La Fuga's operational base has been in the heartland of Italian cycling, in Bergamo for a number of years. The Giro di Lombardia traditionally has it's route taking in aspects of Lake Como, but we've never created a late Spring tour of the Italian lakes, until now.
This new tour takes in three of the northern Italian lakes whose juxtapostion of calm flat waters and jagged mountainous rock faces create a special beauty which defines the region.
You'll get to explore the riding, taking in the flatter roads along the lake shores and engaging the lower gears as the heads upwards away from the waters edge. The temperatures at this time of the year are starting to creep consistently into the mid 20's celsius, perfect for that lake side cafe stop sipping a cappuccino or sampling the local gelateria.
As you cross from lake to lake you change provinces from Como, to Lecco, to Bergamo and to Brescia, all of them firmly located in Lombardia but as Italians are intently feudal all of them come with their own twist of the local cuisine. Take the Casoncelli for example, it is a type of pasta found in Lombardia, but each region has it's own way of preparing. On our journey from lake to lake we will experience many of these differences and of course be keeping count of which we prefer the most.
Along the way, you’ll be treated to some of the best hospitality we can offer, with excellent hotels, dinners at some of our favourite restaurants and our own great La Fuga support on every ride, providing all nutrition and mechanical requirements, plus anything else we can offer – the follow van is always right there, so all you need to focus on is enjoying the ride.
- 4 nights accommodation
- Breakfast and evening meals
- Milan pickup/dropoff
- Support van to follow ride and transport bike boxes
- Local language speaking guide
- Mechanic to take care of all mechanical needs
- Guided rides
- GPX files for use on Garmin navigational bike computers
- Complimentary sports nutrition
- La Fuga Welcome pack
What's Not Included?
- Lunchtime meals
- Travel Insurance
- Alcoholic Drinks/Minibar
- Drinks with meals
- Incidental expenses
Thursday 3 May – ARRIVAL DAY
La Fuga will run an airport pickup from Milan Malpensa.
Arrive into Pisa airport for a short transfer (about 25minutes) to our first hotel – Hotel Silvio in Bellagio. Once checked into the hotel our guide will build your bike ready for the following three days of riding.
Depending on flight times it may be possible to do a short ride to test the legs out and make sure bikes are set up correctly. An excellent ride up the famous Ghisallo climb is recommended. This is steeped in cycling history and the Giro di Lombardia – Tour of Lombardy – climbs this this mountain each year.
Dinner tonight will be in the excellent hotel restaurant.
Friday 4 May – Day 1
Ride: Lake Como to Lake Iseo – Distance 124km – Ascent 2300m
Day one will take us on a ferry journey across Lake Como to Varenna where we will start riding along the side of the lake before turning uphill. The first major pass is the Passo Culmine San Pietro which takes us onto very quiet roads and into the hills where we will hardly see a car.
We’ll grab a bite to eat at the top before continuing to the next major climb the Passo Zambla. We pass by the world famous water spring source at San Pellegrino before climbing up the Zambla. Through rock tunnels and narrow gorgeous, past medieval churches and small villages until we reach the top.
All that remains is a long descent to Lovere with a few short rises and into our hotel overlooking the Lake Iseo, our second lake on this trip.
We arrive at at Capovilla our hotel in Pisogne with time to freshen up before heading out to a local restaurant for dinner.
Saturday 5 May – Day 2
Ride: Lake Iseo to Lake Iseo – Distance 115km – Ascent 1400m
Our second day riding will be centre around Lake Iseo, this smaller and little known lake nestled between Como and Garda. The tourist roads around the lake are not full of traffic as Como and Garda are and there is even a cycling path which runs for kilometres down one side of the lake.
We trace through Lovere and down the western edge of the lake, climbing to rocky outcrops and darting through rock tunnels. We soon turn off and start to climb away from the lake. The Colle San Fermo is our only elevation on todays ride, but at 1200metres above sea level we have to climb over 1000metres from the lake shore. Some steep sections test the legs but the view are breathtaking from the top back down to the lake.
The descent into Sarnico is wide and sweeping. The lake is then circumnavigated to return back to Pisogne and finish the loop with a few kilometers of idyllic bike path right next to the waters edge.
Sunday 6 May – Day 3
Ride: Lake Iseo to Lake Garda – Distance 120km – Ascent 2600m
Our third day takes us over to Lake Garda and we arrive on the western shore in Saló.
Leaving the shores of Lake Iseo you climb the Colle San Zeno taking you 16km up to a small refuge at the top where a reward of a coffee looking back down the valley awaits.
The descent is bumpy at first but smooths out and descend into the val trompia where the famous Beretta ammunitions factory is based.
A short climb takes us to the village of Lodrino before descending down to Lake Idro as we skirt the bottom part of the lake. The Passo San Rocco stands between us and the descent to Lake Garda. At 8km long it’s one of the shortest passes of the three lakes ride.
A smooth and wide descent takes us to our hotel in Saló where magnificent views over the lake and a celebratory drink await.
Monday 7 May – DEPARTURE DAY
All that is left is to enjoy a last relaxing breakfast overlooking the lake from the hotel terrace whilst your bikes and bags are loaded for the journey to the airport. A transfer can be taken to either Milan Malpensa or Verona Airport.
AirportsMilan Malpensa Airport (MXP)
Thursday 3 May – 1 night
In Bellagio we will be staying at Hotel Silvio.
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.
Friday 4 May & Saturday 5 May – 2 nights
In Pisogne we will be staying at Hotel Capovilla.
Two days will be spent at this hotel offering great views over Lake Iseo and the surrounding mountains. The lake should just be warm enough to dip into and there are plenty of bars and cafes in this quaint little town to sample the Italian hospitality and relax and unwind after a great day’s riding.
Sunday 6 May – 1 nights
In Saló we will be staying at Hotel Bellerive.
One night will be spent at this hotel again offering impressive views over Lake Garda and towards Sirmione in the south.