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The Trans-Lombardy Challenge
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Duration
8 days / 7 nights

2015 Trip dates
September 13 › 20

Start location
Milan Malpensa Airport

Ending location
Milan

Accommodations
mix of 4-star, 3-star hotels

Price per person
$3,895 (double occupancy)
Single supplement: $800

Non-rider price
20% Discount (double occupancy)

book this trip!

Live it up in Lombardy! Join us this September, as we ride across this famed cycling terrain, from the iconic Passo Stelvio to beautiful Bellagio on the lavish Lake Como.

As a special treat, we'll explore this breathtaking region with the help of the legendary Italian brand, Bianchi! In celebration of Bianchi's 130th Anniversary, they are inviting us to join them in Lombardy to explore the superb routes and illustrious history that have inspired one of the world's most distinguished cycling institutions.

Upon arrival you'll receive a 'celestial' welcome with your Bianchi gift bag, full kit and your complimentary ride for the week- the Bianchi Infinito CV, one of the most hotly reviewed bikes of the year. As Bianchi's special guests, we'll enjoy exclusive perks, including a VIP dinner at the all-new Bianchi Cafè in downtown Milan and a private tour of the Bianchi Headquarters in Treviglio.

And in true Thomson style, we'll ride a few famous climbs along the way: get ready to conquer both sides of the Passo Stelvio, the Passo Gavia and the infamous Passo Mortirolo. Also included in our itinerary are the 18km Passo San Marco and the 20km Passo Vivione, two of the most impressive climbs in Italy.

The trip concludes with a visit to the Madonna del Ghisallo cycling chapel/museum and a ride up the notorious Muro di Sormano. A final farewell dinner at the Bianchi Cafe in downtown Milan will bring an end to an extraordinary week of riding and bike culture in Lombardy.

Trip Highlights

  • Go inside Bianchi's world with an exclusive Bianchi Factory Tour and VIP dinner at the stylish new Bianchi Café in Milan
  • Ride BOTH SIDES of the Passo Stelvio and the Passo Gavia
  • Ride one of the most famous loops in Italy over the Passo Gavia and the Passo Mortirolo!
  • Ride the Passo Vivione - one of the most beautiful climbs in Italy!
  • Visit Italy's most famous cycling chapel and musuem - the Madonna del Ghisallo
  • Climb the infamous "WALL" - the Muro di Sormano
  • Stay in Bellagio on Lake Como
  • 16,000m (52,000ft) of climbing in 7 days!
  • As always the top support in the industry!

The Route


Our route across Lombardy - from Bormio to Bellagio

 

The itinerary at a glance

Day Itinerary
Ride Distance
Elevation Gain
1

Bormio › Lago di Cancano › Bormio

28km
18 miles
882m
2,894 ft
2

Bormio › Passo Stelvio Passo Umbrail Passo Stelvio › Bormio

100km
62 miles
3,227m
10,587 ft
3

Bormio › Passo MortiroloPasso Gavia › Bormio

114km
71 miles
3,257m
10,686 ft
4

Bormio › Passo Gavia Passo VivionePasso Presolana › Castione della Presolana

127km
79 miles
3,556m
11,667 ft
5

Castione della Presolana › Passo Zambla › San Pellegrino Terme

BIANCHI FACTORY VISIT

58km
36 miles
1,129m
3,704 ft
6

San Pellegrino Terme › Passo San Marco › Varenna › (Ferry to Bellagio)

104km
65 miles
2,451m
8,041 ft
7

Bellagio › Passo GhisalloMuro di Sormano › Bellagio

DINNER AT THE BIANCHI CAFE IN MILAN

50km
31 miles
1,412m
4,633 ft
TOTAL:
581km
361 miles
15,914m
52,211 ft
DAILY AVERAGE:
83km
52 miles
2,273m
7,459 ft

 

Conquer these Famous Climbs

In just 1 week conquer many of the legendary climbs in Lombardy! Here are some of the climbs included in our itinerary (sorted by Difficulty Index):

Climb
Length
Elevation Gain
Average
Grade
Profile
(m/km)
Difficulty
Index
Passo Mortirolo
12.4km
7.7 miles
1,300m
4,265 ft
10.5%
142
Passo Stelvio (from Prato)
24.3km
15.1 miles
1,808m
5,932 ft
7.4%
141
Passo San Marco
18.2km
11.3 miles
1,429m
4,688 ft
7.9%
117
Passo Stelvio (from Bormio)
21.5km
13.4 miles
1,533m
5,030 ft
7.1%
114
Passo Gavia (from P. di Legno)
17.3km
10.7 miles
1,363m
4,472 ft
7.9%
114
Passo Gavia (from Bormio)
25.6km
15.9 miles
1,404m
4,606 ft
5.5%
98
Passo Vivione
20km
12.4 miles
1,328m
4,357 ft
6.6%
96
Passo Zambla
14.1km
8.8 miles
816m
2,677 ft
5.8%
55
Muro di Sormano
2km
1.2 miles
304m
997 ft
15.2%
50
Passo della Presolana
7.9km
4.9 miles
548m
1,798 ft
5.4%
47
Passo del Ghisallo
10.6km
6.6 miles
552m
1,811 ft
5.2%
46
Lago di Cancano
8.2km
5.1 miles
566m
1,857 ft
6.9%
39

 

Bicycling Magazine "Hottest Bike of 2015"

Voted “Bike of the Year” by road.cc and "Hottest Bike of 2015" by Bicycling Magazine, the Bianchi Infinito CV has taken the cycling industry by storm. The rave reviews were cemented when Lars Boom rode his Infinito CV to victory on the cobbles of Stage 5 of the 2014 Tour de France.

See for yourself - your trip price includes a complimentary Bianchi Infinito CV rental bike for the week.

What's Included

  • 8 days / 7 nights fully accompanied trip
  • Behind-the-scenes, Private Tour of the Bianchi Factory in Treviglio
  • VIP Invitation to Dinner at the Bianchi Cafe in Milan
  • Bianchi Infinito CV Rental Bike included
  • Complimentary Bianchi Cycling Kit
  • Meet cycling celebrities, free gifts & lots of other surprises provided by Bianchi!
  • All breakfasts
  • All but 1 dinner
  • Lunch on the first day
  • Pick-up at Milan Malpensa Airport
  • All ground transportation
  • All luggage transfer
  • Services of our expert guides
  • Support vehicles
  • Thomson Bike Tours maps, cue sheets and elevation profiles

What's Not Included

  • Airfare
  • Travel and personal insurance
  • Additional hotel expenses i.e. phone charges, mini-bar, gratuities
  • Lunches (except lunch on the first day which is included)

The Thomson Bike Tours Support!

Quite simply, we provide the best support in the industry - guaranteed!

  • Staff to client ratio of 1:4
  • The best staff in the industry - check out our testimonial page...
  • 3 ride groups of approximately 10 riders in each group - allows us to group riders of similar ability into the same ride-group allowing for a better ride experience with less waiting
  • 1 TBT experienced ride leader and 1 SAG van per ride group
  • Experienced Mechanic