Join us, and the rest of the cycling tifosi (the fans), for the Giro di Lombardia aka “the classic of the falling leaves”. The last of the five 'monuments' of cycling, this race signifies the imminent end of the pro cycling season. A classic for the climbers, this is a punchy course with a climb to finish.
A great late season weekend, you will ride fantastic, iconic and terrifying climbs before paying a visit to the Madonna del Ghisallo chapel. A shrine to cycling, the chapel contains jerseys and bicycles of the great champions of years gone past; Moser, Bartali, Merckx and Gimondi to name but a few.
Get up close and personal to the pros as they take on the Giro di Lombardia. Benefit from the experience of La Fuga guides as we lead you between the best vantage points whilst the pro race unfolds. Riding from spot to spot this is the best of both worlds, an enjoyable day in the saddle with multiple opportunities to watch the best in the business race.
On the Sunday it will be your own turn to ride the famous climbs around Lake Como in the Granfondo Giro di Lombardia. After watching the professionals the previous day you get your own chance to see how the Muro di Surmano feels and ride the iconic Ghisallo climb.
- 3 nights accommodation (at 3* Hotel Silvio)
- Breakfast and evening meals
- Milan Malpensa pickup/dropoff
- Support van to follow ride and transport bike boxes
- Mechanic to take care of all mechanical needs
- Guided rides
- GPX files for use on Garmin navigational bike computers
- Complimentary sports nutrition
What's Not Included?
- Lunches in restaurants
- Travel Insurance
- Drinks with meals
- Incidental Expenses
- Parts and spares used during the trip
- Tips / gratuities
Friday 11 October October – ARRIVAL DAY
Our transfer will leave Milan Malpensa (MXP) to our base on the shores of Lake Como at the superb Hotel Silvio. Bikes will be unpacked and assembled ready for you to ride, we may even have time for a short spin in the afternoon up to the famous church at the top of the Ghisallo.
For dinner we will enjoy a taste of cucina Lombarda and sample a bottle or two of Franciacorta or Valtellina whilst the sun sets over the lake.
Saturday 12 October – DAY 1 – PRO RACE DAY
108.91km / 2294m climbing
We’ll have an early breakfast in order to make our way to the official race start in good time. For the bike techies, there are plenty of bikes on show as the race cars are loaded up ready for the off. After the riders roll out, we’ll transfer to part-way along the race route and get ready for our own ride.
To warm up, we’ll spin past some of the smaller lakes that sit south of Lake Como before reaching the final climb of today’s race. We drop down into Oggiono and across the plane to the base of Colle Brianza and around the east shore of Lago del Segrino. From here, we climb steadily up to Asso before climbing once again to the foot of il Muro to watch the riders come through. Once the peloton has passed, we’ll descend back through Sormano to catch them again on the Ghisallo. As we ride, you may start to appreciate just what it feels like for the riders with over 200km in their legs already as the action hots up with 45 km to go. We’ll finish our ride for the day at the top of the Ghisallo, where we’ll change, in time for the race to pass us in its final stages.
As the race passes the church, the bells will ring and the tifosi will come to life, cheering on their Italian heroes, and we’ll catch the culmination of the race. Once the action is over and we’ve seen the winner crowned, we’ll transfer back to the hotel before heading to a great local pizzeria for a well-earned meal after an action-filled day.
Sunday 13 October – DAY 2 – GRANFONDO DAY
118km / 2500m climbing
Today is your Race Day. The Granfondo Giro di Lombardia last appeared on the calendar in 2008 and makes a welcome return this year. The event takes in the major features of the professional race course with 4 featured climbs over 118km.
The Ghisallo is tackled first taking you up to the fabled church of the Madonna di Ghisallo. After a short descent you will be tackling the hardest of the climbs, the Muro di Sormano. The climb is actually longer but the part that is referred to ‘il Muro’ is 1.7km and rises at an average of 17%. This is only open to cyclists takes you off the main road climb joining the main road again at the top of the Passo Sormano.
After an twisting descent and a spectacular ride along the lake side back towards Como there are two more climbs to tackle. The Civiglio is again steep and has been the launch pad for riders in the pro race in the past. The final climb of San Fermo della Bataglia takes you back into Como and to finish line alongside the lake. What an beautiful end to a beautiful race!
Monday 14 October – DAY 3 – DEPARTURE
This will be a morning for a relaxing breakfast and to enjoy our last few hours in Italy. Depending on flight times, there may be time for a last spin around the Larian peninsula. The bikes will be packed up ready for the journey home. Our minibus will take you the short transfer back to the airport.
La Fuga will run an airport dropoff to Milan Malpensa.
AirportsAirport: Milan Malpensa
Our base for the weekend will be Hotel Silvio, a beautiful villa on the lake’s shore, which has been in the same family for almost a century. Cristian, who runs the hotel and restaurant, makes daily early morning trips out onto the lake to catch fish to be served that evening in the restaurant.
On our recent Giro d’Italia trip to this hotel, Cristian replied to the question of ‘When do you sleep?’ with the answer, ‘In the winter, I am a bear!’. He and the rest of the staff always offer us a very warm welcome with the friendly atmosphere at this family run hotel.
For more information please visit the hotel website: www.bellagiosilvio.com