sea”, because of the numerous rice fields that, filled with water, transform the territory into so many squared paintings, clearly visible from an aeroplane and home of many bird species.
We enter Vercelli (72 km) and we continue our stage through the agricultural villages of Prarolo (Castello), Pezzana, Caresana (Sanctuary of the Madonna del Morone), Motta de ‘Conti (ruins of the fortified palace) and Terranova. Flowing the Po and Orba River Park, we will arrive at Casale for check-in and overnight in a hotel in the area.