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Gran Fondo Il Lombardia 2023

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Destination Sport Experiences are proud to be appointed as official partner of the 2023 Gran Fondo Lombardia. The Gran Fondo takes place on Sunday October 8th in 2023 with the professional race taking place the day before on Saturday October 7th.

Your guide for the weekend is Giro d'Italia stage winner Andrea Ferrigato so you're in very good company for the weekend. We offer everything to give you a good experience with a hotel for 3 nights in Como plus a full weekend itinerary. We have left some services optional so you can choose what you require and you don't pay for anything that you won't need.

Gran Fondo Il Lombardia will be back in 2023 with a start and finish in Cantù near Como. You will tackle two iconic climbs, the Ghisallo and the Muro di Sormano on a unique route in an extraordinary landscape. A perfect combination of ascents, descents and steep spurts that ensures fun and enjoyment to all participants. Ride Like a Hero!

Warm up rides: We offer a short warm up ride on Friday afternoon plus a longer 75km ride on Saturday to have a look at the route and of course the pro race.

Pre-race briefing: On Saturday night Andrea will talk through the race with tips of how to ride at your best.

Mechanical support: Expert mechanics on hand all weekend or hire one of our bikes.

Included with your weekend

  • 3 nights at hotel B&B in Como
  • Local expert guides and bike mechanic
  • Breakfasts
  • Detailed itinerary
  • Group airport transfers from Milan Malpensa airport
  • ABTA protected
  • Covered by our Covid guarantee

IMPORTANT INFORMATION : our Standard Single rooms are windowless rooms - you can view the rooms here

Also Available to add to your booking at check-out

  • Guaranteed entry for the Gran Fondo Lombardia, from a choice of Start Pens 1 and 3
  • Bike rental from £140
  • Optional private airport transfers from Malpensa, Linate or Bergamo (Orio al Serio) airports. 

Included with all our entries

  • Italian Day License worth €10
  • Race number with chip timing
  • Castelli GF Lombardia technical jersey
  • Official race bag
  • Breakdown assistance
  • Medical assistance during race
  • Feed stations
  • Broom wagon service

Bike rental

We offer you a choice of Giant bikes from Aluminium frame with Shimano 105 to Carbon frame with Ultegra Di2.

  • Giant TCR Advanced carbon Shimano Ultegra Di2 or similar - £240
  • Giant TCR Advanced carbon Shimano Ultegra or similar - £190
  • Giant Contend SL 1 aluminium frame Shimano or similar - £140
Event Includes

Included with your weekend

  • 3 nights at hotel B&B in Como
  • Local expert guides and bike mechanic
  • Breakfasts
  • Detailed itinerary
  • Group airport transfers from Milan Malpensa airport
  • ABTA protected
  • Covered by our Covid guarantee
Your Itinerary

Friday 6 October, 2023 : Travel to Como

Please make your own arrangements to arrive at our hotel in Como today. Our team will be available to meet you at the hotel. If you plan to fly then we offer airport transfers for you, your luggage and your bike from Milan Malpensa airport at set times.

Our transfer will depart from Malpensa at 11.30am, please book flights that arrive by at least 10.30am to ensure you reach us by 11.30.

The journey to Como takes approximately 1 hour.

Our hotel

We are staying at the hotel B&B in Como. This is a basic but comfortable hotel with restaurants nearby. Your stay will be for 3 nights and will be on a bed and breakfast basis. You will have an early breakfast on Gran Fondo day.

For the evening meals we will suggest eating as a group at two restaurants nearby where hotel guests get a 10% discount. Il Birrificio di Como -, or Pizza Garage -

What about my bike?

You can bring your own bike as we have made arrangements to transport bike boxes on our airport transfers. Alternatively, you can rent a bike with us for the weekend. We have Giant bikes available for the weekend from £140.

Our mechanic will be available this afternoon at the hotel to assist you with fitting your rental bike or building your own bike after travel. Bikes can be safely stored at the hotel.

Guided ride

A gentle 60km cycle is available this afternoon led by our local bike guides. We will follow a lakeside route which is mainly flat to get you settled into things.

This afternoon and early evening, our tour leaders and bike mechanics are available for you.

Saturday 7 October, 2023 : Pro Race day

After breakfast, we will take you on a supported, guided ride that takes in the route of Il Lombardia. En-route we will watch the riders of the pro peloton as they take on the white roads.

We’ll be back at the hotel in the afternoon after watching the race for you to rest and get prepared for tomorrow.

Hospitality at the start and/ or at the finish or a day on the course in an official race car are available to book today at an additional cost.

Sunday 8 October : The 2023 Gran Fondo Lombardia

You were able to see how the riders of the Men’s cycling elite handled the roads yesterday. Today it’s your turn. Ride the 111km with 1700 metres of climbing of the Gran Fondo Lombardia. The main difficulties on the route are the Ghisallo and the Sormano.

We will drive you to the start in Cantu and you can cycle the short distance from the finish back to the hotel.

