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?
The Gran Fondo il Lombardia (also known as the Granfondo Lombardia) is the area's first big event, scheduled on the same weekend as the Tour of Lombardy. Starting and ending in Cantu, cyclists will experience the legendary Ghisallo in addition to the mercilessly steep Muro di Sormano - the two big climbs of the race.
Although this event is moderately difficult, there will still be plenty of opportunities to enjoy breathtaking views over the rolling terrain.
Whether you have completed one or many sportives throughout the season; finishing up in Italy alongside sparkling water offers plenty of chances to reflect on your experiences.
The Gran Fondo il Lombardia is not considered to be a particularly hard race. However, it does offer two classic climbs that are sure to be on multiple bucket lists.
The Ghisallo promises sharp hairpins, and a section that reaches 14% and the Muro di Sormano is well-known as being one of the hardest climbs in professional cycling.
The 2020 Gran Fondo Lombardia takes place on the 11th October and boasts a new route, so if you have tackled the sportive before, why not do it again for a fresh experience?
The race starts and finishes in Cantu and includes the iconic Ghisallo and Muro di Sermano among other climbs that are famously part of the pro race.
● Early arrival at the hotel.
● A gentle 60km cycle is planned, led by our expert local guides.
● The route will include cycling along the lakeside with a small amount of climbing - a perfect ride to settle into the swing of things.
● A 65km ride around the lake has been planned.
● Our cycle ends in Como, where we will enjoy a wonderful lunch.
● On return to the hotel, we will watch the action (the hotel is very close to the finish line).
● We will join the locals to cheer the pros as they ride by.
● We take on the Gran Fondo Lombardia sportive.
Sportive Breaks offers a bike rental service for anyone who does not want the hassle of transporting their bike overseas. For the Lombardia Gran Fondo, we have two bike models to choose from:
● Bottechia 8Abio Eco
● Bottechia Doppia Corsa
Which are perfect for conquering the steep hills. Our bikes will be set up ready for your arrival.
Unlike other sportives, there is only one route available - the long route. You will challenge yourself to tackle 109km, enhanced with approximately 1,700m of climbing.
Famous climbs featured along this route are Muro di Sormano and the Ghisallo. Defeat these and be rewarded with exquisite views and the obligatory bragging rights.
Choose the Route
Ride Distance: 107
Elevation gain: 1900
Como is located near Milan. Sportive Breaks provide an airport transfer to the hotel from Milan Malpensa (MXP), and the journey takes approximately 40 minutes.
The transfer is scheduled to depart at 11:30 on Friday. We request that all incoming flights be scheduled to arrive no later than 11:00.
Race packs will be obtained on your behalf, by our team, and delivered to your hotel on Saturday. These can only be collected with a UK race license or a medical certificate. We will collect these from you before departure.
The race will start and finish in Cantu. Race pens will be open from 06:00 for a 07:30 start. Sportive Breaks will provide two transfers from Como to the event, departing at 06:00 and 06:30.
Transfers back to the hotel will be available after the race.
Sportive Breaks will provide transport from the hotel to Milan Malpensa (MXP). The transfer will depart at 14:00, and we recommend that return flights are scheduled to leave after 15:40.
When you invest in a travel package from Sportive Breaks, you will stay in a fabulous hotel, neighbouring the pro race finish line and the spectacular lake in Como.
All Packages Include:
3 Nights at Metropole & Suisse (Como)
3 Nights at Metropole & Suisse (Como)