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Como / Gavia Giro Weekender Italy Ride & Watch the Giro in Italy's classic climbs

Ride & Watch the Giro in Italy's classic climbs

5 nights split between Como & the Italian Alps taking in two stages of the Giro and riding some of Italy's most legendary climbs including the Ghisallo, Sormano, Stelvio & Gavia.

5 nights in 3* hotels
All airport transfers
Daily guided rides
Breakfast, dinner & ride nutrition
Como / Gavia Giro Weekender by Sportive Breaks
Routes Details
Itinerary
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Event Info

Ride Notes

In 2019 the Giro returns to two of Italy's classic cycling destinations - Lake Como & the Italian Alps. On this 5 night trip, we ride the main climbs of stage 15, featuring the legendary climbs of the Race of the Falling Leaves including the Ghisallo, Sormano and Civiglio before watching the pros the following day. We then transfer to Bormio and while the pros enjoy a rest day, we do the opposite and ride both sides of the Stelvio. The following day, we take on the mighty Mortirolo before watching the stage finish in Ponte di Legno and then riding the Gavia home. An action packaged 5 days perfect for anyone who loves all things Giro.

Real Rider Reviews

Aaron, Sportive Breaks Rider, 2017: "I simply had the privilege of forgetting about all the process and concentrate on the event. Which is exactly what I wanted to focus my efforts on. "

Ride Highlights

  • Ride in beautiful Lake Como

    Lake Como is one of the centres of Italian cycling. Classic climbs include the Ghisallo and Sormano. We take a trip to the famous cycling church and museum as well as riding the best routes in the area.

  • Climb the Gavia & Mortirolo

    The Italian Alps are home to some of the world's great climbs. We ride the second half of the Giro route taking in the mighty Mortirolo and the classic Gavia, made famous by the 1988 race.

  • Watch the Giro

    We have a mix of experiences to watch the Giro. On Sunday we drive to the start and then watch the race on the course. On Tuesday we watch at the finish line having ridden half the route in the morning.

  • Ride the Stelvio

    While the pros enjoy a rest day, we take the opposite approach and ride both sides of the Stelvio. Starting from Bormio we summit then descend into Switzerland and climb the classic side from Prato.

Meet the Team

John

Host

John is our Giro legend having worked in a pro team on the Giro many moons ago and written numerous best selling cycling books. He is a source of great knowledge on the Giro and was on the Gavia with his team back in 1999. He is the overall tour leader who will look after anything you need.

Christian

Local Guide

Born and bred 5km from the Stelvio, Christian is not surprisingly a very strong climber. His record time up the Stelvio is 1hr7mins. His main sport is Biathlon for which he used to represent Italy. He also runs a bike shop in his rare time off!

Trip Summary

  • 5 night trip from 24th to 29th May
  • 2 nights in Como and 3 nights in Bormio in the Italian Alps
  • Daily guided rides including the Ghisallo, Stelvio & Gavia
  • Taking in 2 stages of the Giro
Routes Details

Route Overview

On Saturday we ride around Lake Como before taking a ferry to Bellagio where the climbing begins. We ride the Ghisallo / Sormano double taking a break at the top of the Ghisallo to visit the church. The total ride is 95km with 2,000m of elevation. We watch the Sunday stage on the Civiglio close to our hotel.
Monday is all about the Stelvio. The ride is 100km with 3,400m of elevation. There is no let up on Tuesday, we roll down from Bormio to the Mortirolo where you can take one of two options up including the classic side from Mazzo. We then watch the Giro finish in Ponte di Legno before a final climb for the weekend over the mighty Gavia.


Climbs at Como / Gavia Giro Weekender

Passo del Ghisallo

A stunning climb out of Bellagio taking you from the shores of Lake Como to the famous Cycling Church at Ghisallo. The climb has some steep sections (14%), tight hairpins and incredible views. One of the world's great climbs.

Ride Distance 8.6km
Elevation Gain 6%
KOM  19 mins 41 secs

Muro di Sormano

Short but impossibly steep, the Muro di Sormano starts steep and only gets harder. Famous for featuring in the Giro di Lombardia and being possibly the hardest climb in the pro tour. It peaks at 25% and is an absolute grind to the get to the summit no matter what gear you are in.

Ride Distance 1.6km
Elevation Gain 17%
KOM  8 mins 27 secs

Passo dello Stelvio (Bormio)

The "easier" side of the Stelvio possibly. The climb is split into at least four sections with the start featuring old tunnels and a couple of steep sections until you hit the switchbacks. From here there is a saddle to the final kick up to the summit.

Ride Distance 21.5km
Elevation Gain 7.1%
KOM  1hr 04 mins

Passo dello Stelvio (Prato)

The harder side up the Stelvio. This is the side you see on all the pictures, with a near endless run of steep, sharp hairpins - 48 in total. The gradients rarely ease up making this a long, tough and classic climb.

