ITINERARY - BELLAGIO, ITALY
MAY IS NOW CLOSED BUT YOU CAN REGISTER YOUR INTEREST FOR SEPTEMBER
5 days riding, blended with some you time and optional indulgence
We collect you from Milan Bergamo airport and get you settled in the accommodation.
Hire bikes delivered, set up and the option of a brief late afternoon spin.
Dinner overlooking Lake Como and a chat about the great days ahead.
Once around the lake - 160km, 1000m elevation
We will be up early for what the locals refer to as the "Sunday morning ride".
It's a great opportunity to see some iconic towns and villages, you might even spot George Clooney.
We will stop in Como for a coffee and pastry (the pistachio croissants are amazing).
At the end of the day, you can't help but reflect on the beauty you have seen and not really noticing the 100 miles you have ridden.
The Border Crossing - 82km, 1000m elevation
A cyclist's breakfast, followed by a daily briefing, including a reminder to bring your passport because we are off to Switzerland and will take in Lake Como and Lugano too.
Valcava (a legendary Giro climb) - 141km, 2800m elevation
A more challenging day but rest assured we will make sure you have the nutrition and hydration needed.
We start with a ferry trip across Lake Como to Verrana, before heading to the Passo Di Valcava (1343m).
After the 2nd climb of the day Culmine de San Pietro (1273m), it's pretty much down hill all the way.
The museum & Muro di Sormano - 50km, 1300m elevation
On the last riding day, we are taking you to church, a museum and 'The Wall'. It's a great way to end a great week. We head south out of Bellagio and have a steady climb up to the Madonna del Ghisallo, a climb often included in the Giro d'Italia, where at the top and in addition to the famous church, there is the Ghisallo cycling museum and a deserved cafe stop.
Next, it's on to the main climb, the Culma di Sormano (1124m) and on the way up, those wanting one heck of a challenge can fork left to Muro di Somano (average 17-degree gradient, max of 27).
Back in Bellagio, there is the option to get involved in some wine tasting, before we all get together for dinner.
It's that time...you've ridden well, feel stronger, relaxed and revitalised, whilst at the same time being ready for home.
After breakfast we will get your luggage into the transfer vehicle and get you to the airport in good time for your flight.
We aim for WOW every time and hope to have heard it in many times this week. See you next time and thank you.
Day 5 - The Wall
If you choose to fork left on Day 5 and climb the Muro di Sormano (it's your choice, there is a much easier way up), this is the challenge you will be taking on...