Discover the dream cycling destination that is Lombardy. Conquer iconic Giro d’Italia climbs, visit Lake Como, and enjoy the pure cycling passion of Italy.
In addition to a jaw-dropping, ambitious route that includes climbing both sides of the Stelvio and Gavia, our Trans-Lombardy Challenge includes a night in beautiful Bellagio on Lake Como and a special visit to the Madonna del Ghisallo, the famed cycling chapel and museum.
Other major climbs include Giro d’Italia favourite - the mighty Passo Mortirollo, as well as two staff favorites - the Hors-Categorie Passo San Marco and the stunning Passo Vivione. Any enthusiastic cyclist will love Lombardy - but bring your climbing legs!
Welcome to Lombardy!
Our trip starts at Milan airport where our staff will be there to welcome you before the transfer to our hotel in Bormio, high in the Italian Alps.
After lunch and an orientation meeting, our mechanics will be on hand to help get the bikes set up. Our warm-up ride is a good introduction to climbing in the Italian Alps as we take on the numerous switchbacks to Lago di Cancano.
The Stelvio: Both Sides!
A classic loop ride to start our trip! From Bormio we head up the southern approach to the Passo Umbrail (from the Passo Umbrail we can ride the extra 3 km to the top of the Passo Stelvio - just so we can say we did the Stelvio from both sides!).
At the Passo Umbrail we cross into Switzerland and descend through the beautiful Val Mustair. The road eventually leads back into Italy and along the valley to Prato allo Stelvio where the northern approach to the Passo Stelvio begins.
Mortirolo and Gavia
Today’s ride features an iconic loop in the Italian Alps that has featured many times in the Giro d’Italia.
The Mortirolo is considered the “Alpe d’Huez” of the Giro d’Italia- except it’s significantly more challenging than it’s French counterpart! With an average of 10.5% over 11 km this is one of the toughest climbs in Europe.
After conquering the Mortirolo we head up the valley to Ponte di Legno where we start the climb to the Passo Gavia, always remembered for Andy Hampsten’s epic ride through a snowstorm to win the 1988 Giro.
Spectacular Passo Vivione
After yesterdays epic ride over the Passo Mortirolo and the Passo Gavia, we continue with 3 more Giro d’Italia classic climbs.
The ride starts with the Passo Gavia from the Bormio side. From the Gavia we descend to Ponte di Legno then on to Edolo where we start our main climb of the day, the Passo Vivione. Not as well-known as other climbs in the area, the Vivione is actually a spectacular climb with an even more spectacular descent. After enjoying the descent from the Vivione we have a short climb up the Passo della Presolana to our hotel in Castione della Presolana.
Classic Giro d'Italia Route
After 4 tough days of riding, today’s ride is a short ride of just 58 km with the main challenge being the 14 km Passo Zambla, a regular climb in the Giro d’Italia.
After a cycling-filled morning, we’ll enjoy a leisurely lunch in San Pellegrino, sampling their famous sparkling water!
Over the Passo San Marco to Lake Como
A beautiful ride today featuring the mighty Passo San Marco. The San Marco last featured in the Giro d’Italia in 2007 (from the Morbegno side), when Stefano Garzelli outsprinted Gilberto Simoni for the stage win.
From our hotel in San Pellegrino the road climbs for 37 km until we reach the top of the San Marco at 2000 m. A 26km descent takes us down to Varenna on the east shore of Lake Como. A quick 15 min ferry ride across the lake and we’re at our hotel in beautiful Bellagio!
Ghisallo & Muro di Sormano
Today’s ride is one of these dream rides that every cyclist should complete at least once in a lifetime. Our ride follows many of the routes taken by the autumn “falling leaves” classic, the Giro di Lombardia. Leaving our hotel in Bellagio we start climbing almost immediately on our way to one of cycling’s most famous sites - the Madonna del Ghisallo church and cycling musuem. We’ll stop for a while to explore this fascinating shrine before continuing our route to Como, over the Muro di Sormano with it’s 15% average grade over 1.5 km.
Unfortunately our trip must come to an end. We’ll transfer you to the Milan Malpensa airport. Safe travels!