The Lakes & Stelvio Experience


We’ve been really busy “researching” in Northern Italy with Eros Poli, riding the best climbs, and getting our palates acquainted with the region’s food and plethora of fine wines. It’s been a daunting task, but we’re now ready to share these experiences with you.

This area has some of the most stunning of mountain vistas in Italy, many of which run straight up against the crystal clear waters of Lake Garda, Lake Idro and Lake Iseo. We’ll take on all the famous ascents, like the Gavia, the Stelvio, and the Mortirolo. So have no doubts about it: if you love to climb, you will love this trip.

These roads have seen grand battles between Fausto Coppi and Gino Bartali, bore witness to the genius of Eddy Merckx and carried the late Marco Pantani to glory. These mountains stand as immovable monuments to the greats of cycling’s past and the stars of its future, yet to come.

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

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Longest Day:

Day 6. Passo Stelvio Loop. 95km

Biggest Climbing Day:

Day 6. Passo Stelvio Loop. 3,100m


Day by Day Breakdown



Welcome to Italy! Lake Garda should need no introduction, it͛s internationally renowned as one of the most beautiful lakes inthe world. Its banks and the nearby hills are treasure troves full of small, picturesque towns and breathtaking panoramic views. It͛s the perfect place to explore by bike, especially because this is Eros home turf, meaning heknows all the best roads. Today our test ride is short enough to let you get used to the bike, and make any necessary adjustments. But, also long enough to shake out any cobwebs built up during your flight.


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.

Peschiera Val Vestino Climb

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 good bye, and climbing over the ridge to the west. In all, there are three major climbs today and none of them are particurlarly easy. Our first and biggest climb and descent brings us to Lake Idro, the highest sub alpine lake in Trentino. L͛Arab Fenice hotel, our destination for the evening on the eastern shore of Lake Iseo is the perfect place to relax.

Iseo Loop

According to some theories Leonardo da Vinci stayed between 1499 and 1500 on the shores of Lake Iseo. Some art critics argue that part of the background of his most famous painting, La Gioconda, portray the mountains that surround the lake. To the left of the face of Mona Lisa one could indeed recognize the three ridges of the Corna dei Trentapassi.

The Gavia

Today is a big day, a chance to climb one of the legendary peaks in cycling. The famous photo of Andy Hampsten riding in ski goggles en route to his Giro d͛Italia win in 1988 is a testament to the ruggedness 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 climb͛ starts – and gains 1,350m bringing us to an elevation of 2,620m at the summit and a well-earned panino. The descent of the north side of Passo di Gavia is fast and fun. Our hotel for the next two nights is the Bagni Vecchi.

Passo Stelvio

Today we have our Queen Stage – less than 100 kilometers long but with 3,500 meters of climbing means that most of the day will be spent out of the saddle. We have a 2km warm up through the center of Bormio, before beginning the climb of the Stelvio. On our first ascent from the west we actually don͛t quite reach the summit, but take a left turn to Switzerland and the descent of Passo dell'Umbrail. The ascent of Passo dello Stelvio from the east is 24km long and climbs 1,800m, and the summit is the highest paved road in Italy. After our second crossing of the pass, we'll cruise back down the western face and back to Hotel Bagni Vecchi for a beer and some war stories.

Passo Mortirolo

This is our last day, but we have time to tackle one last mythic climb. We'll depart early and have an hour warm up along the valley at a quick pace because it is mostly downhill on the way to the Passo di Mortirolo, one of the most infamous climbs in cycling because of its mercilessly steep gradients that top out at 18% and average over 10% for the duration from the base to the summit. 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.