Okay, I was assuming #1 is would be likely because I thought getting from Ponte Marmora to Pradleves would be too long, but if that road isn't being upgraded then it probably makes sense.No, you simply climb the Sampeyre from Sampeyre (Valle Varaita, north side) and descend to Bassura di Stroppo. Then you can decide what to do:
With option 1 you start climbing the Fauniera almost as soon as you finish the descent of the Sampeyre. With option 2 you have a (not so short) false flat and Montemale in between Sampeyre and Fauniera.
- Climb Fauniera from Ponte Marmora, northern side....but the road is very narrow and in poor conditions.
- Keep going down on the false flat (23 km) until Dronero, climb Montemale (possibly La Piatta Soprana), go down to Valgrana, climb the Fauniera from the side of Castelmagno.