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Four days on the shores of Lake Como taking in some incredible climbs and lakeside routes. Our hotel is on the famous Ghisallo climb with breathtaking views and a terrace overlooking the glamorous town of Bellagio. Riding in Lake Como is so glamorous, 2 of our rides include ferry crossings and one ride takes us into Switzerland. One of the highlights is visiting the Madonna del Ghisallo church - the patron saint of cyclists and a special place to spend some time. Beauty, religion, amazing coffee, passionate cyclists, incredible food - this trip has everything you could want from riding in Italy.

Trip Highlights

Trip Highlights

  • Muro di Sormano

    The hardest climb in pro cycling. We take on the "Wall" on day two with its 25% gradients. This climb features in the Race of the Falling Leaves and is one of the few climbs where just making it to the top is a massive achievement.

  • Lake Lugano

    Our ride on day one is a real highlight taking in two lakes and two countries with some stunning views over Lake Lugano.

  • Madonna del Ghisallo

    We visit the cycists' church on day two. In the church are bikes from all eras and an eternal flame for cyclists that have died riding.

  • Cycling Museum

    Next to the Madonna del Ghisallo is the relatively new cycling museum. We visit on day two. There is a great Giro d'Italia section and a feature on the evolution of bike designs.

  • Bellagio

    Just outside of our hotel is the glamorous town of Bellagio. There is a shuttle from the hotel so you can spend an evening exploring the cobbled streets and eat at one of the many great restaurants here.

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Airport Transfers

Collection Times

Our driver will collect you from Milan Linate (LIN) for the drive of just over an hour. We will send you a transfer voucher with a meeting point & driver contact number.
The first transfer on Wednesday will leave Linate at 7pm so please arrange a flight that arrives before 6.30pm
The return transfer on Sunday will arrive at Linate for 2pm so please arrange a flight that leaves after 3.30pm

Itinerary

Arrival Day

Our driver will collect you at Milan Linate and get you to the hotel for around 8pm. Have a dinner at the hotel overlooking Lake Como.

Day One

After breakfast and some time to check your bikes, we roll down to Bellagio and follow the Lake all around until we climb over to Switzerland and Lake Lugano. After descending back to Lake Como we catch a ferry home. We should be back in the mid afternoon.

Day Two

Our first time up the Ghisallo. We ride at a leisurely pace getting a great view of the Lake. At the top we spend some time exploring the church and the museum before heading to the toughest climb in pro cycling - the Muro di Sormano. We will be back early in the afternoon so this would be a good day to go into Bellagio and explore.

Day Three

The ride on day three starts with a ferry crossing to Varenna and then a ride in the wilder side of the lake. After a long climb we descend all the way to Lecco before taking the lovely lakeside road back home.

Day Four

Our final morning. After an early breakfast, it is time for the Ghisallo time trial. We all roll over the start line together and then its you vs the clock. After posting your time, we roll back to the hotel, pack the bikes and head back to the airport at 1pm

What to Bring

We recommend you take your bike into a local bike shop for a service a couple of weeks before you leave. We have some longer climbs but a few very steep sections.
The weather in Lake Como can be inconsistent. It is unlikely to be cold but it can be wet so bring a waterproof. Some of the descents are long so bring layers - arm warmers and a gilet are essentials. The hotel has a bike room with nutrition for sale and the equipment you need to build your bike. Remember to remove any gas canisters from your saddle bag - these will not be allowed on the plane.

Enjoy La Dolce Vita on Lake Como

Not riding? Welcome to an amazing weekend in Como. You could easily spend 4 days with a book relaxing on the terrace drinking espressos and Aperol spritz while watching the world go by on the lake. For a more adventurous time, head down to the dock in Bellagio and jump on a boat and go exploring. You can jump off at various stops, Varenna is a real highlight or head all the way down to Como and visit the Cathedral. Bellagio itself is well worth a some time. If you have an interest in cycling, meet the riders on day two at the church and museum. And eat. This is an incredible area for food - coffee, pasta, fish, pizza, coffee & gelato. What's not to love!

Hotels

Il Perlo Panorama

Via Valassina, 180, 22021 Bellagio CO, Italy

The Hotel is located on the top a hill facing the lake, about 3 km from the town centre. Il Perlo Panorama in Bellagio is the ideal place if you’re looking for a familiar and quiet place to spend your holiday, with a small garden, balcony, and an unforgettable view of the lake. We also offer special services for bikers, making us the perfect Bike Hotel on Lake Como

Routes & Climbs

Routes at Lake Como Weekender

Stage One - Stage Two

Stage One

From Bellagio to Bellagio

Ride Distance 122km
Elevation Gain 2936m

Our queen stage in Lake Como, this route takes in two lakes & two countries. Heading out from Bellagio we hug the lake around through Como and up the other side of the lake to Argegno. From here, the route heads up to Lake Lugano and into Switzerland. After taking in the stunning views, we descend back to Lake Como and get the ferry home to Bellagio.

Stage Two

From Bellagio to Bellagio

Ride Distance 52km
Elevation Gain 1669m

A short route that packs in one of the most sacred climbs in the world, arguably the hardest climb in pro cycling and a ride along the lake. Heading out from Bellagio, the ride goes up the Ghisallo before heading to the impossibly steep Muro di Sormano with its 25% gradients. From here we descend back down to the lake and roll home.


Climbs at Lake Como Weekender

Passo del Ghisallo

Starting from Bellagio, this is a climb of three sections. The hardest part is near the start with 14% gradients. The climb flattens out in the middle before a final steep section to the summit.

Ride Distance 9.1km
Elevation Gain 6%
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Muro di Sormano

Short but impossibly steep, the Muro di Sormano starts steep and only gets harder. It peaks at 25% - very tough.

Ride Distance 1.6km
Elevation Gain 17%
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Lake Como Weekender
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