Ride Distance 24.3km
Elevation Gain 7.4%
KOM  1hr 21 mins

Passo Gavia (Bormio)

Another classic climb coming out of Bormio climbing to way over 2,000m. The start of the Gavia is gentle as you snake through the valley and then it picks up with some steeper gradients into the remote high mountains. Stunning views throughout makes this a very enjoyable ascent.

Ride Distance 24.8km
Elevation Gain 6%
KOM  1hr 10 mins

Mortirolo (Monno)

A brutal climb in the Italian Alps which Lance Armstrong said was the hardest in cycling. The gradients hit 10% and rarely ease up for 10km, even the corners of the hairpins are steep. The ride is much lower than the Stelvio / Gavia so the views are less impressive, you wont get to enjoy it anyway as you will be using all your energy to grind up this monster.

Ride Distance 9km
Elevation Gain 8%
KOM  20 mins 50 secs
Itinerary

Como / Gavia Giro Weekender Cycling Itinerary

Our 5 night package includes 2 nights with 2 rides and a stage of the Giro in Como, a transfer on Sunday evening to Bormio and then 3 nights in the Italian Alps with 2 big rides and a stage of the Giro.

Itinerary

Friday 24th May Arrival Day

Como

We will arrive in Como for a late lunch and there is an option of a short coffee spin in the afternoon. Our mechanics are on hand to help get your bikes in perfect condition. We have dinner at 7.30pm where our host will brief you on the plan for the upcoming days.

Saturday 25th May Lake Como Ride

Como

We roll out at 10am after breakfast for a beautiful ride around the lake. The first section is as flat as it gets in this area and we ride to Menaggio where we catch a short ferry across to beautiful Bellagio. From here the climbing begins as we hit the Ghisallo. At the top of this legendary climb we visit the cycling church and grab a coffee before the next and possibly hardest climb of the weekend, the Muro di Sormano. This savage slope hits 28% and stays above 20% for far too long! From here we have a technical descent down to the lake and a rolling spin back to our hotel.

Ride Distance 94 km.
Elevation Gain 2000 m.

Sunday 26th May Giro Day - Como

Como

We drive to the start of the stage in Ivrea and then head back to Como. We jump on our bikes for a short spin before hitting the Civiglio where Sportive Breaks will have a gazebo with sandwiches and beers to watch the race. This should be a decisive climb on the stage and we will get a great vantage point on the steep slopes.
After the race has finished, we load our bikes and luggage into the van and head off to Bormio.

Ride Distance 30 km.
Elevation Gain 500 m.

Monday 27th May Double Stelvio Day

Bormio

The queen stage. We start at 9.30am and start immediately the climb to the Stelvio from Bormio. From the summit we descend down the Umbrail Pass before a quick lunch stop in Prato. From there, it is just 48 hairpins to the other side of the Stelvio and then a fun descend home.

Ride Distance 108 km.
Elevation Gain 3450 m.

Tuesday 28th May Giro Day - Gavia

Bormio

We descend down the valley to Grosio where you have the choice of which side to climb the mighty Mortirolo. The first side from Grosio is 14km at 8% or continue to Mazzo for the famous side, 12km at 11%. We meet at the top and then descend and ride to Ponte di Legno where we will watch the finish of the stage with the locals. Our van will be here with your kit so you can change out of your cycling gear for a while. After the stage finish, we get back into cycling kit and climb the Gavia, a mere hours after the pros.

Ride Distance 110 km.
Elevation Gain 3420 m.

Wednesday 29th May Departure

We leave Bormio at 11am to get back to Linate for 2pm. There is time to get some last minute souvenirs from Bormio before heading back.

Airport Transfers

Airport collections are from Milan Linate. Our host will meet you in arrivals. The transfer to Como takes just over an hour and the transfer back from Bormio takes 3 hours.

Arrival

Fly into Milan Linate (LIN) where our host will meet you for the transfer to Como.

Arrival Airport
Transfer Times
LIN
Transfer leaves Linate at 12pm. Please arrange flights to arrive at least 30 minutes before this.

Departure

We leave Bormio at 11am and get to Linate with plenty of time for you to check in with your bike, grab a last minute gift and have a stress free return flight.

Departure Airport
Transfer Times
LIN
Depart after 4.30pm (transfer arrives at Linate at 2pm)

Hotel

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Our 5 night package leaves on Friday 24th May and returns on Wednesday 29th May. Choose a single package for 1 person or a twin / double for 2 people. All bookings include airport transfers, 5 nights half board accommodation and daily guided rides with support vehicle & ride nutrition.

5 Nights

Date Hotel Name Room Type Price  
24 - 29th May 2019 Hotel Nevada Single Room £999 Book Now
Twin Room £1699 Book Now

Como / Gavia Giro Weekender
May

  • 5 nights in 3* hotels
  • All breakfast & dinners
  • 4 guided rides with support vehicle & ride nutrition
  • All airport and luggage transfers
  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Lunch & drinks

 
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