- 3 nights accommodation (at 3* Hotel Silvio)
- Breakfast and evening meals
- Milan Linate 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
- Alcoholic drinks with meals
- Incidental Expenses
- Parts and spares used during the trip
- Tips / gratuities
Friday 29 September – ARRIVAL DAY
Our transfer will leave Milan Linate (LIN) 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.
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 30 September – DAY 1
108.91km / 2294m climbing
Today will prove quite a test of our riding fitness, interspersed with some cycling cultural highlights. We’ll begin with a steady ride south along the lake shore, passing through pretty villages on our way towards Como itself. We turn inland from Como with a short climb to Ponzate on the way towards Asso. From here, we’ll climb again towards the small town of Sormano; we’re heading for the wall – il Muro. This local legend has not been used in the ‘il Lombardia’ race route since 1962, when the organisers took it out due to its difficulty. The 2.4km stretch of tarmac – closed to cars – averages 12% with the steepest sections ramping up to near vertical 24%.
Once we’ve conquered il Muro, we’ll descend again towards Nesso on the lake’s shore. This time, we head north to Bellagio and then back onto the race route for a climb of the Ghisallo. The Ghisallo is a focal point of the Giro di Lombardia, the riders having scaled this famous climb in virtually every edition of this 108 year old race. The climb rises above the lake; steeply at first before the gradient eases off arriving at the Madonna del Ghisallo chapel, which signifies the summit.
We’ll pay a visit to the chapel and nearby museum of the Madonna del Ghisallo, which tells the rich story of the cycling history of this famous climb. The chapel is home to jerseys and bicycles donated by cycling’s great champions wishing to pay their respect to the patron of cycling. Today’s ride culminates with a descent down to the shore line into Bellagio and back to the hotel for a shower and some relaxation in the spa before dinner.
Sunday 1 October – DAY 2 – RACE DAY
62.33km / 1080m climbing
Sunday is race day! 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 – up to Vergano-villa. We then 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.
Monday 2 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 Linate.
AirportsAirport: Milan Linate
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 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