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THE ITALIAN LAKES & GF IL LOMBARDIA

EXPLORE ANDREA'S HOME REGION AND RACE ON THE GHISALLO

START/FINISH

ORTA - COMO

DURATION

10 DAYS - 9 NIGHTS

AVG.DISTANCE

70 KM

AVG.ELEVATION

1'500 MT

DIFFICULTY

HIGHLIGHTS

Explore our Home Region and compete in the challenging Granfondo "Il Lombardia"! This tour has something for everybody: some rolling lake-side riding, good climbing and thrilling descents, a Pro Race and Granfondo, but above all incomparable views across Italy’s northern lakes.  We take in Lago d’Orta, Lago Maggiore, Lago di Lugano and Lago di Como! We will savour some of Italy’s finest wine and cuisine and explore some charming villages such as Orta, Stresa and OF COURSE BELLAGIO! Boat trips, Wine and cheese tasting, Botanic gardens and cycling museum are only some of the activities offered after the rides…. Plus, a cooking class at Andrea’s house!

As this is our native region, we can guarantee the most special experience …. Bring it on!

DETAILS

  • Level: Intermediate

  • Terrain: Hilly

  • Daily Distance: Approx 90km

  • Daily Ascent: Approx 1500m

  • Main Route 700km

  • Total Ascent: Approx 10'000m

  • Duration: 10 days/9 nights

  • Recommended Arrival-Departure Airport: Milano Malpensa

DATES & COST

DEPARTURES

  • 5 - 14 October 2021 (Giro di Lombardia & GF)

COST:

  • € 3,650 in Twin Room

  • € 600 Single Supplement 

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YOUR RIDE

WHO WOULD ENJOY THIS EXPERIENCE?

The experience is built for all riders able to ride for 3-5 hours. This is not a race or high intensity riding, but rather a true cycling adventure across one of the most picturesque region in the world.

We will ride as a group on the rolling terrain and as individuals or small groups on the short climbs, so that everyone will enjoy the ride. On top of each major climb we will regroup to celebrate and refill our bottles, and then enjoy the descent together. As a team, we’ll support each other during the ride and make sure everyone finishes safe and happy!

All cyclists interested in exploring a new region, learning about local culture while admiring magnificent scenery will enjoy this incredible experience!

THE TOUR INCLUDES

  • A fantastic tour itinerary designed by Andrea

  • All hotel accommodations in beautiful 4S hotels, in twin-double room

  • All breakfasts, 1 lunch and all dinners except one

  • 2 professional guides on tour (one fully qualified mechanic)

  • Van support throughout the tour

  • All in-tour transfers

  • Snacks and food supplements including electrolytes, gels, and energy bars during rides by OTE Sport

  • Garmin 810-820 loan unit with maps for duration of tour

  • 1 top quality cycling kit made by Rapha  (jersey, knicks, socks)

  • 1 SCICON Race bag with your name and nationality

  • Free use of a RAPHA Helmet

  • Detailed printed tour information booklet

  • Extra activities besides cycling

  • Small group of max 12 riders.

MORE ABOUT THE TERRAIN

We have selected some of the best routes offering a mix of all terrains, but the terrain will be mainly hilly with some 8-10 km climbs, but also a lot of flat-undulating sections.

The start from Orta is perfect as it mostly flat, then route become hilly with some climbing towards the end of the tour approaching Varese and then Como.

The climbs are never hard as the gradient is always around 6-8% and when steeper, generally for short distances.

The roads are well-paved and safe, with drivers showing incredible respect for cyclists!

ON REQUEST, NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights

  • Travel insurance

  • Single room

  • High-end rental bike 

  • Granfondo Entry Fee

  • Massage at hotel

  • Personal airport transfer

  • Alcoholic drinks

  • Guides tips

TOUR ITINERARY

Day One, October 5th – Orta Warm-up Ride

Main Route: 50km; 30mi Total Ascent: 450m; 900ft

Activity: Airport pick up, Transfer to hotel, bike set up and ride

This is a warm-up ride to ease the legs and body into a week+ of riding.  Some of you may have only recently stepped off a plane, so this ride offers a great way to “tease” out that tiredness.  It will include some small climbs and offer beautiful views across the region.

