The Lakes & Great Climbs of Italy

$7,950

Have you ever wanted to test yourself against the most famous mountains in Italy? Climbs like the Gavia, the Stelvio, and the Mortirolo have made cycling history and are the reason that most cycling aficionados consider the Giro d’Italia to be the world’s most beautiful race.

This part of Italy is home to some of the best roads anywhere in the world, many of which run straight up against the crystal clear waters of Lake Garda, Lake Idro and Lake Iseo. It’s also renowned for its food and wine, so there will be plenty to look forward to after each unforgettable day in the saddle.

We’ll take on all the famous ascents and also introduce you to some hidden gems, climbs that are reserved for those in the know. You’ll need your mountain legs for this trip, but don’t let the altitude intimidate you. We pride ourselves on having the best team of guides and mechanics in the business, so you can ride comfortably at your own pace, knowing that there will always be someone right beside you with encouragement and advice, whenever you need it.

Included With Trip:

  • All lodging*
  • All food and beverages**
  • Pinarello Dogma F10 Disk with SRAM RED eTap 11-speed WiFLi components and daily bike wash
  • One Giordana FRc custom inGamba cycling kit
  • Laundry service for cycling clothing

*Pre/post-trip lodging is not included

**Beverages ordered by guests beyond normal amounts and away from group activities will incur additional charges

Trip at a Glance

Start Location:

Verona

Finish Location:

Milan

Days Riding:

7

Group Size:

8-12

Total Distance:

509km

Total Elevation:

11,700m

Longest Day:

Day 6. Passo Stelvio Loop. 95km

Biggest Climbing Day:

Day 6. Passo Stelvio Loop. 3,100m

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Day by Day Breakdown

1

Marciaga

Benvenuti in Italia! There's no such thing as a flat ride on this trip, but this route is a gentle introduction to the area, which should give you plenty of time to shake out those legs and make sure your bike is perfect. If something isn't quite right, this is the day to dial it in with your mechanic. From the east, the climb to the summit of Marciaga, overlooking Lake Garda, is relatively easy, and is followed by an exciting descent to the waterfront.
2

Lumini

The largest lake in the country, Lake Garda is a perennial favorite of the rich and famous, who have flocked here since Roman times for the incredible views, calm waters and perfect climate. Our ride will begin with a rolling path at the beginning to the feet of the Lumini climb. A heart pounding descent to the lake.
3

Val Vestino – Lake Iseo

Our ride will start with a short 20 minute drive to Torri del Benaco and a ferry to the western side of Lake Garda before saying goodbye, and climbing over the ridge to the west. In all, there are three major climbs today and none of them are particularly easy. Our first and biggest climb and descent brings us to Lake Idro, the highest sub alpine lake in Trentino. The Araba Fenice Hotel, our destination for the evening on the eastern shore of Lake Iseo is the perfect place to relax.
4

Iseo Loop

According to poplar legend, Leonardo da Vinci stayed on the shores of Lake Iseo between 1499 and 1500. Some art critics argue that part of the background of his most famous painting, the Mona Lisa, portrays the mountains that surround the lake. Hopefully we'll find our own inspiration as we explore them by bike!
5

Passo Gavia

Today is a big day, as we climb one of the most legendary peaks in all of cycling. The famous photo of Andy Hampsten riding in ski goggles en route to his Giro d’Italia win in 1988 is a testament to the grinta required to tackle such a formidable climb. The entire ascent is 20km – not including the lead up to the base along the valley floor, which gains 700m before the real climb starts – and gains 1,350m, bringing us to an elevation of 2,620m at the summit, where we'll stop for a well-earned panino.
6

Passo dell'Umbrail & Passo dello Stelvio

This is our Queen Stage. It's less than 100 kilometers long – but comes with 3,500 meters of climbing. We'll have a 2km warm up through the center of Bormio before beginning our ascent of the infamous Passo dello Stelvio. On our first ascent from the west we actually don’t quite reach the summit, but take a left turn to Switzerland and the descent of Passo dell’Umbrail. Then it’s up again for the full ascent of the Stelvio from the east, 24km long and climbing 1,800m to the summit, the highest paved road in Italy.
7

Passo Mortirolo

Time to tackle one last mythic climb. We’ll depart early and have an hour warm up along the valley at a quick pace on the way to the Passo di Mortirolo, one of the most difficult mountain passes in cycling because of the mercilessly steep gradients that top out at 18% and average over 10% for the duration. After our descent, there’ll be some quick showers and after lunch we’ll whisk you away in the afternoon to Malpensa airport or downtown Milan.

PINARELLO DOGMA F10 DISK

FRAMESET:

Pinarello Dogma F10 Disk

COCKPIT:

ZIPP Service Course SL

GRUPPO:

SRAM RED eTap 11-speed WiFLi

PEDALS:

Speedplay Zero or your own

SADDLE:

fi’zi:k Arione, Antares, Aliante, Donna, Vesta or your own

WHEELSET:

Zipp 302 Carbon Clinchers

TIRES:

Vittoria Corsa CX

BOTTLE CAGES:

Elite Custom Race

BIDON:

Elite Corsa Team

COMPUTER:

Garmin Edge 820