google-site-verification=ZCmTGQSPtqllSTOsC4u47alX5ManlsLlfRecXB9wYNk Local Cycling Experience | Italian Lakes Region

START/FINISH

ORTA

COMO

DURATION

10 DAYS

20 Apr - 29 April 2020

29 August - 7 Sept 2020

AVG.DISTANCE

70 KM

AVG.ELEVATION

1'500 MT

DIFFICULTY

HIGHLIGHTS

Explore our Home Region and let us introduce to our friends! This tour has something for everybody: Some flat lake-side riding, good climbing and thrilling descents 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

  • Cost: € 3,650 in Twin Room (Single + € 600)

Find out why Simon, Nibali, Contador spend their time training in the lakes Region!

 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 hotels, generally 4 stars, 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 DOT OUT (jersey, knicks, socks, and gloves)

  • 1 SCICON Race bag with your name and nationality

  • 1 NRC X sunglasses

  • Free use of a DOT OUT Cabrio 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

  • Single room (+€ 600)

  • High-end rental bike Wilier ZERO 7 with ULTEGRA Di2 for € 600 or GTR Ultegra Mech for € 400

  • Massage at hotel

  • Personal airport transfer

  • Alcoholic drinks

 VARESE AND ITS LAKES ITINERARY 

Day One - Orta Warm-up Ride

Main Route: 40km – 25mi
 | Total Ascent: 680m – 2200ft

This is a warm-up ride to ease the legs and body into it.  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 take in some small climbs and offer spectacular views across Lago d’Orta and the surrounding mountains.

Day Two - Tour of Lago d’Orta

Main Route: 85km – 52mi 
 | Total Ascent: 1100m – 3600ft

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.

Day Three - Orta to Stresa and Verbania

Main Route: 90km – 55mi
 | Total Ascent: 1525m – 5000ft

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 followed by a final 20km flat parcours along the shores of Lago Maggiore to Verbania.

Day Four - Verbania Loop to Piancavallo

Main Route: 100km – 62mi 
 | Total Ascent: 1625m – 5300ft

We spend the first 20kms circumnavigating Lago Maggiore and enjoy some pleasant flat sections. The road then rapidly rises to a maximum gradient of 16% for the first few kilometers before easing and providing some magnificent views over the lake.  A long descent leads us directly to Verbania taking in some small, short climbs. Those choosing the long route will tackle one last climb before Verbania.

Day Five - Verbania to Varese (with ferry ride to Laveno)


Main Route: 105km – 65mi | Total Ascent: 1700m – 5550ft

We 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 leafy Varesine forests, where we’ll encounter some small climbs on the way back to Varese.  Those seeking some extra km’s will take in the climb to Campo dei Fiori, known as the “balcony of Varese”. 

Day Six - Varese Loop to Santa Caterina del Sasso
or rest day

Main Route: 120km – 75mi 
 | Total Ascent: 1700m – 5550ft

Today we visit all the small lakes that surround Varese, riding along undulating roads to the Sanctuary of Santa Caterina del Sasso. A spectacular monastery built into the rockface overlooking Lago Maggiore. We return to Varese taking in the Ronchi climb used in the 2008 World Cycling Championships. We only do it once compared to 13 times by the pros!

Day Seven - Varese Loop to Passo Cuvignone

Routes: 70km – 95km | Total Ascent: 1000m – 1800m

Our course goes into the Varesine mountains, climbing up to the Passo Cuvignone, Andrea & Simon’s favorite training ground, before returning to the lake and the town of VArese. The longer route adds one more climb, including the ascent to Campo dei Fiori, Varese iconic mountain!

Day Eight - Varese to Como

Main Route: 120km – 75mi 
 | Total Ascent: 2000m – 6500ft


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 then catch a 20 min Ferry ride to Bellagio, the Pearl of Lago Di Como!

Day Nine – Bellagio loop to Como and Colle del Ghisallo

Main Route: 100km – 62mi 
 | Total Ascent: 1600m – 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!

Day Ten – Arrivederci

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