Day Two, October 6th – Orta Loop to Madonna del Sasso

Main Route: 85km; 52mi Total Ascent: 1150m; 3600ft

Ride: this is a beautiful ride around Lago d’Orta.  After an initial flat start, the remaining day’s ride is undulating with only one slightly difficult climb towards the Sanctuary of Madonna del Sasso. You’ll be enchanted by the view.

Activity: boat trip to Isola del Silenzio and relax at the pool!

Day Three, October 7th – Orta to Stresa

Main Route: 90km; 50mi Total Ascent: 1500m; 4600ft

After an initial flat 10kms, we climb towards and over the Alto Vergante ridge that separates the Lago d’Orta from the Lago Maggiore.  For those choosing the longer route, you’ll take in the difficult Mottarone climb, which is frequently used in the Giro d’Italia.  It has a maximum gradient of 14%!  This climb however offers the most rewarding views across all lakes.  Magnificent descent towards Stresa, the city of flowers

Activity: relax at the pool!

Day Four, October 8th – Stresa loop to Arona

Main Route: 100km; 62mi Total Ascent: 1450m; 4600ft

We spend the first 20kms circumnavigating Lago Maggiore and enjoy some pleasant flat sections. The road then rapidly rises to a maximum gradient of 8% for the first few kilometers before easing and providing some magnificent views over the lake.  A long descent leads us directly to Arona taking in some small, short climbs. Those choosing the long route will tackle one last climb before Stresa.

Activity: walk in town and boat trip to Isole Borromee
 

Day Five, October 9th – Stresa to Varano Borghi

Main Route: 100km; 60mi Total Ascent: 1250m; 3900ft

We ride to Verbania and cross beautiful Lago Maggiore on a 20minute ferry ride.  Our course goes along the undulating Sponda Lombarda until we reach the Sanctuary of Santa Maria del Sasso.  In the final part we’ll find ourselves immersed in the quiet country side of the lakes district. Those seeking some extra km’s will take in the climb to Campo dei Fiori, known as the “balcony of Varese”.

Activity: Dinner at Andrea's House 

Day Six, October 10th – Varano Loop to "Il Lombardia" pro race

Main Route: 60km; 35mi Total Ascent: 750m; 2900ft

Activity: ITT Race day 
An easy day before the Granfondo: ride as much as you like or don't ride at all! We will ride towards Lake Como and watch the final part of the Giro di Lombardia Pro Race on the road. on our way we will also stop at the Granfondo village to complete our  race registrations.

Day Seven, October 11th – Granfondo "Il Lombardia"

Main Route: 110km; 70mi Total Ascent: 1750m; 5900ft

The race is on! early morning transfer to Cantù and we will be ready to compete on the Ghisallo and Muro di Sormano like the Pros did the day before! After the Race we'll drive back to Varano Borghi for a great dinner!

Day Eight, October 12th –  Varano Borghi to Como

Main Route: 80km; 50mi Total Ascent: 1450m; 4900ft

This is a challenging day in the saddle, which takes us towards the famous Lago di Como.  We’ll cross the Swiss mountains and valleys of Mendrisio, 2009 World Cycling Championship host city.  The most difficult climb is that heading towads Lanzo, however it will be very rewarding, offering some spectacular views down upon Lake Como.  We then descend to the lake and ride along the lake to Como!

Activity: Walk in Town

Day Nine, October 13th –  Como Loop to Bellagio

Main Route: 90km; 50mi Total Ascent: 1550m; 5200ft

Our last ride is one of the most spectacular, as we tackle the famous Colle del Ghisallo and Muro di Sormano. These climbs are the symbol of the Giro di Lombardia pro race and every cyclist should do it once in his life! We will stop on top to visit the Cycling museum and the chapel dedicated to all cyclists. After the ride, there will be enough time to enjoy an Aperol Spritz in one of the many bars in town!

Activity: Visit Bellagio and the Cycling Museum on the Ghisallo

Day Ten, October 14th –  Goodbye

Main Route:

Total Ascent: 

Activity: Bike packing and transfer to airport

TOUR MAP

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PHONE ITA: +393405040368

PHONE AND: +376367024

PHONE AUS: +61452295694

SKYPE: andrea.nicosia
EMAIL:  info@one-more-ride.com

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