Race details:


TOTAL KM – 111,2 KM



START TIME: 07.30 am

TIMEKEEPING: Gran Fondo Il Lombardia uses the Official Timer MySDAM with a technology based on the use of “chips”. Every participant must have a valid personal chip or a one-day chip for hire. Information and use conditions about the chips are posted on the MySDAM website. The absence or the incorrect use of the chip will prevent the entrant from being part of the classification and from having his/her race time.

FEEDING ZONES: 2 along the route

TIME LIMIT: 7 hours – by 02.30 P.M.

This afternoon and early evening we’ll assist you with re-packing your bikes ahead of travel and you’ll also be able to return your rental bikes with us.

Monday 9 October, 2023: Departure

After breakfast we offer our optional transfer back to Milan Malpensa airport. We will depart Como at 08.00 for flights that depart after 1100am.

Need to Know

IMPORTANT INFORMATION : our Standard Single rooms are windowless rooms - you can view the rooms here

How to book

Please make your booking by clicking on the orange button at the top of the page. Please ensure that you select the correct room type for all members in your party plus all the required extras. When you book, we will require a deposit to confirm your place.

Travel advice

Before you travel, check the ‘Entry requirements’ section for Italy’s current entry restrictions and requirements.

Medical certificate

Please note you need a medical certificate to take part in the Gran Fondo Lombardia.


PARTICIPATION: Gran Fondo Il Lombardia is open to: all the F.C.I. members and the Sport Promotion Bodies members that have signed the convention with F.C.I for the year 2021* aged 19 on the race day and up to 70 years old with a sport-medical certificate attesting the health conditions to practice competitive cycling and foreign amateur racing cyclists with their Federation regular 2021 membership card and the SPORT MEDICAL CERTIFICATE in the English language (CYCLING ONLY), click here to download it.

to all the amateur racing cyclists. For those who do not have a membership card, a € 10,00 one-day F.C.I. card will be issued. It covers the insurance for ‘third-party liability’ during the Event. For this card to be issued the participants need to SUBMIT THE SPORT-MEDICAL CERTIFICATE (ONLY in the English language and only for Cycling) together with the ETHICAL STATEMENT, click here to download it.

Travel Insurance

For details of specialist sports travel insurance for our travel packages, please visit our insurance page. You must ensure that your travel insurance policy covers you to participate in cycling events in Italy. Please remember to insure your bike for foreign travel.


How to reach Como

By Plane


BY CAR: Take SS671 at Bergamo. Follow A4/E64, A52, SP35 in direction Strada Provinciale ex Strada Statale 35 dei Giovi a Cermenate. Drive in direction Corso Europa/SP34 in Cantù.

BY TRAIN OR BUS: Take the orioshuttle to Milan Central Station. Once in Central Station take M2 (green line) in direction Abbiategrasso until Garibaldi FS. From Garibaldi take the train S11 to Chiasso until Carimate. At Carimate Station take bus C82 to Carimate – V. Seveso – V. Stazione until Cantù – Piazzale CAI. Once there continue 700m walking until Corso Europa 17.


BY CAR:  Take SS36 direction Aeroporto/A9/Como/Chiasso/Milano/Varese/Gravellona T./Busto Arsizio. Take SS36 and A36 in direction Strada Provinciale ex Strata Statale 35 dei Giovi a Cermenate and continue until Corso Europa 17.

BY TRAIN OR BUS: Take the train from Malpensa to Milano Cadorna until Saronno. Then from Saronno to Direction Como Lago until Lomazzo. From Lomazzo take the bus to Cantù until Piazza Cai – Autostazione. By walking (8min.) towards Corso Europa 17.

By Train or Bus


From Cadorna Station take the train to Camnago Lentate until Cesano Maderno. Walk 1 minuti to reach the bus station in Via Santo Stefano and take the line Z150  to Cantù – Piazzale Cai – Autostazione until the end of the line. Walk 8 min. towards Corso Europa 17.


From Bergamo’s Bus Station take the bus line Z301 to Sesto F.S. until Sesto S. Giovanni – piazza I° Maggio. From Sesto San Giovanni Station take the S11 train to Como S. Giovanni until Cantù-Cermenate. From the bus stop of Cantù-Cermenate take line C84 until Cantù in Viale Madonna. Continue for 1,8km towards Corso Europa 17.

By Car

From Milan, take the highway following for Milano -Meda -Lentate/SP35. Take Strada Provinciale ex Strada Statale 35 dei Giovi at Cermenate. Drive in direction Corso Europa 17 in Cantù.

From Bergamo take A4/E64 da SS42, towards Highway and junction Highway. Follow A4/E64, A52 and SP in direction Strada Provinciale ex Strada Statale 35 dei Giovi a Cermenate. Take the exit SS35 to Como and continue until Corso Europa 17.

From Pavia taking the A53 and the exit A7/E62, E35, A9 and A36 in direction Strada Provinciale ex Strada Statale 35 dei Giovi at  Cermenate. Keep the right at the crossroads, follow the directions for SS35 dei Giovi/Lentate and take A36, then take the exit to SP35 and follow to Corso Europa 17.

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