2024 Gran Fondo Lombardia with Sportive Breaks
The classic Tour of Lombardy, the Race of the Falling Leaves, has a Gran Fondo to go with it. Starting and finishing in Cantu near Como, the Gran Fondo route takes in the iconic Ghisallo, the 20% plus Muro di Sormano and several other famous climbs of the pro race. Lake Como is the perfect place to end your cycling season. Your host is Giro d’Italia stage winner Andrea Ferrigato.
2024 Il Lombardia date is Saturday 12 October and the 2024 Gran Fondo Lombardia date is Sunday 13 October 2024
Join Sportive Breaks on this weekend to Watch and Ride the final of the 5 Monuments of the year. You will stay in Como for 3 nights and your host is Giro d’Italia stage winner Andrea Ferrigato. Transport to Gran Fondo start and finish in Cantu is included as well as guided rides to watch Il Lombardia on Saturday. Airport transfers from Milan Malpensa can be booked with your package.
Spread your payments: Our payment plan is an interest-free payment method where you will have the opportunity to spread payment for your booking.
Warm up rides: We have a short warm up ride on Friday afternoon before a 75km spin on Saturday to have a look at the route and the pro race.
Ride with a Giro d’Italia stage winner: Your host for the weekend is Andrea Ferrigato, Giro stage winner and Sportive Breaks head guide in Italy.
Mechanical support: Expert mechanics on hand all weekend or hire one of our bikes. Bikes allowed in rooms at the hotel.
Transport: Transport to/from Gran Fondo start/ finish in Cantu is included
Hotel B&B in Como
Transport to/from Gran Fondo start/finish in Cantu included
On Friday and Saturday with Sportive Breaks head host Andrea Ferrigato
On hand all weekend
Group transfers from Milan Malpensa at set times at £120pp. Private return transfers from all Milan airports available also available at supplement
Gran Fondo Entry
Choice of start pen, from £80. Delivered to your hotel
Several models available from £140 for the weekend
Day To Day
Travel to Como
Please make your own arrangements to arrive at our hotel in Como today. Our team will be available to meet you at the hotel. If you plan to fly then we offer group airport transfers for you, your luggage, and your bike from Milan Malpensa airport at 11.30 today (available at £120pp supplement).
If you arrive at any other times, we also offer private airport transfers from all Milan airports (Linate, Malpensa, Orio al Serio) at a supplement. The journey to Como takes approximately 1hr to 90 minutes.
We are staying at the hotel B&B in Como. Your stay will be for 3 nights and will be on a bed and breakfast basis. You will have an early breakfast on Gran Fondo Day.
For the evening meals we will suggest eating as a group at two restaurants nearby where hotel guests get a 10% discount. Il Birrificio di Como – www.ilbirrificio.it, or Pizza Garage – www.pizzagarage.it
What about my bike?
You can bring your own bike as we have planned to transport bike boxes on our airport transfers. Alternatively, you can rent a bike with us for the weekend.
Our mechanic will be available this afternoon at the hotel to assist you with fitting your rental bike or building your own bike after travel. Bikes can be safely stored at the hotel.
Guided warm up ride
This afternoon, we offer a guided warm up ride around the lake. If you’d like to take part, please arrive in Como before 13.00. We aim to depart on the ride at 15.00.
This afternoon and early evening, our tour leaders and bike mechanics are available for you.
After breakfast and preparing the bikes, we will take you on a supported, guided ride that takes in the route of Il Lombardia. En-route we will watch the riders of the pro peloton as they take on the course.
We’ll be back at the hotel in the afternoon after watching the finish for you to rest and get prepared for tomorrow.
Hospitality at the start and/ or at the finish or a day on the course in an official race car are available to book today at an additional cost. Il Lombardia Hospitality – Sportive Breaks
You were able to see how the riders of the Men’s cycling elite handled the roads yesterday. Today it’s your turn. Ride the 111km with 1700 metres of climbing of the Gran Fondo Lombardia. The main difficulties on the route are the Ghisallo and the Sormano.
We will drive you to the start in Cantu and you can cycle the short distance from the finish back to the hotel.
- Start/ Finish: Cantù
- Total km – 111,2 km
- Ascent – 1700m
- Sign on opening; 06.30am
- Start Time; 07.30am
- Feeding zones: 2 along the route
- Time Limit; 7 hours – by 02.30pm
This afternoon and early evening we’ll assist you with re-packing your bikes ahead of travel and you’ll also be able to return your rental bikes with us.
After breakfast we offer our optional transfer back to Milan Malpensa airport. We will depart Como at 08.00 for flights that depart after 1100am. (transfer available at £120pp return)
More About the Event
Italy’s Lake Como is a wonderful place to ride. With a mixture of challenging climbs and routes that run alongside sparkling lakesides and beautiful villages; the sportive complements the race of the Falling Leaves, also known as the Tour of Lombardy.
What better way to end a lakeside race than by enjoying delicious food and toasting with wine that has been produced locally?
What is Gran Fondo Il Lombardia?
Starting and ending in Cantu, cyclists will experience the legendary Ghisallo in addition to the mercilessly steep Muro di Sormano – the two big climbs that have featured prominently in the race through the years.
Although this event is moderately difficult, there will still be plenty of opportunities to enjoy breath-taking views over the rolling terrain.
You're in safe hands
We have a team of highly experienced professionals who have been organising cycling trips for over 25 years. We are members of ABTA and ATOL so book with confidence.
Plenty to choose from
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We know the routes, we know the roads. We know how the event works and the best hotels for the start and finish. We organise everything for you; transfers, bike transport, additional feed stops, rep support and more.
Hotel B&B Como
B&B Hotel Como is a stone’s throw away from one of the most famous and beautiful lakes in Italy. Situated just a short stroll from Como city centre with its traditional cafes and restaurants. Visitor highlights include the Porta Torre & Piazza San Fedele.
All rooms come with FREE high-speed Wifi, en-suite bathroom, air-conditioning, smart TV with Sky, and a comfortable memory foam mattress. There’s also a safe to store your valuables and a hairdryer.
Breakfast – Italian style provides sweet and savoury products, with gluten-free options available.There’s also a B&B shop offering a wide selection of fresh beverages and snacks.
Secure bike storage available at the hotel.