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The Trans-Lombardy Challenge

 
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THE TOP 50 COLS
... you have to ride:


Duration
8 days / 7 nights

2014 Trip dates
September 14 › 21

Start location
Milan Malpensa Airport

Ending location
Milan Malpensa Airport

Accommodations
mix of 4-star, 3-star hotels

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

Non-rider price
20% Discount (double occupancy)


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Our Trans-Lombardy Challenge features many of the top rides in Italy. The ride starts in the high mountains in the north-east of Lombardy with Giro d'Italia classics - the Passo Gavia and the Passo Mortirolo. From there we head south-west before finishing up on Italy's most beautiful lake, Lake Como!

Along the way we conquer a number of huge and spectacular climbs including the 13-mile Passo Croce Domini and the 12-mile Passo Vivione, one of the most impressive climbs in Italy.

Join us in the tyre tracks of so many famous Giro d'Italia and Tour of Lombardy routes. Finishing up with a visit to the cycling chapel and museum, the Madonna del Ghisallo, this is a cycling challenge that every serious cyclist should undertake at least once in a lifetime!

Trip Profile

 

Trip Highlights

  • 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
  • Over 50,000ft of climbing in 7 days!
  • As always the top support in the industry!

Top Support in the Industry

Throughout the trip you can relax and enjoy the rides knowing that you have the best Support Team in the industry right behind you all the way!

1 Sag Van and 1 experienced TBT ride leader for every 10 clients. And the highest staff to client ratio....1 staff member per 4 clients!

 

Your daily rides at a glance

Day Itinerary
Ride Distance
Elevation Gain
1

Ponte di Legno › Passo Tonale › Ponte di Legno

15 miles
2,100 ft
2

Ponte di Legno › Passo GaviaPasso Mortirolo › Ponte di Legno

73 miles
10,250 ft
3

Ponte di Legno › Passo Vivione › Borno

53 miles
6,100 ft
4

Borno › Passo Croce Domini Passo ManivaPasso Tre Termini › Sale Marasino

76 miles
9,750 ft
5

Sale Marasino › Colle San FermoColle GalloPasso di Ganda › San Pellegrino Terme

67 miles
9,150 ft
6

San Pellegrino Terme › Passo San Marco › Varenna › Bellagio

91 miles
11,150 ft
7

Bellagio › Passo GhisalloMuro di Sormano › Bellagio

35 miles
4,200 ft
TOTAL:
410 miles
52,700 ft
DAILY AVERAGE:
59 miles
7,529 ft

 


What's Included

  • 8 days / 7 nights fully accompanied trip
  • All breakfasts
  • All but 1 dinner
  • Lunch on the first day
  • Pick-up at Milan Malpensa Airport
  • Drop-off 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)

Climb these Famous Cols

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

Climb
Elevation Gain
Average
Grade
Length
Profile
(m/km)
Difficulty
Index
Passo Mortirolo
4,275 ft
11.0%
7.3 miles
198
Passo Croce Domini
5,072 ft
7.5%
12.7 miles
155
Passo San Marco
4,688 ft
7.9%
11.3 miles
150
Passo Gavia
4,472 ft
7.9%
10.7 miles
147
Passo Vivione
4,357 ft
6.6%
12.4 miles
125
Passo Maniva
3,458 ft
6.9%
9.4 miles
116
Muri do Sormano
997 ft
15.2%
1.2 miles
115
Colle di San Fermo
2,759 ft
5.5%
9.4 miles
94
Passo del Ghisallo
1,811 ft
5.2%
6.6 miles
80
Passo di Ganda
2,215 ft
6.9%
6.9 miles
77
Passo Agueglio
2,274 ft
6.0%
7.2 miles
72
Passo Tonale
2,119 ft
5.9%
6.8 miles
65
Dossena
2,461 ft
4.4%
10.6 miles
57
Colle del Gallo
1,430 ft
5.7%
4.8 miles
52
Passo Tre Termini
1,273 ft
4.8%
5.1 miles
43

 

Bike Rental

The Bianchi Sempre Pro is available for rent on all our trips. Click here for full details of our rental bike program.

 

The Thomson Bike Tours Difference

Your trip to Europe may be a once-in-a-lifetime experience and you deserve the best! Performance cyclists now rate Thomson Bike Tours as the premiere provider of performance trips to Europe. Here are a few details that set us aside from the rest:

LESS VAN - MORE BIKE: NO Van Transfers between your hotels and the start/finish of the bike rides. Each day we ride from and to the hotel. Our local knowledge, extensive planning and vast experience mean that you spend less time in a van and more time on the bike!

Best-in-class Support & ride leaders: another key to our success! Sag van and ride leader for every 10 riders.

Highest Staff to Customer Ratio: 1 staff member per 4 customers!

THE THOMSON RIDES: over the years we've also gained a reputation for providing the best (and most challenging!) rides. 25 years experience riding in Lombardy counts!